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Old 02-02-2009, 12:29 PM   #1
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Have any of you guys ever used this iron? I need something for soldering 13GA wire.

http://www.amazon.com/Weller-WLC100-.../dp/B000AS28UC
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Get the hakko...
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Old 02-02-2009, 12:58 PM   #3
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Yeah, but the Hakko is like $80.
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The tip won't work for RC cars (at least not very well). I know it because I have one 58Watt with a tiny tip and it's taking forever to heat up the solder.
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The Weller will work just fine for RC, you will just need to purchase some bigger chisel tips for better heat retention. The tip that is supplied is for electronics(PCB's, etc.). The Hakko is a better choice but if price is of concern the Weller will work just fine.
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I have one i like it just fine but no it is not as good as a Hakko. and you will need to get a wider tip . for the price it is a descent iron.
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If you want cheep go with this

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...ctId=100391613

It will solder 12 gauge wire no problem and fits in the pit box.

You don't need a temp controlled or variable iron for soldering wires together... at least in my opinion, I'm sure others will disagree.
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If you want cheep go with this

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...ctId=100391613

It will solder 12 gauge wire no problem and fits in the pit box.

You don't need a temp controlled or variable iron for soldering wires together... at least in my opinion, I'm sure others will disagree.
WOW! Thanks for the info! I just need something for 13GA motor wires, and this would be perfect. I really don't need anything expensive. AND if it doesn't work, I can simply take it back and then try something else. You just saved me some money!
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Just bought the cheap Weller iron, and it worked like a charm. I just had to use the biggest tip to get enough heat. Thanks for the advice guys.
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Yep, for wires, those thick high wattage irons actually do pretty well. I have that WLC100, while its not nearly as good as the hakko, it does just about everything great. I have several tips though, I use a thicker flat one for RC, but the sharp pointed one works great for PCB work.
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IF you want a really nice iron from Weller then you want the WES51. Been using mine for many years now and works great and would be similiar to the Hakko 936 which is another good soldering station.

I had many of cheap ones in the past but they all sucked so I broke down and spent a little more money for the WES51 and never looked back.
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