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My soldering iron bit the dust recently, anyone have a suggestion for a good (new) soldering iron? I'd like to keep it under 20-30 USD though, as I don't have much 'expendable income'. (although I might reach into the 35 range if someone REALLY likes one...)
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Be tempted to spend enough to get a good quality temperature controlled iron with adjustable temperature setting,
anything less is probably false economy.   Well worth making sure replacement bits will still be obtainable in many years
time (which means a well-known brand).
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Maybe a used WES51?  If you could find someone willing to part with it...
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I recommend Hakko FX-888.

Buy once, keep a lifetime.

I still have a Weller station that I bought in 1978.

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I have an Xtronics 4040 soldering iron/hot air station
www.xtronicusa.com/home/?ecwid_product_id=9238594

Got it on e-bay for ~$109, works very well for thru hole & SMD rework.
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Be tempted to spend enough to get a good quality temperature controlled iron with adjustable temperature setting,
anything less is probably false economy.   Well worth making sure replacement bits will still be obtainable in many years
time (which means a well-known brand).

Agreed, although it still goes without saying that I shouldn't spend more than I have smiley-razz

Maybe a used WES51?  If you could find someone willing to part with it...

I assume you mean this? http://www.amazon.com/Weller-WES51-Analog-Soldering-Station/dp/B000BRC2XU
A bit pricier than I'd be willing to pay, but it looks like it would be a good investment...

I recommend Hakko FX-888.

Buy once, keep a lifetime.

I still have a Weller station that I bought in 1978.

This guy? http://www.amazon.com/Hakko-FX888-FX-888-Soldering-Station/dp/B004M3U0VU
Looks very nice... still pretty expensive though.

I have an Xtronics 4040 soldering iron/hot air station
www.xtronicusa.com/home/?ecwid_product_id=9238594

Got it on e-bay for ~$109, works very well for thru hole & SMD rework.


A bit totally out of my price range.


Overall, I guess I was too low in my original price range. Since this *is* the backbone of all hardware tasks (if you don't solder it right, it won't work) I guess I would rather go a little bit over the top than get something disappointing. Well, thanks for the responses!
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I use Hakko at work, especially the 936 solder stations. A few years ago I was told of Chinese copies made by Bakko ( no kidding ) and I found someone on Ebay selling another equivalent model. In AUS $'s it cost me $40 and perfectly fits the Hakko tips. I also calibrated the station at work and the temp readings are spot on. This is a fast, very responsive solder station.
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/X-TRONIC-4040-HOT-AIR-REWORK-SOLDERING-IRON-STATION-/180672745995?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a10ef520b
$109, works great.
I bought some part specific size nozzles to help with arduino parts too.
http://www.mpja.com/nozzle   enter nozzle
30 second of  hot air and parts come right off ...
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Made a mistake with the name, It's Bakkon not Bakko
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Get an iron with a fine tip for small part soldering, and make sure you can easily get replacement tips.
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