A friend asked me today to recommend a decent low-buck soldering station, and I have to admit I was a bit stumped. I looked around online, and what you see above was the best one I found. But I’m far from the best judge when it comes to soldering irons. I have a cheap POS iron that I probably picked up from Radio Shack (for too much cash) years ago. So my question to you: Is the Weller pictured above a good recommendation?
Its specs seem pretty straightforward: 5-40W adjustable with a single standard tip and a temperature range up to 900 degrees F. What I like about it is that for $40 you get a whole station instead of just an iron. The one I have a) isn’t adjustable, and b) doesn’t come with a stand. Generally I get around that by trudging down to the garage and soldering on my big-ass metal workbench. But that’s pretty lame. I’ve heard good things about Weller, but I’m not enough of an electronics guy to have a strong opinion.
Let me (and my friend) know what you think in comments. And if this is as decent as it looks, I’m gonna buy one the next time I have $40 to spend.