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Old 22nd July 2004, 07:29 PM   #1
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Default Soldering Gear

I was looking to get some Metcal gear off ebay, but I dont know where to begin. There's the PS2E, SP200, SP-PW1, RFG-30, and the slightly beyond my price MX500.

I have no idea what all these different units are. Googling gives me massive information glut. I dont even know if there's something besides metcal i should be looking at.

My one requirement is being able to do surface mount, although it should be a generally capable soldering system.

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Old 23rd July 2004, 12:36 PM   #2
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Do a search of the archives for soldring equipment, this has been discussed a couple of times, and several suggestions have been given. Other names include Weller and Hakko in addition to Metcal.
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Old 24th July 2004, 03:59 PM   #3
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i guess my main unresolved question resolved around the Metcal series.

Is the MX-500P the cheapest option with temperature control? I dont seem to see much more than on/off on all the other listed units, which is a big problem.

I'm suprised such an expensive premium brand doesnt have a digital temperature display.

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Old 24th July 2004, 04:12 PM   #4
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The Metcal soldering stations consist of an RF power source, iron, and stand. Temperature is controlled by the tip. You can buy 500C, 600C, 700C, etc tips and you just swap them when you need different temperatures.
The PS2E is a power source and is the predecessor to the MX500. Its typically the best deal in Metcal irons that you will find on ebay. Through a few different auctions I picked up a PS2E, iron, stand, and a number of different temperaturs tips and I probably spent about $150. Well worth the money.

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Old 24th July 2004, 04:53 PM   #5
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...just finished reading all the threads.

what is the knob on the mx-500?

thanks for the recommendation! thats the info i'm looking for!

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