TM has covered just about all aspects of soldering, desoldering, solder fumes, and the like, but the Make blog recently reported on soldering workshops conducted by Jimmie P. Rodgers. His blog has tool suggestions for soldering, or for those wanting to run similar workshops. One of the things he mentions — and uses in his workshops — is a $15 iron from MPJA that has temperature control (800° F max.; 5W to 50W adjustability), a built-in stand, and inexpensive (< $2) replacement tips.
Jimmie notes that it’s not a top-of-the-line iron, but it doesn’t cost much, and he’s never had to replace a tip in the dozen or so units he uses for workshops.
It certainly looks like a good deal. Have any Toolmongers used this iron? What did you think?
By the way, MPJA appears to have a variety of reasonably-priced equipment and electronics.