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    I gotta replace a knob on a board, I lost my old soldering irn in my move to Chicago. I need to buy a new one. Anyone have a recommendation on a decent soldering iron?

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    I just use my plain ol $15.00 Radio Shack one, but I'mn sure there's much better out there.
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    yeah I was gonna go that route, but if there is a nicer one, then why not if its worth it. I figure some nerds out here would know

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    If bI was going to upgrade I would probably go the statin route

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    If I wanted to go all out I might do this

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    i always carry a little gas powered one in my bag, has came in handy a few times.
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    hmmm that $40 one doesn't look bad.

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    I just realized I have the same soldering station I ordered from a paper catalog when I was 10 years old so I've had it over 13 years now.

    I've had other soldering irons too from radioshack and various places which have all broken or sucked.

    It's this one:

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    I didn't even know they still make it I could use a new tip.

    edit: half price here http://www.mcmelectronics.com/produc...LAID=445475968

    There might be better ones for the price range but it has served me well since childhood and has taken some beatings and keeps going strong.

    Then again some tools you buy for life and that one has a pretty beastly transformer in it.
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    yes im kinda looking to invest in one and have it for life basically. Don't need the best, but a decent priced one will serve me well.

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    If you're going to keep it around, pick one you can get spare tips for. It seems like Weller spares are widely available, so you should be good to go with one of these stations.

    I'm not sure how universal the tips are. You may be able to fit other models but they wouldn't work as well or what have you, anyone into electronics and soldering should be able to clarify.

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    Weller are always a safe bet and tips are indeed easy to find. Cheaper like Circuit Test are also really decent. Mid point you have the Hakko ones.
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