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Phil 926/07/2019 21:02:16
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I find myself doing more and more soldering.

I have a poor soldering iron the tip is wobblily the handle gets hot and the power cable is far to short.

I would like something better.

I used to use at work a wella soldering station that was very good but at nearly £300 it is too expensive for home use.

Do you own a good onr that you can recommend?

Doc Marten26/07/2019 21:08:32
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What will you be using it for, electronics or piano wire?

Denis Watkins26/07/2019 21:08:39
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Antex Phil

Used in schools, as they are rough and tough, and have a silicone mains lead, and reasonably priced

Choose a wattage that fits your work

Edited By Denis Watkins on 26/07/2019 21:09:04

Phil 926/07/2019 21:39:52
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Posted by Doc Marten on 26/07/2019 21:08:32:

What will you be using it for, electronics or piano wire?

electronics but some battery cables can start to get quite big so I need it to be a good allrounder

Chris Bott - Moderator26/07/2019 22:57:51
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Have a look at the 2019 posts in this thread

Peter Miller27/07/2019 08:29:29
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I use a Weller 40 Watt but I also have a 25 watt and 12 watt iron for smaller stuff.

I still have my Henly Solon 75 Watt iron bought in the 50s which still works well.

Gordon Tarling27/07/2019 09:03:29
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Not recommending any particular make or iron, but do ensure that whatever you buy is temp controlled. I have two in normal use - first is the bog standard Weller 40W soldering station, to which I can fit several different sizes of bit. For the larger soldering jobs, I bought a Weller 100W temp controlled iron - haven't found anything it won't cope with yet! Weller aren't cheap, but the quality is there and it's easy to find parts for them.

Doc Marten27/07/2019 11:21:38
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Posted by Phil 9 on 26/07/2019 21:39:52:
Posted by Doc Marten on 26/07/2019 21:08:32:

What will you be using it for, electronics or piano wire?

electronics but some battery cables can start to get quite big so I need it to be a good allrounder

You'll probably be best with more than one iron for that sort of range, the 'good allrounder' solution will leave you wanting at either end of the range you need it for...…..prepare to release the worms!

Bob Cotsford27/07/2019 12:06:49
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What Doc said. Short of an all-singing-all-dancing high budget job, two cheaper irons are your best bet. I have a small Antex for electronics and a big, cheap, off-brand E-bay special 100W one for power cables and u/c wire. If that doesn't do the job then it's time for the gas torch.

Don Fry27/07/2019 12:25:29
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Agree, I've got an 8 watt job for tiny stuff, a 30 watt temp controlled general purpose (Lidl), and a 150 watt job for undercarriages (E Bay special). None expensive

Jon Robb27/07/2019 13:58:38
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I use a Hakko FX888D and have found it to be very good. If you envisage you will be doing quite a lot of soldering then its a worthwhile investment, there is a massive range of tips, digital temperature output and maintains heat well. Also if spares were ever required, they are very well supported.

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Phil 927/07/2019 14:49:32
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Posted by Jon Robb on 27/07/2019 13:58:38:

I use a Hakko FX888D and have found it to be very good. If you envisage you will be doing quite a lot of soldering then its a worthwhile investment, there is a massive range of tips, digital temperature output and maintains heat well. Also if spares were ever required, they are very well supported.

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are the tips included or sold separately

Phil 927/07/2019 17:43:23
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this one looked promising?

Jon Robb27/07/2019 18:50:15
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Mine came with tips and I bought a few different ones as well.

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