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Debbie Dunkley

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New soldering iron suggestions
« on: October 11, 2017, 05:18:16 pm »

Over the years I have only owned 3 soldering irons. One of those (I still have in drawer) was my first one- very old (like me- LOL), probably still works  but is 240v from the UK.
The next one I got when I moved to the US and it was a cheapy that only lasted a few years. My current one was also inexpensive but has fared better and still works but is now showing signs of fluctuating heat randomly.

What would be a good brand to look for that isn't crazy expensive but reliable? This will be one of my Xmas prezzies.
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Re: New soldering iron suggestions
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2017, 05:27:19 pm »

Over the years I have only owned 3 soldering irons. One of those (I still have in drawer) was my first one- very old (like me- LOL), probably still works  but is 240v from the UK.
The next one I got when I moved to the US and it was a cheapy that only lasted a few years. My current one was also inexpensive but has fared better and still works but is now showing signs of fluctuating heat randomly.

What would be a good brand to look for that isn't crazy expensive but reliable? This will be one of my Xmas prezzies.

Hakko.

https://www.amazon.com/FX888D-Digital-Soldering-Station-Cutter/dp/B00WN3AD7C/ref=sr_1_10?rps=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1507757175&sr=8-10&keywords=hakko+soldering+station&refinements=p_85%3A2470955011
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Re: New soldering iron suggestions
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2017, 05:31:06 pm »

My temperature-controlled Weller WES51 from eBay has lasted more than 15 years.  I wish all my eBay purchases were this good!
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Re: New soldering iron suggestions
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Re: New soldering iron suggestions
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2017, 05:45:27 pm »

My Weller from 1969 still works fine.



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Re: New soldering iron suggestions
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2017, 06:23:26 pm »

Over the years I have only owned 3 soldering irons. One of those (I still have in drawer) was my first one- very old (like me- LOL), probably still works  but is 240v from the UK.
The next one I got when I moved to the US and it was a cheapy that only lasted a few years. My current one was also inexpensive but has fared better and still works but is now showing signs of fluctuating heat randomly.

What would be a good brand to look for that isn't crazy expensive but reliable? This will be one of my Xmas prezzies.

Oh what fun! New tools for xmas!

I have a Weller WTCPT that I have been using for years. It was a xmas present many, many years ago. The temperature control is managed by what tips you put in it. I love it and it works great with a nice selection of pointy and screwdriver tips, there is little you can't do.

For more portable situations, I also have a Weller WP-35 and an old Weller WP-100.

I thought I had a WP-60 around here somewhere too, but I can only find the WP-35 and WTCPT right now. The others are probably buried in boxes somewhere.

That newer Weller WES51 looks like pretty good kit, too. So it would definitely be worth consideration. I would probably consider that as a replacement if my WTCPT were to die on me today.
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Re: New soldering iron suggestions
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2017, 06:36:54 pm »

You can't beat Weller.
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Re: New soldering iron suggestions
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2017, 08:32:11 pm »

Certainly, the Hakko and Weller models are top notch and always highly recommended.

I ended up with the Aoyue 937. It's served well for at least a few years now. No sign of failing yet.
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Re: New soldering iron suggestions
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2017, 08:46:52 pm »

Love my old Hakko...
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Re: New soldering iron suggestions
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2017, 08:56:25 pm »

Over the years I have only owned 3 soldering irons. One of those (I still have in drawer) was my first one- very old (like me- LOL), probably still works  but is 240v from the UK.
The next one I got when I moved to the US and it was a cheapy that only lasted a few years. My current one was also inexpensive but has fared better and still works but is now showing signs of fluctuating heat randomly.

What would be a good brand to look for that isn't crazy expensive but reliable? This will be one of my Xmas prezzies.
I carry one of these:https://www.howardelectronics.com/soldering/soldering-irons/goot/px-201/goot-px-201-temperature-controlled-soldering-iron/ and one of these:https://www.howardelectronics.com/soldering/soldering-stations/by-manufacturer/xytronic/lf-399d/xytronic-lf-399d-mini-type-80-watt-soldering-station/ in my fly-in repair kit and have had good service from both. I typically use the Goot with a 1/4" tip for the real heavy duty work and the Xytronic for circuit board level work. I also owned one of these for years and think it's an excellent iron:https://www.howardelectronics.com/soldering/soldering-stations/by-manufacturer/edsyn/951sx/edsyn-951sx-loner-soldering-station/
I also own some Wellers including a WP35 and WP60 that are in my "tool bag" kit. They're both good, but I've had several thermal runaway problems with the WP60 that the manufacturer was never able to explain well enough to give me the confidence to continue using it in my "A" kit.
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