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Old 12-06-2009, 06:45 PM   #1
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Quick question before i order...

I am new to this hobby, so far it's super fun...but it looks like i will need to start getting required tools...

for now I need to solder some deans plugs to upgrade my Tamiya's...I think Im going to get the Weller wlc100

Check it out....looks sufficient for now and down the road????
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Old 12-06-2009, 07:02 PM   #2
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It's alright but a little weak. For a little more money get a Hakko 936. It's a higher quality, more powerful, bigger Tip, better temp control and gets hotter quicker. Soldering irons are like all tools- you get what you pay for.
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Old 12-06-2009, 07:25 PM   #3
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I just got the Team Checkpoint TC-950 and I will never use a stupid soldering GUN for RC again. It's like night and day the precision and ease of use this thing offers.
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I bought a Hakko 936 from Amain when they had them on sale. I'd been using a Weller gun and 80watt Weller iron, but as wire sizes grew on my projects, the gun couldn't heat the wire and solder tab hot enough to get a good joint and the iron was too big. The 936 makes soldering chores a breeze!
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all depends on how much soldering you plan on doing.
if all you're going to do, like most guys, is solder on an occassional deans plug or change a wire then there's no sense in investing in a fancy soldering station. if you're going to be building nimh battery packs, and hardly anyone is anymore now that most guys are running lipos, then you might have a need for a hakko or some highend iron - but I doubt it. I take a $20 weller iron to the track and leave the soldering station at home and it serves 99% of any soldering needs.
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I'll add a +1 for the Hakko 936.

I was using a cheap generic 40W iron for a long time and when I used this thing the first time was just WOW. It gets hot so fast... Temperature holds rock solid while soldering. It's amazing.

However, we have been using the Weller wlc100 at work for a long time, and the only thing it's really come up short on were soldering NiMH cells or huge pieces of wire (example, soldering a wing mount or wheelie bar or something). Otherwise, it's good to go.

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