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Found a spool of solder

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by N5PVL, May 4, 2012.

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  1. N5PVL

    N5PVL Ham Member QRZ Page

    Today I found a big spool of solder in one of my desks. The spool weighs around five pounds.

    It is Kester solder, 63/37 alloy, rosin-five core, core 66, diameter .032"

    What is something like that worth, these days?

    I have been using another spool just like it throughout my adult life, it's about halfway used-up. I, on the other hand, passed the halfway point some while ago.

    Now I'm wondering if I really need this extra spool. :rolleyes:
  2. KF5FEI

    KF5FEI Ham Member QRZ Page

    We use quite a bit of solder at work, and it keeps getting more and more expensive. A 1lb roll from Mouser is about $46 and change now. I would hang onto it, as the lead-free stuff is going to be the norm pretty soon and you'll really hate working with it.
  3. K7MH

    K7MH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Prices seem to be all over the place on eBay completed auctions.
    It looks like 5 lbs might go from about $20 to $60 depending.
    I have a couple 1 pound spools and a 1/2 pound spool I have acquired through the years.
    I'll probably never come close to using them all up, but if I have 3 spools, I can always find ONE of them!!
  4. G4SKO

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    I'll bid you £5.00. the modern stuff is crappy.
  5. K8MHZ

    K8MHZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    How does the outside look? If it is not shiny, it may not work well due to the oxidation present. I have some old rolls that flowed perfectly when new and shiny and now that they are old and dull they suck.

    What you have when new was good stuff, though. It's a eutectic blend (low melt point) and Kester makes really good solder. New, 1 lb rolls go for about $21.50|Solder_and_Soldering_Chemicals|SOL-0C/KW4410.html
  6. AF6LJ

    AF6LJ Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    That's the good stuff....
  7. K8MHZ

    K8MHZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Radio Shack still sells real lead solder. I think it's made by Kester. Good stuff. In fact, solder is the best product RS has!!
  8. G0GQK

    G0GQK Ham Member QRZ Page

    What you could do is measure off eight feet lengths, wrap it round some card and sell it at a competitive price
  9. N5AL

    N5AL Ham Member QRZ Page

    There's lead in that stuff! Better call in a hazmat team with respirators and full bunny suits for proper disposal of the spool.
  10. NM5TF

    NM5TF Ham Member QRZ Page

    or you could just send it to me...I have a HAZWOPER certification.....
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