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Soldering Iron Purchase Advice?

Postby Hybrid88 » Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:40 pm

Hi guys,

So I guess I'll have to start looking at getting a new iron soonish, looking for something temp adjustable (digital would be good), decent quality and about 2-300 ish in cost.

I've narrowed it down to these two which look good;

http://au.element14.com/weller/wesd51dau/soldering-station-digital-50w/dp/1676855

http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=TS1440

Any recommendations, advice or opinions? :)
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Re: Soldering Iron Purchase Advice?

Postby Junction » Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:31 am

considering they are about the same price, I'd go with the Weller, being a very reputable brand, never heard of the Jaycar one. Get yourself a few different size tips while you are at it.
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Re: Soldering Iron Purchase Advice?

Postby Futureman » Fri Jan 24, 2014 11:22 am

That Weller is good from my experience - easy choice.

But TBH I've done a load of soldering with a crappy jaycar $20 one that I've had for about 10 years!

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Re: Soldering Iron Purchase Advice?

Postby Alastair Reynolds » Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:29 pm

http://www.rhinotools.com.au/42-soldering-station

Rhino Tools to some pretty good ones and well priced.
I have a desoldering station from them. Works well
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Re: Soldering Iron Purchase Advice?

Postby Alistair » Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:47 pm

I've got one of those Rhino ones. It's great, no complaints at all.
Buy spare tips from them though, they are a non standard size!
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Re: Soldering Iron Purchase Advice?

Postby Hybrid88 » Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:15 pm

thanks guys, that helps heaps :)

Actually I've been using an old Weller so I'm already kinda used to the brand - I'll probably go with that.

haha yes Mike, know exactly what you mean - I've always been spending money on other (more interesting) stuff and putting this off but it will have to happen, planning on working on some of my old gear with fragile boards.
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Re: Soldering Iron Purchase Advice?

Postby zenelectro » Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:38 am

Alastair Reynolds wrote:http://www.rhinotools.com.au/42-soldering-station

Rhino Tools to some pretty good ones and well priced.
I have a desoldering station from them. Works well


Ditto on that.

I've been through a million Hakkos / Wellers and these cheap ones from Rhino actually hold up really well.
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Re: Soldering Iron Purchase Advice?

Postby Hybrid88 » Tue Feb 04, 2014 4:52 pm

Went with the Weller, it's going to be my birthday present :)
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