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Looking to clean up some stuff in my Heresy crossovers and my speaker wiring/connectors.  I have two really cheap soldering irons that I bought that just aren't cutting it.  What's a good brand/model to look at?

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I have been using an Aoyue 937+ digital controlled for over 5 yrs. (Came with an xtra heating element that I have yet had to use). Used it for redoing my Klipsch x-overs recently as well as small IC design/prototyping and receiver/subwoofer repairs. Compatible with Hakko 936 (937?) tips. Paid $50 new. This particular version may no longer be available (company may have gone more upscale/commercial) and/or may have been replaced by this one https://www.amazon.com/Aoyue-9378-Programmable-Digital-Soldering/dp/B00BSW69LI  You may be able to find some used on ebay or AliExpress (if you don't mind waiting for delivery :(  https://www.aliexpress.com/w/wholesale-aoyue-937.html

 

I originally bought mine at SRA Soldering Products. Here's their current list of Aoyue products: https://sra-solder.com/soldering-equipment/soldering-stations

 

Depending on your present and future soldering needs, finding a relatively inexpensive 60W soldering iron (as opposed to station) might serve your needs just fine. The brands others have mentioned (Weller and Hakko..not familiar with Pace) are also good suggestions.

 

Cheers....

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I have this Hakko 888D.  You might also get some tips for it for another ten bucks or so.  I used an $8 soldering pencil from Radio Shack for years.  It was stupid of me to be so stupid for so long just because I was cheap. 

 

I'm smarter now.  🤓

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Hakko-Digital-FX888D-CHP170-bundle-includes-Soldering-Station-CHP170-cutter/184040126088?epid=19030650286&hash=item2ad9a57688:g:CV4AAOSw8FRZr-hk

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OK, that new Hakko just makes me feel old. My 'new' iron was a donor from my workplace, and has a cal sticker on it dated 2003, before they were replaced with a new model. So I've used it for ~20 years. It replaced a Weller, and a Pace before that. 

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