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sleepy 17th October 2002 03:24 PM

What soldering Iron?
:) Hi
I've been thinking of making up my own cables (I have some designs in mind).Havent done much soldering before thought, but will practise first.
What type of soldering Iron , solder and over stuff will I heed?:D

FrankDIY 17th October 2002 04:11 PM

I use a 35W Weller soldering iron

and a 100W Weller soldering gun for big jobs :)

I use different solder depending on the project and the money I want to put on.

Possum 17th October 2002 04:24 PM


What is the model of that 35W Weller iron in the picture? I am prone to getting irons that either don't perform well or have tips that corrode too quickly (e.g. the one sold at for $15 with ceramic heating element - they don't even carry the replacement tip for it anymore!).

JBL 17th October 2002 05:01 PM

When I started DIY elec. I took a soldering iron from radio-shack. under 15CAN$. It's now been two year and it's still working. Also take a holder for the iron.

peranders 17th October 2002 08:40 PM

Weller 24 V AC / 50 W costs 100 USD but lasts forever (almost) in professional use.

My new Weller is real cute, 24 V and 80 watts in size of a pen! Gets warm in a couple of seconds.

jwb 17th October 2002 08:45 PM

I've got a Hakko 964 temperature-controlled, esd-safe solder station that so far has not fallen apart.

pinkmouse 18th October 2002 12:08 AM

Eeek, I buy 25w irons every 6 months and chuck them afterwards cos they only cost 2 from a local shop, cheaper than buying a new bit for a decent iron...

Val Lewton 18th October 2002 12:24 AM

Soldering irons
I love the Hakko stuff. The last two Wellers I had were junk and might as well be disposible for as long as they lasted.


dice45 18th October 2002 01:36 AM

seconded, i also have that Weller thingie, i believe its called WSD 130. With 80W pen and 25W pen (which i only use for SMD stuff and phono cartridge pins :) )

With the 80W pen i opened the mumetal can of an MC input transformer just today.
Nevertheless it is the most handy iron i ever had.

Val Lewton,
you are the 1st i ever met to complain about Weller. All my buddies are using the Weller soldering stations, all say, no way back to what they had before.
i read your other posts. How stupid do you believe i am? Just another round of mindboxing? Puppet on a string? :sing:.. or puppet in a sock?

jleaman 18th October 2002 02:18 AM

i bought a weller brand new it has a small tip and bas station tem controled and the tip is not grounded like most. i payed 170 canadian for it and i have had it for 4 years now and never had a problem with it..

i love it now i just need a new one for more heavyer soldering..

i un solder alot. too..

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