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'[OT][EE] Need A GOOD Soldering Station?'
2007\08\10@084140 by Bob Axtell

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Look at EBay Sales Item #280140406867,
the QK936A Soldering Station. I just bought
one, NEW, for $42.50 USD plus shipping.

I have played with it (got in a few days ago)
and am delighted with it. It compares to a Haako
soldering station, but is 1/4 the cost.

But the best feature is not obvious... the madell
guys have an enormous selection of tips, some
less than 30mils wide; this beats Weller's tip
selection by a mile.

It does NOT have a "made in china" sticker
anywhere, either, I might add...

--Bob

2007\08\10@090553 by Spehro Pefhany

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Quoting Bob Axtell <spam_OUTengineerTakeThisOuTspamcotse.net>:
<snip>

> It does NOT have a "made in china" sticker
> anywhere, either, I might add...
>
> --Bob

Where is it made? China? ;-)


2007\08\10@115901 by Rich Satterlee

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Hiya-

Alternative solder station is a temp controlled one that I got about a year ago.
I've been quite happy with it. The tips are low cost and there are also a large
selection for this 40W unit.  There is a digital control one for a couple of
dollars more, but this one fits my needs.  I bought a selection of tips and a
spare heater element all at the same time.  I've not had to replace the tip yet.

This one might say made in China, I'm not really sure.

Here's the link:

http://www.mpja.com/prodinfo.asp?number=15140+TL

Note that I'm not affliated with mpja other than being a customer for a few years.

Cheers,

  Rich S.

---- Original Message ----
From:                Bob Axtell
Date:                Fri 8/10/07 6:01
To:                Microcontroller discussion list - Public.
Subject:        [OT][EE] Need A GOOD Soldering Station?

Look at EBay Sales Item #280140406867,
the QK936A Soldering Station. I just bought
one, NEW, for $42.50 USD plus shipping.

I have played with it (got in a few days ago)
and am delighted with it. It compares to a Haako
soldering station, but is 1/4 the cost.

But the best feature is not obvious... the madell
guys have an enormous selection of tips, some
less than 30mils wide; this beats Weller's tip
selection by a mile.

It does NOT have a "made in china" sticker
anywhere, either, I might add...

--Bob

2007\08\10@204149 by Bob Axtell

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Spehro Pefhany wrote:
> Quoting Bob Axtell <.....engineerKILLspamspam@spam@cotse.net>:
> <snip>
>
>  
>> It does NOT have a "made in china" sticker
>> anywhere, either, I might add...
>>
>> --Bob
>>    
>
> Where is it made? China? ;-)
>
>
>  
I think inTaiwan...

--Bob

2007\08\10@204151 by Vitaliy

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Bob Axtell wrote:
> It does NOT have a "made in china" sticker
> anywhere, either, I might add...

Means absolutely nothing. :)

Given the price, it's virtually a certainty.

2007\08\10@215337 by Spehro Pefhany

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At 07:41 PM 8/10/2007, you wrote:
>Spehro Pefhany wrote:
> > Quoting Bob Axtell <engineerspamKILLspamcotse.net>:
> > <snip>
> >
> >
> >> It does NOT have a "made in china" sticker
> >> anywhere, either, I might add...
> >>
> >> --Bob
> >>
> >
> > Where is it made? China? ;-)
> >
> >
> >
>I think inTaiwan...
>
>--Bob

Nope. The real manufacturer is in the south of mainland China.

Best regards,

Spehro Pefhany --"it's the network..."            "The Journey is the reward"
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2007\08\13@104030 by alan smith

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How do these compare to a Metcal? Fast on time?

Rich Satterlee <EraseMEpicspam_OUTspamTakeThisOuTsatterlees.com> wrote:  Hiya-

Alternative solder station is a temp controlled one that I got about a year ago.
I've been quite happy with it. The tips are low cost and there are also a large
selection for this 40W unit. There is a digital control one for a couple of
dollars more, but this one fits my needs. I bought a selection of tips and a
spare heater element all at the same time. I've not had to replace the tip yet.

This one might say made in China, I'm not really sure.

Here's the link:

http://www.mpja.com/prodinfo.asp?number=15140+TL

Note that I'm not affliated with mpja other than being a customer for a few years.

Cheers,

Rich S.

---- Original Message ----
From: Bob Axtell
Date: Fri 8/10/07 6:01
To: Microcontroller discussion list - Public.
Subject: [OT][EE] Need A GOOD Soldering Station?

Look at EBay Sales Item #280140406867,
the QK936A Soldering Station. I just bought
one, NEW, for $42.50 USD plus shipping.

I have played with it (got in a few days ago)
and am delighted with it. It compares to a Haako
soldering station, but is 1/4 the cost.

But the best feature is not obvious... the madell
guys have an enormous selection of tips, some
less than 30mils wide; this beats Weller's tip
selection by a mile.

It does NOT have a "made in china" sticker
anywhere, either, I might add...

