Originally posted by Lennydude
I am sorry if this has been asked 100 times but I am doing a search and coming up empty with info about this particular station
I am interested in buying a new Radio Shack Digital Soldering Station part number 64-1285. I was wondering if anyone can give me a heads up on this unit?
Here is a link that describes the unit. Thanks very much!
I don't know much about radioshack digital iron but I was never happy with the other models. Usually the tip was a big factor.
This place has been good to me. I have used weller and Ungar 40-50watt irons with no station. Eventually the heating elements or tips would wear out and force me to buy a new one. Hobbyshops were not good at keeping parts in stock until I found this place.
I use the We-WJPC300 station $32.95
You can plug in any iron and regulate the output. When I don't need to solder I turn it down to 1. Takes about 30-45 sec when you have to turn it up. It also has a lite for on/off switch.
As far as irons go get the 7400 handle, 4034s(45w) heater with PL133 tip $41.97. It is 45 watts and uses a good tip. If you want to try another tip get the PL153. The PL133 tip is my first choice.
What makes this nice is if you burn out the heating element you can buy it for $25 and a tip for $6.
With the station you should last a long time if you turn down the heat. If you are not using it just turn it off. I used to hate unplugging/plugging it all the time.
Hope this helps and it keeps you under $100.
I do have the Portasol Beutane kit. It is ok as a field solderer but is pretty awesome for doing shrink tubing. If you use it for field soldering you will have to be out of the wind or in a box.