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Old 07-26-2004, 08:15 PM   #1
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Soldering gun or iron

I have a craftsman soldering gun (230/150 watt heavy duty), and wdon't know if I should take it back and get an iron. Is the iron better?

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Old 07-26-2004, 08:17 PM   #2
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guns have their purpose but RC really isn't one of them. Get a good iron like a goot, ungar, etc... a good hobby quality iron. It's frustrating using cheap tools.
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Old 07-26-2004, 08:23 PM   #3
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Haven't used a Goot or an Unger, but I have used a Weller soldering station and I own a Hakko 936 soldering station. I really like the Hakko and Weller stations.
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Old 07-26-2004, 08:30 PM   #4
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Is this good http://www.lowes.com/lkn?action=prod...231-273-WPC300

What iron do I need then?

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They made a typo. 300w. lol

Anyways, that 30w iron isn't really enough for RC applications. You want an iron that will go up to 60w.

If you got around 75-85 bucks, get the Hakko 936 Soldering Station.

Edit: I currently have a Hakko Red 503 60w Iron that I got from Fry's for 11.00, and a stand from RadioShack for 8.00. Works great. Downside is that it comes with a fatter tip. If you want variable temperatures, get a station. If you want a cheaper alternative, get a good iron and a stand.
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Just an FYI, Ungar was bought by Weller. So, Ungar no longer exist.
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Old 07-26-2004, 08:38 PM   #7
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I don't want to spend alot, since I don't do much soldering.

Would this work?

http://www.lowes.com/lkn?action=prod...123280-273-P2C
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I used to used the big soldering stations. After burning a few up I got a cheap Weller 40 Watt iron from Sears, Lowe's or Home Depot. It has an orange handle and well for ~$15.

It is the best thing I have ever used. It is stupid hot. Building batteries is a breeze and soldering on motor wire or brushes is instant.

40W is the key. Lower (25W-35W) is too cool higher (80W+) is way too hot.
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I've been using the same type 40 watt Weller for around 15 years, I've only had to buy 2 of them in that time but also had to replace the tip about 1-2 times a season. They are fantastic!!
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Definitly go for a soldering iron. I agree that Weller is the way to go.
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I've only got a 30 watt for battery connections (at the plug and on the motor) and that does fine but would need at least twice that for actual soldering of cells.
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Old 07-26-2004, 11:24 PM   #12
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Thanks alot guys. I'll try to get the weller
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I hate to go against the crowd, but I have been using a 30 year old soldering gun for RC apps for the last 10 years. It is a weller 90/120 Watt and it works great for batteries, motors, and general wiring. Just my opinion.
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whooaaa!!. that's what we can consider an antique tool for 30yrs and still working?!!.. it really serve its lifetime warranty.
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