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Old 04-30-2010, 06:39 AM   #11
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Same thing here Moo, except even longer lived than yours - I was given it when we did a NASA sponsored soldering course back in 1970 or '71!! I still have a good assortment of different shape, size and temperature bits for it and still use it constantly, with a bigger 80W iron for U/carriage and so on. I don't frankly see how one can get by without one! Long live Weller!
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Thank you to everyone for the advice.
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Old 05-01-2010, 04:46 PM   #13
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Just saw the newest Weller W-TCP temperature controlled soldering iron at the LHS at $70 - not inexpensive but invaluable for ALL electrical soldering as well as structural - I love my old one! Try and collect a few different shape and size bits in two or three different temperatures - 600F for P-C work with finer bits, a few 700F for de-soldering and larger jobs and bigger 800F for metal work and obstinate de-soldering. I have used lead-free some time ago with mine but can't tell you with what temp bit, but my scant knowledge of eutectics says it must have been higher and would have a greater plastic range.
63%/37% has no plastic range but 60/40 radio solder gives you some which helps if you should move a bit while it solidified.
Plumbers at 50/50 gives you more range for 'wiping' a joint.
I built my first 'valve' radio in about 1948 using a pressure stove to heat a home-made iron, using tinmans solder and acid flux - I was an ingenuous 13 at the time!.. It worked! I cleaned off the zinc-chloride afterwards of course!
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