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Old 05-10-2006, 07:01 PM   #1
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I currently use a Weller 60W Soldering Iron with a 3/16" chisel tip for all my soldering.

It works pretty well 90% of the time. However, for windy days outdoors and building battery packs, it does not always cut it! Yes, I know about the trick of wrapping the stand with aluminum foil to retain heat.

Does anyone have recommendations on a better iron or soldering station to use? Thanks.
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I currently use a Weller 60W Soldering Iron with a 3/16" chisel tip for all my soldering.

It works pretty well 90% of the time. However, for windy days outdoors and building battery packs, it does not always cut it! Yes, I know about the trick of wrapping the stand with aluminum foil to retain heat.

Does anyone have recommendations on a better iron or soldering station to use? Thanks.
Hakko 936 with a 907 tip. i bought mine for $60 at Fry's. But it was on sale. They usually run $99.

EDIT: cheaper online. $84
http://shop2.outpost.com/product/454...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG
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Weller SPG80L. nuff said. Go to Lowes and they're 26 bucks. You could use it to weld together a 1/1 car
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The Hakko 936 is the favorite choice of most racers.
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Here downunder most use a Scope Soldering station. Takes less than 5 secs to heat up and can also run using 3-4 cells for tracks without mains power.

http://www.wiltronics.com.au/catalogue/shop.php?cid=509
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Hakko 936 Soldering Station with 908 Iron, just got mine today and it's awesome
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go with the hakko and use good tip care..You can check out and try my hakko sat at speedworld if you like.
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The Hakko 599B Tip cleaner is VERY nice aswell
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go with the hakko and use good tip care..You can check out and try my hakko sat at speedworld if you like.
Thanks all. Looks like a clear lead for the Hakko 936.

Hmmm...I see 907 irons (medium) and 908s (large). Medium is big enough.

I see a Medium Chisel Tip #900M-T-S3 that is .205" wide...perfect!

Will try the tip cleaner too. Gonna miss that sponge...Named him Bob.

Many thanks all.
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Bill make sure you get the 908 the 907 tip works well but the 908 tip is better for batteries and motors.
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Bill, go Hakko and you will not regret it!!
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NO votes for the ALL TIME O.G. soldering iron, the Ungar UTC 300 Super Station???!!! I would shine EVERY iron listed on this thread until now.....too sad. Actually, what is sad is that these are no longer in production, as this was the IDEAL iron for racers- small, portable, lightweight, always hot and durable.


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Don't know, are you?
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Thanks all. Looks like a clear lead for the Hakko 936.

Hmmm...I see 907 irons (medium) and 908s (large). Medium is big enough.

I see a Medium Chisel Tip #900M-T-S3 that is .205" wide...perfect!

Will try the tip cleaner too. Gonna miss that sponge...Named him Bob.

Many thanks all.
Definitely go with the 908 handle. I purchased the 907 handle by accident, and later felt the need to convert it to a 908. You don't think you'll need the 908 until you use them back-to-back.

For those who are interested the part number for the 907->908 conversion (incl. tip) is 908-CK and it runs about 17 bucks.
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Bill,
I use a Hakko 455 iron at the track. Less stuff to bring and has more heat than any station. It does a nice job on batteries too. At home I have a Hakko 928 dual station with large and small irons, really nice for building. If you want to solder batteries with no waiting check out the 456 iron, its a monster.

My all time favorite is the Ungar 50w, it kicks ass on any Hakko, but they are hard to get now.
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