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Generally with soldering irons, you buy something which is fairly cheap, or above about 100 pounds. The irons in the middle provide no real upgrade to the cheap ones, but are more expensive. (This was the advice I read elsewhere and am just passing it on, but it's probably about right).

I use a cheap weller 12 watt iron, the weller 2012, which cost me around 15 to 20 pounds delivered, and got myself some 0.25mm tips which are about a fiver for 3 (I think). I've used this to mod some very small tssop chips on my sound card and it did the job very well, and I also use it to solder more normal sized compnents on circuit boards.

I am considering purchasing something nicer, since I am using my iron a lot more nowadays, and as suggested above, the wesd51 will certainly be a good investment, and probably what I'd go for.
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