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Soldering Irons

Discussion in 'Home Brew' started by NorthStar, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. NorthStar

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    Which brand do you use? Prefer?
    What size tip for kit building and temp?


     

  2. mackmobile43

    mackmobile43 Jock Supporter

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    Antex 15 to 18 watt with a very small tip, size depends on how much heat mass you're working with so if it's just trace to component size leads then I like this one
     
  3. NorthStar

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  4. MisterFatty

    MisterFatty Poppin Fresh!

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    I've used quite a variety over the years, from $4.00 Radio Shack irons, to Expensive Commercial Stations.


    I currently Have An Antex 18 watt, and an Old Weller WTCPN Station, I've always preferred the station due to stability of the holder/cleaner, and low to operating temperature times.

    The Antex is a great little quality Iron, which can be had for a reasonable price, only thing I don't like is the heavy, stiff cord.

    Hakko makes a good quality station for the money as well...

    Just depends how much you use it, can easily get by with a cheap little Iron, a decent quality Iron makes it easier, and more comfortable to do quality work.
     
  5. MisterFatty

    MisterFatty Poppin Fresh!

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  6. mackmobile43

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    I'm going to Ft. Collins Wednesday so maybe I'll swing over to Loveland and check it out.
     
  7. -Devil-

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    i still need to get me a decent one again ... last one i had quit working a few years ago ... and right now i just have one of the cheap-o 15 watt ones. that will burn most electronics up quicker then anything .. but works great for tinning wires.
     
  8. bob85

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    ANTEX M series 11w for surface mount

    ANTEX C series 15+18w general purpose smaller stuff radios etc

    ANTEX 12v 25-40w pills coax center pins etc

    a big old 65w poker for coax plug outer connections

    gonna get me, weller sp120 or sp160 to replace the poker

    had many different irons and a few analogue / digital stations over the years, been using the antex c series since i was 11 years old ( shut up mack ) and i alway come back to the old c series,
    soldering with other irons is like wearing boots that dont fit ya,

    if cost is no option then id have OKI metcal <<< the dogs bollocks ;)
     
  9. mackmobile43

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    Bob you need one of these puppies for your heavy jobs, I have a 100 watt version which you've seen from the early 70's that still works 100% to this day.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. DIRTYWHITEBOY

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    antex 18 and 35 watt,smallest spade tips available
     
  11. mackmobile43

    mackmobile43 Jock Supporter

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    also if you're a radio tech and people constantly bother you while you're trying to work just club them with this.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. DIRTYWHITEBOY

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    [​IMG]:unsure:
     
  13. mackmobile43

    mackmobile43 Jock Supporter

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    You don't have to hit me over the head with that.lol feliz navidad and unblock pal.
     
  14. NorthStar

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    Good info definitely going with Antex like I originally thought. But wanted to see others opinions.
     
  15. High Voltage Mobile NJ

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    my 40 watt hexagon. or a newer style weller. but the best is a hacko soldering station. .
     

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