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Old 12-10-2017, 10:36 AM   #1
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May be of some interest to people that this sunday Lidl have tools for your workshop. Random things include

digital soldering iron
helping hands with magnifier
mini tool kit
magnetic tool rack and parts trays

as always you get what you pay for but some things tend to be good enough for the use they get.
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Old 12-10-2017, 10:40 AM   #2
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Digital soldering iron. What makes it "digital?"

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Old 12-10-2017, 10:56 AM   #3
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Looks like there is a limited amount of temperature selection. R-
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Old 12-10-2017, 12:20 PM   #4
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May be of some interest to people that this sunday Lidl have tools for your workshop. Random things include

digital soldering iron
helping hands with magnifier
mini tool kit
magnetic tool rack and parts trays

as always you get what you pay for but some things tend to be good enough for the use they get.
The helpng hands tool is by far the most used on my bench. I really really could not do this hobby without it whether I'm soldering, building a kit or painting sonething. I removed the magnifier from mine as I much prefer my head magnifier. Should be number one on your list if you dont already own one IMHO.
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The helpng hands tool is by far the most used on my bench. I really really could not do this hobby without it whether I'm soldering, building a kit or painting sonething. I removed the magnifier from mine as I much prefer my head magnifier. Should be number one on your list if you dont already own one IMHO.
Its a must have, in the loft and the workshop, both have the mirror removed but i can get away with cheap 2.5 mag glasses....
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Old 15-10-2017, 09:18 PM   #6
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Bought helping hands with magnifier today - seems well made, got a bit of weight to it and bargain at 5.99.
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Bought some of each size tray - they contain a fairly strong (when new) magnet. I can see them being very useful.

I also got a 'helping hand' although I already have one, I thought a spare would be good and my original one doesn't have the light.

Less useful seems to be the 'magnetiser, de-magnetiser' I bought. I have tested on a pair of tweezers and it made no difference what-so-ever to the level of magnetism (it had none at the start of finish of trying to magnetise them). Ah well, at least I got some useful trays
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Digital soldering iron. What makes it "digital?"
It has a liquid crystal screen to show temp as opposed to my analogue one which has a rotary knob with markings.
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Less useful seems to be the 'magnetiser, de-magnetiser' I bought. I have tested on a pair of tweezers and it made no difference what-so-ever to the level of magnetism (it had none at the start of finish of trying to magnetise them). Ah well, at least I got some useful trays
You did check to see if the tweezers were of a ferrous material that would take magnetism?
I have one at work and while it doesn't create a super strong magnet it does tend to make some difference
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Thank you Chriss for the heads up about the soldering iron. Shot out to my local Lidl to have look and got one. Picked up the helping hands tool as well as my one was a bit old and, well,, knackered to say the least.
I did not think I would say this about lidl tools because some of them in the past have not impressed me much but this Iron seems to be a good little tool which tested out well.
It is 48 watt iron and heated up very quickly, unlike my old iron did. You had to wait about 10 minutes for it. The temperature control works well and seems to be OK but of course not tested it with a thermometer. Did test soldering and it worked very well. The bits have an odd screw fit and not the normal push in or push on type that soldering irons normally have.
That aside. A wonderful value for money tool, long as it lasts well.
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