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Old 02-03-2005, 03:35 PM   #16
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I'm tried of buying the radio shack soldering irons. I think it's time for me to buy a good one. I see some people that have the solder-stations where you can adjust the temp. Where can I get one for a good price and witch one.?

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Look into the Goot TQ-95 iron at www.bomir.com. Even though it's not a soldering STATION...it's only $35 and works VERY well.
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I second the Hakko 936 Soldering Station, great station and a really good price. Bought mine at Fry's Electronics.
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Old 02-04-2005, 05:17 AM   #18
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Just to let everyone know the Hakko 936 non-esd (white base) has been discontinued. The Hakko 936 esd (black base) has taken its place. The only difference is that the iron is grounded so it will not have a static charge, for when it is used electronics. I know this because when I ordered mine the white one did not show.
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Old 02-04-2005, 07:51 AM   #19
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I have a 936 with the 907 Iron I leave at home, I carry enough crap.... For my toolbox I have the $8.99 special Hobbico 60 watt and a Radio Shack stand, works prefect....

Another place to try is Techni Tool
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I hope somebody can help me with this little problem. I recently bought the Hako 936 & ordered the bigger tip. I put in the big tip as soon as I got it...within the first couple of times trying it..the solder would just ball up & roll off everything. The tip got real dark in color. I switched back to small tip that came on it...it worked great for about three weeks, now it has the same color & I am having the same problem with it. I have 2 questions: Does anybody know of anything to clean the tips with to get them working right again & how can I keep them from doing this again if I get them cleaned? Thanks for any info on this!
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Old 02-04-2005, 10:08 PM   #21
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You might be able to use some tip tinner. That should allow your solder to "meld" with your tip.

You can get it from Radio Shack
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Jay - You probably burned the tip by getting too hot before tinning it. If you do this the iron plating on the tip oxidizes and the solder will not stick to it. The Radio Shack tip tinner is you best shot to save the tip.

After years of buying expensive irons I now use a $17 Weller 40W iron from Sears. It is super hot and make short work of building batts and soldering shunts and leads to Orion V2 end bells.
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Thanks so much guys! This is the first "REAL" iron that I have had & it really got to me when this started happening! Thanks again!

Yea, I had the $ 21.00 Radio Shack job & it would`nt stay hot enough @ our local club being outside & especially when the wind was blowing!
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The only iron I'll ever buy. 80watts, so it's superhot for quick, solid battery jobs and such. I've had my current one for 3 years and it's just now wearing out the tip.

and they're cheap!!

http://www.action-electronics.com/weller.htm#Sp80
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The only iron I'll ever buy. 80watts, so it's superhot for quick, solid battery jobs and such. I've had my current one for 3 years and it's just now wearing out the tip.

and they're cheap!!

http://www.action-electronics.com/weller.htm#Sp80

Those are great for batteries,but that's about it,if you see somebody with solder burns all over their equipment this is why! their just to big for most of the small spaces we have on our cars.If you want just an iron,IE: not a station, that's absolutley perfect for use at the track,get the Goot TQ-95.it has a variable heat button on it and it will go all the way up to 1100 degrees if you ever need it to (I never have) but it's there if you need it,and another cool feature is it has a cover and when your ready to pack up for the day just unplug, screw on the cover and put it away no waiting for your iron to cool down.you'll need the 3-C tip also, http://www.bomir.com/online/index.php?sub=78

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jay5668,
what type of solder are you using????
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Tried both the Radio Shack & Deans...same result with both. The Radio Shack is what worked with the small tip for a while!
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I'm telling you guys...the $17 Weller 40W is the best. If it stays hot enough to unsolder motor wires on an Orion V2 endbell on a windy 50 degree day it will work on anything. My is 2 years old and still going strong.
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adrian,
you got lucky. i tried both wellers. the cheap 40 watt and the orange base station. both of them had the part that holds the tip assembly to the handle melt. i think its the insulator. as i went to solder the tip assembly fell out. the screws that hold the insulator to the handle must have gotten too hot and melted the plastic on the handle. i bought a hakko and never had a problem.
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i like the hakko 936 with 908 iron good iron
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