Soldering Gun History

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Metalmann, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. Metalmann

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  2. tshuck

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    I used to have that same soldering gun that's pictured!

    Good read, I had no idea...
     
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  3. gerty

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    I still have mine
     
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  4. BReeves

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    Good find..

    8th grade, 1959. All I wanted for Christmas was a Weller soldering gun and thankfully my folks came through. The original disappeared while I was in the Navy but have owned at least one Weller gun most of my life. Presently have 3 of the silly things, 1 8200 and 2 D550's. Not something you want to solder surface mount chips with but they are hard to beat for a quick job tinning wires or soldering stuff large enough to handle the heat.

    Back when we only dealt with tubes and large components a Weller gun was all you needed. I do really miss the simpler times.
     
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  5. spinnaker

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    I think mine is the Radio shack version. It is still around here somewhere.
     
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  6. ErnieM

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    My Dad had this Weller. I've had a few of their pencil irons.

    Weller is a classic company you can trust for quality products.
     
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  7. Metalmann

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    I bet it's been 4-5 years since I brought out the soldering gun.
    After reading that, it makes me want to go fire it up, just for old times sake.:D
     
  8. Ron H

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    I still have my Weller gun. I had previously owned a Wen gun.

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    This product apparently had a very short life. Wen started making the guns in 1951. Weller won a patent infringement case against them in 1954. They also won an appeal of that judgment in 1956. I'm assuming that Wen stopped manufacturing their guns about that time. I think I must have acquired mine in about 1955. It was a nice little gun, and, being smaller, was easier to use in tight spots. Unfortunately, mine did not survive being dropped on the concrete garage floor many years ago.:(
     
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  9. Metalmann

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    I used to have a Wen, too. Can you repair it?
     
  10. Ron H

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    My Wen broke like 50 or more years ago. I glued the case back together, and it still worked. Looked like hell, though. I can't remember why I finally got rid of it. I suspect it was because the tip burned out, and no replacements were available.
     
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  11. JohnInTX

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    Bought in the '60s which means.. I'm. OLD. Still use it occasionally when a lot of heat is needed fast e.g. old terminal strips.

    The other tip is for cutting plastics etc. The black stuff on the attached tip is when I didn't bother to change tips before cutting plastic, etc. The lightbulb is not standard. It came with a 222 with the focused lens. I liked this one better.
     
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