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    Default recomend me a soldering station

    My weller pu3d has just burnt out the element 25 ish but everything they seem to make is expensive , is there better or cheaper any recomendations or should i
    stick with weller . cheers phil.
    Phil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oceanobsession View Post
    My weller pu3d has just burnt out the element 25 ish but everything they seem to make is expensive , is there better or cheaper any recomendations or should i
    stick with weller . cheers phil.
    The Hakko FX888D is pretty good. I had two Wellers burn out in a year after having one last for 20. The Hakko looks like it's made by Fisher Price but it works great, and gets back to temperature fast. I've been using it for about a year and a half now with no issues, and I solder a lot.

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    http://www.okinternational.com/hand-...Tip_Hand-piece

    Expensive, but ultra reliable. Used all day every day without missing a beat. If I could afford one at home I wouldn't hesitate.

    Use this at home.........
    http://www.atten.com/Soldering%20station/at938d.html
    The Handles crack because of the heat but they do keep going !!

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    yes i was looking at this one , plus you can buy a complete new pencil 12 , where weller would be 90 , some companys are just living off there name and there production is
    probably china anyway ,
    Phil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oceanobsession View Post
    yes i was looking at this one , plus you can buy a complete new pencil 12 , where weller would be 90 , some companys are just living off there name and there production is
    probably china anyway ,
    Weller used to be a good brand. They have a lot of QC issues now.

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    I'd stick with the Weller.. tried and tested and parts always available, if not cheaply....

    Personally I don't use a soldering station but instead use Antex standard, non temp controlled irons and have done for decades.

    I've been tempted to try one of the many el cheapo Chinese soldering stations available nowadays but the thing that put's me off is the likelihood of being unable to obtain new bits, elements etc in maybe only 2 years time...

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    The el cheapo Chinese ones are crap. I do have a Chinese rework blower that is good for desoldering. They all have 858D on them, but there are a bunch of different brands. It's really handy for a $30 tool.

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    Have this one earmarked for if ever i fancy one

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    I have a Chinese de-soldering machine which has worked fine... so far... Yes they come in many brands which are all the same model... I have been planing to get a hot air smd re-work gun for a while but it's something I would use so rarely that I've not got round to it..

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    I use a Weller soldering station and its fine. Also have an Antex for fine work and an ancient Henley Soloniron for heavy soldering duties. But most of the time I use the Weller. We used them at work and they were/are reliable.
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