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Weller WLC100 Soldering Station

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Weller WLC100 Soldering Station
Posted by kenkal on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 4:50 PM

Does anyone have any experience/comments on using the Weller WLC100 soldering staton for installing decoders? I ask because while I have read many positive comments about it, I noticed that it is not grounded and wondered if that really mattered?

Until a couple years ago, I had never used a grounded iron and never had any problems (I was always careful to discharge myself before soldering though).  And that was over 45 years or so from Allied-Radio and Heath kit days, US Navy days and my many hobbies over that period using ICs and transistors. I only went to a grounded iron a few years ago because everyone said you must have one.

BTW, I realize this is only a $55 station and I could spend hundreds on another one, but I'm retired and money no longer grows on trees, I'm afraid.

Thanks.  Ken

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Posted by tstage on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 6:31 PM

Avail your fears, Ken.  Weller is the factory standard as far as soldering stations go.  They make a very good product.  Approve [^]Thumbs Up [tup]

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Posted by richg1998 on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 6:39 PM

I have been using my WLC100 for four years with no issues. I solder all kinds of ICs and install decoders.

I use the ST7 conical tip for fine PC board work. 

Rich 

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Posted by kenkal on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 9:43 AM

Thanks, Tom & Rich.  Your comments echo many other positive comments in the reviews. After reading them, from fellow MRRs,  I ordered one late last night from Amazon (saved $25 after shipping over what some of the the electronics stores charge just for the station  w/o shipping!).  I'm looking forward to getting away from the always-on-at-max-temp irons.

Thanks again.  Ken

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Posted by armchair on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 9:51 AM
 For the money You made a fine choice. I've had my station for only a couple of months, but I love it. Can't see how I've done without it now that I've used one , Good Luck !
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Posted by BLinny7 on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 12:49 PM
weller make good product I owned one before I served in the military and was standard issue for every shop I work for or was the superviser of... if you do alot of electronic work you will love it

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