The pride and joy in my shack is a Weller WECP-COD3 soldering iron. It is the only professional piece of equipment I have.My late father used in when he was still working at Philips and he got to keep it after his retirement. Unfortunately his Parkinson’s disease advanced to such a stage that he gave the iron to me so that I could help him fix the electronics in his house. Recently the iron had been acting up and the culprit turned out to be the temperature sensor/switch. Even though Weller is a world-class brand, after 26 years of use it is no surprise that even their equipment starts acting up. That doesn’t matter, because a world-class brand has world class service and so I ordered a new sensor (50 Euro) which my ever so nice QSL manager Wouter sent to me. I could have ordered it locally, but then they still would have ordered it from Europe with a 45 day lead time. Here in Taiwan Weller is not sold any more, because Japanese stuff is cheaper. My iron is too old to be interesting any more. Well, I am old too, but quality still shines and Weller remains top quality.
So now I wonder: how old is the soldering iron in your shack? Do you go for quality or buy low price and throw it out after a while? Leave a comment if you please. It will surely be fun to read.