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Old 18th October 2002, 07:12 PM   #21
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We are in a DIY world right? How hard would it be to buy a cheap iron and then build a control station around it? bet we could safe lot of money?
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Old 22nd October 2002, 02:45 PM   #22
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Default Hakko 936

is what I use.

I love it.

Not cheap, but a high quality tool


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Old 22nd October 2002, 03:14 PM   #23
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Question Antex

Anyone had some experience with Antex irons?
How good are they?
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Old 22nd October 2002, 03:38 PM   #24
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i have always had problems with iron affordability and reliability. I finally settled on some cheap "Chicago Tool" type irons from Big Lots. They don't break off at the handle when I pry part leads while heating them. They also have tip openings which can accept 8AWG solid copper wire so I no longer have to worry about not being able to get tips.

When I need more heat I slip an aluminum foil sleeve over the main body to retain heat. It normally runs rather cool for a 30 watt iron anyway because I make the tips extend 3-4 inches to reach into tigtht spaces easier. I also bend the tip for the same reason.
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Old 23rd October 2002, 06:04 AM   #25
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I'm paying for it? Hakko 936 (what I have on my bench at home). Easy to use, fast heat up with good heat regulation. Tips last a long time, are available in a wide assortment of sizes/types and are reasonably priced. Very high quality parts and construction in general. SMT tweezer handset available for a reasonable cost. Very reliable iron.

Cost is no object? Metcal. I have two of these at work. They have an incredible ability to regulate the tip heat no matter what you put them on. I can unsolder a TO-220 heat sink from a PCB with the small tip on the Metcal. None of the other soldering irons I use (Weller, Hakko, etc) can do that.

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Old 23rd October 2002, 07:32 AM   #26
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Another vote for Weller. Got my WTCP in 1979, still going strong. Changed the pen twice, but I think that's okay in 23 years.
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Old 23rd October 2002, 08:17 AM   #27
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I to use a HAKO,a 926. Works great.
Only one thing, I can't find a replacement tip.

PerAnders, du kanske vet eftersom jag köpte den på ELFA, men nu hittar jag ingen spets??

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Old 23rd October 2002, 10:37 AM   #28
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I vote for Weller here.

I use a very simple and basic WTCP-S station I once got for my birthday. That was over 10 years ago! I have changed the tip once, and it needs a change again soon.

The fact that Weller stations are originally meant for industry purposes makes them very trustworthy. No problem if you leave them on for a night (or two).

Although it features 40 Watts, it has never been too little for the big jobs, and it has never been too much for, like SMD

It's Weller for me now, and it will be for ever!

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