what kind of soldering iron do you use?

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  1. nickmsmith

    nickmsmith Dr. Stratster

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    My soldering iron tip is nearly nonexistent nowadays, looking to probably get a new one, what kind do you have, that works well for you?

    I want to get better at soldering, and I think getting the right tools might save me time and money.
     
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    elduderinoTF Sweatin' Bullets

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    Weller WLC100 works for me.
     
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    nickmsmith Dr. Stratster

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    I like that! It's got the little rack to hold it, which is nice. I'll check it out!
     
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    misterwogan Senior Stratmaster

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    A soldering iron tip is a consumable. Keep spares.
     
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    Mine's an old Hakko 936 station:

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    I guess the Hakko 888 is the replacement model.
     
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    nickmsmith Dr. Stratster

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    I think I might actually have another somewhere, but now that I see the station, with the adjustable power and the holder, that seems like a good route to go.
     
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    sam_in_cali Scream for me Strat-Talk! Silver Member

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    A simple 40w soldering iron is all I have ever needed for guitar work.
     
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    Dibbs Strat-Talker

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    I've got the new Hakko HK957 soldering station. Turns a difficult chore into an enjoyable hobby.

    The system costs a little more, but knowing precisely how hot your tip is, RFN, makes for quick, clean, professional work, VS aggravating, cooked out, blobby, hack-jobs.
     
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    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

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    All you need is a Harbor Freight $10 iron. Make a coil stand out of a coat hanger and affix to a sturdy wood block. Done.
    Like guitar playing ... it's the technique not the tools.



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    BlurgyWurgyWibble Strat-O-Master

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    I have been using one of these for the last 5 years or so.



    Daily use, lots of on-off. Heats up rapidly, solidly and safely built.
    Hot air is ace too. Everything from slightly melty to trip to casuality.

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    It was £60 iirc from Amazon.

    The trick to soldering is to always know precisely how hot your tip is or isn't and avoid ROHS/lead-free solder like the plague. Get the good stuff from the USA.

    Re: tips. I get mine from RS (yes I know they are expensive compared to eBay and the like) because they a) don't sell crap b) won't pretend to be in Sussex and then ship from Guandong.

    Linky: https://uk.rs-online.com/web/c/power-tools-soldering-welding/soldering/soldering-iron-tips/
     
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    HighwayStar106 Senior Stratmaster

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    I use a simple 40 watt iron, can't remember the make. I don't do a lot of soldering, so I've never felt the need to get one of those stations.

    My soldering improved massively once I got decent solder.
     
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    Chont Most Honored Senior Member

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    I have one sort of like this. I like the adjustable wattage.

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    Edsyn 951SX. Built like a tank.
     
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    I have 18W and 25W Antex with a range of bits that I can select depending on what I am doing. I prefer 40/60 tin/lead resin cored solder which has both a lower melting point and better jointing properties compared to the unleaded solder alternative.

    Weller are the only other make I would buy and use
     
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    I have a soldering iron, somewhere here...
     
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    StummerJoe Senior Stratmaster

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    I have a couple of these. Very affordable and works fine. I've had some higher end irons, but they didn't do anything this Weller can't.

    What is great about this model is the price so you can have one dedicated for soldering, and another dedicated for fret pulling.

    Recommended.:thumb:
     
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    i have this same unit with a selection of diff sized tips i bought 10 years ago and it is still going strong.
     
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    Otisblove Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I use this one. I’m very happy with it.

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