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I got one. It works fine, can be set in increments of 10C with presets of 200, 300, 400. It displays the current temp rather than the set point, which is a plus. For what it is it's remarkably cheap.

But...
The tips are oddly shaped for electronic work. They work though.
The sponge is maybe 2mm thick, and the sponge holder similar, so that feature is fairly hopeless.
FWLIW there are 2 solder reels that can sit on the base unit - they're tiny.
But the no 1 limitation is that the bits screw into place, they're threaded. So there appears to be zero hope of it lasting decades.


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I got one. It works fine, can be set in increments of 10C with presets of
200, 300, 400. It displays the current temp rather than the set point,
which is a plus. For what it is it's remarkably cheap.

But...
The tips are oddly shaped for electronic work. They work though.
The sponge is maybe 2mm thick, and the sponge holder similar, so that
feature is fairly hopeless.
FWLIW there are 2 solder reels that can sit on the base unit - they're
tiny.
But the no 1 limitation is that the bits screw into place, they're
threaded. So there appears to be zero hope of it lasting decades.


NT


ditch them and get good lead solder.....


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I got one. It works fine, can be set in increments of 10C with presets
of 200, 300, 400. It displays the current temp rather than the set
point, which is a plus. For what it is it's remarkably cheap.


But... The tips are oddly shaped for electronic work. They work though.
The sponge is maybe 2mm thick, and the sponge holder similar, so that
feature is fairly hopeless. FWLIW there are 2 solder reels that can sit
on the base unit - they're tiny. But the no 1 limitation is that the
bits screw into place, they're threaded. So there appears to be zero
hope of it lasting decades.



A solder station where you can't buy a selection of bits easily is a waste
of time IMHO. You might as well just have an ordinary soldering iron.

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wrote:
I got one. It works fine, can be set in increments of 10C with presets
of 200, 300, 400. It displays the current temp rather than the set
point, which is a plus. For what it is it's remarkably cheap.


But... The tips are oddly shaped for electronic work. They work though.
The sponge is maybe 2mm thick, and the sponge holder similar, so that
feature is fairly hopeless. FWLIW there are 2 solder reels that can sit
on the base unit - they're tiny. But the no 1 limitation is that the
bits screw into place, they're threaded. So there appears to be zero
hope of it lasting decades.



A solder station where you can't buy a selection of bits easily is a
waste of time IMHO. You might as well just have an ordinary soldering
iron.


Indeed. Just bought a Weller!

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wrote:
I got one. It works fine, can be set in increments of 10C with presets
of 200, 300, 400. It displays the current temp rather than the set
point, which is a plus. For what it is it's remarkably cheap.


But... The tips are oddly shaped for electronic work. They work though.
The sponge is maybe 2mm thick, and the sponge holder similar, so that
feature is fairly hopeless. FWLIW there are 2 solder reels that can sit
on the base unit - they're tiny. But the no 1 limitation is that the
bits screw into place, they're threaded. So there appears to be zero
hope of it lasting decades.



A solder station where you can't buy a selection of bits easily is a
waste of time IMHO. You might as well just have an ordinary soldering
iron.


Indeed. Just bought a Weller!

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I got one. It works fine, can be set in increments of 10C with presets of
200, 300, 400. It displays the current temp rather than the set point,
which is a plus. For what it is it's remarkably cheap.

But...
The tips are oddly shaped for electronic work. They work though.
The sponge is maybe 2mm thick, and the sponge holder similar, so that
feature is fairly hopeless.
FWLIW there are 2 solder reels that can sit on the base unit - they're
tiny.
But the no 1 limitation is that the bits screw into place, they're
threaded. So there appears to be zero hope of it lasting decades.


NT


ditch them and get good lead solder.....


I've probably got a lifetime's supply already.


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On Thu, 25 Oct 2018 12:41:49 -0700, tabbypurr wrote:

On Thursday, 25 October 2018 17:46:57 UTC+1, Jim GM4DHJ ... wrote:
ditch them and get good lead solder.....


I've probably got a lifetime's supply already.


Me also. 63/37, too.

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On 25/10/2018 19:17, Theo wrote:
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But the no 1 limitation is that the bits screw into place, they're
threaded. So there appears to be zero hope of it lasting decades.


I think somebody said they have an M5 thread, and M5 is a common kind
of bit:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/M5-Shank-.../382418750884?

