Wen 75 tip

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  1. WA4ALA

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    I own a Wen 75 soldering iron that I have had for years. It needs a new tip and I cannot find a source.

    Can anyone help?


  2. W9GB

    W9GB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Michael -

    The Wen Electric Company was purchased by Weller in the early 1980s (as I remember).
    Weller made tips for the Wen 75 for another 10 to 15 years after the merger -- but then discontinued their production.

    They do occasionally appear on eBay and various surplus outlets.
    You can contact Weller USA in Apex, NC ... to see if they may have a few still in stock with the Repair Center.


    PS I owned a Wen 75 in 1970s ... it was my first soldering iron (gun).

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  3. NO6O

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    Oh wow! I had one of those soldering guns. I got mine from Radio Shack around 1974. I forgot all about it. Thank you for posting the picture!
  4. K8ERV

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    Don't take that on an airplane!

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
  5. WA4ALA

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    Thanks for the information. I have just sent Weller an email. I will post the results.

  6. W9GB

    W9GB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Wen Electric was based in Chicago, IL.
    The WEN 75 soldering guns were sold by Coast-To-Coast and True Value hardware stores in the 1960s and 1970s.

    I would imagine Weller has no parts -- these tips as NOS are getting RARE.

    I would HIGHLY SUGGEST you place a WANTED at QRZ, QTH, and Craigslist .. as well as a KEEN EYE during Hamfests.

    Local hamfest 5 years ago ... I picked up 7 soldering tips for the GE Soldering iron (6 volt) used by the Heathkit GH-17 solder station (long discontinued) for $1.00
    GE stopped manufacturing of those tips in the early 1980s ... sold all of them to a group of Texas Heathkit collectors/users .. for last Heathkit catalog price (more than $1).

    These Wen 75 soldering tips DO APPEAR on eBay ... as long-time hardware and electrical distributors clear out old inventory.

    Wen 75 -- November 1963 Popular Science Advertisement. Yes, It sold for $4.95 in 1963 and was that same price until 1973.
    http://books.google.com/books?id=ly...w#v=onepage&q=wen 75 soldering pistol&f=false

    It can not hurt to CALL .......... ACK Electronics in Atlanta, GA or Birmingham, AL .. they were clearing out some inventory last year on eBay and
    I picked up some nice legacy Cushcraft items (not currently mfg. by MFJ).

    March 1973 Popular Mechanics article of soldering irons and guns from that era !
    http://books.google.com/books?id=e9...d=0CCgQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=WEN 75 tips&f=false
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