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    Question Soldering center recommendation?

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    Can anybody recommend a good one?

    I have a simple 15/30W iron right now, but I feel like it is too hot on the 30W setting for audio PCB work...scorches...and not hot enough on the 15W to get the solder to flow well, so I think I'm looking for a variable temp unit.

    And in that case, what temp works well for recapping and such?

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    I've got two Weller's (one at the shop, and one at the home hobby electronics station), a WES51 and a WESD51. Basically the same thing, but the WESD51 has a digital temperature read out. Pricey, but I love the things.

    But if you are overheating things, it is almost certainly not that the iron is too hot, but that you are leaving it on there too long. A hotter iron that you can use for a shorter time is a good thing.


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    But if you are overheating things, it is almost certainly not that the iron is too hot, but that you are leaving it on there too long.
    Okay. thanks. I'll keep that it mind. I do try and be sensitive to the timing. It just feels like it hasn't always heated through right and it is scorching the surface. Maybe I'm off-track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Light View Post
    I've got two Weller's (one at the shop, and one at the home hobby electronics station), a WES51 and a WESD51. Basically the same thing, but the WESD51 has a digital temperature read out. Pricey, but I love the things.

    But if you are overheating things, it is almost certainly not that the iron is too hot, but that you are leaving it on there too long. A hotter iron that you can use for a shorter time is a good thing.


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    +1 On the WESD51, they are so common that you should be able to find one cheap. I got mine new on ebay for $75. Plenty of different tips which are cheap also.
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    Antex

    I've never found a weller that I liked. Ages ago in high school I worked at Tektronix building scopes and other test equipment. Tek used the Antex M/3U exclusivly. I've found this to be by far the best iron for me.

    You can get them from www.mmnewman.com

    http://www.mmnewman.com/shopping/sho...pfs=1&catid=14

    They are $27 plus the cost of tips. Many types of tips for about $5 each. 12 watts and a 650 to 700 degree tip temp.

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    Goodness...

    That's a lot of tips!

    What would be good for PCB work? For cabling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetbeats View Post
    Goodness...

    That's a lot of tips!

    What would be good for PCB work? For cabling?

    They are designed for PCB and typical cables. They just work well on PCB and all.

    I've never found anything that comes close in comfort and control.

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    another +1 on the WES's. I have the WES51 on my bench.

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    for me any of them with a variable temp and different size tips is a winner... the one i have now is a cheap Tennma... i keep small round /small chisel/big round tips handy for different work...
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    I've always been a fan of the Weller WTCPT, and that's the one I use now. Rock solid performance, and build like a tank. The analog/digtal temp adjustable stations are convenient and all, but without frequent calibration, that temp control will go out of wack. You can change the tip temperature on the WTCPT, but you have to get replacement tips that swap in, so it's a bit more involved than a dial.

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