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Weller 40W SP40NKUK Soldering Iron
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 Posted: 12 Jan 2018 23:49
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I have a few soldering irons, and some have even been used.

My primary irons are

A Maplin soldering Station - 60W with variable tempreture.
Although 609W on the label, its primarily designed for circuit board / electronics and with small tips does not have a lot of heat in reserve for brass kits.

Antex 25W a good little iron that my cat loves to chew the original mains cable.  Now replaced with a longer cable (approx 5m) and is great for general use, but struggles to solder wires to O gauge track.

Weller 80W soldering iron with a 10mm and 12mm bit - 10mm bit is the only one I've used so far. Originally purchased many years ago to assemble r/c battery pack. Lots of heat in the bit, but maybe a bit too much for the brass kits.

Big Bertha - an ancient beast, with a woodern handle, and a lump of copper for the tip approx 2" long, 1" wide and 1/2" thick could probably solder wires onto a cast iron engine block.

So why the new Iron, well, I wanted medium duty iron suitable for brass loco construction, Jim McG of Connoisseur fame recommends the Weller 40W irons with a 6mm tip, so thats what I've ordered.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00NVKIL70/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Two versions were available - just the iron on its own and the kit version, I went for the kit, which includes a stand, a soldering aid, solder and a ST3 & ST7 alternative tips.



I also bought an MT10 pack of 3  6mm chisel tips.



A neat feature is the handle has 3 LEDs built in to illuminate the work - I'll see how useful this is when I try out the iron. The black bits in the red head (below) are the LEDs, and are supposed to be focussed on the end of the tip.



Paul

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Same as mine but mine ain't shiny no more :avatar: imho the 6 mm tip is too cumbersome. A good tip but too big. I'd order in some 3 mm tips which would be ample.

A good iron though.

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The worst part of purchasing tips is to remember where they are when needed !!



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 Posted: 13 Jan 2018 01:32
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Ive started a soldering box where I keep all my irons, tips and Any non standard solder as I was previously putting it in " too safe " a place. :avatar:



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