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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by [email protected], Jul 10, 2008.

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  1. Guest

    I need a new soldering station to replace one I lost during a move.
    This is for hobby use in microcontrollers and general analog/digital

    Is a Metcal MX-500 a reasonable choice for these applications? I know
    it's more expensive than other stations, but I've heard good things
    about it.

    Anything else I should consider?
  2. Rich Webb

    Rich Webb Guest

    Hop over to and for some
    other options. I've been pretty happy with Xytronic gear plus
    Web-Tronics has some "house brand" equipment that looks pretty good.

    If you're setting up a new station, it's probably worth it nowadays to
    go ahead and get a hot air + iron + desoldering-iron.
  3. DJ Delorie

    DJ Delorie Guest

    That's what I use for my hobby work (uC+A/D, just like you). I got it
    only because it was on eBay (used) for the same price as a new SP200.
    I eventually added the talon (not available for the SP200) which
    quickly turned into my favorite non-iron tool.

    Also, I'd been using an old Radio Shack iron for many years (decades?)
    and decided it was worth spending extra for better tools.
  4. Ben Jackson

    Ben Jackson Guest

    Every Metcal I've used (including the MX-500) has been far and away better
    than every other solder station I've used. On the other hand, for about
    1/10th as much you can get a perfectly acceptable station (including the
    Xytronic 379 someone mentioned in another post).

    If I were going to upgrade I'd probably spend the money on a stereo
    magnifier first, and then the Metcal.
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