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Offline zackTopic starter

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Suggestion for a good helping hand
« on: June 19, 2008, 09:06:51 PM »
I need some suggestions for a good soldering helping hand. There are some many out there, some of them pure junk!  Any advice on what brand to buy?

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Re: Suggestion for a good helping hand
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2008, 10:39:05 PM »
depending on where u are from. Radio shack (usa) thesource (canada) u can get a pretty decent set of helping hands. The one i got from the source  is made by nexxtech and i dont have any complaints. only about $10. Im sure there are others out there but this is all i know of off hand.

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Re: Suggestion for a good helping hand
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2008, 10:04:49 AM »
i got mine from radio shack.

come with a magnifying glass and a solder stand.

$14 i think.


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Re: Suggestion for a good helping hand
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2008, 11:42:48 AM »
I have never seen any good ones, they all seem to be the same crappy one :P

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Re: Suggestion for a good helping hand
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2008, 12:29:50 PM »
American Science and Surplus (http://www.sciplus.com/ -- search on Helping Hand) has three. One has an LED flashlight, one a solder stand, one has various l-shaped beams for getting things in position, and all, of course, have lenses and clips. I bought one from them years ago, basic and generic and perfectly fine for my use, but I just ordered the led flashlight one because leds make everything more fun (and my girlfriend has sort of confiscated mine for sculpting tiny little clay figures).

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Re: Suggestion for a good helping hand
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2008, 04:41:34 AM »
I have never seen any good ones, they all seem to be the same crappy one :P

I have to agree with you here... after looking at a few went and bought that overpriced RadioShack one... Jesus, 17 bucks! Yet, it looks so ugly and ...crude.  Seems to work ok.. wish the base was a little wider though, had to remove the mag lens for stability.

I haven't looked at the ones from sciplus... thanks for the suggestion.  Folks, do post what helping hand you have ...

The one I have is ok... but I'm sure there are better ones out there and a lot cheaper too.

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Re: Suggestion for a good helping hand
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2008, 07:04:57 AM »
Here's a simple, but brilliant, instructables for modding standard helping hands to be more useful:

http://www.instructables.com/id/make-your-_helping-hands_-100x-more-useful-for-sol/
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