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Andrew124C41

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The Chinese soldering station I purchased on Amazon finally started giving me problems. The soldering pencil replacement is no longer available.
Anway, I have spent a lot of time researching different stations. All of them have complaints of one sort or another.

I would like to know what you guys are using.....what you are happy with.

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I have several, but my favorite is called the SMD Rework 852D+ Station. It has an iron with six different size tips plus hot air and is completely thermostatically controlled from 0 degrees C to 500 degrees C. I got it on eBay several years ago for ~$65. Not bad at all for what it can do.
 

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I have several, but my favorite is called the SMD Rework 852D+ Station. It has an iron with six different size tips plus hot air and is completely thermostatically controlled from 0 degrees C to 500 degrees C. I got it on eBay several years ago for ~$65. Not bad at all for what it can do.
How fast does the hot air heat up? I use a heat gun a lot for heat-shrink tubing but I'd like something faster than the 3 to 5 seconds it takes to heat up.
 

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It heats up in a couple of seconds. It is made for reflow work, so it gets much hotter than you'd need for heat shrink work. But, it is totally adjustable.
 

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The hot air gun also comes with several tips to accommodate whatever item you are trying to remove.
 

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I used Weller stations for many years in my career. Sorry to hear they are no longer made here.
 

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They had temperature controlled station back in the 1960s. Every place I've ever worked had them. They also had a gun style soldering iron for larger jobs. The tip was a long piece of copper. I doubt those are still available.
 

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I have a bunch of them, any temp controlled iron and a heat gun will do all you need, skill comes with time, use 63/37 rosin core, brace your hands, use a helping hand if needed and use plenty of light and/or a magnifier to see if needed.


 
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I have a bunch of them, any temp controlled iron and a heat gun will do all you need, skill comes with time, use 63/37 rosin core, brace your hands, use a helping hand if needed and use plenty of light and/or a magnifier to see if needed.


Funny. I just pmd you about this. I have been soldering since I was a kid. Age makes it harder. I never bought into silver tin mix solder. I only solder with the same stuff you have. I have different diameters.

I have the usual metal mesh cleaner, sponge, tin of tinning compound, and an amoniac block I use for cleaning the tip.

I built an air cleaner from a bunch of fans I got from DTR, Charcoal, and an air filter. It is about 12 in square.

The soldering replacement pen is no longer available on Amazon. It is a Chinese 752D... something like that.

Have you ever seen this unit... very differentThermtronics
 




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