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Old 12-21-2002, 09:37 PM   #1
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Arrow what kind of soldering iron to get???

I recently changed over to soldering my wires to my motor...since I was having problems with those stupid little clips that clip onto the motor. I have a stick solder iron...but it is rather old and doesn't heat up that well. I want to get a decent one with a nice little base that I can put it in when not in use plus have a little area for a sponge. What kind does everyone else have and recommend?
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Old 12-21-2002, 09:45 PM   #2
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I always use weller, not too expensive, and are darn good. If your looking for some of the best get ungar, kinda expensive for just a hobby. Go up to radioshack and get a decent grounded weller and some fine soldier (around .32) and ya might as well get a soldering wick for when ya screw up(a desloder tool will work too, but not as good)
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I would suggest that you buy a decent one that has a temperature regulator in it. These are usually a two piece deal with a stand that you plug in, maybe has a power indicator light and a temperature guage. These type of irons don't cool off as fast when you first touch something. Also, if you're plugged in at the track with 100 other soldering irons, the temp regulator doesn't care if the ac voltage you're plugged into drops to 90V. You should be able to get a decent one for around $60 at your local electronics shop or look at online electronics shops.
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I found this one at RadioShack...



$21.99...and is exactly what I want and need.
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Trust me,that isn't the one you want.....I had one and threw it away!Save your money and buy a Hakko 936.
http://www.wassco.com/was/9360wsolstat.html
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i have the hakko 936 with the 908 iron. this is an iron with adjustable temp base. this is an excellent iron for everything i use it for. you may not need something like this however, before i had this iron i used a 10.00 craftsmen iron from sears that worked just fine.
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Old 12-22-2002, 11:16 AM   #7
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The Hakko is probably top of the line for the price. I also have a Hakko 936 station.
The Weller's are decent and about 10-20% cheaper than the Hakko's. You will want at least 60 watts of output in whatever you buy.

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Thanks for the link. Been looking for someone who has the entire line of tips for the Hakko's.
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I've been using a $19 Weller 40w Iron for about two years now, with no problems other than my tips going bad ( Tips are like $2.50-$3.00 for two if i remember right. ), But my Iron has also been dubed the "community Iron" for about 5 different drivers I've used up one tip, and will probably replace the second within the next two months. I'm sure they would last much longer if the kids who use my iron accually knew how to solder! The large chisel tip holds heat well, and Ive never had a problem with the iron "going cool"

$19.99 Weller 40W With Chisel tip
$10.00 (?) Radio Shack Soldering Iron stand W/ sponge

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Im using the ungar brand soldering station there not real costly and does a great job.
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All you need is this $5.99 60W Sodering iron (comes with 3 tips). You can get the base in the above picture from the shack for $10.

The new tips are about $1 each. I usually just replace the iron.


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All you need is this $5.99 60W Sodering iron (comes with 3 tips). You can get the base in the above picture from the shack for $10.

The new tips are about $1 each. I usually just replace the iron.


Tower carries an iron just like that. Made by Hobbico, same price.
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hehe... that's the one
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I just bought myself the RadioShack one for myself as a x-mas gift! I plugged it in to test it out...and works 100 times better than the one I had. I love the little holster and the nice sponge.

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