Solder Pot?


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357mag357
April 12, 2007, 05:04 PM
Does anyone know if a Esico Solder Pot type 36T 120 volt 250 watts will get hot enough to melt lead? I can buy one used for 20 dollars. It is old but claims it still works. What do you think?

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Sharps Shooter
April 12, 2007, 09:08 PM
I'm not sure what it is, but if it will get hot enough to melt solder which is often 50% lead, it's pretty likely it will get hot enough to melt the lead alloy for casting bullets. It might take a while though, depending on how big it is. My Lee production pot holds about 10 pounds and it's 500Watts at 120Volts. It's about as slow as I'd care to deal with.

Chawbaccer
April 12, 2007, 09:15 PM
Thank you for tonights challenge...
This (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000WTYN2/ref=nosim/?tag=sz-tool-20&creative=380333&creativeASIN=B0000WTYN2&linkCode=asn)says it will hit 625 degrees

From looking at this picture, it seems that it may not be the best for bullet castinghttp://www.hmcelectronics.com/cat/3120-0002.jpg

Bruce333
April 12, 2007, 09:20 PM
A quick search for that model show it rated at 625*F and holds 2.25 pounds, lead melts at 621.5*F, so it should work.

but...
Solder pots are used for dipping, not pouring.

scrat
April 13, 2007, 12:11 AM
that pot is just a little small though. I would not spend the money on that pot rather i would find a better pot that will serve me down the line. I can see that pot not only getting a work out but you getting frustrated. when you have to keep on adding in lead. then wait to start the process again after you have just started to get into it. ya that pot is just too small. doesnt even look like you can even get a good ladle in their to get the lead out as it is.

Jim Watson
April 13, 2007, 12:17 AM
I don't know what that center post does for a soldering iron or circuit board but it would keep a casting ladle out.
2.5 lbs of lead isn't much, a 10 pound pot is small for bullet casting.
625 F is not enough heat, you must cast enough above the bare melting point to fill the mold and keep it hot enough to cast smoothly. I run 20:1 lead:tin alloy for my .38-55 black powder rifle at 780 F.

False economy.

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