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Old 09-20-2018, 11:51 PM
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Soldering iron recommendation?

Doing an ez-wire rewiring on the ol’girl. Possibly starting with a new iron if there’s improvements to be had.

Otherwise I’ve got a 60w weller that’s been Ok for the past ten years that’ll be the work mule for the project.
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Old 09-21-2018, 07:15 AM
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I've got two Wellers that I used on RT. A 15 for small wires and the 60 for everything else. Learned to use both and they work great.
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Old 09-21-2018, 07:18 AM
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I'm a fan of my Weller portasol. It's butane so heats up quick, and don't have to deal with a cord when in weird spots. Just watch where you point it to prevent frying stuff you don't want to fry.
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Old 09-21-2018, 09:49 AM
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Weller soldering guns are good for automotive wiring. I have a couple of them. You need to clean/tighten the tip nearly every session. Use high-quality 60/40 or 63/37 tin/lead rosin core solder, and extra rosin flux if the wire is not new-penny bright. I'm sure the Portasol is great - hard to find a better source of BTUs than fossil fuel - but I kinda think the power cord is a better option if you have an outlet available.

For the bench, get a Weller or Haako temperature controlled station.

Get a used soldering gun, or one of these - https://www.amazon.com/Weller-9400PK...r+sodering+gun Your technique and preparation of the joint makes more difference than whether you use the 100W or 140W setting. I always use the high setting. Hot iron, get in, get out.
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Old 09-22-2018, 10:55 AM
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Excellent, thank you guys.
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Old 09-22-2018, 10:57 PM
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I run a Hakko 936, great unit lots of available tips. I do a ton of auto wiring, ecm/ecu builds, and other misc electronics. I cannot recommend it more.
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Old 09-23-2018, 09:22 AM
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I also use a Hakko and one of the best tools I've purchased.
Probably overkill for avg. joe who doesn't do other electronics work.
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Old 09-23-2018, 11:20 AM
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I want one of these. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BKSLLG9/?coliid=ISNP8JUWVABKB&colid=2LBW945TZC4U9&psc=0&re f_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

I've owned and used a Weller temp controlled station similar to the Hakko for a decade. It stays on my bench though. When it dies, I may buy a Hakko station - everybody seems to like them.
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Old 09-26-2018, 10:36 AM
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I bought this one 8 years ago, seems quite well made, heats up in a few seconds. Bought a few tips but never needed them.

https://www.circuitspecialists.com/s...-bk3000lf.html

Before that, by dad's weller from the dawn of time.
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