I have been using a pretty crappy "Dick Smith" soldering iron for - well too damn long. I have always been meaning to get a decent iron. Given the fact that it worked, and I have been using it for close on 30 years (if not more) resulted in me investing my time and money in other things.
I recently bought two WSP80 Weller soldering irons off ebay at a killer price.
These ate just the "pencil" part of the soldering iron, and need the power supply / controller. Which are not cheap.
Looking on the net there are a number of schematics of various weller power supply / controllers. But various bits and pieces were not quire right for the WPS80 that I had.
As a start I am using this...
This is evidently extremely analogue. Which is quick and easy to design and build, and analogue just warms the cockles of my heart.
The final product is like this......