Help needed on soldering station decision. Thank you.

garyy

Joined Jun 4, 2014
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Hello, I had been using weller wes51 for a few years. I love it. Unfortunately, it finally stopped working last week. Does not look like it is fixable at this point. Now, I am looking for a new soldering station. I may go for weller wesd51. But, I came across the weller wd1001 here, http://www.whichsolderingstation.com/weller-wd1001-soldering-station-review/ The panel looks great. But, it is lot more expensive than wesd51. I have not shopped for soldering station for a while. How come the soldering station could be this expensive nowadays? Not sure if any of you have used it before. Any input would be appreciate it. Thank you very much.

dl324

Joined Mar 30, 2015
10,512
Do you need/want a high end soldering iron? If it's for hobby use, I wouldn't go high tech; more stuff to break. My trusty Weller soldering iron is in it's 4th decade. It spent it's first couple years being on 40 hours a week...

I know we've become a disposable society now, but any chance you can repair the WES51?

dl324

Joined Mar 30, 2015
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dl324

Joined Mar 30, 2015
10,512
Yes, it is very expensive. That got me think why it costs so much. I will take a look at Aoyue 2702A on the internet.
If you plan on doing any rework with SMT devices, a hot air tool is mandatory. Since I got mine, I no longer need to borrow my Wife's heat wand for heatshrink. The vacuum solder removing tool works surprisingly well... Don't care for the iron so I use my Weller.

MrSoftware

Joined Oct 29, 2013
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garyy

Joined Jun 4, 2014
7
Appreciate it guys. I am glad that I asked. Those are great inputs.

Lestraveled

Joined May 19, 2014
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If you would like to sell your broke WES51, I am interested in buying it. PM me if you are interested.

mcgyvr

Joined Oct 15, 2009
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I second the Hakko FX888D
great iron for the price.. we have 15+ at work that get used 40 hours a week without issues

garyy

Joined Jun 4, 2014
7
Appreciate the input.

I second the Hakko FX888D
great iron for the price.. we have 15+ at work that get used 40 hours a week without issues

tindel

Joined Sep 16, 2012
714
I'll say good things about the FX888D... great for home hobby use. I have one. Don't forget to tin the tip the moment you turn on the iron though. Ruined my first tip because I forgot oxidized almost immediately.

I use a Metcal 5200 at work. Now that is a professional grade iron. I'll probably get one for the basement someday, but the Hakko works good enough so no rush.

#12

Joined Nov 30, 2010
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I would think I use a cheap Weller, but that is because it lasted so long that the prices went up before the first repair. It's just a handle and a screw-in heater with a screw-on tip but 40 years after I bought it, you could spend most of \$100 to replace all 3 parts.