What's Your Favorite Soldering Station?

xtian

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Are the tips available only at Circuit Specialists? Or elsewhere?
Otherwise the price is good.
Tips seem like a common size, though the first tip is a year old and shows no signs of wearing out.
 

ClinchFX

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Metcal MFR1160, RF heated, powerful enough for heavy soldering but gentle enough for SMT. I also have the tweezer handpiece for SMD removal. My backup iron is an older Metcal SP200.

They're expensive but, for me, worth every cent.

Peter.
 

MKB

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I am using one of these: https://www.howardelectronics.com/s...-lf-399d-mini-type-80-watt-soldering-station/ It does a great job with large chisel tips for pots, and the fine point tips for surface mount components. I use it for everything from tip wave soldering MQFPs to pots and bus wires, just change tips.

Also I've been doing business with Howard Electronics for years, and they have been great. They even recently had parts and tips for a station we bought from them in 2001! One of my favorite vendors.
 

jvin248

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$7 Harbor Freight soldering iron. You don't need anything more for doing guitar or amp work. The fancy temperature controlled soldering stations are necessary if you are doing surface mount boards or trying to fix a phone.

Make your own holder with some wire and a block of wood.
I make the coil a little larger diameter to make putting it away faster.

Also, look for the under $5 Solder Sucker on Amazon -- so you can fix prior owner soldering goofs when updating a guitar's electronics.
 

vortexxxx

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$7 Harbor Freight soldering iron. You don't need anything more for doing guitar or amp work. The fancy temperature controlled soldering stations are necessary if you are doing surface mount boards or trying to fix a phone.

Make your own holder with some wire and a block of wood.
I make the coil a little larger diameter to make putting it away faster.

Also, look for the under $5 Solder Sucker on Amazon -- so you can fix prior owner soldering goofs when updating a guitar's electronics.
I think a good temperature controlled iron that can reach higher levels of heat is essential. You touch the joint for only a second or two and have a nice shiney solder joint. With these low power ones it takes much longer and people often post that they overheated their pots trying to ground them. Yes, I built a whole amp with a cheap iron but since I got my digital Weller, there is no going back. The build would have taken at least half as long. Perfect and neat joints in seconds. If you plan to solder to some degree it is a great investment.
 




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