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Offline FleetTopic starter

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Good deal: ws81 for ~189USD
« on: October 15, 2010, 06:47:32 AM »
I can maybe get the Weller WS81 for around 189USD, is this a good deal? Furthermore is it problematic that it's analog instead of digital?

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Re: Good deal: ws81 for ~189USD
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2010, 11:18:12 AM »
Hi,

I can maybe get the Weller WS81 for around 189USD, is this a good deal?
It sure seems like it.


Furthermore is it problematic that it's analog instead of digital?
Not if you want it for its intended purpose - soldering.
A digital readout doesn't improve your soldering in any way, and you will soon get a feeling for setting the temperature without the display.
If you get this, you should have a tool that will last you decades.

Remember to get tips of different diameters - narrow tips for fine soldering and a large one for when you need the heat transfer, like soldering large connectors, cables or metal sheets.

Keeping your tips tinned and in good shape is important for ensuring their longevity.
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Re: Good deal: ws81 for ~189USD
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2010, 12:16:26 PM »
Thank you for your answer. It sure looks like a nice soldering station, I'm gonna buy it :)

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Re: Good deal: ws81 for ~189USD
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2010, 10:26:17 AM »
Btw I am buying it locally from a guy at hol.dk for 1000DKR :-)

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Re: Good deal: ws81 for ~189USD
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2010, 05:40:46 AM »
That IS a good price if it's new.
If used, you might wanna shop around a bit - there's a lot of ham operators near you and you could take a look at brugtgrej.dk (and perhaps dba.dk) as well.
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Re: Good deal: ws81 for ~189USD
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2010, 10:55:58 AM »
Ok, it is new. I am just a litte confused on how it compares to WES51 and WES51. Is the WS-81 better quality? Also I don't think WS-81 has ESD-protection, but WES51 and WESD51 does.

WS-81 link

What do you think?

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Re: Good deal: ws81 for ~189USD
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2010, 11:52:36 AM »
I have the Weller WESD51 and I love it.

Just my opinion.

 


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