Advice on soldering station

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Armagguedes, Apr 3, 2007.

  1. Armagguedes

    Armagguedes Thread Starter Member

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    Hello again.

    I am currently looking for a quality soldering station for my home lab. I have been saving for a while for it, so you can suggest at will that will later sort through the cost.

    Here are the terms:
    - needs to be temperature-controlled (most people say to get the digital type)
    - i intend on only using lead-free stuff (high melting point, ~230C vs ~185C for 60/40)
    - i'm not doing proninja work here, just hobbyist (though i would like to further on to make quality projects)
    - while it is for soldering stuff, i like to scavenge components from old (or not so old) equipment, so it must be adequate for desoldering
    - i don't do SMD/T, just through-hole
    So far i have seen lots of recommendations regarding the:
    - Weller WD1002 (the WESD51 is not suitable for lead-free): http://www.cooperhandtools.com/brands/CF_Files/model_detail.cfm?upc=037103215475
    - Hakko 937 (with 907 iron) (the 936 uses a rotary switch for temp control and the 938 has 100W power, vs 50W): http://www.hakko.com/english/products/hakko_938.html
    - Xytronic 137ESD: http://www.xytronic.com/pi/p-137esd.htm
    (The Hakko gets glowing recommendations in a series of reviews/posts across the web, even more than the Wellers.)

    What do you recommend?
  2. kender

    kender Active Member

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    I have Weller EC2002M, and I'm fully satisfied by it. It has temperature control with digital readout for temperatuer and setpoint.
    However, I'm still using leaded solder, because I have a big supply of it
  3. goodbyegti

    goodbyegti Well-Known Member

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    I bought the Xytronic LF-1000. It's temperature controlled, it can do lead free, it's nice and powerful and the tips are cheap.

    It's easily up to the standard of a metcal although i'm not sure if the tip will last as long. Overally i'm really pleased with it, although i'm sure there are plenty of other good irons out there...

    http://www.xytronic-usa.com/LF-1000_index.htm
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