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Old 19th February 2008, 02:55 AM   #21
JHelms is offline JHelms  United States
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Man I wish I could give free samples of the circuit specialists CSI-2900 For anything sub $200 brand new, Just simply not a better iron. I cannot say it enough. If you guys are in the market, really do give it a shot, I think you will really be amazed. I solder so much and on a daily basis that it is crazy. I consider it my right arm. Heck even if your looking for a second iron or backup, buy it, you would be suprised as it might replace your main unit!
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Old 19th February 2008, 04:14 AM   #22
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Metcal irons are certainly the Rolls Royce of soldering irons. I think they're out of business and their reliability was less than stellar.

I must agree that once you used one of these, especially with the quick change tips it's hard to accept second best.
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Old 19th February 2008, 04:19 AM   #23
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Hey herm,

METCAL is alive and well.

Your right about quality control and that has improved.

There is something about an iron that can solder a feather to a rock... I was a very grouchy curmudgeon... until I tried one.

Now I have metcals and Hakkos

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Old 19th February 2008, 04:55 AM   #24
NanoFrog is offline NanoFrog  United States
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Metcal isn't gone. They merged with OK International.
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Old 25th April 2009, 04:28 AM   #25
Renatomcl is offline Renatomcl  Brazil
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Originally posted by Tolik
I builded this station, and found it working very well.


Tolik, I have built this station and have some doubt, can you help me, pls?

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Old 25th April 2009, 09:40 AM   #26
Magura is offline Magura  Denmark
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I will never buy a Weller WECP-20 again!

Mine is only like 25 years old, and it already has problems with the mains cable

Counting out the low quality mains cable, I've been real happy with it

Everything is possible....to do the impossible just takes a little while longer.
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Old 26th April 2009, 09:24 AM   #27
jitter is offline jitter  Netherlands
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For industrial applications, I would only recommend JBC. The company I work for used to have a lot of Weller equipment, but after trying JBC, that changed rather quickly. It's not really a DIY tool, though. Where Weller compares to a Mercedes in price and quality, JBC compares to a Rolls.

At home I use a simple yet effective Solomon SL-20. This is a DIY tool with a DIY price. You may also find it sold under other brands (e.g. Altai), but they're the same.

Does it really matter what you buy? As long as the quality of the soldering station and tips is OK, not really. Forget about the soldering stations for a moment because IMHO the most determining factor is the operator and his or her experience. I work in the electronics industry and in our company we all use the same equipment. As I test and repair, if necessary, products coming off the assembly line, I get to see the (re)work done by others. Despite the fact that we all use the same equipment, quality of (hand)solder joints vary a lot.
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Old 26th April 2009, 11:24 AM   #28
mobyd is offline mobyd  New Zealand
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Got to weigh in for Metcal. Bought an MX500 second hand on fleabay and my motley collection of Wellers have been collecting cobwebs ever since. Soldering bliss!.
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Old 26th April 2009, 06:09 PM   #29
Renatomcl is offline Renatomcl  Brazil
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Can You measure the resistence of the heating element of the Solomon sl20 soldering iron, pls?
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Old 27th March 2010, 01:35 PM   #30
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Hi, I have one qouestion, I would like to buy this soldering station, and I have simple 220/110V 100VA EI transfomer, is that ok to use in Europe?

WELLER SOLDER STATION WES51 50 WATT ADJUSTABLE HEAT NEW - eBay (item 380201434960 end time Mar-28-10 08:20:58 PDT)

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