can i take that for granted with "cheap" weller?idk but it was like someone said they r bad now and everybody took that as a fact, is it true?when i look at this, that doesnt seem to be that cheap to me:http://tinyurl.com/7kxrr97does anyone know this one ZD-931?http://www.reichelt.de/Diverse-Loetstationen/STATION-ZD-931/3//index.html?ACTION=3&GROUPID=555&ARTICLE=90918&SHOW=1&START=0&OFFSET=16&&SID=11UAdD3H8AAAIAAFIFTT44a7386fa39a90a63bae951f3ef79a3d3&LANGUAGE=EN
Ungar made an iron in the 60's that has a famous history... it seems that the iron has a replaceable "Heat Cartridge" and replaceable tips... The Heater occasionally fail and vaporize internally... since it was "plugged it in it only had one way to go out and it would do so. Once I picked up my Trusty Iron only to have it go off like a small cannon and embed the heater cartridge in the ceiling.. (TRUTH).
Quote from: Docedison on Jul 19, 2012, 06:24 pmUngar made an iron in the 60's that has a famous history... it seems that the iron has a replaceable "Heat Cartridge" and replaceable tips... The Heater occasionally fail and vaporize internally... since it was "plugged it in it only had one way to go out and it would do so. Once I picked up my Trusty Iron only to have it go off like a small cannon and embed the heater cartridge in the ceiling.. (TRUTH).Wow, you state it was the 1960's, but even back then it's amazing that someone could get away with selling a commercial product that could fail in such a spectacularly dangerous way during normal and expected use! It's a good thing you didn't point the iron toward's your other arm, or anything else you want to keep functional, when you picked it up that time.
To me, there is a difference between the what I see as the commercial Weller units and hobbyist grade. I think that is all any of us was pointing out. To get a good Weller, you will pay more than your mentioned "budget" number. That said, you really should never go cheap on your tools you will use all the time. Example: If you decide to save a few hundred dollars on an o-scope for example, you will later kick yourself when you realize what you can't do with it and then ultimately you will desire the scope you should have purchased... making the one you did purchase... a waste of money.
The incident he describes is an iron projecting its heating cartridge forward, which while it shouldn't happen, isn't going to harm a user since 'proper' use will not result in pointing that projectile at oneself... And even improper use would not result in a life threatening injury... Hence my comment, which was a response to yours about the 'safety' issues... Life is not safe... reasonable people don't expect it to be. In fact it is guaranteed to be terminal.
And there isn't much to compare today, with the folks who created devices like I mentioned with vacuum tube era technology. Given the vast improvement in technology available to the general populace, we should see a vast improvement on what was created then... and we haven't. In part because people worry too much about things like 'safety'.