Advice on soldering station

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Joined Feb 17, 2007
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):
- Hakko 937 (with 907 iron) (the 936 uses a rotary switch for temp control and the 938 has 100W power, vs 50W):
- Xytronic 137ESD:
(The Hakko gets glowing recommendations in a series of reviews/posts across the web, even more than the Wellers.)

What do you recommend?


Joined Jan 17, 2007
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


Joined Apr 28, 2004
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...