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Post by tuberadiogeek on Tue Dec 30, 2014 7:42 pm

I'm just curious if anyone has heard of or uses/used a Hobbico brand soldering iron? I bought a 60 watt model HCAR0776 for 10.00 on eBay with some Christmas money. I chose a 60 watt so I would have plenty of heat if I ever need to do chassis soldering. I can crank it down for smaller jobs using my dimmer switch outlet. I did some light wire soldering with it and it did great. The only thing I found odd was it has a chisel tip rather than a pencil tip. I was used to using pencil tip irons. If you need a good inexpensive soldering iron, i'd say go for that one. http://www.ebay.com/itm/330869616743?_trksid=p2059210.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
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Post by Wildcat445 on Tue Dec 30, 2014 9:39 pm

I got a 60 watt on sale at Radio Shack. I like mine. Like you said, plenty of heat. I have never heard of or used a Hobbico brand soldering iron.

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Post by tuberadiogeek on Tue Dec 30, 2014 10:18 pm

I almost bought a Radio Shack brand off of eBay but it was 20.00 and the seller wouldn't go any lower. I came across the Hobbico brand and searched it and found another model had good reviews on Amazon, so I bought the one for 10.00. Usually I would only use 30 watt irons since that's what we had in school but I figured it was time to go a bit larger since i'm working on radios now and not only wires and PCB's.
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Re: Hobbico Soldering Iron

Post by Doug Burskey on Wed Dec 31, 2014 12:44 am

I never heard of that brand. I guess I grew up with Wellers

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Post by 75X11 on Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:54 pm

If you should need a different tip shape, you might go on Ebay and find some with the same size as the receptacle in the iron. If it fits, it should work.
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Re: Hobbico Soldering Iron

Post by tuberadiogeek on Fri Jan 02, 2015 3:06 am

I think a chisel tip will be fine for most of the stuff I will be doing.. I can always put a tip in my 25 watt Weller iron if I need a pencil tip, as it would be easier to replace.
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Re: Hobbico Soldering Iron

Post by 35Z5 on Fri Jan 02, 2015 8:36 am

I rarely use anything other than a Weller 8200 gun, built my TV tube radio with it... Along with braid and a little liquid flux, have removed 64 pin ICs with one... No I won't trust my skills to resolder a static sensitive IC with the 8200, I'll drag out a iron for that job(it's heating while the 8200 removes IC)...
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Post by Guest on Fri Jan 02, 2015 10:05 am

OK..... I'm sure y'all will think I'm nuts after this but I have way too much soldering equipment!

Back in 1967, and still in high school, I worked at a hardware store where I purchased my 1st Weller 8200n. I still have it along with 6 more Weller 8200's, all vintage (using the nuts and wrench). I also bought a lot of Weller items that included 2 Weller 7200's. I also have several of the older Weller irons, several 23W, a few 40w, and a 12w. I have 2 of the 25w with 3 LED's. Next I have 2 60w units that are powered by a wall-wart. I also have several Ungar handles, elements and tips all having various wattages ranging from 23 to 45 watts. When Comdial closed I purchased ( for $5 each) 2 Hakko variable soldering stations. I also have several irons used by the Bell System years ago. I won't even start on all the solder and soldering aids!
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Post by 75X11 on Fri Jan 02, 2015 3:53 pm

They're not too many if you use them all.
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Post by Doug Burskey on Fri Jan 02, 2015 9:44 pm

My go to irons when I'm working on a radio are my Weller WTCPT solder station and a 8200N gun if I need a lot of heat

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Post by 35Z5 on Fri Jan 02, 2015 11:40 pm

MEZLAW wrote:OK..... I'm sure y'all will think I'm nuts after this but I have way too much soldering equipment!

Back in 1967, and still in high school, I worked at a hardware store where I purchased my 1st Weller 8200n.  I still have it along with 6 more Weller 8200's, all vintage (using the nuts and wrench).  I also bought a lot of Weller items that included 2 Weller 7200's.  I also have several of the older Weller irons, several 23W, a few 40w, and a 12w.
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A '67 gun would have just been a 8200, those use the prefocus 222 penlight bulb... Sometime in the early '70s the 8200N appeared that uses the wedge base bulbs...

