Sorry 'bout the 200+ private messages. Was trying to post here about choosing a soldering iron...

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You can find those "Pencil" type solding irons and tips at Walmart or Harbor Freight along with tips for your old Weller Iron.

My marginal soldering skills at least doubled going from a pencil type to a basic solder station. It gets hotter and has a dial to adjust the temp. It was pretty cheap on Amazon, there are better ones too with digital temp control if you want to upgrade.

 Thanks guys! I can find the tips with the internal threads everywhere, but I can't find a fine point tip with the external threads like this:

These are the MT-1 tips. I can also find the other two replacement tips which resemble flat blade screwdrivers. The tip of the MT-1 could stand to be a lot sharper/smaller for circuit boards. I may go buy a station in the next few days... Other ideas?

Thanks in advance,


Just did a Google search and got 4 companies/websites that sell those.

 I can get the MT-1s, but not the sharper pointed ones. Your search skills are a lot better than mine.

Lots of sets on Amazon that has the tip you want and Granger has them.

Yea, buy a solder station, you’ll be glad you did

Thanks, Brian. Several others have said the same. I'll try to get one sometime in the next few days. 

Thank you

 Thank you Paul. 

 I'm going to get the dull-tipped ones at the top of my post and keep it for auto and household wiring and get me an adjustable station with the sharp tip for working with circuit boards. I hope to play with guitar and amp electronics quite a bit while I learn. I have a few bucks spending money for a change and think I should go ahead and bite the bullet. 

Thanks again!


Those solder stations are great. Saves you from pulling out your hair or throwing things in rage. Haha

I second that, Paul :D

 Well you can never go wrong having the right tools. Too often, I can't afford the right ones. Gonna go ahead and jump in and get a station.


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