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    I started soldering when I was a teen, and have used many irons from Radio Shack to Weller.

    Here are two of my favorite lower cost systems.

    Model 898D
    I bought this one for work, and liked it so much I bought one for my home use. Used it to build a E682 and Renard SS24 this year along with soldering wires, and connectors for my light show. There are several brands of this. I like it because it has a heat gun on it. While there for solder reword/surface mount I use it a lot for heat shrink tubing work. Look for an 898 D.

    https://www.amazon.com/Smartxchoices...dering+station


    The other one I have had great luck with is the Weller Thermaboost soldering gun. I used this one to solder many wires and rail joiners on my model railroad.

    I have learned over the years the key to great soldering is the solder. After using many brands I have settled on Indium Solder.
    https://www.amazon.com/Indium-Wire-S...um+solder+.032

    They have both lead and lead-free solders. It is a commercial grade solder used by many professional circuit board soldering shops.

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    Read through most of this but it all seemed out of my price range or were discountinued items and dead links. Decide to go with this:https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07ZY...b_b_prod_image
    Any one have experience or opinion about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toasterboy1 View Post
    Read through most of this but it all seemed out of my price range or were discountinued items and dead links. Decide to go with this:https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07ZY...b_b_prod_image
    Any one have experience or opinion about it.
    Not sure the key is that it has real temp control. normal that style with temp printed on knob is wattage controled rather than temp think light dimmer. Easy to check if you open it look to see ow manny wires go to iron up 2-3 wires = wattage controled 5-6 = temp controlled.

    This is my cheap go new now has real temp control and heats up quick and fits the standard hako tips. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 or the ts-100 units but thouse are in the $80 range

    You can get by with wattage controled but it will ether slow you down or cause you too more easily burn up pads if your inexperienced.
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    https://www.circuitspecialists.com/6...g_Station.html
    I've had this unit for 5 years now. The original iron went out on me after a year but bought a replacement for 10 bucks. I believe my problem was me using the wet sponge instead of tip cleaner. They have a variety of tips and solder to go with it.

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    I doubt the wet sponge was the issue. Been using a wet sponge for 40+ years, never had an iron fail.

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    Million's of solder tips are cleaned with a wet Spong, this would have changed if there was an issue. I've seen tip cleaners that actually removed the silver plating on the tip.

    I've also been in the profession for 40+ years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ErnieHorning View Post
    Million's of solder tips are cleaned with a wet Spong, this would have changed if there was an issue. I've seen tip cleaners that actually removed the silver plating on the tip.

    I've also been in the profession for 40+ years.

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    I stand corrected. I have NO Idea why it went out. It just went out.
    I thought it had changed is why the tip cleaners came about. The shock of the wetness on the tip being not good for it.
    I did not mean to put bad information out there but I truly thought things had changed, moved away from wet sponge.
    I'll take y'alls 80 + years experience as good advice. Live and earn.

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    What I see as more of a problem is not shutting a soldering iron off when you're done.

    In a work environment, people will turn on an iron, use it and walk away. The constant high temperature will oxidize the silver plating, so it nolonger takes solder. Sometimes you can clean it, tin it and bring it back to life.

    I had a tip that I used every day and it lasted an entire year. That lab had a keypad access door, so the personnel access was limited. One day the keypad was removed and I found my soldering iron was left on overnight and the tip was unusable by morning. After I lost 5 tips in one week, I made it a habit of pulling the tip every night.

    Now, I make that every iron I buy, has an automatic shutoff. I still shut it off when I'm done though.

    No proof or data but I have a theory, that leaving an iron powered on for hours, will shorten the life of its power supply and eventually kill it.

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    I've done thousands of joints with my Weller station.
    I clean my tip with both a sponge sometimes and with a spun brass wire ball.

    Sometimes, things just wear out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingofkya View Post
    Not sure the key is that it has real temp control. normal that style with temp printed on knob is wattage controled rather than temp think light dimmer. Easy to check if you open it look to see ow manny wires go to iron up 2-3 wires = wattage controled 5-6 = temp controlled.

    This is my cheap go new now has real temp control and heats up quick and fits the standard hako tips. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 or the ts-100 units but thouse are in the $80 range

    You can get by with wattage controled but it will ether slow you down or cause you too more easily burn up pads if your inexperienced.
    I think you might be right about the iron. It came in today. I pulled the end apart and there are only 3 wires coming down the cord. Guess I will have to see what happens. I need to find something to practice on before I decide to fork out the money on a Renard, only to destroy it. All my experience is with solding automotive wiring. Maybe try a cheap SSR or if I could find stuff to do a Grinch, at least if it worked it would go towards the cause.

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