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I'd have to list my rasps as the top on my list, having a really good rasp makes shaping a neck so much easier. I really enjoy each one of my tools since they are all really good except for one which is where my question comes in at the bottom of my post.
small japanese handsaw
fret slotting miter box and fret saw
oscillating spindle sander
router table and router
collection of fret files
Now here is my question. What is a really good soldering iron? I got mine from Radio Shack and I'm not fond of either one. They are slow to heat up and lose their heat quickly so it is not possible to move quickly from one joint to the next.
In my daily life I do furniture type repairs to piano cabinets and one of my daily tasks is doing "burn ins" which is using a hot knife or a "burn in knife" to melt and apply fillers to voids in finish or wood. I don't have any problems with my burn in knives in terms of being able to move from one repair to the next to wait for it to get hot enough again. So, who has a killer soldering iron? I want something that is professional quality.
This was supposed to be part of another discussion and don't know how I wound up starting my own thread.
Some really nice ones on Amazon
The soldering iron that I have used over the last 20 years or so is a Weller soldering station I have used it in repairing medical equipment e.t.c. Here is a link http://search.digikey.com/us/en/products/WES51/WES51-ND/526397 this is like the one I have, it is temperature controlled so you can do lite work as well as heavy, here is another link, http://www.newark.com/weller/wes51/analog-soldering-station-50w-120... . You may find a good Weller at a local electronics store. The two links the price is $125.00, The soldering tips are replaceable it is always good to have a few extra tips of different sizes. Hope that this helps.
I have the same Weller that Ellwood posted on and I love it.