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Old May 9th 04, 04:15 AM
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Default Recommendations for soldering station and Desoldering station or rework station.

I am in the market for a new soldering station and a de-soldering
The following brands are available to me locally RS (electrocomponents
not radio shack) without too much bother for returns.


I only have used Weller irons before and have found them reliable, make
good clean joints, tips last a long time, quite robust. Quite a few
Weller irons seem to go obsolete though which is a little concerning
Ahas anyone experience of any of these soldering stations and recommend
one or recommend one not to get?

I have not had much mileage out of Antex irons so don't want another one
of them.

For a de-soldering station the Weller DSVT80 Soldering Kit is about my
budget. Has anyone experience with this station? The pace iron looks
quite appealing though but out of my league. I don't have compressed air
and the old diving tanks are out of their certification date so no-one
will fill them.

Maybe I'd be better saving a bit more and getting a rework station - one
that will solder de-solder and also do SMT.
Again any recommendations?
Is this the way to go?
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