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Old 07-09-2013, 07:56 AM   #1
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I've long held the idea that many tools made in the golden eras of our country were made better and, in many cases, were more functional than the tools we have available t...
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:46 AM   #2
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I've got two of them. One is a Sears-branded model made by weller from the '60s or 70's and the other is a weller that I bought new around 1980. '

I also have a soldering pencil and a heavy electric soldering iron, but the gun comes out 95% of the time.
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My dad had one of those and used it constantly. He worked for IBM in the ear of big iron and would bring home discarded PCBs to strip for project parts. He was also a Ham and built his own transmitter and antennas. I have a more modern late 80s model Weller station but it needs a new stick. The old one was cool with the little incandescent lights that came on with the trigger. I'd love to have one.
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I have three of the Weller "guns", all from that era, and all still as reliable as ever.
Of course, there are no more electronics stores around where you can walk in and buy tips, bulbs and solder, but it is all still available online.
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Impeccable timing, Ryan; I just got my dad's from that era this past Sunday. It works as well today as the day it was bought, and the AC cord, housing, and even the gray plastic case are still pristine. I still marvel at the front work light feature, and I can't wait to start using it again.

And Steevo, thanks for the advice on searching for accessories; I think I'll stock up soon.
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The dual heat Weller is a very good general purpose soldering gun and I have one. However, they are not good for some of the finer soldering required on PCB's.
In this day you have to have several different soldering guns/irons to get by.

Weller generally makes some of the best soldering irons available.
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I have three of the Weller "guns", all from that era, and all still as reliable as ever.
Of course, there are no more electronics stores around where you can walk in and buy tips, bulbs and solder, but it is all still available online.
Canadian Tire and Home hardware stores here sell the tips. They are a bit expensive ($10 for a pack of 2) but they last me a long time.
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I have a new one that I bought in February sometime. Ive used a lot of old ones and they worked well, I was pleased to find my brandy new one is just as good also.
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just make your own tips from thicker copper wire. With a hammer I make a few with different ends.
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Hobby shops and craft stores will have the tips. I found an oldie but goodie at a yard sale. I have no idea how old. It has the bakelite case and two headlights. Still works fine.
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I still use the one that was my fathers.
Weller Expert 100/140
It is probably around 50 years old.
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I have to disagree...
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Disagree to what? Talk to me in 50 years, we'll see if it still works.

I still have Dads, used it 2 days ago and was thinking the same thing, vintage tools ARE the best. Here's a link to a good "Weller Historical" page http://www.stevenjohnson.com/soldering/weller.htm

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i fucking hate those solder guns! soldering iron all the way!
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Softail, thanks for the link to the Steven Johnson web site; great pics and now I have the manual!
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My dad had one of those and used it constantly. He worked for IBM in the ear of big iron and would bring home discarded PCBs to strip for project parts. He was also a Ham and built his own transmitter and antennas. I have a more modern late 80s model Weller station but it needs a new stick. The old one was cool with the little incandescent lights that came on with the trigger. I'd love to have one.

That's pretty much exactly the same type I've had for 35+ years
for exactly the same reason! stripping parts out of old radios
to put new ones in.

I was just looking at a 1936 National NC-101 5 band amateur receiver
and thinking of that iron to start removing the old caps so I can replace with new ones.

Just the thought of getting an old receiver functional, which was close to 30 years old when I was born...
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I bought one of the newer mexican made Weller 100/140W last semester. I used it only once or twice during school. After semester ended I went to use it again and it wouldnt get hot :' (((

It says 7 year warranty tho?
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I have 5 or 6 Weller soldering guns. All mine have bakelite housings. One is marked Snap-On and one is marked Wizard. 5 are all one size and one is larger. I have one still new in box that I bought in the late 1970s. I can remember when stores sold replacement bakelite housings for them. My favorite soldering gun / tool.


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I bought one of the newer mexican made Weller 100/140W last semester. I used it only once or twice during school. After semester ended I went to use it again and it wouldnt get hot :' (((

It says 7 year warranty tho?
Loosen and re-tighten the tip nuts. That is often all it needs. If they get real grody, take it off and use a small wire brush on the nut ends.
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And yes I have three of these. My original 8200N (IIR..) that I bought when I was making slot cars in the 6th grade or so, a 550 I bought used much later, and a Weller Jr. All work great, and I have a good supply of NOS tips from yard sales...

The Jr. has a tip I bent at right angles to get to an out of reach place inside a speaker cabinet, a few years ago. You can't do that with a pencil iron...
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