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Re: [TowerTalk] Slobering Irons

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Slobering Irons
From: Michael OBrien <>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:15:38 -0700
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I'm sure that some of the alternate brands of soldering irons that have been 
mentioned are fine products. But to describe Weller products as "crap" is 
contradictory to my experience. 

When I was getting into ham radio as a kid back in the late 1950s, my "Elmer" 
gave me a new Weller 100-watt gun as a gift when I passed my Novice exam. It 
continues to serve me well almost 60 years later after thousands of hours of 
use. I confess it has not always been treated kindly -- for instance, a chunk 
of the plastic housing was broken off when the gun took a tumble off my 
workbench onto the garage's concrete floor about 20 years ago. The built-in 
light burned out about 10 years ago. Yet the old girl continued to heat 
promptly and perform as designed, with only a few tip replacements required 
over the decades.

I recently noticed that Weller sells replacement housings for this gun, as well 
as replacement bulbs. For about $15 I now have a refurbished gun ready for 
another 60 years of service -- in the hands of my grandson....

de k0myw


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