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If you do any kind of fine work or just don't have the eyesight you did 20 years ago, run don't walk to get one of these.
Best $50 I've spent in eons and it works over glasses !

Just got done soldering a bunch of upgrades into my MicroSet timer and wowza.
The 14" version is perfect at 1.75X for a reasonable working distance.
Since using the visor I've given away my LED magnifier and removed the glass from my 'third hand'

Why I didn't buy one of these and a Weller WES51 20 years ago escapes me....


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I need to buy it too...
 
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Why not a digital soldering station? Just curious, since my trusty soldering iron (that everyone would get a chuckle out of if I posted pictures) needs to be upgraded one of these days.....
 
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Why not a digital soldering station?

They were out of stock when I was ready to buy.
I think the D model is just a digital display instead of blinking light.

Uwe the Solder King would know more...
 
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Just got done soldering a bunch of upgrades into my MicroSet timer and wowza.
Jake, you know it's a bad idea to overclock your clock calibration tools, right? :p

They were out of stock when I was ready to buy.
I think the D model is just a digital display instead of blinking light.
If you're in the market, take a look at the Hakko FX888D. I got one a few months and and I'm very happy with it.

Jason
 
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Uwe the Solder King would know more...
I'm the "Solder King"? Really? The only stuff I've soldered in recent years are a few vapes.

I bought myself a WES51 but have also used the WESD51 digital version we have at the office. I don't see any real difference in usability that justifies the extra $40-$50 for the digital display.

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I'm the "Solder King"? Really?

Well then forward the query to your wife :p


I don't see any real difference in usability that justifies the extra $40-$50 for the digital display.

Just more to fail. Pots rarely do...


Jake, you know it's a bad idea to overclock your clock calibration tools, right? :p

I'm not a 'tuner' deleting DTC thresholds here Jason :p
Was a fun project - ingenious design of the board and how the upgrades work.
Glad there was no SMT involved since I'm fairly virginal at that...
 
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If you're in the market, take a look at the Hakko FX888D. I got one a few months and and I'm very happy with it.
I've stuck with Weller 'cause I'm confident I'll still be able to get stuff like tips and replacement pencils and such 10 or 20 years from now.
 
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FYI, I still use the ESD 137 from my old chipping days:

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It heats up fast, has a digital display, and has interchangeable tips and tongs and whatnot.
 
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If you do any kind of fine work or just don't have the eyesight you did 20 years ago, run don't walk to get one of these.
Best $50 I've spent in eons and it works over glasses !

Just got done soldering a bunch of upgrades into my MicroSet timer and wowza.
The 14" version is perfect at 1.75X for a reasonable working distance.
Since using the visor I've given away my LED magnifier and removed the glass from my 'third hand'

Why I didn't buy one of these and a Weller WES51 20 years ago escapes me....


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A friend of mine that owns a foreign car parts store has a pair of these. I see him break them out anytime he has to look at the size of carburetor jets. My hearing has always been lousy, luckily at this point, I can still see.

Still very handy for fine detail work I'm sure.
 
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I see him break them out anytime he has to look at the size of carburetor jets.

Now that would be handy.
I could actually see the sizes on drill bits last night for the first time in 30 years.

I don't do Christmas, but I think most of my family will be getting these this year.
And a roll of electrical tape.
 
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If you do any kind of fine work or just don't have the eyesight you did 20 years ago, run don't walk to get one of these.
Best $50 I've spent in eons and it works over glasses !
Wait, aren't you supposed to be doing it like this?

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Or like this:

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;)

Oh, and why $50? I see them for $37 on Amazon, with Prime...?
 
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Wait, aren't you supposed to be doing it like this?

Those are watchmakers, not clockmakers.
And I need to see other things too... like soldering !


Oh, and why $50? I see them for $37 on Amazon, with Prime...?

Amazon pissed me off and lost me as customer permanently.
You never ever lie to me. Ever. Not even once. It will be your undoing.

Remember that Mitutoyo caliper case Chowderhead turned me on to ?
They screwed me and then lied about replacing it.
I threw out a brand new FireTV, deleted my data, deleted my Kindle apps, threw out my Kindles, unsubscribed from everything, and deleted my account,

So I shop small and family owned businesses exclusively now.
 
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Ouch! .........
 
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Note to self: never piss of Jakematic. :p

Well... we went to the same school and you work with Uwe so you already get 2 free passes :D


I grew up in a horrendously violent, physically and mentally abusive household full of lies and deception.
That shaped my view of how people operate, and I've got zero time for nonsense.


 
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I've stuck with Weller 'cause I'm confident I'll still be able to get stuff like tips and replacement pencils and such 10 or 20 years from now.

Uwe: I'm with you! I've had my Weller iron for longer than I care to remember. Great little unit - just need to change tips when I want a different temperature. That said, I was forced to change the heater on the Weller a few months back. Damn heater coil only gave me 20 years of service!
 
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Jake: I'm not sure if I'm alone, but I get a mental image of you guys when I read these posts (and oddly my image is never the one next to the forum names)! I have never seen pics of the RT crew except for Sebastian (I assume that really is his face next to his forum name). Whilst I respect folks' rights for anonymity, just to satisfy my curiosity, is the image in the pamphlet you as a younger man - or you currently?
 
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I've stuck with Weller 'cause I'm confident I'll still be able to get stuff like tips and replacement pencils and such 10 or 20 years from now.

We had a Weller digital on the bench at work. Silly kids went and lost the entire iron. When I noticed and pitched a fit, they threw the base out before I could order a replacement iron. Just letting you know that there's a flaw in your logic when you work with people who don't respect good tools. :( I took away a Fluke multimeter that they lost the probes for, and my boss recently limited them to Harbor Freight tools to replace anything that they lose or break in the future.....
 
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I have never seen pics of the RT crew except for Sebastian (I assume that really is his face next to his forum name).

Yep, that is Seb.
There are a few funny pictures in the profiles here if you know where to look.

You can see the Ross-Tech team here.


just to satisfy my curiosity, is the image in the pamphlet you as a younger man - or you currently?

Nope... I look much more like Brad Pitt don't you think ?


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