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Soldering station

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by NjBill, Dec 5, 2015.

  1. NjBill

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    I want to do some upgrading to my bird and I'm looking for a good soldering station and some info on sodering any body no were I can get some info
     
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  3. johnp44

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    Hi Bill,

    I use a Metcal MX-5200 soldering station. It has a very nice de-soldering tool as well as the soldering tool. LINK: Metcal Soldering Station

    But that might be more than you want to spend. The important things are that it have variable temperature and a good selection of tip sizes.

    I prefer Metcal but I also have a Weller solder station with variable temperature that is more mobile and can moved around more easily. I am sure there are many other options that others will suggest. But just like anything else, you get what you pay for. I am not familiar with the Metcal, the one they call Mfr Stations, but it has the performance of the bigger brother MX-5200 minus the de-soldering tool.

    Hope this helps
     
  4. NjBill

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    To buckeye I did google it but wondering what other hobbies are using.Cause I know Many on here do solder and upgrade there birds.If you don't like what I post are am ASKING DON'T COMMENT CAUSE I'M SURE YOUR TO STUPID TO ANWSER.SEE NOW I'M BEING A *******
     
  5. NjBill

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    John thank you sir.I really appreciate it.My freind
     
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    I think the main thing about basic electronics soldering is practice practice practice. Learn how to use solder flow to more quickly “conduct” heat into the workpiece.

    I was lucky to do professional soldering rework outta college and had the latest greatest “stations” and goodies at my disposal.

    Nowadays as a civilian I just keep it clean, simple and cheap with a few basic irons/tips sized to do most jobs at hand.

    My jobs are often just quick few minutes and done so I’m never plugged in heating 8-10 hours a day. For that reason I see little need for temp controls under those conditions.

    Get an iron, solder and some junk electronics to perfect your technique before tackling something you value.
     
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    It is always good to ask fellow hobbyists for their opinion on a product or for guidance in choosing one.
    Research shouldn't just be limited to a google search. Often what you find on Google is subjective and geared to produce sales.
    I prefer getting real world advice from peers, one of the great functions of a forum, IMO.
     
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    I was a electronics repair specialist in the military and attended a 10 week course designed specificly around soldering. There we used a Pace PRC 2000 for our work. While that is a unit designed to do any type of hand work in todays electronics you need to narrow it down. What will you be soldering wires, circuit cards, SMC? The work will dictate the station and type.

    A basic temp control unit will do most hobby work just fine.

    Hand soldering is honestly an art in it's self. You tube will only teach you so much.
     
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    YouTube can be your friend too...
     
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