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Old 14th December 2007, 05:33 PM   #11
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If you only will be soldering heavy duty stuff like speaker crossovers and connectors then look for a used Weller, one of those you plug direcly into the wall.

A soldering station is overkill for these kind of jobs and something you should look at when you really need it.

About a cheap solder station regulating tip temperature within +/- 1 degree... no way. Don't even think a Metcal does that, and if they do you know the price of those..

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Old 14th December 2007, 05:46 PM   #12
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Hi Peter,

Hakko says it maintains "Idle" temperature within 1 degree C.

Key word is "Idle". No load or soldering and maybe no tip even installed.

Even so. It does a nice job from PCB work to moderately heavy work and other Irons that use the same station and Tips allow that too!

Overall, I will never need to buy another! Most of the time I don't regret overbuying and with raising my commitment to DIY Electronics every day, this is easily justifiable.

As far as working with the Weller, I only had an old gun with two trigger positions (L/H) and copper elements. I hated it! But that isn't a fair comparison, They have a big following for a reason!

If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that ACME ****, why didn't he just buy dinner?
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Old 14th December 2007, 07:27 PM   #13
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Check out this special price on the Xytronics 137ESD. (see pdf)

Add the end of year special discount and one unit should be under $70.00. If you buy three (with one free), the price drops to about $54.00 per unit.

Quality is excellent and the price can't be beat.



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Old 14th December 2007, 07:36 PM   #14
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Sorry, the pdf didn't make the trip!

The price in the pdf shows the 10% off price. You should get another 5% for internet sales.

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Old 14th December 2007, 08:45 PM   #15
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I had radioshack soldering irons for a while - if youre only doing occasional soldering, especially large crossover parts, get a 40W one. They are cheap (less than $20), and easy to come by. They do heat up a little, but if your not using it much, it will work perfectly fine. If you want another idea, check out circuitspecialists.com


They have cheap irons and stations. I've been using their 1A solder station ($35) for a while now, after losing my Weller, and I have no interest in buying anything more expensive (Just dont turn it up past 450C!!)
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Old 15th December 2007, 05:13 AM   #16
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This link might help, go with the Hakko 936 !

Soldering iron oxidizes no matter what
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Old 15th December 2007, 06:30 AM   #17
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I have used them for the last 25yrs.

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Old 17th December 2007, 02:48 AM   #18
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I've used all sorts in my career - from cheap nasties to weller, hakko and metcal. My favourite by far is the Metcal (now sold by Oki) - I own the PS-800. With just two tips (0.4mm cone and 2.5mm chisel) I can solder anything from tssop to copper shields on groundplanes. Not the cheapest iron - nor the dearest. Just the best.
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Old 28th August 2008, 02:00 PM   #19
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I am in need of an iron also,good advise guys.
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Old 28th August 2008, 03:26 PM   #20
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Weller or Antex. Look for a very flexible cable so it doesn't try to fight you when doing intricate work.
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