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Old 08-06-2010, 09:29 PM   #1
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Default Can you reccomend a good soldering Gun!

Hey Guys,

I'm sick of having a POS one.. I'm looking to spend like 30-40 bucks on a decent soldering gun. Any suggestions?

Home depot? Lowes? Radio Shack?

Where should i go?

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Old 08-06-2010, 09:41 PM   #2
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Get an iron, not a gun.

What do you need it for?

I use one of these:
Amazon.com: Weller SPG80L Marksman 80 Watt Stained Glass Soldering Iron: Home ImprovementAmazon.com: Weller SPG80L Marksman 80 Watt Stained Glass Soldering Iron: Home Improvement
For heavy gauge stuff like soldering R/C car batteries together or <10 gauge wire.

I use the Hakko equivalent of this:
Amazon.com: Weller SP40LK 40 Watt Soldering Iron Kit: Home ImprovementAmazon.com: Weller SP40LK 40 Watt Soldering Iron Kit: Home Improvement
for general purpose stuff.

The key is to get the wattage and tip size right for the job you're doing. You want enough heat stored in the tip so that you need to keep it on the joint no more than 2-3 seconds before it's hot enough to flow solder. And not so large that it's ready in 1/2 a second and your dumping tons of extra heat in there.

Think of the tip as a reservoir for the heat. Small tips for small jobs and large tips for large jobs. Wattage is more about recovery time than anything else, until you get to the point that you're soldering like 6 gauge wires, then you need all the heat you can get.

40 watt is good for general purpose. Get multiple tips so you can select the right size for the job. Get at least one chisel tip, those are good general purpose tips as you can use the narrow part of the chisel if you need a little heat and the flat side of the chisel for quicker heating / larger joints.

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Old 08-06-2010, 09:44 PM   #3
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Well right now i want it for small wires & Stereo. Next I plan on relocating my battery under my seat. So I woud like to make my terminal connections as nice as possible.

Where do i find large wire crimps? I assume i woudl have to do it in a vice?
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Old 08-06-2010, 10:17 PM   #4
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Old 08-06-2010, 10:21 PM   #5
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Yes i did a :Search: I didn't see any manufactures of Irons to use

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Old 08-06-2010, 11:59 PM   #6
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Well right now i want it for small wires & Stereo. Next I plan on relocating my battery under my seat. So I woud like to make my terminal connections as nice as possible.

Where do i find large wire crimps? I assume i woudl have to do it in a vice?
I used these when i was into car stereo for 1/0 gauge Crimps were nice and neat compared to the vice
http://www.harborfreight.com/hydraul...ool-66150.html
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Old 08-08-2010, 07:38 PM   #7
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snap on butane solder gun = beez kneez!
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Old 08-09-2010, 02:05 PM   #8
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Purhcasing a butane iron like the one above that was suggested is great idea I think. It think Master may make the one shown above. Check them out.
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Butane ones are not all that nice. Unless its 90 degrees where you are working.
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