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Postby ef37a » Wed Aug 12, 2020 8:50 pm

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Soldering-Stat ... ooghydr-21

After over 6 years of use my Maplin DuraTool solder station stopped working. Went to this laptop and found the above yesterday. Came tonight about 8:15.

Very well packed but not 'ungreenly' IYSWIM. Comes with a fine tip fitted and FIVE spares of varying profiles. Heats to 60/40 melting in less than minute. I did some soldering on a rather large piece of strip board and it was fine but I probably should go up to a 2mm, thicker tip for a quicker flow.

So far, cannot fault it and anyone looking for a station will not be risking much for one of these.

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Re: Soldering

Postby zenguitar » Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:02 pm

Cheers Dave,

Poppoed one in my basket for consideration.

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Re: Soldering

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:30 pm

Seems like a very reasonable price too!!

I've added it to my Amazon wishlist, just in case.


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Re: Soldering

Postby Eddy Deegan » Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:57 pm

I don't do soldering on a day to day basis but when I do it, I tend to have a bunch of stuff to do. Duly ordered, cheers Dave.
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Re: Soldering

Postby zenguitar » Thu Aug 13, 2020 12:57 am

Ordered too, and managed to avoid the Amazon Prime trap, fingers crossed.

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Re: Soldering

Postby Trevor Johnson » Thu Aug 13, 2020 8:29 am

It looks good, in fact identical to the Hakko 937.
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Re: Soldering

Postby Folderol » Thu Aug 13, 2020 9:21 am

I must admit I'm quite tempted myself :thumbup:
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Re: Soldering

Postby Arpangel » Thu Aug 13, 2020 9:42 am

Thanks Dave, looks cool, my old Antex is getting a bit long in the tooth.
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Re: Soldering

Postby ef37a » Thu Aug 13, 2020 11:34 am

Arpangel wrote:Thanks Dave, looks cool, my old Antex is getting a bit long in the tooth.

When I joined Blackstar the Tech Direc swore by his Antex irons. I hated the bloody things and brought in a Weller station the next day. The Antex were not temp' controlled and took 'king ages to reach working temp' and so you had to leave them cooking all day..So the tips blackened and you had to scrape them clean and that wore them out.

With care I got well over 12 months out of a #8 magnastat tip even the 2mm chisel one. I used a chunky #9 with a brass profile block to extract 6 pin switches. You have to watch the #9s, they run at over 451F!

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Re: Soldering

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Aug 13, 2020 1:38 pm

I'm still using my Weller WTCPL station that I've had since the 70's:

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Re: Soldering

Postby ef37a » Thu Aug 13, 2020 1:49 pm

Martin Walker wrote:I'm still using my Weller WTCPL station that I've had since the 70's:

Ah, don't bugger up the barrel that holds the tip on. The rats have changed the ID and the new ones don't fit!
I doubt you can still get the old barrels and a new pencil will set you back over a ton. Also, if the transformer gives up you DON'T have to get a Weller. Any 24Vish traff at 50VA or bigger will do. In my workshop I had a huge old 25+25V plelled and it must have been 4-500VA. I ran two irons off it with two different tips. Actually the pencils will work off a car battery, just takes longer to reach the 'click' point.

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Re: Soldering

Postby James Perrett » Thu Aug 13, 2020 2:15 pm

When I left my old job about 3 years ago, the Weller TCP iron that I had been issued with in 1980 was still in use in the lab.

Like Dave, I could never get on with Antex irons - even though they were always being touted as the best for fragile IC's. I much prefer a larger tip with a decent heat reserve.
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Re: Soldering

Postby Folderol » Thu Aug 13, 2020 2:25 pm

The thing you have to watch out for is availability of spares. Although initially expensive, you can still get spares for Weller kit that's over 30 year old!
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Re: Soldering

Postby blinddrew » Thu Aug 13, 2020 4:08 pm

Looks like the non-hot-air version of the one I got a couple of years ago. I'm still very happy with mine, though it definitely contributed to my room getting very hot during last night's SOS call! :)
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