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What is the best solder station available these days?


By Mad_Dog_Coin_Op

2 years ago



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    #1 2 years ago

    Back when I was a young man I worked on an Air Force base as a technician. That is where I learned to solder. The equipment was state of the art but 20 years old (just like everything else in the military including me). I have a basic Weller now but I want something higher end with foot peddles. Can anybody give me a good recommendation.

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    #2 2 years ago

    You'll probably find some helpful info in the soldering guide: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/terrybs-soldering-guide-part-1

    The best answer for you probably depends on if you want to do surface mount stuff and need a hot air rework station or not. Lots of good info in that thread.

    #3 2 years ago

    For a high quality no-frills all purpose station I’d recommend a Hakko FX 951. The heating element and temperature sensor is integrated into the tips, and it has excellent temp control and gets up to temp within a few seconds. There is an extremely wide selection of tips suitable for everything from SMT to heavy-gauge terminal lugs (as well as nonelectronic stuff like jewelry and stained glass). The tips themselves are very high quality and wet better than anything else I’ve ever used, and will probably last a lifetime with hobbyist use. Every part is replaceable (down to the component level), and is all made in Japan.

    amazon.com link »

    This one uses the same iron/tips, but accomodates two simultaneously:
    amazon.com link »

    #4 2 years ago

    Thanks but I was looking for something with the foot pedal controls for desolder. Makes life much easier.

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    #5 2 years ago

    Don't why you would prefer a foot pedal, I have had, and used this one for many years, just pull the trigger.....

    https://www.circuitspecialists.com/bk4000.html?otaid=gpl&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIy-O4raiV2gIVHIezCh3UIAkfEAQYASABEgJBW_D_BwE

    #6 2 years ago

    The best?
    Or "a decent affordable"?
    There is a huge difference.

    #7 2 years ago

    I guess I'm looking for something more high end. What I have been offered so far are fairly inexpensive units. I'm looking for a nice setup that isn't made is some questionable country. Foot pedals are the best plus that is what I'm used to. Dropping 1000 plus on a good unit doesn't seem like waste. I have over 40 games in my collection when you factor in my arcades.

    #8 2 years ago

    We recently switched from Metcal to JBC soldier stations at work. I sill use metcal at home, but the DR560-A is a really nice desoldering iron.

    http://www.jbctools.com/dr560-a-desoldering-iron-product-82.html

    #9 2 years ago
    Quoted from Pball:

    We recently switched from Metcal to JBC soldier stations at work. I sill use metcal at home, but the DR560-A is a really nice desoldering iron.
    http://www.jbctools.com/dr560-a-desoldering-iron-product-82.html

    Now this looks good and I see an option for foot pedals. I think I like it.

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