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What kind of Dremel should i buy?And what soldering iron? Answered

I've heard good things about them and I would like some recommendations.  I am also thinking about a soldering iron.  Also, if you could, please support your answer with details.  Any suggestions will be appreciated.  Thanks.


 I use a pretty cheap Black&Decker rotary tool. It's only got one speed, but I'm normally OK with that. Variable speed is one of those things that's great if you have it, but you learn to improvise.

Check out one of those 'Cold Heat' soldering irons. AA batteries, good for small projects (don't even try plumbing with that thing) and it's cheap enough that if you don't like it, you can toss it in a drawer and forget about it.

Thanks for all the input.  Now I have an idea on what i'm gonna buy.  Can't wait to start making all kinds of things from this site.

Weller brand irons have a good name but they can be pricey if you are an occasional solderer.  Radioshack has good quality ones also with lower prices.  Its very important to get a GOOD soldering iron HOLDER to help eliminate accidentally BURNING yourself if laying the iron down on the table (bad practice).  The iron holder also helps you from BURNING YOUR HOUSE DOWN.  So they are well worth the money.  You will also want a water soaked sponge for wiping the iron upon... between soldering to keep the tip "clean."  Radioshack also sells a little can of TIP CLEANER...
which is only a couple dollars and very helpfull.  It is also a good idea to build a TIMER box so soldering iron turns OFF after 2 hours.  Hardware stores sell the timer knob things that you can build into a little box, then when you crank the knob... iron will be ON for 2 hours max.  This will save the iron from running endlessly because you forgot to unplug it.  And gives
you peace of mind knowing you didnt leave it on.  PLUS it helps keep the tips from turning into "CHARCOAL."  The reason i RANTED on and on about these accessories is because it is more important to take CARE of the iron than to buy a certain brand.  The tip must be kept "tinned" and clean and should not be charcoal BLACK..  As a final note, be sure to get an iron that
matches your job.  If you are soldering micro circuitry, you need a very small iron 10 or 20 watts.  if you are just doing general electronics, maybe 30 or 40 watts is ok... but if you are soldering large metal copper pieces for stained glass or other large metal items, then you might want 50 or 100 watt iron. Using the wrong iron for the job at hand will cause you LOTS of problems.

Better still get a high powered temperature controlled iron. We use Elvo irons at work - 80 W on surface mount parts. The power keeps the tip temperature stable whatever you are doing, which gives consistent joint quality.


By the way you phrase your question, I thing you're knew to soldering? If so, buy one with exchangeable tips with an off and on button. About there is the cheapest you can go with a relatively easy to use soldering iron that gives nice results when used. I bought one for $10 but found it was too hot, it was too heavy for precision work and I kept picking it up by the wrong end.

Get an iron holder from Radio Shack that covers up the wrong end.  That way you always know which end to pick up.

 I didn't have one at the time, and we don't have Radio Shack in Australia.


8 years ago

I recommend a Weller WP25 for your first soldering iron.  It's just the right temperature for soldering PCBs, has a replaceable tip, and is pretty inexpensive.

I personally went with the Dremel 400, it has loads of power and is easily variable. I really like mine. I decided against the cordless Li battery power one as I've heard the don't last long enough, I don't want to be recharging halfway through a job.

My soldering iron is an Iroda SolderPro 30. I recommended the same one to SMART a few months ago and he loves his too. It's gas powered so no annoying wires, and comes with a hot knife for cutting foam, a hot air blower and a blow torch. One of my favourite tools.


8 years ago

For general use, the corded variable speed Dremel Multi-Pro model 395 gives you the best bang for your buck.
If you want cordless, the Dremel 10.8V Lithium-ion Cordless is the best I have used.
I have and use quite frequently both of these, and I also have a 4000 high performance model I use in a drill press stand.
One of our electronic wizards can give you better advice on a soldering iron than I.