• More Holiday Gift Ideas at Kimco!

    Last week, we presented several gift ideas for the hobbyist on your list. This week we follow up with some more suggestions, again in three price ranges. Get your holiday shopping done now, don't wait any longer!

    Under $50:

    Weller WLC100
    Weller WLC100 40 watt Hobbyist Solder Station
    - Kimco Price: $44.99

    The WLC100 is a nice, affordable, entry level soldering station perfect for casual hobbyists or students. It features adjustable power from 5 to 40 watts, a built in iron stand, and tip cleaning pad. A soldering station is a great addition to anyone's tool bench.

    Suggested add-on:
    Extra ST3 Tip


    X-Acto 13pc. Knife Kit
    Xacto X5082 13pc. Knife Set in Wood Case
    -Kimco Price: $19.97

    Every self respecting hobbyist and crafter needs a good set of Xactos! This kit features many different blades and handles to tackle nearly any project, all packed in a handsome wooden case.


    Aven 20 Piece Precision Screwdriver Set
    Aven 13714 20-Piece Precision Screwdriver Set w/ Interchangeable Blades
    -Kimco Price: $22.79

    This precision screwdriver set from Aven is great for working on electronics, servicing computers, and repairing small items like eye glasses. Many interchangeable blades are included in slotted, Philips, Hex, and Nutdriver configurations.


    Under $100:

    Hakko Omnivise
    Hakko C1390 PCB Omnivise
    Kimco Price: Price: $59.57

    This unique product from Hakko holds a printed circuit board firmly in place and level so heat and solder may be applied. However, it can be used to hold many other items. It features height adjustment for maximum versatility.



    Eclipse Pro Drill Driver
    Eclipse Pro's Kit PT-1441A Cordless Drill Driver
    Kimco Price: $51.51

    The Eclipse Pro's Kit 14.4V Drill Driver is a powerful cordless drill for a great price. It features many different torque settings, forward and reverse control, and a 3/8in keyless chuck. Every household needs a good cordless drill!


    Steinel Heat Gun
    Steinel SV803K Variable Temperature Heat Gun Kit
    Kimco Price: $69.42

    A heat gun is a handy thing to own, and has many uses: shrink wrapping, thawing frozen pipes, desoldering, plastic welding, dent removal, even roasting coffee! This Steinel heat gun features 3 airflow settings, a soft grip handle, and includes two add-on nozzles for various applications. Surprise the tool geek in your life (that thinks they have everything)  with a tool that is likely missing from their quiver!


    Under $200:

    Luxo LFM Magnifier
    Luxo 18345LG LFM LED 3 Diopter Edge Clamp 45" Arm Magnifier
    Kimco Price: $145.70

    This Luxo magnifier is perfect for hobbyists who work on small projects. It clamps to nearly any work space and has a 9.5W LED light source. Luxo is known for quality magnifiers, and this unit is no exception, featuring a die-cast aluminum housing and crystal clear glass lens.


    Branson Ultrasonic Cleaner
    Branson B200 Compact Ultrasonic Cleaner
    Kimco Price: $119.95

    Ultrasonic cleaners are used to clean a multitude of small parts, optical pieces and even jewelry. The Branson B200 is a small 15 oz. utrasonic unit suitable for home use. Just add the correct cleaning solution for your application (listed below) and you are ready to clean.

    Suggested add-on:
    Branson General Purpose Solution
    Branson Jewelry Cleaner Solution


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  • PCB Repair Made Easy with the Weller WLC100 soldering station

    Weller WLC100Repairing and maintaining printed circuit boards can be difficult. Though most that deal with PCBs on a daily basis know how fragile they can be, it is important that the correct tools are employed when repairing these fragile circuit boards. There are a few common issues that may solicit repair with a PCB, things like broken connections and loose wires are among the most common. Having a tool like the Weller WLC100 40 watt Hobbyist Solder Station is the best way to insure that users are able to quickly and efficiently repair issues that may arise.

