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Radio Shack Garbage...


By dtown

3 years ago



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    #1 3 years ago

    Broke after less than 20 uses. Guess this is why they're going out of business.

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    #2 3 years ago

    Few are willing to pay for quality.

    #3 3 years ago

    Picked it up at a store closing

    #4 3 years ago

    and this is why I only buy Hakko/Weller quality irons.

    #5 3 years ago

    Dude its not a hammer. I've had one here for years.........

    John P. Dayhuff
    Battle Creek, MI.
    269-979-3836

    #6 3 years ago

    ^^^^^^^^
    Shit! I thought it was a nail punch! What a fool I was!

    #7 3 years ago

    Seriously....I was just laying it on a solder joint and the base just...separated.

    #8 3 years ago

    Get A Hakko. Problem solved.

    #9 3 years ago

    I have two Wellers. A base station and a cheapo one. They've both held up well. I just picked up this RS one because of the going out of business sale. Now I know why.

    #10 3 years ago

    Love my Hakko's

    #11 3 years ago

    Girlfriend is buying me a Hakko FX-888D for my 18th birthday in two days, can't wait and it's a sweet present, top of the line station I need it now more than ever too due to my remaining projects.

    This will be my first good iron, I was too cheap to even buy a mid-level one so tried the Radio Shack pen by Weller (which broke a day later, but no returns due to closing) and eventually was given a second hand beat up 25-year-old Weller solder gun (guns are fine for EMs) from a friend who was cleaning shop that broke shortly after or was just too dirty/used. Light didn't work right either (made me think there was wiring issue most likely) so didn't even bother trying ordering a tip replacement. Cut the cord off of it and used it for something else arcade related (plugging new power supply into service outlet). So at least I found another great use for a part of it.

    #12 3 years ago

    Weller WES51 Analog Soldering Station (upgraded WES50)
    amazon.com link »

    Standard station for basic work, and if taken care of properly with replacement tips and cleaning will last decades.
    Unless you are doing significant, constant PCB board work or desoldering.
    If this required, PM me.

    "Cheap tools=poor quality=unreliable=wasted money"
    This is more for others in the future than the OP.
    Just do not do it, most Radio Shack equipment is complete junk even for bread and green board hobbyists.

    #13 3 years ago

    I've actually been looking at a Yihua 898D rework station for ongoing projects.

    #14 3 years ago
    Quoted from dtown:

    Broke after less than 20 uses. Guess this is why they're going out of business.

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    if you want cheap try this http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__24790__Soldering_Station_with_Adjustable_Heat_Range_with_US_Plug.html?strSearch=solder

    had mine for 2 years works great

    #15 3 years ago

    You can solder around corners now.

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