N-Scale Decoder Installation Soldering Station

Hello!
I'm looking for a good soldering station for installing
decoders in my N-scale locos.
I'm currently considering the Weller WLC-100; does anyone know if the
soldering tip will be fine enough?
I guess I'm trying to really figure out what size tip would work best for
installing the N-scale decoders?
Thanks much, Kevin
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Kevin C
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I don't know which one your Weller is, but it sounds like the 100-watt pistol grip job. For electronics soldering, a fairly cheap pencil iron from Weller or Dremel (35-40 watts) is fine for that kind of work since you won't be using the iron for long periods at a time. If you want precise control of the iron's tip heat, then you may consider a professional unit that comes with a built-in heat sensor in the tip - probably costs quite a few bucks more. Online electronics suppliers (Mouser and Micro-Mark come to mind) can give you an idea of the pricing of those units.
Regards, Gordon.
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Gordon
Gordon, The weller i'm referring to actually has a control knob for the power. 5-40 watts is the range. I'm more interested in tip sizes. i.e. is 1mm a good size or too big for n-scale work.
Thanks for your response, Kevin
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Kevin C
If you are just soldering wires, I've found their small screwdriver head (or whatever the correct name is) to be very useful. There is a cone tip but, I haven't used it yet.
Good luck, Paul
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Paul Newhouse
The WCL100 actually has tip temperature control and I love it. You can purchase finer tips. The tip that came with it is a standard and is good enough for most soldering. I purchased both a heavy chisel and a fine tip. The heavy tip can handle larger jobs because it holds more heat and can deliver more to the joint.
I got my tips from U-Do-It in Boston. You could try Halted in Sunnyvale and they have a web site.
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The temperature control is very nice.
Best
Ken Harstine
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Ken Harstine
I usually use a 1/16" (1.5mm) tip for decoder installations but have used 1/32" (.75mm) as well. Depends on how small the points (pads) I am soldering to - example, on the pads on an LE077XF decoder, the smaller tip works better for me.
Ray Schwarz
"Kev> Gordon,
power. 5-40
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Ray Schwarz

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