Ungar Standard Line soldering irons

I like the old-style Ungar Standard Line soldering irons. The heating elements have edison bases and screw into a socket on the handle. Most of the heating elements have interchangeable tips that screw in to or screw on to the end of the element. Some of the higher-powered elements, however, have built-in tips for greater heat conductivity to the tip. According to some of the folks on ARF, the elements with tips are good for soldering to steel chassis. 

Weller bought Ungar a while back, and Weller was swallowed by Cooper, then Apex Industries. But they still list a few of the old Ungar standard line components in their catalog and price list.


I happened to come across a few 47  1/2 watt elements with silver-plated iron-clad copper tips at the last MIT flea. They were only a couple of bucks; well worth it in my opinion.

Here's a couple of scans of the Ungar Standard Line from the Allied and Lafayette 1965 catalogs.

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Allied Radio catalog 240, 1965

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Lafayette Radio Electronics catalog 650, 1965

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