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Old 04-24-2011, 10:27 PM   #31
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Looks like a medieval torturing device...
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Old 04-24-2011, 10:31 PM   #32
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That looks like it pre-dates electricity. What were you even soldering?
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Old 04-24-2011, 10:37 PM   #33
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Looks like a medieval torturing device...
I think it could be used as that, yes.

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That looks like it pre-dates electricity. What were you even soldering?
It was an elective metal shop class, and I made a flour scoop out of sheet tin.

I can't remember how we heated it up, but I guess the torture device was considered "safer" than a torch.

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Old 04-25-2011, 01:23 AM   #34
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I learned to solder in high school with one of these:

And as a kid I walked 20 miles in snow bare foot after feeding the chickens goats and milking 50 cows




















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Old 04-25-2011, 06:46 AM   #35
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My $15 Stahl iron is three years old and still working. I bought it as a "temporary until I could afford a good one" iron. I can't believe how good this thing is.

Link to iron for $15 at Parts Express

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Old 07-02-2011, 08:11 AM   #36
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ummm...
can i volunteer you to salvage one of those out of the trash at your work for me?

Just salvaged another one.


Minus the replaceable tip.
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Old 07-02-2011, 08:18 AM   #37
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Just salvaged another one.


Minus the replaceable tip.

Ooohh... Ooohh... me next, me next!!!
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Old 07-02-2011, 08:21 AM   #38
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Those fucking SUCK!! My old roomie bought one just like that and in no time at all it fell apart, burning his hand at the same time. The plastic that holds the 3 screws that attach the iron to the handle either melts, dropping them, or expands, dropping them, and subsequently the hot part on you.
Been using this quite a bit lately. It is still working really well. Not bad for an iron that fucking SUCKs!!!!
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Old 07-02-2011, 08:26 AM   #39
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Those fucking SUCK!! My old roomie bought one just like that and in no time at all it fell apart, burning his hand at the same time. The plastic that holds the 3 screws that attach the iron to the handle either melts, dropping them, or expands, dropping them, and subsequently the hot part on you.
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Been using this quite a bit lately. It is still working really well. Not bad for an iron that fucking SUCKs!!!!
I'm fairly sure my iron was made by the same factory (if you look at the pics, you can see the family resemblance). I think the trick to making these irons last is to turn them off. I switch mine on as I'm stripping wires to solder, and switch it off when I'm done... it doesn't sit idle and cook itself.
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Old 07-02-2011, 08:30 AM   #40
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I'm fairly sure my iron was made by the same factory (if you look at the pics, you can see the family resemblance). I think the trick to making these irons last is to turn them off. I switch mine on as I'm stripping wires to solder, and switch it off when I'm done... it doesn't sit idle and cook itself.
I do that too. Mainly because I thought it was good practice to tin the tip and turn it off when not in use.

*edit. But some sessions I have had the thing on for at least two hours
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Old 07-02-2011, 08:57 AM   #41
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I use a 300 watt Weller gun for almost everything. I have a couple of 30 watt irons laying around, but the gun is so much faster and it's precise enough for everything but component level work.
This. As burdi said the Weller will work fine as long as you don't get ignorant with it.

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Old 07-02-2011, 12:02 PM   #42
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I have 2 irons, cheap and cheaper. Just regular plug in the wall sticks. One is dual wattage. For a stand I use a coffee cup.
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Old 07-02-2011, 12:20 PM   #43
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A Weller with a #7 tip. Don't use flux. Wire with core. Tin the tip. Mke it fast and simple. You mess with it and it will freeze.
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Old 07-02-2011, 05:53 PM   #44
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Just salvaged another one.


Minus the replaceable tip.

if you wanna off it, just let me know and i'll gladly send you my address..
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Old 07-02-2011, 06:15 PM   #45
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I just got a soldering gun at radio shack, 30 watts. It is the best 9 dollar investment I ever made, heats up fast, great feel.
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Old 07-05-2011, 08:46 AM   #46
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I use a Weller WP30, the green kind. I've been using it since '97 or so.
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