    This station has the capabilities to restore both bulky and delicate repairs. This is a 40 watt station so it has the power to create powerful and lasting connections that are not likely to break with light use. This station is light, easy to move, and easy to use which makes it perfect for small and intricate repairs. The machine is light weight so it can be used on the spot for quick repairs. It is also relatively inexpensive so money can be spent on other materials. With a machine like this, money can be spent on more important things like connection material and soldering material to insure a safe and durable connection.

    Repairing PCBs does not have to be difficult. With the right information and the right machines and tools, repair can be quick and painless. There are two types of soldering that an at home hobbyist may run into. The first is soft soldering, this is the process they will most likely employ when repairing electronics like PCBs. With soft soldering, the process begins by selecting a very soft material as filler, this is generally a tin alloy. The process is called soft soldering because it is generally used on parts that have a very low melting point, because they have a low melting point, these parts must be soldered at a much lower melting point than other items like a piece of steel for instance. Another type of soldering that may be encountered is hard soldering. However, this is not likely to be the repair process chosen with PCBs. This process involves solder being applied at a very high temperature using materials like silver solder and brazing solder. Other products you may need could be things like small snips or tweezers, soldering material, and more.

    Repairing connections can be a tricky business and without the right information and materials, a repair can go horribly wrong. Without precision, delicate handling, and tools that can get the job done right the first time, many hobbyist and those repairing their own PCBs will be facing future repairs and even replacement. Taking the time to find a great tool to help with the necessary repairs to your PCBs is the key to getting a repair done right the first time. These repairs, when done correctly, can last for the remaining life of the PCB and can help to extend the life of older or even damaged PCBs to help save time, money, and effort in the long run.

  • Weller WLC100 Soldering Iron - Why it's the best hobbyist soldering iron.

    Weller WLC100 Solder Iron

    Just because you may not work in electronics repair or a related field for a living doesn't mean you don't enjoy electronics. Whether you're building projects for yourself, friends and family, like doing little repairs yourself or even mess with designing your own projects, you take your hobby seriously. And, as with any serious hobbyist, having the right tools for the job means a lot. You don't necessarily need professional grade tools but you still want to have high quality ones so you can get the most enjoyment out of your hobby as possible.

    When it comes to a good hobbyist soldering iron you want one you can trust to give you quality connections every time, one that will last and one that is easy to use. If you've ever owned or used a Weller solder iron, you know they make great professional products and their home hobby products are every bit as good as their pro models. For instance, the Weller WLC100 is a great soldering station that gives you plenty of professional features without the professional price tag.

    As an example, you get fine control over your heat. This is essential when working with different electronic components, especially if you're working with components that are sensitive to heat. Since you can have as little as five watts of heat coming through the tip, you can still make solid connections without worrying about cooking components or wires and making a repair situation worse. With the ability to go up to forty watts of heat, you'll also have the power you need to work with the largest and most cumbersome of connections with ease.

    Another great feature of the Weller WLC100 is the fact that tips are easy to change. Although it comes with the most flexible of tips, the ST3, other tips such as a fine point tip or a blade tip can give you the ability to work with different electronics (or other hobby) needs easily. Since tips are easy to change, switching from one project or even tip needs within the same project can be managed quickly, eliminating the need to have multiple soldering irons on hand. And, the custom foam grip means you'll be able to work with the soldering iron for hours with complete comfort.

    While you may not need truly professional tools to get the most out of your hobby, you still want good, solidly performing tools. If electronics is your favored hobby, you'll want a Weller WLC100 soldering station. You'll appreciate it every time you use it.

  • YIKES!!! Sale Ending Soon - Free shipping on SimcoION , Weller Tips and QRP Gloves

    March is half over but Kimco has still got a lion of a deal for you. Like free shipping? Who doesn't? Well, until the end of the month we are offering a great deal here on the site. Lots of great products in our catalog are going to be included in this excellent deal so read on to find out about the potential savings you can keep in your wallet by picking up the supplies your crew is going to need anyway, right now!

