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'[OT] Want to buy soldering iron station'
2000\05\03@130900 by John Pearson

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I want to buy a new soldering iron station. Is the digital station sold by
Radio Shack any good?

I also saw a Weller analog station in JDR cataloge for $50.00.

These okay for a hobbiest?

Thanks
John

2000\05\03@161635 by Mark Willis

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www.hosfelt.com/ had a WLC-100 (?) for $38ish the other day, if
that's the same as the JDR iron.  Don't know on the RS iron.  Skill has
a lot to do with results, as does experience with that particular iron,
and tip selection (and, as I've been learning lately, water soluble flux
doesn't flow as well as I'd like, so you need to work with the flux
you're using.  It is easy to remove indoors, out of the rain <G>)

Best I can say on irons in 15 words or less is, "If it helps, it's good
- if you need more iron capabilities, spend more money."  Are you doing
or do you plan to do though-hole, or SMT, and/or super fine pitch SMT?
Will the station work with those as you gain more experience with it?
(I'm sure many of us could do anything with a $3 Radio Shack iron with a
1Meg resistor hand-connected to ground, frankly <G>)

 Mark

John Pearson wrote:
> I want to buy a new soldering iron station. Is the digital station sold by
> Radio Shack any good?
>
> I also saw a Weller analog station in JDR cataloge for $50.00.
>
> These okay for a hobbiest?
>
> Thanks
> John

2000\05\03@170341 by Ed Troy

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<x-flowed>I have 2 irons that I use in my consulting business, and I like them both.
One is the Weller WLC100, and the other is a Weller EC2002M. The EC2002M is
the BEST iron I have ever used, and I have used most of them. However, it
is not cheap. There are similar analog units that are probably just as
good, from Weller. The WLC100 is probably appropriate for a hobbyist. I am
not familiar with the Radio Shack unit you are referring to, but I have
never been impressed by any irons by anyone other than Weller, including
Metcal, who make even more expensive irons. It depends on what you are
doing, and how serious you are. If you need an iron that can handle
virtually anything from 20 mil pitch IC's to 5 watt resistors, then buy a
good, temperature controlled Weller iron like the EC2002M (but you don't
need the digital feature.) If you are just looking for a general purpose
iron, then a cheaper Weller is probably good. Also, Weller has an EXCELLENT
warranty program. They replace virtually anything for either free, or $70.

Ed

 At 10:09 AM 5/3/2000 -0700, you wrote:
>I want to buy a new soldering iron station. Is the digital station sold by
>Radio Shack any good?
>
>I also saw a Weller analog station in JDR cataloge for $50.00.
>
>These okay for a hobbiest?
>
>Thanks
>John

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2000\05\03@172037 by l.allen

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Ed Wrote

> I have 2 irons that I use in my consulting business, and I like them both.
> One is the Weller WLC100, and the other is a Weller EC2002M. The EC2002M is
> the BEST iron I have ever used, and I have used most of them. However, it
> is not cheap. There are similar analog units that are probably just as
> good, from Weller.

My vote is for the Weller WSD80.
I have had one for the last few months and I am going to
slowly dump all our other irons (Hioki, other Wellers etc)
and replace them with WSD80's.
Our hotair pencil is hardly ever used now.
Much to my total disbelief I can solder (moderate size)
SMD with this and a fine tip. Heat recovery is as good as
units much more expensive.

It may cost a bit more, and I know the question was
about personal/hobby use but it represents very good
value for money.

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Lance Allen
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New Zealand

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2000\05\03@181540 by dporter

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I saw the following in another mail list.  I am copying it without
permission.  I hope he won't mind.

>Look at this soldering station-   http://www.web-tronics.com/solstat.html

>I have one and it seems to do a great job.  Also a reasonable selection of
>tips available, as well as other
>replacement parts.  You can't beat it for the price!

>72/3  John N4FLJ



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> From: John Pearson <spam_OUTxeroTakeThisOuTspamCMC.NET>
> To: .....PICLISTKILLspamspam@spam@MITVMA.MIT.EDU
> Subject: [OT] Want to buy soldering iron station
> Date: Wednesday, May 03, 2000 1:09 PM
>
> I want to buy a new soldering iron station. Is the digital station sold
by
> Radio Shack any good?
>
> I also saw a Weller analog station in JDR cataloge for $50.00.
>
> These okay for a hobbiest?
>
> Thanks
> John

2000\05\03@182220 by Robert Wuest

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I have a Weller EC2002A.  The factory inspection date on it is
1-18-1984. I think I bought it that summer.  It's been a great iron,
nothing has broken or burned out.  With the right tip, I can solder darn
near anything.  I have a small box with a collection of tips and various
solders (and a Sal Ammoniac tinning block makes tips last twice as
long).

My personal opinion then and now - if you are going to do electronics
for a long time, spend the bucks for a good quality iron.  Making the
job fit the tool is never fun.  Same is true for all your tools, really.
(I'd never buy anything but a Tektronix oscope, either).

I haven't seen the Radio Shack iron, but I have never seen a good Radio
Shack iron in the past.


Back to PIC programming.....


Robert Wuest, PE
Sirius Engineering Company

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2000\05\03@210307 by Robert A. LaBudde

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<x-flowed>At 10:09 AM 5/3/00 -0700, you wrote:
>I want to buy a new soldering iron station. Is the digital station sold by
>Radio Shack any good?
>
>I also saw a Weller analog station in JDR cataloge for $50.00.
>
>These okay for a hobbiest?
>
>Thanks
>John

Marlin P Jones has the Weller WLC-100 for $36.95. (http://www.mpja.com/)

Radio Shack has a sale on their $150 station for $75 this month.
(http://www.radioshack.com/b2b/)



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2000\05\04@192349 by Brian Kraut

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You mentioned the Sal Amoniac tinning block.  I bought one of these out of a
catalog once and couldn't figure out what to do with it.  It was basically a big
salt lick.  Didn't melt, didn't seem to do anything to the iron tip, didn't have
any instructions.  How exactly are you supposed to use one?

Robert Wuest wrote:

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2000\05\04@195056 by Robert Wuest

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Mine is the same: a big "salt lick".  Originally, it was all nice and
square.  I chamfered (chipped away about a 1/8 inch with a screw driver,
IIRC) one of the edges on the top and have worn several grooves into
that edge.  I place a hot tip in the groove and twist and rub, just a
little bit and only to the coated part of the tip.  A little smoke comes
off and the groove gets a bit deeper each time.  The tip is bright and
shiny afterward.  That big salt lick is going to last 50 years.

BTW,  don't store your tips or turn off your iron after cleaning.  You
should leave a little solder on them to protect them.  And turn the iron
off if it won't be used for a while.  A tip can last several years if
properly cared for.

Robert Wuest, PE
Sirius Engineering Company


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2000\05\05@172205 by Jeffrey D Spears

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My dad turned me on to the Princess model from Ungar. Very difficult to
find these days--excellent for integrated circuit work!

It lacks all the fancy controls and what not of todays 'soldering station'.
It is a very small wattage pencil iron.


ok..jef


On Wed, 3 May 2000, John Pearson wrote:

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Jeffrey D. Spears
University of Michigan
College of Engineering

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