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Old 29th August 2008, 09:03 PM   #31
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I used a Weller WLC100 soldering station for several years and liked it a lot, though I had no point of comparison. I recently upgraded to a Hakko 936, and there really is no comparison -- the Hakko is easier to use, heats up faster, has a wider variety of tips and the tips are cheaper. If you can afford the Hakko (or something like it) and plan to use your iron frequently, consider spending the extra money; otherwise, the WLC100 is quite serviceable and takes a beating.

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Old 29th August 2008, 09:37 PM   #32
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Second that on the Hakko 936. Best iron I've ever used, for all the reasons you describe. Wish I could justify that luxury for my DIY use, but I get by with this Velleman station

Before that, it was a 30 watt Hakko and a $5 dimmer switch.
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Old 31st August 2008, 02:56 PM   #33
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Old 31st August 2008, 03:07 PM   #34
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Old 31st August 2008, 10:33 PM   #35
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I'm a cheap buzzard, but you definitely want to spring for a station type in the $100 or so neighborhood. The Hakkos and Wellers. Good choice of tips and they will improve your technique. Nothing like having the right tools for the job. I sprang for the WESD51, about $120 shipped from HMC Electronics and have never regretted it. I'm an occasional user, 1 or 2 a month, but still think its worth having the right tools for the job--makes life easier. These better quality irons will also last you a lifetime. Just do it, a good soldering iron is important. Sort of like having an education.
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Old 31st August 2008, 11:20 PM   #36
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I know budget is an issue but I couldn't do without my MetCal I bought on Ebay. There simply is no comparison to a "regular" iron.
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Old 2nd September 2008, 08:00 AM   #37
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Originally posted by johngalt47
I know budget is an issue but I couldn't do without my MetCal I bought on Ebay. There simply is no comparison to a "regular" iron.
+1 on that
Bought a second hand Metcal MX500 on the 'bay
Was so impressed that I bought a second one in case
the first ever crapped out.
The Wellers are gathering dust.....
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Old 6th September 2008, 08:29 PM   #38
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That gave me a good laugh -- sweet iron, I am officially jealous.
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Old 8th September 2008, 02:58 AM   #39
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I use this one. Worked well for me.

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