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justboatonic

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Solering irons & stations recommendations?
« on: July 18, 2019, 03:25:23 PM »

Well it looks like my 20+ year old Weller 60w soldering gun has finally pegged out. Ive another iron for heavy duty stuff like soldering heli ESC leads etc but I need something that's not as long as a magician's wands for smaller jobs and smaller gauge wire.
Im after recommendations for  a decent quality, reliable soldering iron, with or without station, that will be capable across my hobby interests of boats and trains for general use.
Thanks in anticipation.
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Re: Solering irons & stations recommendations?
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2019, 09:24:13 PM »

The Antex CS18 with its available variety of bits has been a favourite of mine since the early '60's, both the 50 volt version and the mains one.
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Re: Solering irons & stations recommendations?
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2019, 11:05:02 PM »

I have an expensive Weller WSP80 iron and solder station but the justification is that I still do a lot of PCB assembly work. I would, however, recommend buying an iron with silicon cable as it's much more flexible than PVC and also you won't accidentally burn through it. A range of different bits is a worthwhile option, too.

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Re: Solering irons & stations recommendations?
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2019, 11:30:52 PM »

Thanks for the latest suggestions. Been away for a few days riding steam trains so kind of forgot about the thread!
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