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    Question Weller WES51 Soldering Station or WESD51???

    ok, I have used Weller products in the past, and have always liked them...and being I am not doing a ton of soldering, this should be more than enough iron for me... should I spend the extra $20 and get the digital version??? or just stick with the original...
    thanks!!!

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    Re: Weller WES51 Soldering Station or WESD51???

    Quote Originally Posted by rpedro View Post
    ok, I have used Weller products in the past, and have always liked them...and being I am not doing a ton of soldering, this should be more than enough iron for me... should I spend the extra $20 and get the digital version??? or just stick with the original...
    thanks!!!
    I have a WES51, and wish I had gotten the digital version. I would have preferred the display, but the WES51 works just as well.

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    Re: Weller WES51 Soldering Station or WESD51???

    If you plan on soldering sensitive components, I'd get the digital.
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    Re: Weller WES51 Soldering Station or WESD51???

    Agreed, go for the digital, you won't regret it.

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    Re: Weller WES51 Soldering Station or WESD51???

    My 2702 Aoyue rework station is about 7 seconds from 22.5 to 350 - for a BUNCH less money. (Just shot a video of it so I could measure the time accurately) I think four seconds is a reasonable trade-off. And I always though my WS80 was pretty quick...
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    Re: Weller WES51 Soldering Station or WESD51???

    I've heard of those Aoyue stations before, but haven't used them first hand yet.
    Apparently they are really good stations and not that expensive at that.

    I should have a look at them next time i go shopping for a soldering iron..
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    Re: Weller WES51 Soldering Station or WESD51???

    I've been surprisingly happy with this rework station. The heat gun stays really well regulated, and the pencil compares favorably to the Pace I had at the office, far superior to any Weller I've used. The desoldering gun I'm not so fond of, but two out of three aint bad for <300.

    The vacuum on the pencil to evacuate the fumes and smoke is really cool. I've never worried too much about the fumes, but keeping the smoke out of my eyes lets me go a lot longer without eyestrain, and the iron holds up fine as a continuous station, I've had it going for nine+ hour stretches. I haven't used the hot air for more than a couple hours, but it was as stable after that as it was when it first started.

    The pump is really noisy, though, and most of that from the silly ball bearing in a tube they use to indicate pressure. Hello? 21st century?

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    Re: Weller WES51 Soldering Station or WESD51???

    thanks for the heads up with the irons... I will probably go with the digital... the $20 is no big deal... it should be more than what I need...

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    Re: Weller WES51 Soldering Station or WESD51???

    Wow! i felt like I paid a lot for a $40 iron from radio shack. Whats the advantage to a huge station like that?
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    Re: Weller WES51 Soldering Station or WESD51???

    Whats the advantage to a huge station like that?
    Well, it depends on how much you would use it and on what.
    I know I have all but stomped on my old radio shack iron when trying to solder simple things like two wires together.
    The only reason it is still in one piece is that by the time it cooled of enough to pound, I had cooled off as well.
    I have the Aoyue rework station, but haven't had time lately to test it out to review.
    We have all Wellers here at work ... six or so that are used a few times a week each ... the guys like 'em.
    Just my two cents - I wouldn't go near a $100.00 IC board with a $40.00 iron!

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