You would need to thread them yourself, though.



No iron that I've owned in the past 40 years has had a screw in tip. I
would think that after some use, especially with the fumes from flux
that unscrewing such a tip would be impossible.


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On Thursday, 25 October 2018 19:17:10 UTC+1, Theo wrote:
tabbypurr wrote:


But the no 1 limitation is that the bits screw into place, they're
threaded. So there appears to be zero hope of it lasting decades.


I think somebody said they have an M5 thread, and M5 is a common kind
of bit:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/M5-Shank-.../382418750884?

You would need to thread them yourself, though.

Theo


cheers, that's good to know. Is silicone effective at stopping the threaded part corroding & jamming? Ptfe starts decomposing at 200C.


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On Thursday, 25 October 2018 20:44:39 UTC+1, alan_m wrote:
On 25/10/2018 17:21, tabbypurr wrote:

The sponge is maybe 2mm thick, and the sponge holder similar, so that feature is fairly hopeless.


Are you aware that the sponge has to be used damp?


it's partly the water that does the job. Wet denim works too.

Usually the sponges
that come with soldering irons are compressed and the first application
of water expands them by x5 to x10. The thickness may actually be 20mm.


I ought to check that. The well for the sponge is only about 2mm


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But the no 1 limitation is that the bits screw into place, they're
threaded. So there appears to be zero hope of it lasting decades.


I think somebody said they have an M5 thread, and M5 is a common kind
of bit:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/M5-Shank-.../382418750884?

You would need to thread them yourself, though.



No iron that I've owned in the past 40 years has had a screw in tip.


Some of mine did, must have been well over 50 years ago now.

I would think that after some use, especially with the fumes from flux
that unscrewing such a tip would be impossible.


Never had any problem in that regard.



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On 25/10/2018 20:05, Bob Eager wrote:
On Thu, 25 Oct 2018 19:12:24 +0100, Dave Plowman (News) wrote:

In article ,
wrote:
I got one. It works fine, can be set in increments of 10C with presets
of 200, 300, 400. It displays the current temp rather than the set
point, which is a plus. For what it is it's remarkably cheap.


But... The tips are oddly shaped for electronic work. They work though.
The sponge is maybe 2mm thick, and the sponge holder similar, so that
feature is fairly hopeless. FWLIW there are 2 solder reels that can sit
on the base unit - they're tiny. But the no 1 limitation is that the
bits screw into place, they're threaded. So there appears to be zero
hope of it lasting decades.



A solder station where you can't buy a selection of bits easily is a
waste of time IMHO. You might as well just have an ordinary soldering
iron.


Indeed. Just bought a Weller!


I have a Weller. Excellent bit of kit. My father has one too. I am
pretty sure that his is older than me ... and I'm 51!

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I would think that after some use, especially with the fumes from flux
that unscrewing such a tip would be impossible.


Never had any problem in that regard.


Of course not: if HE says he has problems with it, you will say you haven't,
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Bob Eager wrote:
On Thu, 25 Oct 2018 19:12:24 +0100, Dave Plowman (News) wrote:


In article ,
wrote:
I got one. It works fine, can be set in increments of 10C with presets
of 200, 300, 400. It displays the current temp rather than the set
point, which is a plus. For what it is it's remarkably cheap.


But... The tips are oddly shaped for electronic work. They work though.
The sponge is maybe 2mm thick, and the sponge holder similar, so that
feature is fairly hopeless. FWLIW there are 2 solder reels that can sit
on the base unit - they're tiny. But the no 1 limitation is that the
bits screw into place, they're threaded. So there appears to be zero
hope of it lasting decades.



A solder station where you can't buy a selection of bits easily is a
waste of time IMHO. You might as well just have an ordinary soldering
iron.


Indeed. Just bought a Weller!


I find Weller slightly clumsy to my taste - having used them at work. But
of course any personal choice might be down to hand size, etc. My
favourite by far is Antex for the hand piece.

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On Thu, 25 Oct 2018 21:48:01 +0100, Steve Walker wrote:

On 25/10/2018 20:05, Bob Eager wrote:
On Thu, 25 Oct 2018 19:12:24 +0100, Dave Plowman (News) wrote:

In article ,
wrote:
I got one. It works fine, can be set in increments of 10C with
presets of 200, 300, 400. It displays the current temp rather than
the set point, which is a plus. For what it is it's remarkably cheap.

