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Ty89m:
Hey all,

I'm in the market to upgrade my soldering station and I'd love some feedback on my options given my intended use case.

I'm mainly an RC hobbyist - soldering/tinning 8-14awg wire and bullets/connectors and directly to large tabs on brushless motors. I also dabble in amp and guitar pedal building, but most of my stations have performed well enough on smaller jobs such as these.

I currently run a Xytonic LF3200 120W station, but I'm due to replace the tips and I'm itching to try something new. Obviously my main goals are making quicker work of large gauge wire tinning and connector soldering, so I've picked three stations that would likely fit the bill.

The ADS200 Plus, which I've been meaning to try for a few years now, and see they've released an updated version. Seems to be a great value option with affordable tips.

JBC CD-1BQF. The most expensive option, and likely overkill, but I'm fine with it.

Thermaltronics TMT-2000-S with K series tip. Most affordable option, but could step up to the 9000 series, though it doesn't sound like I'd be missing too much by going with the more affordable 2000 series.

If anyone has direct experience with these systems doing similar soldering jobs, I'd love to hear your feedback/recommendations!

Thanks from a long-time lurker.

thm_w:
JBC T245 (official or clone) or Metcal PS5000/5200 (80W).
Thermaltronics is only 40W, will work OK, but not as great as 80W. You'd have to look at some of SDGs older reviews to see how 40W compares to jbc.

Don't bother with ADS200 plus until someone proves it has improved at all.

Either way get a 5 or 6mm tip and make sure its super short for best thermal transfer ability. Probably worth getting a genuine tip.

Ty89m:
I'm leaning JBC as a good compromise on price vs. performance. The MX-500 or Thermaltronics 9000 are still in the running, but the 5200 is hard to justify for my intended use. I do like the idea of not having to worry about calibration when using the Metcal/Thermaltronics units, as investing in a tip temp sensor is an added expense I'd prefer to avoid - that said, I'm not soldering mission-critical components here, so absurd accuracy likely isn't necessary anyway.

I just want to get in/out without overheating wires (I'm trying to avoid wicking solder up the wire/insulation), and yes, I'll be using large chisel tips for the most part.

David Hess:
I regularly do 10 AWG with my old 60 watt Weller WTCPT with a fatter 700F tip, and I doubt 8 AWG would be any more difficult, so I am not sure what you are looking for.

If you need more performance, maybe get a fatter tip for your existing iron.

Ty89m:

--- Quote from: David Hess on June 22, 2024, 09:28:45 pm ---I regularly do 10 AWG with my old 60 watt Weller WTCPT with a fatter 700F tip, and I doubt 8 AWG would be any more difficult, so I am not sure what you are looking for.

If you need more performance, maybe get a fatter tip for your existing iron.

--- End quote ---

As can I with my current system and my old FX888, but I know there are better-performing setups these days, and I'd like to see what Metcal/JBC are all about. Perhaps I'll find little benefit, but at least that itch will be scratched.

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