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Recommendations for soldering station and Desoldering station or rework station.

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Z, May 9, 2004.

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  1. Z

    Z Guest

    I am in the market for a new soldering station and a de-soldering
    station.
    The following brands are available to me locally RS (electrocomponents
    not radio shack) without too much bother for returns.

    Weller
    ERSA
    Xytronic
    Pace

    I only have used Weller irons before and have found them reliable, make
    good clean joints, tips last a long time, quite robust. Quite a few
    Weller irons seem to go obsolete though which is a little concerning
    Ahas anyone experience of any of these soldering stations and recommend
    one or recommend one not to get?

    I have not had much mileage out of Antex irons so don't want another one
    of them.

    For a de-soldering station the Weller DSVT80 Soldering Kit is about my
    budget. Has anyone experience with this station? The pace iron looks
    quite appealing though but out of my league. I don't have compressed air
    and the old diving tanks are out of their certification date so no-one
    will fill them.

    Maybe I'd be better saving a bit more and getting a rework station - one
    that will solder de-solder and also do SMT.
    Again any recommendations?
    Is this the way to go?
     
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