But... The tips are oddly shaped for electronic work. They work
though.
The sponge is maybe 2mm thick, and the sponge holder similar, so that
feature is fairly hopeless. FWLIW there are 2 solder reels that can
sit on the base unit - they're tiny. But the no 1 limitation is that
the bits screw into place, they're threaded. So there appears to be
zero hope of it lasting decades.


A solder station where you can't buy a selection of bits easily is a
waste of time IMHO. You might as well just have an ordinary soldering
iron.


Indeed. Just bought a Weller!


I have a Weller. Excellent bit of kit. My father has one too. I am
pretty sure that his is older than me ... and I'm 51!

SteveW


It's only my fourth soldering iron in over 60 years. First two were
Antex, and I still have the Xytronic (the third).

Decided to treat myself with the Weller. WT1 and WTP90.



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On Thursday, 25 October 2018 21:48:02 UTC+1, Steve Walker wrote:
On 25/10/2018 20:05, Bob Eager wrote:
On Thu, 25 Oct 2018 19:12:24 +0100, Dave Plowman (News) wrote:

In article ,
tabbypurr wrote:
I got one. It works fine, can be set in increments of 10C with presets
of 200, 300, 400. It displays the current temp rather than the set
point, which is a plus. For what it is it's remarkably cheap.

But... The tips are oddly shaped for electronic work. They work though.
The sponge is maybe 2mm thick, and the sponge holder similar, so that
feature is fairly hopeless. FWLIW there are 2 solder reels that can sit
on the base unit - they're tiny. But the no 1 limitation is that the
bits screw into place, they're threaded. So there appears to be zero
hope of it lasting decades.


A solder station where you can't buy a selection of bits easily is a
waste of time IMHO. You might as well just have an ordinary soldering
iron.


Indeed. Just bought a Weller!


I have a Weller. Excellent bit of kit. My father has one too. I am
pretty sure that his is older than me ... and I'm 51!

SteveW


Sounds like its keep is weller nd


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On Fri, 26 Oct 2018 00:21:33 +0100, Dave Plowman (News) wrote:

In article ,
Bob Eager wrote:
On Thu, 25 Oct 2018 19:12:24 +0100, Dave Plowman (News) wrote:


In article ,
wrote:
I got one. It works fine, can be set in increments of 10C with
presets of 200, 300, 400. It displays the current temp rather than
the set point, which is a plus. For what it is it's remarkably
cheap.

But... The tips are oddly shaped for electronic work. They work
though.
The sponge is maybe 2mm thick, and the sponge holder similar, so
that feature is fairly hopeless. FWLIW there are 2 solder reels that
can sit on the base unit - they're tiny. But the no 1 limitation is
that the bits screw into place, they're threaded. So there appears
to be zero hope of it lasting decades.


A solder station where you can't buy a selection of bits easily is a
waste of time IMHO. You might as well just have an ordinary soldering
iron.


Indeed. Just bought a Weller!


I find Weller slightly clumsy to my taste - having used them at work.
But of course any personal choice might be down to hand size, etc. My
favourite by far is Antex for the hand piece.


My new Weller is a lot smaller than the Antex. And that includes the
motion sensor! Weighs 70 grams.

https://www.weller-tools.com/profess.../Professional/
New+products/WTP+90


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I find Weller slightly clumsy to my taste - having used them at work.
But of course any personal choice might be down to hand size, etc. My
favourite by far is Antex for the hand piece.


My new Weller is a lot smaller than the Antex. And that includes the
motion sensor! Weighs 70 grams.


Must admit not to having looked at weller recently. But no need to since
I'm more than happy with my home made solder/desolder station based around
Antex and Pace. At the time, no one really made one I liked. One
requirement here was two soldering irons selectable by a switch. With the
two most common bit sizes I use. And auto shut down.

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On Fri, 26 Oct 2018 10:49:47 +0100, Dave Plowman (News) wrote:

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Bob Eager wrote:
I find Weller slightly clumsy to my taste - having used them at work.
But of course any personal choice might be down to hand size, etc. My
favourite by far is Antex for the hand piece.


My new Weller is a lot smaller than the Antex. And that includes the
motion sensor! Weighs 70 grams.


