High Performance soldering station

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Hi,

 

I currently have a old metcal and I like it very much. Is there any brand/model that offers metcal like performance without the metcal prices?

 

Regards,

 

Alan To

 

 

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"Dare to be naïve." - Buckminster Fuller

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A soldering iron with password protection...sheesh, what next?

 

Ross McKenzie ValuSoft Melbourne Australia

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OH&S Ross - you don't want unskilled people picking up the iron from the wrong end!!

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I dunno.....

 

$615.00 for an iron that will not go higher that +40C ?

 

https://www.mouser.com/ProductDe...

 

My Crappo(Hakko) is starting to look like a champ.

 

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https://www.janelonline.com/jbc-tools-cd-1be-new-soldering-station-cd-1bb-1bc-1be-in-stock-on-sale-i/JBC-CD-1BE.htm

 

I have had a cd-1bb since about 2010. I have had zero problems with it. For me, the fingertip to tip distance of ~ 2.1 inches and very light weight means great control for fine pitch soldering. When I put in in the holder, the temp drops to 300 F (user settable) until I pick it up again, and in less than 2 sec, it's back to soldering temp. I got mine during a St. Patrick's day sale for $365. Still can't believe I put up with ordinary irons for most of my working life. Fast recovery time and ease of control makes a world of difference. $20 - $30 tips last almost forever with idle and sleep temp setbacks.

 

Rick

Last Edited: Wed. Jan 2, 2019 - 01:50 AM
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Thermaltronics makes metcal clones that are a bit cheaper than the metcal equivalents. For example, the tmt-9000s is a mx-500 clone that goes for about USD 400:

 

https://www.tme.eu/en/details/tm...

 

- S

 

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I saw someone using a soldering iron, where you'd "stab" at the unit to instantly swap tips  (like they simply slid on/off the iron).  So you could almost effortlessly change tip sizes & types...

The unit had a place to keep several different tips "at the ready"

It also provided almost instant heat once a tip was in place.

Does anyone know the brand/model?

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Not cheap, but IIRC they were cheaper than metcal is JBCs CB-2B.. station.

Have one at work for a lot of years already, and recently bought one for private use.

Tip is hot within a matter of seconds. really easy to change them and very good temperature control.

 

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avrcandies wrote:
I saw someone using a soldering iron, where you'd "stab" at the unit to instantly swap tips (like they simply slid on/off the iron).

 

Like in this video for the JBC CD-1BE?   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjH9I25Rq4g

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Like in this video for the JBC CD-1BE?   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjH9I25Rq4g

Thanks...I didn't recognize it...but seems similar...the one I remember (from around 7 years ago) seemed more basic (I don't remember a "fancy" screen) & certainly no PC/Lan connection was present.  I remember the tech mentioning it was around $250 (but he might have just been tossing out a number).

...now at least I am on the right track...thanks

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avrcandies wrote:

Like in this video for the JBC CD-1BE?   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjH9I25Rq4g

Thanks...I didn't recognize it...but seems similar...the one I remember (from around 7 years ago) seemed more basic (I don't remember a "fancy" screen) & certainly no PC/Lan connection was present.  I remember the tech mentioning it was around $250 (but he might have just been tossing out a number).

...now at least I am on the right track...thanks

same as I mentioned. you need to have a 1/2 or 9 depending on the mains voltage you have.

my soldering iron at work is an older C type got it in 2013 and that has already the fancy display.

They are at the E revision at the moment, looks a bit nicer/more modern and still has the great display, have that one at home.

 

You need to watch what tip you get with it. there are 2 options, and not sure why (as time has passed and the colleague who sorted things out has left) but we use the C245.

IIRC it had something to do with the available tips.