I’m an old fart and I’m thrilled with my new soldering iron!

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  1. studio1087

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    LED lights! I’m in my mid 50’s and my hands are steady but I I’ve had cataract surgery in one eye (I wear a contact lens in the other eye) and looking at things from inches away just doesn’t focus for me.

    I’ve been working on a Squier to Esquire Tele conversation and several extremely kind and patient people have given advice on the forum.

    I was struggling with my old soldering iron as it was taking forever to heat up. I looked at the handle and it said “Tandy Radio Shack 1988”.

    Ok then.

    I went to the hardware store and learned that most new Wellers have LED lights and they heat up in moments.

    I could see what I was doing. I applied all the advice from the kind guys on the forum and I think I could actually do some tight soldering now.

    Simple triumph.

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    Nice!
    I sure could use some better lighting when I use mine!

    I'm gonna have to look into one of those.

    (Glad you got the Esquire working.)
     
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    Have a few different ones but this cheapo is my favorite.

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    LOVE... even my drill has them... I wear a headlamp a lot and I use magnifiers when soldering... can see 20-15 at a distance... and my laptop screen, but up close, I'm hosed without readers.
     
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    As another old dude, I concur... it's the little things in life..
     
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    I wear these every day in the winter and every time I'm wrenching, hammering, cutting, painting and, ...uh...screwing:

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    Nice. I love a new tool especially one with an LED.
     
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    No I'm the old fart - I haven't found a better soldering iron than my 40+ year old Weller professional.
     
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    I still use my dual wattage Radio Shack soldering station I got when I learned to solder when I was around 8 or 9. I'm 35 now, and it really is time for a new iron. It's finally getting a bit worn out, and it's already been rewired/corded twice. I've wired 3 custom bikes, repaired 4 more personal stock/vintage bikes (and many a customer's and friend's bike), countless restored/custom cars (everything from a 29 Model A Ford to my Volvo 240), multiple dozens of guitars, even more amps, and everything in-between with that old girl over the years. I do use one of those portable battery operated ones with an LED for emergency repairs on my bike in the middle of no-man's-land if needed, but it's quite useless for most normal things. I really like that Weller the OP posted. Wonder if I could rewire one to dual wattage and run it off my original soldering station...hmmm.
     
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    Keep yer tip clean :twisted:
     
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    Do yourself a favor and loosen the screw that holds the tip and give the tip a spin every now and again, they have a tendency to seize up making replacement impossible.
     
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    I have had that same one for a number of years now.
     
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