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Old 11-12-2006, 02:39 PM   #18
Mike Costin
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Join Date: Nov 2006
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: Sandy Hook
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Originally Posted by Mulder View Post
- Although the Weller irons and stations are the industry standard, they can be a bit pricey for the casual DIY'er. From personal experience I can recommend the "Tenma" line of products from MCM Electronics, . Asian-made yes, but my Tenma electronically-controlled soldering station has served me very well for many years, and it cost 1/2 to 1/3 as much as a comparable Weller. In fact, my company used to use the Weller stations for bench and field work, they were $100+ a pop and the small connectors that plug in to the station would always break. I suggested that they try the Tenma units and they've been using them ever since. The iron connects to the base with a molded DIN connector that is very durable.
I use a Hakko 936 base station for transceiver work and miscellaneous automotive jobs. It's got excellent temperature recovery, it is physically durable and it's ESD safe in case you're working w/ MOSFET chips onboard. The handle is thin and weight balanced perfectly -- never had a problem with leverage or hand cramps during a long job. It's around $80 online and the temperature calibration lifetime is well good (you won't have to get it calibrated for a few years). Also, it works without issue on modified sine AC sourced from a cheap inverter (as do most base stations, I expect).

Just another option..
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