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What to use to solder crossovers

Hey guys. I am looking for advice in regards to a soldering iron station and solder to use for the crossovers for the (3)1099s and (2)Volt8s I have ordered from DIYSG. I am not wanting to spend a lot of money on a iron/station as I am only going to use it most likely just for the crossovers and then it will get tossed into a toolbox for the foreseeable future.
Also what heat settings do you guys use for soldering using the PCB boards from DIYSG.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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FWIW I don't use a soldering station, just an iron that came with a little stand. Fits in the toolbox a lot better.

Nothing special is needed, any cheap soldering iron off Amazon will do. The PCBs and pads are large and very easy to solder.

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FWIW I don't use a soldering station, just an iron that came with a little stand. Fits in the toolbox a lot better.



Nothing special is needed, any cheap soldering iron off Amazon will do. The PCBs and pads are large and very easy to solder.


I probably didn’t use the right terminology. Yes I am looking at what you are describing. Just a simple iron and stand. What solder do you use? 60/40 or 63/37? Lead or no lead? Silver added or no?
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This is a nice one for not too much $$

https://www.parts-express.com/weller...ation--372-120

Either solder would work that you listed.

https://www.parts-express.com/electr...spool--370-032
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I probably didn’t use the right terminology. Yes I am looking at what you are describing. Just a simple iron and stand. What solder do you use? 60/40 or 63/37? Lead or no lead? Silver added or no?
I think I'm using 60/40 leaded flux core. Works good.

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I've used https://www.truevalue.com/shop/tools...ctrical-solder on all the crossovers I've assembled, no issues.

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I think I'm using 60/40 leaded flux core. Works good.

I've used not the same thing, but also led-free and with some silver content to do my own interconnects. Worked great!
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I just used 60/40 flux core on mine and they turned out great.
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A 45 watt iron, 60/40 flux core and some practice.

The best thing to do in my opinion than to fret about the solder and cheap iron is to set up a damp sponge to clean the iron with.


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Thank you all for your advice. It’s been 22 years since I last soldered anything. So I was unsure if anything has changed.... that Weller iron looks like a solid bet with 60/40 leaded solder. Thanks again guys!
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FWIW this video shows you everything you could ever want to know about assembling DIYSG crossovers. @mtg90 makes it look easy, and it really is as easy as he makes it look.


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On and one more thing to note. You'll notice he has a crossover assembly jig setup. This is a GREAT idea, helped me a lot assembling my boards. But, you don't need to make a jig out of wood. In fact as I recall, I used a couple of stacks of old DVDs. You could use some books, whatever, but making a little channel to set the edges of the board on and elevate it a few inches is very helpful.
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Half the price and works just fine. I've run through a bunch of solder with this one.

https://www.parts-express.com/stahl-...ation--374-100
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Two suggestion. The Stahl above for budget, works great, reliable. If you want something really nice but before wandering into industrial type stations, the Hakko fx88d is hard to beat.
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