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Old 23rd September 2013, 10:25 PM   #1
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Default Good solder station?

I need a new soldering station. Before I buy another crap one I just thought I'd check.
Maybe one of these?
D00673 - DURATOOL - SOLDERING STATION, UK/EU PLUG | Farnell Ireland
AT60D-UK - TENMA - SOLDERING STATION, DIGITAL, UK | Farnell Ireland
Buy Soldering Stations RS DS50 Digital Soldering Station eu/uk RS DS50 online from RS for next day delivery.

I want to get something decent but keeping the price reasonable.
Thoughts anyone?
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Old 23rd September 2013, 10:33 PM   #2
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I look at the solder iron and tip first
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Old 23rd September 2013, 10:57 PM   #3
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Do you think any of these are good?
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Old 23rd September 2013, 11:04 PM   #4
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I suggest the Weller TCP or WTCP. The units by Metcal are awesome as well. Personally, I use the MX-500.

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Old 23rd September 2013, 11:05 PM   #5
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You go buy ERSA i-Con Nano in my opinion. Forget those lesser ones. Don't think of the extra money, the soldering station is the tool you will use the most along your DMM.
Buy a good one, makes your work easier and better everyday.

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P.S. Look in i-Con Pico too.
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Old 24th September 2013, 04:55 AM   #6
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JBC makes some amazing stations. Some of the best you can get.
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Old 24th September 2013, 05:04 AM   #7
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What about PACE and this one ;
8007-0514 - PACE - SOLDERING SYSTEM, ST50/TD100 | Farnell United Kingdom
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Old 24th September 2013, 05:11 AM   #8
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Pace is a bit behind the times. With the invention of the RF induction irons, heat up times are measured in 1-5seconds, with some like JBC, "overclocking" the iron to allow easy soldering even on heavy ground planes. The recent Weller series is a direct response to JBC, Metcal, Ersa, etc.

JBC example:
CD-2BB Digital Solder Kit
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JBC has expensive tips. So does the 13.56 MHZ Metcal series. Those are the pure pro irons. Both are great. And they drive various accessories. Separate tray is best ergonomics.
If someone needs a VFM unit and economic spares, he should be looking for semi pro. Its a toss between OKI-Metcal PS-900 and Ersa Nano depending on wanting a Curie auto iron or a sensor iron with temp setting. Nano has the more agile handle. Hakko is overpriced in EU no contest. Weller and Pace are cumbersome in the entry level arena. Ersa Pico is great VFM to avoid the Chinese useless sub 100 Euro toy category. Thermaltronics TMT-2000S is PS900 equivalent but has an extra OR port. Worthy at 470 kHz.
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truthfully ersa is hard to come by here in the usa. So I know very little about them.
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