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Old 17-03-15, 03:49 PM
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I've been using this one for a while now it's a good solid performer, at a pretty decent price, and with free delivery to boot.

http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/60w-profes...otection-a55kj




And the tips, these are pretty awesome for the price.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Solder-Solde...soldering+tips

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Old 18-03-15, 12:50 PM
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Those tips are a good steal at the price
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Old 03-04-15, 07:41 AM
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I did read the other total joke of a list earlier, this is better but I still disagree with things, it is something that should be very personal.

A quality metal rule and scalpel should be WAY higher on the list though.

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Cable ties and diagonal cutters or nail clippers should be at the top, right under screwdrivers.

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I've been using this one for a while now it's a good solid performer, at a pretty decent price, and with free delivery to boot.

http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/60w-profes...otection-a55kj




And the tips, these are pretty awesome for the price.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Solder-Solde...soldering+tips
Nice. I like the digital readout. I'm currently looking at getting a Weller station.
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Old 07-04-15, 05:25 PM
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Don't use a demmel LOL I have a 4'' angle grinder that does most cutting and grinding jobs well . And my personal fave toy to is the water jet at work . Tools you use are a personal thing , you either can work with it or not . Coming from an engineering background benders, cutters grinders , formers ect ect Are second nature . As most people don't have access to those, my advice is buy the best tools you can afford . But the most usefull tool you can ever own is your creativity . But I have enjoyed reading this thread thus far . Big thumbs up to wraithgaurd for starting it . Paul tung That soldering iron is the dogs under carriage mate recently bought mine when it was on sale at maplins .
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Old 09-04-15, 08:48 AM
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I've been using this one for a while now it's a good solid performer, at a pretty decent price, and with free delivery to boot.

http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/60w-profes...otection-a55kj




And the tips, these are pretty awesome for the price.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Solder-Solde...soldering+tips
I use one of these too, and have to say it is very good.
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Old 09-04-15, 09:19 AM
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I've been using this one for a while now it's a good solid performer, at a pretty decent price, and with free delivery to boot.

http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/60w-profes...otection-a55kj




And the tips, these are pretty awesome for the price.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Solder-Solde...soldering+tips
Seeing that makes mine look ancient



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Old 09-04-15, 12:18 PM
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I use one of these too, and have to say it is very good.
Sods law struck, as about 2 days, after I posted that, I needed to do a small job, and it was dead, no life in the bugger at all. It is away with Maplin, for a replacement. I was very lucky though, it was quite new, and had a few weeks left on the warranty. So I don't no if something has changed between the last one I had, that was easily 5 years old, and the updated model, or if it was just one of those things, I'm getting a replacement any way, so time will tell.
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Old 13-04-15, 09:29 PM
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Sounds like you just got a bad one mate , As it is a solid soldering unit
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Old 21-04-15, 08:09 AM
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I see diagonal cutters, but a good pair of flush cutters is a must have. Trim anything you'd cut with diagonals, but flush cutters as named, cut flush. For example, cut a tie wrap and a flush cutter trims it so no sharp edge sticks out. I've used them for decades in component level circuit board repair to trim off excess leads. Note in the pic that the side with the cutting edge is flat and cuts things off flat.

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Old 21-04-15, 12:52 PM
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Sounds like you just got a bad one mate , As it is a solid soldering unit
It was all my fault mate, a full on blonde moment, I have just had it returned with a cover letter saying " We have fully checked the unit, and all we had to do was, use the side power button, to switch it on " I completely forgot about the switch, I only ever use the main switch by the socket, I was that peeved that it wouldn't come on, I boxed it up and sent it off, without even a second thought of a power switch.

It has to be one, if not the biggest up I've ever made.
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