--Bob

2007\08\13@134922 by Rich Satterlee

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Hiya-

I haven't used a Metcal personally, around here weller seems to be the standard of
choice for big $ soldering stations (silly cone valley).  Errrrr, not the LW100
Weller cheapies, I'm comparing it to the $150+ types.

However the little soldering station that I bought seems to be just as fast as
the Wellers.  I would say that it reaches soldering temp from a cold start in under
a minute and keeps it's soldering temp quite well.

I typically turn it on, go wet the sponge sit down and compose myself and by about
that time it's about ready.  There is a little heater on light that one can look
at to see if it's up to temp.

Compared to the Weller, the case is a little lighter, but not bad.  The tip handle
is adequate for light duty soldering (in fact, it would be fine in production).
There is a little "roll holder" for the solder that I never use on the tip handle
(which is seperate from the iron's supply).

Since I don't change solder compositions much, I only need to worry about one temp.
so having a digital readout for an extra $10 wasn't really worth it to me.  Temp.
control is set and forget.

I can't remember off hand if the iron is detachable via plug or connector from the
power supply.  However, changing tips is easy and it looks like heater elements too.

Standard 3 prong plug in the U.S. and I'm pretty sure that I checked and indeed the
tip is grounded.

Replacement tips are cheap and come in 7 or 8 varieties.  I stocked up in case I
would have trouble finding them in the future.  However, I have yet to replace tips
with maybe about 100-200 of "on" time for the unit.

Hope that this information helps.  That's about all that I can remember pro and
con for the unit.  It is my main "go to" soldering station and I'm quite happy with
it for the price.

 Cheers,

  Rich S.


---- Original Message ----
From:                alan smith
Date:                Mon 8/13/07 7:56
To:                Microcontroller discussion list - Public.
Subject:        Re: [OT][EE] Need A GOOD Soldering Station?

How do these compare to a Metcal? Fast on time?

Rich Satterlee <picspamspam_OUTsatterlees.com> wrote:  Hiya-

Alternative solder station is a temp controlled one that I got about a year ago.
I've been quite happy with it. The tips are low cost and there are also a large
selection for this 40W unit. There is a digital control one for a couple of
dollars more, but this one fits my needs. I bought a selection of tips and a
spare heater element all at the same time. I've not had to replace the tip yet.

This one might say made in China, I'm not really sure.

Here's the link:

http://www.mpja.com/prodinfo.asp?number=15140+TL

Note that I'm not affliated with mpja other than being a customer for a few years.

Cheers,

Rich S.

---- Original Message ----
From: Bob Axtell
Date: Fri 8/10/07 6:01
To: Microcontroller discussion list - Public.
Subject: [OT][EE] Need A GOOD Soldering Station?

Look at EBay Sales Item #280140406867,
the QK936A Soldering Station. I just bought
one, NEW, for $42.50 USD plus shipping.

I have played with it (got in a few days ago)
and am delighted with it. It compares to a Haako
soldering station, but is 1/4 the cost.

But the best feature is not obvious... the madell
guys have an enormous selection of tips, some
less than 30mils wide; this beats Weller's tip
selection by a mile.

It does NOT have a "made in china" sticker
anywhere, either, I might add...

--Bob

2007\08\13@145259 by PAUL James

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All,

Ditto here in the Houston area where I work.  We have mostly Weller
EC2002M (~$350.00 USD),
and Weller WESD51 units (~$150.00 USD).  Both work very well.  They
maintain their temperature
well regardless of size the material being soldered.  They operate for
hours on end, and haven't
Failed yet.  Although when we aren't using them for a few minutes, we
turn the temp down to mininum.
It only takes about 30-40 seconds or so for them to come back up to tep
from their mininum (~360 F).
They are rather expensive, but for reliability, ease of use, tight temp
control, and the ability to
Handle almost anything you throw at it, in the long run, it's pretty
inexpensive.  We have several,
And all work fine.  The WESD51 is basically the same thing except that
iit is of later manufacture,
And is supposed to be able to better handle ESD issues, (ie it's ESD
proofed).

One of my personal soldering stations is touted as being temperature
controlled,  But in reality,
it is nothing more than temperature adjustable.   It is basically a lamp
dimmer in series with a
Pencil type soldering iron.  Granted, it wasn't very expensive, but the
I can understand the low
Price sincce there is virtually nothing inside except a transformer,
pot, triac, and a few resistors
and caps.   Probably the most expensive part of the whole system is the
iron itself.  

But it does work, and it does a pretty good job.  But I usually use my
personal Weller Temp controlled
Iron for critical jobs.  The inexpensive one is what I use when I want
to make a quick repair or lateration
To some cable or something like that.

Anyway, my advice is to get the best you can afford.  And the Weller
line of EC2002M and WESD51 units are
Good buys.  They are not cheap, but they are reliable and very good
quality.  Parts are also readily
Available for them from several places.  We usually go to Digikey or
Techni Tool for tips and such.

Anyway, my 2 cents worth.


       
Regards,

       
Jim








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