Best Soldering Station for Under $100 ?

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  1. megatonic

    megatonic Member

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    Im looking to pick up a new soldering station. have to keep it under a hundred bucks.

    Hot air option would be nice, but not necessary.

    Looked at the FX-888 and it gets great reviews.

    Got any recommendations?
     
  2. wsaraceni

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    I'm really happy with my weller wes51. not that i have much to compare it to though
     
  3. diagrammatiks

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    hakko is great.

    or any xytronix in your price range.
     
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    +1 on the Weller wes51
     
  5. sixstringslut

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    I could buy a lot of $3.95 30 watt Parkers for $100. My current one is going on 4-5 years under light /moderate use. Not saying they are great but it is just an iron to me.

    I have a piece of railroad rail made into an anvil that I use to tame it down if it gets too wild. Just rest it on it for a few seconds....I know....hillbilly temp control. lol

    I have two spares in the drawer, that should last me into the year 2020?
     
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    I've been quite happy with my Xytronic 168-3C and a couple of tips...
     
  7. neteraser

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    I use $5 soldering iron. They don't last too long especially if you don't have mercy and don't turn them off before getting to sleep, but still...
    Been looking at soldering stations at $30-50 price point.
    $100 seems too high to me.
     
  8. stratman_el84

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    Bang for the buck, for home and/or medium-duty small shop use, the Weller WES 51 variable-temp soldering station gets my vote as well. A Hakko controlled-temp (different, more precise than just "variable-temp") station would be my choice for multiple-bench shops

    Strat
     
  9. Blue Strat

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    If all you're gonna use it for is hand wired tube amps all you need is a 100 watt Weller. No time wasting with lower wattage irons. For PC boards a soldering station would be handy.
     
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    I use the prior version of the Hakko 888 and it's great.
     
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    Hakko FX-888 - You don't get the temperature fluctuations and since it gets up to temperature quickly you're not tempted to leave it on longer than necessary.
     
  12. Ronsonic

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    Back when he was building, Hoffman used a cheapo iron plugged into a variac for temp control. I did the same with my ancient ungar that I'd had for 30 years. replaced the handle/cord assembly once, the heater twice and dozens of tips.
     
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    Same here....2 of them that i have used a LOT at work and home for a good 8-10 years now. Great reliable units. In fact, i had high end wellers go south one too many times which is what led me to hakko. And ever since i don't even have to think about them. Tips even last ridiculously long.
     
  15. RussB

    RussB low rent hobbyist Silver Supporting Member

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    Another vote for the Weller wes51. It's a quality tool that has seen a lot of use.
     
  16. TimmyP

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    With a Hakko Dash 454 and a couple of tips, one can do anything from SMT to 10 gauge in a PowerCon connector. About $35 + holder and extra tips. Dunno how long they last, as I've never had one fail. I have a Weller SP80L for the occasional BIG think (I chose it 'cause it was cheap - I got tired of fixing the 'good' large Wellers.)
     
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    I have a bunch of irons, Hakko, Metcal, others, but I use my HexAcon Magnum more than anything else on amps. Not cheap. It solders those chassis grounds with ease. For small solid state stuff, pedals, pcbs, I like the Metcal.

    Edit: whoops, you wanted under $100. Better go with Weller.
     
  18. Prattacaster

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    My vote is for the HAkko Fx-888. Precise temp contol, tons of different tips, can do any job. I use mine at least 8 hours a day at work, I like them so much i have one at my house now. I use about 20ft of solder a day and I have never had an issue. Go to Bdent.com for unit and all the tips you'll need.
     
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    I have used my Weller wes-51 for the past 5 years with absolutely no issue at all. Best $100 I have ever spent, and it's saved me so much time a frustration having a quality tool! :) Highly recommended
     
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    Hakko...been using it for years on everything from pedals to amps...love it
     

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