[sdiy] Transition to Lead-Free Hand Soldering

Mattias Rickardsson mr at analogue.org
Fri Aug 20 09:26:00 CEST 2021

On Fri, 20 Aug 2021 at 09:00, Tom Bugs via Synth-diy <
synth-diy at synth-diy.org> wrote:

> Well, I forgot to add that, while I don't change tip temperature, I do
> change tip type/size for different applications - just a handful of sizes
> covers 99% of tasks, with a big one obvs for applications that need decent
> heat transfer.
Aha - different sizes, yes, but do your tips have different temperatures?
(IIRC there are some different ones to choose from)

> Also, cleaning cleaning cleaning - perhaps leaded is more forgiving?
That's the impression I got so far, but haven't personally tested many
solder types at all.

> I'm guessing you're working entirely lead-free, Mattias?
I'm not really working with soldering that often, but lead-free on
commercial products and an old roll of leaded at home if I fix up some old

As we all know, lead - just like wooden end cheeks - gives a much fuller,
richer and warmer sound. And nobody would ever want that in new gear, it
just wouldn't be serious - so transition to lead-free asap! ;-)

> (smiles & waves to you!)
> Tom
/mr  -  Hej hej!

On 20/08/2021 07:52, Mattias Rickardsson wrote:
> Tom Bugs via Synth-diy <synth-diy at synth-diy.org> skrev:
>> ... I use Metcal irons so have a fixed tip temperature. It works well for
>> me
> Thanks Tom, this is an important detail. When everyone's lead-free
> soldering solutions (which I much appreciate) include raising the
> temperature (even up to hilarious numbers expressed in non-SI units;), it
> makes me wonder what to do with a fixed-temperature setup.
> Any other tips (no pun intended) on lead-free solders that work well
> without a change in temperature setting? :-)
> /mr  -  happy OKi/Metcal solder soldier
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