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Old 29th August 2004, 08:34 AM   #1
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I want to buy my first soldering iron (need to stop using the University's). I'd like temp control and I'd like to be able to use several different heads. Does anyone have any recommendations in the $75-$150 range? Thanks for your time,

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Old 29th August 2004, 08:54 AM   #2
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i like my small weller. it costed SGD$80 from a surplus shop.
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Old 29th August 2004, 09:18 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply...do you know which one? Thanks...any other suggestions?

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Check the other thread on Soldering irons. I prefer Metcals myself.
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Old 2nd September 2004, 11:03 PM   #5
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I just bought a weller WES51 from Digikey, and it has been a dream. It fits in your price range too.
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Old 3rd September 2004, 10:41 AM   #6
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I use Hakko 926 - not sure where this fits price-wise in the US.

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Old 3rd September 2004, 11:17 AM   #7
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I just bought a weller WES51 from Digikey, and it has been a dream. It fits in your price range too.
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Does it have several heads that you can use? Are the heads not too expensive? That looks like the one for me. Thanks again,

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I have a mini Weller (40 W) and I've been very pleased with it.
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Thanks metalman-
Does it have several heads that you can use? Are the heads not too expensive? That looks like the one for me. Thanks again,

Doovieman

I also have the WES51, and like it, but my only other experience was with cheap pencil types from Radio Shack. As to heads, I assume you mean tips, in which case, yes it does, and they're about $6 apiece.

Next time, how about looking at Digikey, or even better yet, the weller website (Cooper Tools/Weller website ) and see what the options are?
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Old 3rd September 2004, 03:22 PM   #10
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Doovieman,

A while ago there was a forum member (don't have his name at hand) who had a stock of used Hakko 929 rework stations for sale for $60. This is a really good price for this iron.

I bought one of these and it's great. Works perfectly and is a really nice unit.

You can do a search for the thread, and if you're interested in buying it, it's up for sale.

It comes with the base unit, 903 iron, key card, and a new wide chisel tip. Actually, the tip has been used by me three times but I bought it new, so it's essentially in mint condition.

As for the station, I used it a total of six times. I'm selling it because a week or so after I bought it, I purchased a brand new Hakko FP-102 and then later got a fairly good deal on a used Hakko 939. So the 929 is just sitting on my shelf.

The station doesn't come with the iron holder, however, but I don't think these are too hard to find.

If you're interested I'd be interested in getting $55 for it, which includes shipping.

Please research this rework station and contact me if you're interested.

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