You may be running those tips hotter than they should be. I use a Weller soldering station and a selection of 5 or 6 tips. These are plated tips are temperature controlled by a thermostat in the handle. I just have to select the right tip for the job. Over the past 40 years, the transformer in the soldering station burned out and one tip broke. But other than that, I have been using the same tips for 40 years and I use the iron on a regular basis.
Originally Posted by M6DFV
I have never seen the plating flake off. Are you possibly running the tips too hot? A lot of people tend to use the tip as a pry bar when removing parts from a board. That can cause the tip to flex and loosen the plating. I cringe when I see people prying things off of circuit board with their iron. Those are the only reasons that I can think of for the plating to flake off.
73, Martin, K7MEM
Ash Fork, AZ
In my area, it seems that every pickup truck or SUV comes with one or more dogs. It's so common that I can only assume that the dog(s) must come with the vehicle. So logic tells me that, if you want to keep the truck for a long time, go for the multi-dog option. Otherwise, if the dog dies, you have to buy a new truck. I have five dogs (4 dogs as of 4/4/2013, RIP Katie), so I'm set for a few years.