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    Quote Originally Posted by VERAULT View Post
    Even though I have a decent Hakko desolder gun, I use a pretty inexpensive Chinese soldering Iron: https://www.ebay.com/itm/40194105910...m=401941059103

    I have two with my primary being about 3 years old now. I have found it to be exceptionally reliable considering the price. I have found the temp knob to work rather well considering I have doubts initially. Its not the old Weller I had at work, but for my day to day tinkering its my reliable old shoe.
    Dunno Verault, pretty darn expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent Orange View Post
    Dunno Verault, pretty darn expensive.
    Well if you prefer hand-me-down I suppose you are right.
    I know they are Throw away irons, but I have had good success with them using them almost daily. Not bad if you can wait the 30 to 45 day delivery time.

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    How can you tell what the tip temperature is on the Chinese cheapie?

    Personally, I have reservations about having full line voltage on a metal-tipped tool cheaply made in China.

    But maybe I'm just paranoid.

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    It has a temp dial. I can feel out the range by the speed at which solder melts or adding components. Will it lift a pad on the higher settings?? Sure of course. Does it work well on the mid to lower settings Absolutely.. How can I gauge the temp? Other than the usage I explained couldnt tell you.. Is it advisable? Probably not on paper but its worked well for my needs.

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    I started out with a Weller long ago, when it died i got an Aoyue solder desolder station. I grew tired of the so-so performance and since i had a xy-tronic single iron that is pretty good, i bought a xy-tronic solder desolder station. It performed below expectations. I now have a JBC solder desolder setup. It is a pleasure to use and has made my hobby much more enjoyable.
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