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Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by zorgan, 2 Jan 2012.

  1. zorgan

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    thanks for all the advice.
     
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    + another for Weller.

    I have always used Weller and can recommend them.
     
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    weller on my desk at work too :mrgreen:
     
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    Go, Antex, rah-rah-rah.

    ;)
     
  6. zorgan

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    funny you mention atex ban-all-sheds I was in tait components yesterday and the guy mentioned exactly the same brand to check out.
     
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    If you can stretch to it, an OKI Metcal iron will be far better than the majority of brands mentioned in this thread. PACE and ERSA are also pro tools.

    The PS-900 is a 'basic' iron from their range, but is at temperature in 10 seconds, you can change tips on-the-fly and will deliver up to 80W into the RF heater:

    ebay has a nice one going with some tips:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/OKI-METCA...Home_Garden_PowerTools_SM&hash=item337017bbe5
     
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    I have an antex iron.

    We used weller irons where I used to work as you could get them in 110V. These were also good.
     
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    I've got 2 Antex irons. I only bought the second iron to replace the element on the first one. (After 25 years service. Does nothing last any more?)
     
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    FWIW, I've always used Antex irons (both 230/240V ones and 12V ones), and I've sure some of those I have (still working) are at least 25 years old.

    Kind Regards, John.
     
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    I found a great Catch-22 with my 15W Antex the first time I needed to replace a failed element.

    The connections to it inside the handle are soldered.....
     
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    Yes, a Catch 22 for anyone with only one iron! However, replacing the element in a small Antex iron is probably never sensible - after all, such an iron consists only of the element, a little bit of plastic (the handle), the lead and a bit - so it's usually easier (sometimes maybe even cheaper!) to buy the whole thing.

    Kind Regards, John.
     
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    Possibly easier.

    Possibly cheaper.

    And undoubtedly very, very wrong.

    I did have another iron, so I was able to replace it, but I happened to notice that the pins on the element were the same size, or very close, as the pins on the back of a pick-up cartridge, so I soldered 3 of the little push connectors used for those onto the end of the flex.
     
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    Of the irons i've used my favorite is a weller wmp (I believe that stands for "welller micro pencil"), heats up real quick, really light to handle and has the power for the vast majority of soldering jobs.

    I wouldn't buy one personally though unless I was doing a whole lot of soldering. Too damn expensive (probablly arround £300 once you add up iron, station and stand).
     
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