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reconmend me a good soldering iron

Discussion in 'Amps/Cabs Tech Corner: Amplifier, Cab & Speakers' started by GuitarTek86, Feb 14, 2006.

  1. GuitarTek86

    GuitarTek86 Member

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    and where to get it. I've found myself doing a LOT more repairs and mods lately, so I should get a good one. most of my work is on guitars, so I need somthing hot enough for pot casings.
     
  2. bob-i

    bob-i Member

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    Nothing beats my Weller WES51. I bought mine at Fry's in Santa Clara CA a few years ago. It heats up in about 20 seconds, adjustable thermostatic controlled heat so it stays at the right heat all the time, interchangable tips for all type of soldering from delicate PCB's to soldering to a chassis in an old Fender. Do a google, you'll find them everywhere.
     
  3. GuitarTek86

    GuitarTek86 Member

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    eggsenint! much thanks my friend
     
  4. samwheat

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    weller 35w avaiable at sears
     
  5. TheAmpNerd

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    For my money the Hakko 936 can't be beat. If you have
    a Fry's, get one there. Great price, quick turn on to temp,
    variable control, differenct tips, temp to 900F. Good for everything
    except chassis work (dedicated 100w iron).
    The Hakko has a nice slender hand
    piece for getting into the tight areas.
    Most of the Weller hand peices are pretty thick.

    Recently Weller quality has gone to ****.

    One Weller iron melted in half right on my bench. My
    chassis iron, Weller did send a replacement.

    At the shop I do some work for, their Weller
    hand peice broke and it had only seen light use.

    I've got a Weller top of the line rework station and it
    can be very tempermental. It is great when it works.

    Bob-i you musta gotten lucky.
     
  6. VintageJon

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    perhaps I'm just old-school, well I know I am...
    Here it's Weller SPL23,40, and 80- with an assortment of pencil and chisle tips.
    These are not tempermental, they work every time. The SPL23 runs all day 6 days a week...

    Anti-seaze compound for new tips, and clean wet sponge are needed for best results...

    -Jon
    -Jon
     
  7. donnyjaguar

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    If you are trying to solder larger conductors, to larger chunks of metal like chassis and perhaps even pot covers, you want an iron with a BIG tip. Its the thermal inertia that will get the solder flowing not the wattage rating. If you use an iron that has a small tip and simply crank up the heat you just crystalize the solder and make a ****** joint. The reality is you'll need 2 or 3 soldering irons in your tool kit to do all amplifier repairs. Thermostatically controlled is nice but not essential. I have a solder station I haven't used in years 'cuz my 25Watt & 45Watt (big) wands work perfectly.

    DJ
     
  8. Lamont

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    My vote is for the Weller wtcpt--allmost everyone i know uses and reccommends it --start w/ a good conical 700f tip and a good 800f screwdriver tip for pots, chassis stuff -findind a good silver solder (not tin) is hard to find and a bit pricy but well worth it--
     
  9. Dave C

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    You should probably get a couple of them with different tips . Working on amps I've usually got at least 2 stations on with tips sized for wire and component connections and heavier ground connections. I've been using Weller WTCPT,WES50 and EC2002 units for years.Bought most used from pawn shops or Ebay for cheap. Parts are plentiful and easy to find. Hakku, Pace and a few others make good stuff too.
    Dave C
     
  10. RL in Fla

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    +1 . Still using the one I bought new in '78 . Admittedly they probably don't build em like they used to , but as far as I know every part is still replaceable . 700° fine tip and a fat 800° :AOK .
     
  11. derek_32999

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    Jon, what does this do?
     
  12. VintageJon

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    It keeps the tip from seazing to the iron.You can easily unscrew it and replace it if you use this stuff...
    Also tranfers heat better and this is critical...

    can provide Mouser part#, I think, if you email me.

    -Jon
     
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