Please recommend soldering station?

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by topanzarulla, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. topanzarulla

    Thread Starter New Member

    Aug 18, 2009
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    (new to the forum; new to electronics)

    my budget is around $200

    I am just starting to learn the basics of electronics using breadboards. In parallel to that I want to practice soldering so that when I actually need it I will have some skill - both through-hole AND surface-mount.

    I read online some articles and watched some videos. I also searched this forum. It seems Weller and Metcal and the two brands most often mentioned. Metcal is over my budget so Weller it is.

    I was thinking go get the Weller WESD51 but then I saw this:

    http://www.circuitspecialists.com/prod.itml/icOid/9766

    which gives me a lot more for a little extra money.

    Which one would you recommend?

    Any other advise?

    Thanks
     
  2. ELECTRONERD

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    May 26, 2009
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    I have a WESD51 and It works great. Just depends on what you would like. Weller is a good brand to get.
     
  3. steveb

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    Jul 3, 2008
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    Weller is definitely good, and I used them for years. However, I thought I would mention, a couple of years ago I picked up a used Melcal SP200 for $200. It blows away any soldering iron I've every used. Perhaps some new Weller products are just as good, and I certainly haven't thoroughly evaluated all available products. However, I can say with certainty, the SP200 is perfect and you won't be disappointed, if you manage to track down a used one at a reasonable price (i.e. $200 or less).
     
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