    Now hear this: Weller Solder Tips, SIMCO Ion units and select QRP Gloves will receive free shipping until the end of the month. That can lead to big savings. Temperatures are warming up and the economic numbers are signaling a recovery. Save money on shipping now, save time later when you do not have to stop the job to pick up extra supplies for the crew.

    These are tools and components your guys need and are going to be using this coming season anyway. Keep a few dollars in the company coffers by picking up Weller Solder Tips, SIMCO Ion units, and select QRP gloves now and we will ship them straight to your offices free of charge. That's no extra cost to you! No sending a gopher to pick up supplies and the nearest supply store, which could be miles away and costly hours of time. We will keep you stocked without a trip to the store.

    Check out our inventory to match up what we carry with your needs today. This deal is only for a limited time so be sure to jump on it to take advantage of this money saving opportunity before the chance is gone. We will keep your shelves stocked for less.

  • A Guide to Weller's Screwdriver Soldering Tips


    The Weller screwdriver soldering tips available through Kimco Distributors are all manufactured to the highest standard, but designed for different purposes. While each of these screwdriver tips is made for both wire-to-wire and wire-to-surface soldering, they come in a variety of sizes. There are many different sizes available in between the models listed below, but these select few provide a sense of the types of Weller screwdriver soldering tips available at Kimco Distributing.

    This Weller ETH Screwdriver Tip is one of the most precise tips sold by Kimco Distributing. At just 0.8 mm by 15.9 mm, it allows workers to solder small computer parts and other electrical equipment. The 15.9 mm length is one of Weller’s more common sizes, as it provides an adequate reach without being overly long.

    In comparison, Weller’s PTE8 Series Screwdriver Tip that measures 5.95 mm by 15.87 mm seems enormous. In fact, this is one of the largest screwdriver replacement tips Kimco Distributing Corp. sells. A tip this large does not afford the accuracy of the 0.8 mm one, but the 5.95 PTE8 series screwdriver tip makes quick work of larger jobs, which would take the smaller one forever to complete.

    In between these two extremes, there are a variety of sizes available. In addition to the standard-length replacement tips, Kimco Distributing Corporation also carries longer ones. Many tips are available in a long model, such as this PTK8 Series Long Screwdriver Tip from Weller. At 25.40 mm, these long screwdriver tips help workers reach far into the tiniest places.

    Manufactured by Weller, a trusted name in the industry, all of these tips from Kimco Distributing are built to the highest standards. No matter what size one chooses, the copper, iron, nickel and chromium in these replacement soldering tips offer superb heat transfer and excellent resistance to corrosion.

  • Weller EPH101 Micropoint Uses and Tool Compatibility


    The Weller EPH101 Micropoint Tip is one of the tiniest soldering replacement tips available. Made for two of Weller’s older soldering irons, this tip allows companies to continue using the equipment they have. The tip, itself, is made from the same quality metals that are found in all the tips sold by Kimco Distributing: a solid copper plate with iron, and nickel and chromium behind the working surface. This construction provides excellent heat transfer to the tip and keeps it from corroding.

    The Weller EPH101 Micropoint Tip is designed for working on the smallest electronic parts. Its canonical shape gives electronics repairers the ability to pinpoint where solder should be placed. Yet, this micropoint tip is finer than many standard canonical replacement tips. Measuring just 0.38 mm (0.015 in.), this tip offers unparalleled precision. When working on larger projects, there are many better options among the tips at Kimco Distributors. But for precision work, there is not a smaller tip made by Weller.

    The Weller EPH101 Micropoint Tip is compatible with Weller’s EC1301 and EC1302 soldering irons, two units which Kimco Distributing does not have available. Finding one of these irons for sale anywhere is nearly impossible. For companies that already have an EC1301 or EC1302 Weller iron, though, the EPH101 Micropoint Tip can save money. Rather than investing in an entire new iron, businesses can simply purchase this replacement tip from Kimco Distributing Corp. Priced at only a few dollars, this small tip can save companies hundreds of dollars on a new iron.

