Toolmonger reader Russell Jones, a mechanical engineering student at the College of New Jersey, took the time to review his new Weller digital solder station. His verdict: it’s a quality piece of gear for high-end hobbyists and pros — especially if you’re planning on doing any surface-mount work. Russell also found a $20 rebate from Weller — that’s still available — which brings the station’s price down to $110 or less. That’s the best deal we’ve seen on it to date.
The WESD51 digital soldering station is temperature controlled — as opposed to wattage controlled like the cheapies — and offers a range of 350 to 850 degrees F, controlled by a knob and a digital LED temperature display. One important tip, though: Russell recommends a smaller tip than the ETU he purchased for surface mount work. There’s a lot to this pro-level station, so be sure and check out Russell’s review for the details.
The $20 rebate comes directly from Weller (link below). Street pricing for the station starts around $125 (pre rebate).