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You're probally going to go through those unplated tips fast. My one unplated lasted maybe a month, my plated one is going strong after a year.
hmm run to radioshack or thesourcecc for canadians and get the next tech dual wattage 15-30 iron,I'd personally find the tip a tad to big but it gets the job done.
I use a weller WES50 which is now replaced by the WES51, its a station type, Comes with a fairly midrange ETA tip which is ok for dip IC's and discrete components that arent surface mount. The ETS or ETR tips for this are better, much finer pitch tip. I use the ETS for any surface mount stuff such as installing mod chips. This station can be expensive if your only doing a few mod chips for yourself and a few friends, but if you're gonna do a lot of them, or a lotta other electronics work then its definately worth it. Another important feature found on many stations (including this one) is the temperature selection. Myself I typically use 600F to 700F temperatures and only apply the tip for a very short time, under a second, just enough to let the solder flow properly. Generallly if the solder flows to a smooth shiney solder joint then its ok, if you get a grainy dull solder joint then you'll probly get a bad connection from too short a time.