  • A Brief Overview of the Different Weller Soldering Stations


    Kimco Distributors has over a dozen different Weller soldering stations in stock, giving businesses the opportunity to find a unit that meets their needs and fits within their budgets. Which station a specific company should consider will depend not only on how the unit will be used and the company’s budget, but how often the unit will be used also is a factor. While there are many variations within Kimco Distributing Corp.’s listings, the three soldering stations listed below will give companies an overview of the Weller soldering stations avialble.

    Kimco Dictributing’s Weller WTCPT Soldering Station is a basic, but reliable unit. This entry-level industrial station will last longer than Weller’s hobbyist station. Although it is only 60W, the station heats tips up surprisingly quickly, and the tips can reach 600, 700 or 800°F. As with all of Weller’s commercial stations, a power supply, iron stand, soldering iron and sponge are included. While this basic soldering station might not afford the precision needed in some electronics repair, it can solder basic repairs continually, without risking damage.

    The Weller WES51 ESD-Safe Analog Soldering Station from Kimco Distributors is slightly less expensive than the above unit, because it has fewer temperature options. Like the Weller WTCPT Station, this one made for basic functions. It is the least expensive ESD-safe unit, making this the choice companies that occasionally need to solder in an ESD-safe setting.

    One of the most advanced units Kimco Distributing Corporation carries is the Weller WX1011 ESD-Safe High-Powered Digital Soldering Station. This unit comes with a WXMP-MS Pencil, but there are other options available. At 200 watts, this is an extremely powerful unit that can be used in an ESD-safe environment. The RT3 Tip it comes with is designed for precision work and can be used under a microscope.

    These three units are just a sample of the soldering stations Kimco Distributors carry. Any company that cannot find the perfect station for their situation should contact Kimco Distributors for help finding a solution.

  • Weller Soldering Tip Uses - Why So Many Sizes & Styles of tips

    The large selection of Weller soldering tips that Kimco Distributing Corp. carries gives electronics-repair companies the ability to find the perfect replacement soldering tip. Anyone who has repaired a motherboard or soldered together two electronic components knows how important precision is. The smallest amount of solder in the incorrect spot can ruin an entire part. This is why Kimco Distributors carries over a hundred Weller tips.

    Screwdriver soldering tips like the Weller CT5E8 , which have two flat edges and look like a flat-blade screwdriver, are useful when working on larger electronic components. While they perform well when doing wire-to-surface or wire-to-wire soldering, these do not provide the precision that some of Kimco Distributing’s other tips offer. On the other hand, the right screwdriver soldering tip can make quick work of a larger soldering project.

    Kimco Distributing’s flat tips, which range from tips under 1 mm to a 4.8 mm tip, are similar in size to the screwdriver tips. Flat tips are typically used in the same type of work as screwdriver tips. Also known as chisel tips, they are used for general electrical and wiring work, in addition to electronics repair and manufacturing.

    Weller’s tweezer tips provide the greatest amount of control when soldering. Coming in several different sizes, these allow for the easy manipulation of electronic parts. Many workers find the tweezer soldering tips from Kimco Distributors are especially handy when disassembling parts and removing small chip components. Within each of these categories, Kimco Distributing carries a range of different sizes. From the smallest chip repair to general electronic work, Kimco Distributing has the Weller replace tips people need to get the job done.

  • Save Money by maintaining your Soldering Tips

    How to save money by Caring for Tips

    Kimco carries solder tips that are among the highest quality soldering tips available. Many of these tips have been specifically designed for use in the electronics industry and will perform well for months or years, when cared for properly. Below are three ways companies can extend the lifespan of their soldering tips:

    1) Tip Tinning:

    Tinning is perhaps the most important aspect of soldering tip maintenance. Kimco’s soldering tips are built to resist oxidation, but it is impossible to keep metal from corroding over time; especially when the station is left on and the tip is hot - heat speeds up the oxidation buildup.

