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Old 9th October 2012, 11:15 PM   #1
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Hi there, I'm new to the hobby and just staring to build my tool set. Any recommendations on a soldering iron?
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Old 9th October 2012, 11:25 PM   #2
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Depends on your level of commitment. By which I really mean how much you are willing to spend

Something like this will get you a long way without being major $$. I've used it a few times and it's a good value.
Stahl Tools TCSS Temp Controlled Soldering Station ESD Safe 374-200


This is the station that I normally use. It hasn't failed me yet. You wouldn't need anything better unless you go pro or decide to solder every day.
Weller WES51 Soldering Station 372-145

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Old 9th October 2012, 11:26 PM   #3
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Depends on how much you have to spend and where you live.

Suggested (and recommended):

temperature controlled (your control)
60W-120W
A few different types of tips
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Old 9th October 2012, 11:34 PM   #4
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Soldering Station - Digital Display - 48W [608-352NA] - $93.49 : Pro'sKit

i use this one you can find it alot cheaper than listed price think mine was around $70-80 with extra tips from Appleton Electronics Supply one of my local vendors
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I am using the fine Metcal and suggest it altho this unit is anything but cheap.

Features 'smart heat' and exchangeable tips.

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Old 11th October 2012, 01:14 AM   #6
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I solder quite a bit but just use a cheap soldering iron.
I did buy a couple of soldering stations but they died pretty quickly so I went back to just a simple cheap soldering iron and that has done well for about 3 years now just needing a couple of new bits.
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Old 11th October 2012, 01:48 AM   #7
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Thanks to all for the suggestions. I bought a cheep iron from RadioShack awhile back but It is very bad. The tip won't get hot enough to melt the solder and the handle gets way to hot. I don't want to make the same mistake twice so I'm willing to invest a bit on my next iron. Money is all ways a concern so I'm looking for a the best value out there
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Old 11th October 2012, 04:46 AM   #8
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I just bought this one on Ebay:

Hakko FX888-23BY Soldering Station - High-performance soldering tool | eBay
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Old 11th October 2012, 04:59 AM   #9
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I am using the fine Metcal and suggest it altho this unit is anything but cheap.
I have one at work (my own), another at home and a spare power supply and wand though in 10+ years I've never had a failure. That's how much I don't want to be without it. We've bought 3 at work (besides mine) off eBay for $175, $190 and $250. Also my previous employer has 6 units - all from eBay. I've been soldering 50 years and nothing else comes close. Just my $0.02

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Old 11th October 2012, 08:02 AM   #10
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Hi there, I'm new to the hobby and just staring to build my tool set. Any recommendations on a soldering iron?
might depend on where you live

I have a very nice Weller Magnastat for mains voltage
also have a nice gas iron, but ignition needs repair
but I definately could use a solder station

on low budget I find the new RS DS50 very interesting
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