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Old 14th February 2008, 01:54 PM   #1
kvk is offline kvk  United States
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Question Recommend a Soldering Station

Can anyone recommend a good bang-for-the-buck soldering station?

I may do some SS and some tube work at some time so, what adjustable to about 40W?

Replaceable, and available tips are are must.
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Old 14th February 2008, 02:10 PM   #2
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I have one of these, it works well at that price. Heats quickly and if temp control is turned up I have soldered 9.5 AWG wire.

http://www.circuitspecialists.com/prod.itml/icOid/7307
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Old 14th February 2008, 02:30 PM   #3
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i have this model digital solder station
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Old 15th February 2008, 09:16 PM   #4
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I have one of these, it works well at that price. Heats quickly and if temp control is turned up I have soldered 9.5 AWG wire.

http://www.circuitspecialists.com/prod.itml/icOid/7307
Looks like a re-branded Aoyue. Chinese but very good value for the money. Recommended!

http://www.aoyue.com/en/ArticleShow.asp?ArticleID=372

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Old 15th February 2008, 09:50 PM   #5
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Get a 40W magnastat Weller. The base is a WTCPT and you can get a million different tips for them.

You really need temperature CONTOL not adjustable power.

they are the industry standard in Australia. Parts are cheap and they are fairly reliable.
They are tough apart from where the iron stand clips onto the transformer. I just glue the iron stand on top to make it easier to carry around in one piece. the switches in the handle clag up after a while but they are easily disassembled for a clean up.

with three 700 degree tips you can do most things.
get a super fine conical point for surface mount, bend the last 5mm of the top 30 degrees to help you get into tight spots.
get a small chisel for most work.
and for the big stuff get the big fat screwdriver that has no taper on it. you can do some pretty heavy stuff with that. If you need more heat for really huge items like automotive battery cables buy an el-cheapo 100W iron.

You;ll be amazed what the weller can do when you use the right tip, it's all about heat transfer, not more heat.
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Old 16th February 2008, 09:27 AM   #6
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Hi OzMikeH,

Any time someone asks the board for a good soldering iron someone starts arguing Weller is the best and only choice. The question here was a good bang-for-the-buck. Weller is a good choice but for a BIG buck (of dollars).

The Aoyue ones are a good alternative for a tenth of the price of a Weller. They are regulated, well made and have a wide choice of replaceable tips. Have several around in the workplace besides several Wellers.

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Old 16th February 2008, 09:42 AM   #7
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kvk,
Apart from the info provided here, you will also want to look at the many other threads started on this topic:
http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/searc...der=descending

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Old 16th February 2008, 10:37 AM   #8
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I builded this station, and found it working very well.

http://www.radiokot.ru/lab/controller/10/
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Old 16th February 2008, 03:49 PM   #9
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x2 on the Weller reccommendation. You won't be replacing it every year

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Old 16th February 2008, 04:07 PM   #10
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Looks like a re-branded Aoyue. Chinese but very good value for the money. Recommended!

http://www.aoyue.com/en/ArticleShow.asp?ArticleID=372

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I got an Aoyue from here . if memory serves they are in MA so you'll get it quick.

Pretty good unit
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