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Posted: 2/20/2006 9:17:28 AM EDT
What are some the best/better soldering iron models available?
I was looking at a few 100W units but need something that can melt solder very quickly but also work well as a general purpose soldering iron (not for intricate semiconductors).
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 9:23:39 AM EDT
I do a lot of automotive wiring work. I actually prefer the butane powered mini-torches. They heat up instantly, heat up the wires much faster, work much better on shrink-wrap insulation, and turn off the gas and they are cool again. I wouldn't get the $14.95 one from HF though, there are some nice ones out there that are shaped like pens and are very easy to use.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 9:27:15 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/20/2006 9:29:51 AM EDT by twonami]
Purpose of this visit iron?
Hobby stuff like crafts or electrical stuff?
I personally do a lot of electronics and I use a 90 watt PACE soldering station like this one.

It's heats up pretty quick (within 2 minutes) and does a hell of a better job at soldering big ass copper lugs terminals than my Weller POS gun.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 9:27:25 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/20/2006 9:29:44 AM EDT by Gunner1X]
Get a Pace or Weller with adjustable wattage.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 9:42:15 AM EDT
It will be used mostly for hobbies, wiring, electronics / GP stuff, and automotive wiring.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 11:11:45 AM EDT
Can't go wrong with either the Pace or the Weller pictured above.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 11:22:45 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 1DaveF:
Can't go wrong with either the Pace or the Weller pictured above.

yup, I do some auto work for the stereo guys and the solder stations work fine in there. Less chance of burning seats.
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