[vcf-midatlantic] OT: Soldering Station, Your Opinion Please

Systems Glitch systems.glitch at gmail.com
Thu Jan 21 12:13:34 EST 2016

> Is it worth the price for a cheap spare or for soldering classes, or is it
> junk and not worth the trouble? (I already have a good Weller and Hakko, so
> this would just be a backup.)

Personally, I don't keep junk/cheap-o tools as spares anymore. I've found that they let you down. Keep an eye out for an older known-quality soldering station. My personal preference is Hexacon Select-o-Trac or Therm-o-Trac units. Partially because I have access to 80 LBS of tips, and partially because, inside, it's just a quad op amp and a switching transistor.

I think I paid less than $20 for both of my Select-o-Trac irons, which came from eBay. I found one for Ian at the MIT Flea for around that price, too. I do keep a non-temperature-controlled, grounded tip Hexacon pencil iron in my toolkit though.


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