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Offline mrpsychoticTopic starter

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>>>Help on equipment purchasing (soldering iron and multimeter)
« on: February 19, 2010, 05:41:16 am »
My birthday is coming up soon and I am looking for a new multimeter and a new soldering iron.
The ones I have found so far are listed below:      An Aoyue soldering station

and     A Mastech multimeter

The Catch:
The price ceiling for each item is $50. Hopefully you guys can help me to find better ones if there are any!

P.S. Both units are meant to be my primary device. I want a solder "station" as apposed to an iron.

Offline DJPhil

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Re: >>>Help on equipment purchasing (soldering iron and multimeter)
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2010, 06:53:55 pm »
I understand your trouble, I was recently looking for the same thing with the same limits.

In all the research I did on meters I never checked into Mastech, so I can't really say if that's a deal. In my case, I went for a good meter and put the soldering iron off til later.

The Aoyue irons seem to get good reviews, and I believe they are part exchangeable for Hakko. If you're determined to get both items, consider picking up the 936 model instead. It's essentially the same thing running at 35W instead of 45W, and no extra features like auto shut off. For a slightly more advanced look at the guts of temp controlled soldering irons, see Xani's posts in this thread.

Honestly, when you're looking for deals as cheap as this, you're at the limit of value. It becomes easier to save up $30-$50 and get 'good item' x 2 than find two sub $50 deals.

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