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Old 09-22-2008, 12:03 PM   #16
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I hard wired everything and i use the weller fo 13 bucks... still got it and still love it.
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I hard wired everything and i use the weller fo 13 bucks... still got it and still love it.
Good point!
But some people just aren't happy unless they've got the biggest and the baddest.
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But some people just aren't happy unless they've got the biggest and the baddest.

I have jumped on somebody's hakko before in a pinch and it wasn't all that and a bag of chips. Just fancier and something bigger to haul around.
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I have jumped on somebody's hakko before in a pinch and it wasn't all that and a bag of chips. Just fancier and something bigger to haul around.
At home on the workbench, where I build packs and do all kinds of soldering all the time, is a top-end soldering station.
In the pitbox to go trackside, where I do little more than a wire or two from time to time, is a $18 40w Weller. If it dies or gets dropped or broken or borrowed and not returned no worries.
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That ones a piece of Shit i had it. The best one to get is the weller sp40l 40w

http://www.all2ools.com/index.pl/fro...ctid=WLR/SP40L

Have had this for over a year and it works well. That hobbico will ruin your cells the tip sucks.
The Weller is by far the best iron for the money. Just replaced mine after 4 years and only because I could not get the set screw out.
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High-cost is all relative. Consider these:

http://www.techni-tool.com/static-pr...al_MX_500.html

Workhorses of many electronic assembly... Hakko 936 is considered "cheap" compared to these!

My own personal experience, a tool has to be able to do the job and do it well. It's not the cost of the tool that weighs in, it's the quality of the job and how much that is worth...
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... and of course Tool Time's own Tim Taylor has his own point to be made.
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The Weller is by far the best iron for the money. Just replaced mine after 4 years and only because I could not get the set screw out.
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The Weller is by far the best iron for the money. Just replaced mine after 4 years and only because I could not get the set screw out.
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Another vote for the Weller 40 Watt. I've been using mine for over 4 years now. Just need to replace the tip when it goes bad, I usually get about 3 or 4 months of use out of a tip, but I don't keep the iron plugged in continuosly at the track either.
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There's a silvery paste (forgot what it's called) that you can apply between the tip and the slide/collar so that it prevents the tip from fusing with the collar. Worthwhile to get if you're constantly replacing tips but don't want to break the wand in doing so...
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Another vote for the Weller 40 Watt. I've been using mine for over 4 years now. Just need to replace the tip when it goes bad, I usually get about 3 or 4 months of use out of a tip, but I don't keep the iron plugged in continuosly at the track either.
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i got mine for christmas like 3 or so years ago. still on the original tip. works great, even after accidentally leaving it plugged in for like an hour with no use. high quality iron, and for the most part you can do about everything with it.
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So I got a 40-watt soldering iron from Radio Shack, some desoldering braid, and .062 rosin-core solder.

Is this all I need? Is the .062 rosin-core solder the type of solder I need?
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So I got a 40-watt soldering iron from Radio Shack, some desoldering braid, and .062 rosin-core solder.

Is this all I need? Is the .062 rosin-core solder the type of solder I need?
Did you get the one with the built in stand ?
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Can anyone recommend a good but cheap soldering iron?

I don't want to build my own NiMH packs; I just want to solder only one wire on my Novak ESC, so that's why I don't need anything expensive.

I know Radio Shack sells soldering irons, but are these sufficient for my purpose?

Also, what additional things will I need other than solder?

Thanks for any info.
I use this for batteries and high amp connecters
http://cgi.ebay.com/Stained-Glass-Su...QQcmdZViewItem
I had a ungar 40watter for everything else. The one in the Ebay auction really works great on motor plugs on brushless motors, I haven't had a cold joint since using it
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Did you get the one with the built in stand ?
Yes, it has a stand.

So, is the .062 solder ok... I'm not sure on that one.
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