|John Wagg||10/06/2020 11:04:23|
|105 forum posts|
|Doc Marten||14/07/2020 21:58:41|
|630 forum posts|
If anyone fancies a brand spanking new old stock, never seen a plug or solder, with box and original paperwork, there's one on Ebay : 125w Solon
Edited By Doc Marten on 14/07/2020 21:59:49
|David Ovenden||15/07/2020 05:34:09|
362 forum posts
Still using my Dad's old 125w Solon iron (that I "borrowed" from him 40 yrs ago) for "heavy" work! Does the job every time.
|Richard Clark 2||15/07/2020 06:37:14|
|418 forum posts|
My Solon has served two generations, my father and me, so it's at least 70 years old. It's the 240 Watt one and was made before they painted the handle - it's bare wood with not the tiniest trace of paint and the cord is cotton covered.
But it burnt out some years ago and for heavy work such as undercarriages I have been using a couple of old unpowered ones heated on the gas cooker . I recently got fed up with this, as did my wife, and I have recently purchased a 100 Watt Antex 'Lite'.
Temperature control helps but the main reason is the modern lead free solder which is about all you can find in most DIY stores. Not even iron plated/coated bits stand that for long but wiping it thoroughly clean while still hot with wet genuine sponge is good. (Imitation sponge is prone to melt even when wet and lacks the microscopic sharp calcium 'whiskers' of the real stuff.)
|Peter Miller||15/07/2020 07:30:44|
11214 forum posts
Squires still sell 500gram rolls of ordinary multicore solder.
|Doc Marten||15/07/2020 11:46:46|
|630 forum posts|
Why do I always forget about Squires?
I love visiting their shop, I spend an age browsing in there, I always buy something as a kind of courtesy when I do.
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