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Jacket
01-25-2011, 01:54 PM
I'm tired of waiting 5 minutes during the winter while my 40w iron struggles to warm the copper.... Does anyone know of a local place that has a good stock of Weller or other decent quality soldering irons? Hoping for a 100-120w iron.

Seems like home depot and lowes just have the light duty models like I have.

Uncle Ben
01-25-2011, 02:10 PM
I predict a trip to JB Saunders (http://jbsaundersco.com/) is in your very near future! :bill:

treerootCO
01-25-2011, 02:16 PM
I wouldn't waste the money on digital either. I end up picking temperatures at random based on numbers that amuse me. Why go 300 when 333 looks so much cooler!

Jacket
01-25-2011, 02:37 PM
I predict a trip to JB Saunders (http://jbsaundersco.com/) is in your very near future! :bill:

I always seem to forget about that place - probably because their hours suck....

Jacket
01-25-2011, 02:40 PM
You can get heavy duty soldering irons from art glass places. I have a Weller 100W hoss that Kirsten also uses for her stained glass lead work. It is actually too much to use for PL259s (I use my 60W Hakko 936 with a 5mm chisel tip for that).

I managed to melt the PL259 for one of my HAM radios with my 40w.....

subzali
01-25-2011, 04:19 PM
Has anyone tried the butane-powered soldering iron, like home depot sells?
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100585921/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

Uncle Ben
01-25-2011, 04:43 PM
Has anyone tried the butane-powered soldering iron, like home depot sells?
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100585921/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

I had one of those quite a while ago. They work in a pinch but (at least they used to) get really hot and temp was inconsistent. The longer they are burning the hotter they get.