I got my first 8200 in either '65 or '66 with Green Stamps, was 2 & 3/5 book(or was that 3 & 2/5?) for the kit with tools, solder tips etc in a case... It's in the upper left with orange cord(eight footer added for ease of use in the field)... I used it at work just about every day for probably five years after the type with screws were all we could get... Pretty well used it up...

Others were picked up here and there, no longer have all pictured, gave a couple away)... I also have almost pristine mid 60s D550 I bought after this pict was taken... No irons you say? Nope not me... I keep one for small jobs, otherwise I don't want one...



I also have a complete 8200N kit from '73(at least that's the date on instructions) that I picked up at a flea market probably a dozen years ago, paid $10 for it...

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Post by Guest on Sat Jan 03, 2015 12:09 am

A '67 gun would have just been a 8200, those use the prefocus 222 penlight bulb... Sometime in the early '70s the 8200N appeared that uses the wedge base bulbs...


Well I may be wrong about the year of purchase, I worked there from 67 to 70.  I went out to the shop to check the gun and it's an 8200N.  So it has to be as early as 70.  I graduated from CSE in August of '70 and had the gun there, so I guess we're splitting hairs here.  This unit also has the Easton PA address where some of my newer ones have APEX N. Carolina.

I have one in the same grey case and the factory cellophane is still on it, so I've never opened it.  I also have another in the original cardboard box. This unit has the spring around the power cord where it comes out of the handle.

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Post by 35Z5 on Sat Jan 03, 2015 1:19 am

Splitting Hairs?? Not if you've gone through a box or two of 222 bulbs to find one decently aimed & focused so it actually shined on your work... The poor quality control on those bulbs is no doubt why Weller switched to wedge base...

When I started at Sears in Jan '69 I was issued a new 8200... I used that gun for seven or eight years before swapping it out for a new 8200N, had a couple of those before the POS screw tip type appeared... Shortly after that was when I started using my own 8200...

Paper work for that new in case 8200N says Apex NC but send to Easton if repairs are needed...

BTW In the '80s the 8200N have the heat settings reversed, instead of 100/140 are 140/100... Theory was the low setting was used most and with it on first "click", was more difficult maintain that setting vs pulling trigger to max... Myself I get along just fine with the 100/140 arrangement, gave away the one gun I had with reversed settings...
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Post by Doug Burskey on Sat Jan 03, 2015 10:11 am

That wedge base bulb in the 8200N is a 12 volt number 194 automotive type bulb for use in instrument clusters and side marker lamps.

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Post by 35Z5 on Sun Jan 04, 2015 1:55 pm

Doug Burskey wrote:That wedge base bulb in the 8200N is a 12 volt number 194 automotive type bulb for use in instrument clusters and side marker lamps.
Yeah I first saw the wedge base automotive lamps in the '68 Fords, dunno when they actually were released...

If you want really good light from the 8200N use a #159 wedge base, they're 6v... No it won't last very long so it's a good idea to add a resistor to knock voltage down to around 9v, bulb still has decent longevity and gives very good light...
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Post by Guest on Sun Jan 04, 2015 2:38 pm

I've noticed the brightness change (with penlight bulb) on an older gun when you went from 100 watts to 140 watts.

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Post by Doug Burskey on Mon Jan 05, 2015 12:34 am

The thing I have that uses a #159 is a Audiotronics school record player as a pilot lamp.

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Post by 35Z5 on Mon Jan 05, 2015 2:43 pm

Doug Burskey wrote:The thing I have that uses a #159 is a Audiotronics school record player as a pilot lamp.

Other than the 8200N with resistor, only thing around here I can think of that uses #159 is my Mantola farm radio, it's been converted to a 50L6 for audio and added dial lamp bulbs in series using a 12v transformer... Still uses battery tubes in front end, "A" voltage for filaments is supplied from 50L6 cathode...

It's gotten a lot of use since I Frankenradioed it...

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