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 Post subject: Any Modern decent heavy soldering irons?
PostPosted: Jan Fri 21, 2011 1:01 am 
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I need a 200-250 w soldering iron and the only options seem to be the american beauty $160 versions and some real cheap looking imports you see on fleabay.

Are there any decent modern versions of these that don't cost an arm and a leg? (for infrequent use).

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Does it have to be an iron? Weller makes two really heavy duty guns that are in that range of wattage.

Either of them will be much less expensive than the iron you refer to. Used ones turn up at flea markets and yard sales for much less than retail.

Look for models D550 and D650.

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You can always get an old blunderbuss. Even if it doesn't work, you can heat it on a gas stove or with a propane torch.


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PostPosted: Jan Fri 21, 2011 1:49 am 
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I need the thermal mass that a big tip provides.

I have used a D550 but it is just a bit too light for the purpose. Don't know if the D650 would do the trick - haven't had any experience.

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Search American Beauty. They make some VERY hefty Irons.


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the heavy hitter on the right here is a 220 Watt unit.

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PostPosted: Jan Fri 28, 2011 4:32 pm 
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In regards to the Weller D550, I've seen some listed as 245/325 w and othewrs (like the one I've used) as 200/260 w.

Where there two different versions sold under the same model number or are older models the higher wattage version and current production the lower wattage?

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I just bought what you described on e-bay. American made. Nice. No stand, 'tho.

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PostPosted: Jan Fri 28, 2011 4:49 pm 
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Don't rule out the Stained glass suppliers, they sometimes have heavy imported irons pretty cheap. I think I still have the big old heavy one I made in electric shop over 50 years ago somewhere buried in the pile.
But I'm not soldering gutters any more so the 100 or 150 watt american beauty's are more than adiquate for soldering to a chassis.
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