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VA7FWA Rating: 2018-07-09
Crappy plastic and switch Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I have had a number of Weller soldering guns and they usually meet the same fate. It only has to drop off your bench once and the plastic of the body cracks. if you are lucky it can be taped up but soon it is beyond repair. I look for them at garage sales etc. but have not had the good luck to find an older one with better plastic. All my drills, grinders etc have really tough plastic bodies so I am searching for a maker that makes a tough one. The other common fault is the switch which fails so the light comes on but the iron does not heat up. I am aware that this can be caused by oxidation of the tip needing to be cleaned at the connection to the barrels but the switches often are hit or miss.
WB0MCO Rating: 2014-06-07
Weller Soldering Guns Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I've used them for over 40 years.They have several
models ranging up to 325 watts. All have worked without a problem. I like buying them second handed at flee markets from those that have not read the manual on how to install and maintain the tip correctly for heat transfer. Not for
circuit board work but good for PL259 and large parts.
A Great product that has been around for many years.
N7SCC Rating: 2014-06-06
Save your Money! Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
Looking for a constant hot Soldering Gun made by a quality company-- I chose Weller. Wanting to solder PL-259's and outdoor Antenna AWG 18 - 14; I purchased their model 60-100 watts. Bad decision! Discovered that "soldering gun" is not made for more than 1 minute on at high temp(100 watts) and 1 minute off-- Couldn't heat up Antenna wire/parts, much less the PL-259's I wanted to make. Go for the soldering irons NOT the soldering guns! My Weller soldering gun shorted out at the tip while under 100 watts--and worthless supplied tips by the way; If you want to solder low wattage like: 40 watts buy their soldering iron product--NOT their soldering gun! Better still: for more than 40 watts buy the best: American Beauty soldering irons-- they are made to be used on hardware and stay at constant temperture on Antennas and parts. Spend more money for quality! Don't waste your money on a "soldering gun"; a worthless product from Weller! I took mine back and got my 35.00 dollars back! I'm buying American Beauty soldering iron(s) from DX Engineering!
KD2E Rating: 2011-03-19
Old = Good!! Time Owned: more than 12 months.
Wow...reading the reviews, everyone likes the old ones...nobody likes the new ones.
I have both! I had an old one...loved it...dropped it too many times, so bought a new replacement. Complete garbage! Not worth 50 cents! So, I made it a goal to find a new (old) one. Found about a dozen at local flea markets..all differant models. If it doesn't have the compression nuts to secure the tip...walk away!!

Earlier 5-star review posted by KD2E on 2005-12-10

I too went through the same problem with the Weller guns. Did you also notice that cheap 'set screw' arrangement to hold the tip? If you got more use out of your new gun, you would find that set screw quickly strips...Gone is the old tighten-down nut...with a replacement nut that came with the tips!! Yes, the new Weller guns are a piece of junk!!
What to do??
If you hit your local town or county flea market a few times, you will find TONS of them...of every flavor! Did you know there was even a single setting Weller 'junior' gun?? Some were in metal carrying cases, some in cardboard, some in styrofoam inserts, but you will quickly have a dozen of them. they usually go for 10 bucks, unless they were never used. Then they go for about 15. And those prices are pretty uniform!!
Worth stocking up on, because they are the best tool for coax connectors!!!
K2CBI Rating: 2011-03-17
Keeps going Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I don't know the model number of my old Weller gun - I've had it for way over 50 years. About 120 Watts. The only maintenance ever needed was to replace the ancient line plug with a more modern version.

Does anyone know if the manufacturer now is the same one as in the 50s?
K4IRC Rating: 2011-03-17
Great guns! Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I bought my 8200 in 1964 and it still works great. My dad used both the 8200 and the 550 in his TV service business for all but printed circuit work. In my experience if you want them to work make sure to tighten the tip connections every time. If you don't do that then don't blame the product if it doesn't work.
K7TCE Rating: 2009-08-18
Can't do without Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I've had mine for at least 35 years, works as good now as it ever did. The only thing I'd add to the discussion is that I used to take off the tip, wrap a cloth around the gun and degauss my color tv CRTs with it!

K1CJS Rating: 2009-08-18
Good choice! Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I have had an old style 8200 with the tip nuts for going on forty years, and it is the best! I prefer it over a soldering iron for many chores, and I even attach PL259s with it. In any event, I prefer guns to irons, and they're easier and better to use--once you learn how to use them!
HC2AD Rating: 2009-08-18
The old one is a 5. Time Owned: more than 12 months.
My father gave me a gift as my first electronic tool at 12 years old ... a Weller 8200. After 25 years it still works as new (probably one of my older tools). This is the older vs.
Last year i bought a 75w vs. with screws to secure the tip.. it worked 1 month and then just some warm to heath the coffe...
so.. older ones rules...
new ones... mmm.... pass. I put a 5 considering we are evaluating the 8200 model.
KB0XR Rating: 2009-08-18
Just like the Energizer Bunny Time Owned: more than 12 months.
Mine is at least 30 years old. It has survived many falls to the concrete. Still hums along just like new. I bought the new version a couple of years ago, but it's never been opened. My original will probably outlive me.