    Because of the precision electronic repair requires, soldering tips cannot have any oxidation on them. By constantly keeping a soldering tip coated in a thin layer of solder, workers can prevent the tip from corroding from oxidation. Tip tinning is simple and inexpensive way to save money and solder more cost effectively.

    2) Tip Cleaning:

    Even though corrosion renders a tip useless, these tips should be wiped off periodically with a solder tip cleaning sponge or the preferred method of using a brass sponge like the Hakko 599B-02 Replacement Solder Tip Cleaning Wire or Weller WDC2 Dry Tip Cleaning System. The wet sponge seems to be the most popular way, but one downside is the fact that the wet sponge cools off the tip causing the tip to go through a cooling and heating cycle that decrease the life of the tip. Furthermore, the wet sponges seem to redeposit contaiminents back onto the tips at a higher frequency than the soft metal wool ball sponges. Having said that, the sponges seem to be more effective approach to removing flux residues, rosin, solder and dust accumulate on the tip. A periodic wipe keeps a solder tip clean and free of debris.

    3) Solder Hand Piece Storage

    Kimco strongly recommends using a holder, which protects both the soldering equipment and employees. Holders reduce the risk of dropping a hot iron, which would likely damage the tip, the heating elements and could burn a person. The Weller WDH10 Soldering Iron Holder is an example of a holder, but this holder is only compatible with Weller soldering equipment. Most holders come with a sponge and can be positioned between 30° and 80°. For a specific solder iron holder that works with your soldering station, you can search for holders that Kimco Distributing carries or contact us and we'll send you the information you need.

    Dutifully paying attention to these three items will extend the life of the Weller tips sold by Kimco Distributing Corporation’s, thereby reducing company’s costs. No matter how dutifully workers look after their equipment, though, solder station tips will eventually need to be replaced. Companies should never try to sand or file down tips, as this will reduce the heat transfer abilities of the tip and make it uneven. When a tip cannot be cleaned with the metods stated above, it is time to order a replacement tip. Before you order a new tip, we recommend trying to recondition the tip using a Hakko FT700-05 Tip Polisher .

    Kimco Distributors carries a full line of replacement tips for when old ones need replacement.

    Brand of replacement soldering tips we carry:

    OK International

    We also strives to make our customers more productive and cost effective in their use of the tools we sell. If you have a topic or question concerning any of our tools, ask us. We have over 30 years experience working with these tools, so we might know a trick or two. Furthermore, if we don't know, we'll figure it out and let you know.

  • Weller Heat Guns at Kimco

    For anyone who has experience with soldering and working with electrical components knows that quality products help the entire process go much smoother. With Weller heat guns, available at Kimco, you can now do top quality soldering jobs with much more confidence.

    A heat gun is different than other soldering irons as they are constructed with a pistol grip design for better control. They also have a trigger which will give instant heat when depressed. This is different from a solder iron, or a soldering station, where the heat is constantly at the tip. Using a heat gun is also different from the use of an iron. As you hold the gun you are able to complete larger points of solder over a little bit larger area than you would with an iron. Irons are mostly for spot soldering while guns are for larger areas.

    The Weller heat guns all have a distinct pistol like grip, but have different qualities across models. The Weller 8200PK heat gun kit is a great tool for those who are doing soldering projects for fun or involved in simply repairs. The Weller 6966C is a 250-watt heat gun that is ESD-safe and usable in more industrial type settings where there are mass assemblies.

    Whichever you are in the market for, Kimco carries Weller heat guns at affordable prices - the 6966C costing $129 - with very fast shipping. Take a look at the Kimco website for more soldering accessories, irons, and soldering stations. You will find that the prices are equally low and that our customer service deserves it top rating.

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