Must admit not to having looked at weller recently. But no need to since
I'm more than happy with my home made solder/desolder station based
around Antex and Pace. At the time, no one really made one I liked. One
requirement here was two soldering irons selectable by a switch. With
the two most common bit sizes I use. And auto shut down.


At a price, Weller do a two station version of the WT1 base unit. Then
two irons will work!

Auto shut down is all there; it senses when it is stationary and shuts
down after a (selectable) timeout, and auto restarts when picked up.



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On Friday, 26 October 2018 00:28:33 UTC+1, Dave Plowman (News) wrote:
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Bob Eager wrote:
On Thu, 25 Oct 2018 19:12:24 +0100, Dave Plowman (News) wrote:


In article ,
wrote:
I got one. It works fine, can be set in increments of 10C with presets
of 200, 300, 400. It displays the current temp rather than the set
point, which is a plus. For what it is it's remarkably cheap.

But... The tips are oddly shaped for electronic work. They work though.
The sponge is maybe 2mm thick, and the sponge holder similar, so that
feature is fairly hopeless. FWLIW there are 2 solder reels that can sit
on the base unit - they're tiny. But the no 1 limitation is that the
bits screw into place, they're threaded. So there appears to be zero
hope of it lasting decades.


A solder station where you can't buy a selection of bits easily is a
waste of time IMHO. You might as well just have an ordinary soldering
iron.


Indeed. Just bought a Weller!


I find Weller slightly clumsy to my taste - having used them at work. But
of course any personal choice might be down to hand size, etc. My
favourite by far is Antex for the hand piece.


I agree I've always thought the wellar to be a bit nmore expensive than they need to be. Designs by both seem to change more frequasntly now and that;s a pain because I have two antex stations that I can't get irons for.

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Must admit not to having looked at weller recently. But no need to since
I'm more than happy with my home made solder/desolder station based
around Antex and Pace. At the time, no one really made one I liked. One
requirement here was two soldering irons selectable by a switch. With
the two most common bit sizes I use. And auto shut down.


At a price, Weller do a two station version of the WT1 base unit. Then
two irons will work!


Auto shut down is all there; it senses when it is stationary and shuts
down after a (selectable) timeout, and auto restarts when picked up.


Could well be now. My unit was built ages ago when the only unit that came
close to what I wanted was Pace - but at some 6 times the price I built
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I find Weller slightly clumsy to my taste - having used them at work.
But of course any personal choice might be down to hand size, etc. My
favourite by far is Antex for the hand piece.


I agree I've always thought the wellar to be a bit nmore expensive than
they need to be. Designs by both seem to change more frequasntly now and
that;s a pain because I have two antex stations that I can't get irons
for.


Which model do they use? Mine uses the TC50 (shows the age) but haven't
had problems getting spares last time I looked.

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whisky-dave wrote:
I find Weller slightly clumsy to my taste - having used them at work.
But of course any personal choice might be down to hand size, etc. My
favourite by far is Antex for the hand piece.


I agree I've always thought the wellar to be a bit nmore expensive than
they need to be. Designs by both seem to change more frequasntly now and
that;s a pain because I have two antex stations that I can't get irons
for.


Which model do they use? Mine uses the TC50 (shows the age) but haven't
had problems getting spares last time I looked.


antex 690-SD they changed the plug design from a push DIN to a screw in DIN plug on the new stations we have the 690D


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Which model do they use? Mine uses the TC50 (shows the age) but haven't
had problems getting spares last time I looked.


antex 690-SD they changed the plug design from a push DIN to a screw in
DIN plug on the new stations we have the 690D


That must be old if it used those awful audio DIN plugs. ;-)

The locking versions, but in metal (same pin spacing etc) we used to call
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Which model do they use? Mine uses the TC50 (shows the age) but haven't
had problems getting spares last time I looked.


antex 690-SD they changed the plug design from a push DIN to a screw in
DIN plug on the new stations we have the 690D


That must be old if it used those awful audio DIN plugs. ;-)


Well ~7 years old , I did try to buy replacements and then sent me ones with the newer 270 deg spacing pins mine were the even older 180 deg ones.


The locking versions, but in metal (same pin spacing etc) we used to call
Touchel - used on some microphones.


that's our new ones and you can;t use the older irons on them.
Pity of the old stations still work as we have 9 of them still working only one doesn;t have an iron to go with it.

So we bought 10 new irons with stations, these new stations are better than the old ones.


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