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Old 01-21-2011, 08:19 PM   #2
Rodneh
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I've owned one of these for the last 30 years, have tips for several different temperatures. You need the higher temp tips for the new lead-free solders. Yes, the bigger wattage irons are great for many jobs. I've seen more poor solder joints made by people using to small an iron for the job. You can do most any job well with the large iron but not with that wimpy 20 or 40 watt job so many try to get by with. Now there are places for the smaller iron, especially if you do lots of PC board work with conventional components.
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