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post #1 of 5 Old 04-06-2010, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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I need a new soldering iron (gun)

Whadaya recommend? (for 12v wiring jobs)

butane?

battery?

120v?
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-06-2010, 06:38 PM
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I only use Metcal irons but they are not cheap

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Metcal or Pace makes high-end gear... best quality, but probably not what you need if you're asking here. For a portable, I've always liked the Master Ultratorch butane irons. If you want 120v irons, Weller is a decent economical brand to go with. The big Weller gun is pretty standard-issue wiring soldering gun, but it is big and clunky. I prefer a pencil type iron... a 60W iron with a 1/8" tip will solder all of your basic wiring jobs, just don't use it for soldering circuit boards.
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-07-2010, 06:09 AM
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and don't use the lead free solder crap, try mcmaster carr, they have a good assortment of everything including irons, and anything else for that matter
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i do not use a butane nor battery. And will not.

I have a Craftsman professional gun, works well for me. 400w initial heat? then 150w steady. I do a decent amount of thicker stuff, 10ga, and it works well.

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