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#26 Ramcatlarry

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 03:18 PM

The Weller 40 watt with a 3/16" tip and a mini butane torch can be a good starter kit for under $100.   You can file and retin the tip.


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Posted 22 May 2017 - 05:59 PM

This is the ONE tool you should not scrimp on!!! The builder is only as good as his tools!! :)  I'd go the Hakko and solve many future problems!! 


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Posted 24 May 2017 - 09:29 AM

In addition to the rating of the iron (watts) pay attention to the size of the tip.  Unless you are using a soldering gun, the heating coil of a conventional iron cannot replace the heat loss during active soldering as fast as the action drains heat - the larger the tip, the larger the heat reservoir and thus, less cooling during the operation - conclusion: use the largest tip that will comfortably fit the work-piece.

 

Over the years I have collected a wide range of soldering tools.  My most used are a 75 W Hakko, a commercial resistance soldering rig and a little cordless iron for electrical connections.

 

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Posted 24 May 2017 - 09:49 AM

I had no idea this was so technical.


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Posted 24 May 2017 - 10:05 AM

With any iron you get one of if not the most important thing to know or learn is how to clean and care for the iron tip.


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Posted 24 May 2017 - 10:06 AM

That makes sense


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Posted 24 May 2017 - 12:08 PM

Ask ten different people, get ten different answers. :laugh2:  :laugh2:


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