best solder kit?

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    pauldixonuk pmc & bryston

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    Which is the best soldering kit available for general hifi cable termination etc? Any links appreciated :)
     
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    pauldixonuk pmc & bryston

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    3DSonics away working hard on "it"

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    Hi,

    If you can justify the not insubstantial cost get a Weller magnetically regulated soldering Iron. I have in the last 30 or so years soldered with all sorts of stuff, I first used the Weller in the mid 80's and have never found anything better or more reliable (and I tried), so I still use Weller when I can.

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    I-S Good Evening.... Infidel

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    A good temperature-controlled (ideally adjustable) iron should do the job. I have a Union Brothers BP53 (because it was cheap - currently £30 in amplin). At work, my favourite is the OK Industries, but it's a long-since discontinued model that we can't get spares for anymore. Weller are ok, although the handles can be somewhat uncomfortable. Pace are rather unwieldy and don't seem to make good thermal contact between iron and tip (and the tip wobbles a bit), even with the screw done up as tight as possible.
     
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    Vikash Mad About Sound

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    The Weller magnestat are very good. Heats up in seconds and heat is regulated. I bought one from farnell and built a diy psu for it:
    http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/nuukspot/decdun/solderstation.html

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    Unfortunately it's stopped working now but I think this is what the replacement elements are for on the Farnell site (any opinion here T will be appreciated).

    Since then I've gone back to buying the ridiculously cheap temperature controlled chinese made irons from Maplin (usually on offer bor about £12.99 at my local store). They're cruddy, but do the job, and I can throw it away every year and get another without caring ;) http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=35016&criteria=iron&doy=19m12

    If a replacement element gets my weller going again, I will probably do that though. It's a pleasure to work with in comparisson.
     
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    Chea Johndle Bizarre Serpent Foomaster

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    Hi,
    Farnell do all the replacements for the Weller stuff.... I have used Weller irons for years...xcellent...
     
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    I got one of the Antex temp controlled irons as it had a reasonable selection of bits and spare parts available. I don't have any experience of irons but this one's doing me fine.
     
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