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Old 9th May 2005, 04:09 AM   #1
David B is offline David B  United States
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I'm ready to upgrade to a real soldering station and have been checking out the ebay prices for the Weller WTCPT and WES50 and WES51. I've also noticed some other units that appear to be temperature controlled, and less expensive than the wellers.
Does anyone have any experience with these?

Xytronics 379 $49.95
http://www.howardelectronics.com/xytronic/379.html

and

this web-tronics house brand model: $39.95
http://www.web-tronics.com/webtronics/autsolirstat.html

This would be for hobbyist use, not day-in day-out work.

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Old 9th May 2005, 05:36 AM   #2
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Weller WECP-20 is from back when weller made their best stations, and those are cheap now. AFIK this brings you the best value.

Mine is like 15 years old by now, never caused no trouble and the tips are reasonably priced.

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Old 9th May 2005, 06:08 AM   #3
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I would check out this one. They offer many style tips for a fair price. Had mine for nearly 2 years now with no problems. It is a nice Hakko clone.

http://www.circuitspecialists.com/prod.itml/icOid/7307

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I would check out this one. They offer many style tips for a fair price. Had mine for nearly 2 years now with no problems. It is a nice Hakko clone.

http://www.circuitspecialists.com/prod.itml/icOid/7307

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That's a clone of the Hakko 936 ESD, which I own and love.

I've heard nothing but good things about it.
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Old 12th May 2005, 03:56 AM   #5
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Thumbs up Weller can't be beat

Hi All,

No, Weller can't be beat for quality and durability. The one I have has given 16 years of trouble free service and it is extremely reliable.

I've tried the Hakko's but the end result is I still like the Weller better with their range or different replaceable tips.

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Old 12th May 2005, 12:18 PM   #6
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Where I work we have Weller , Tenma , Hako
I like the Hako 936 myself , so much so I bought one for home .






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Hi All,

No, Weller can't be beat for quality and durability. The one I have has given 16 years of trouble free service and it is extremely reliable.
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Agree. I can beat that by 10 years, still extremely happy with my Weller Temptronic.

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Default Re: Weller can't be beat

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Hi All,

No, Weller can't be beat for quality and durability. The one I have has given 16 years of trouble free service and it is extremely reliable.

I've tried the Hakko's but the end result is I still like the Weller better with their range or different replaceable tips.
I have also used Weller for decades and the good thing is reliability and supply of spare parts.
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Default Re: Re: Weller can't be beat

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I have also used Weller for decades and the good thing is reliability and supply of spare parts.

?? ... mine is so reliable, I have no need for spare parts...

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Old 12th May 2005, 01:51 PM   #10
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With Multicore lead-free solder 96S, I use Hakko 936 here, and Weller Temtronic WS80 at home. Hakko 936 has a better iron stand. But, for all others, I much prefer Weller WS80. I often do p2p wiring for hobby, hmmm...not skilful. Hmmm... doing with Weller always secures me with better quality soldering.

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