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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:31 pm 
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I'm going to start making my own interconnect/speaker cables.
Any advice on what to look for in a soldering iron would be well received.
Also, what other equipment I would possibly require, ie. that little vise gizmo.
Finally the best place to buy the stuff. I live in Toronto.
Thanks in advance
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:41 pm 
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If you are rarely going to use a soldering iron, and don't plan on soldering often. The any decent "Pencil Type" soldering iron will work. From Home Depot etc..

But, if you plan on doing a lot of soldering and want to take it seriously, then you should be looking at a "Weller". Like a model WES51 or one similar. Get one with a base station and forget the "Pencil" type. Although the pencil type will do the job, they arn't all that good.

Weller is the way to go if you plan on doing a lot of soldering.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:44 pm 
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something like this?

https://www.amazon.ca/Weller-WES51-Anal ... dpSrc=srch


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The link you provided doesn't work. but according to the model number you listed, yes..That will give you many years of excellent quality service. Having a good soldering station is important to good soldering.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:51 pm 
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Sayal has almost everything you need.

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Weller WLC100CUL

No need for fancy solder IMO.

I wouldn't get the wire or ends there though. I had good luck at A-1 Electronic Parts in Etobicoke. Found belden microphone cable, and XLO rca ends there for super cheap.

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Some of the 'newer' solders are much more difficult to work with.
Maybe don't get a big roll of the cheap and easy stuff that Cdn. Tire sells
until you try some.
Others will chime in.


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Personally prefer Hakko over the weller. Have used them both at one point. Sayal is a good place to start.


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BusterDcat wrote:
Personally prefer Hakko over the weller. Have used them both at one point. Sayal is a good place to start.


I too run a Hakko...a 936.
Nice but doesn’t quite have the heat needed at times.

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Both the Weller WES51 and Hakko 936 are good, I use both plus several others on a daily basis. I prefer the WES51 over the WESD51 despite the seven-segment display for temperature, I find all of our stations of that model have problems with the 5-pin connector. My old WTCPS is still the most reliable with I'd say over 55,000 hours on-time and I have only needed the thermal switch to be replaced due to a bad tip.

I agree with BlinkyTheCat about the Hakko not having enough heat sometimes but I would say for most connectors you would be fine. The ability to vary the temperature is ideal as each solder type has a different melting point. If you start dealing with silver bearing solders or lead-free stuff you can require fairly high temperatures for a proper joint. I use one at work that needs 820F and I use a 200W Weller for this to keep it under 5 seconds of heating per joint.

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Sayal is expensive for a temp adjustable solder station.

If youre not doing PCB work then a regular Canadian Tire iron will do.

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BusterDcat wrote:
Personally prefer Hakko over the weller. Have used them both at one point. Sayal is a good place to start.

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Hi
When last year I was looking for a soldering station , it was recommended to me either Hakko FX888D or Weller WES51 either one is great but slight preference to the Hakko.
George


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I'm running the Hakko FX888D and I have been very very happy with it. I've built a phono preamp, and a few other pieces with it.

I think for me the main difference was that (at the time anyway) it was much cheaper than the equivalent Weller.


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BinkyTheCat wrote:
BusterDcat wrote:
Personally prefer Hakko over the weller. Have used them both at one point. Sayal is a good place to start.


I too run a Hakko...a 936.
Nice but doesn’t quite have the heat needed at times.

I use a Hakko FX-951. Amazing iron. Comes to temperature in seconds. No long waits and sleeps when in the holder. Back to temp in seconds once out of the holder


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wait.... OP said he was going to make speaker cables as well.
usually, for speaker cables you don't solder. You crimp.

So get a few crimpers (depends on what connector you are crimping) , 2 wire strippers one for small gauge another for larger gauges.
(of course a good sharp exacto blade works too).
Also a multi meter to test continuity, pliers, heat gun to shrink wrap the ends and set of small screwdrivers.
And if you really insist on soldering, soldering paste.

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