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StewMac Solder Monster

StewMac Solder Monster

StewMac Solder Monster

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StewMac Solder Monster

About This Item

Four helping hands, plus tool storage and safety vent
The Solder Monster holds your work while you solder, with unique long tentacles to reach into guitar cavities. It grips tiny components or entire pickguards without scratching. Its built-in wire dispenser and tool storage rack keeps your bench neat and organized.

Work clean, without poisonous fumes
Solder smoke contains serious toxins. Soldering is close work, and those fumes are right in your face. The Solder Monster's fifth arm is a vent tube that hooks to your shop vac, sucking the smoke into your vacuum's filter (connection kit included). Put the intake tube near the solder joint, and vent away those poisons.
  • Four long posable arms hold large and small parts at any angle
  • Shrink-wrap covered clips grip without scratching
  • Keeps wire spools neatly within reach
  • Tool rack holds your soldering tools
  • Reduces benchtop clutter and mess
  • Vacuum hose for venting fumes
  • Wide view magnifying lens for detail work

Escaped from the StewMac shop!
We developed the Monster for our own use, hand-soldering our Golden Age Pre-wired Pickguards and Wiring Harnesses. We needed to hold large and small items at any angle, without fussy adjustments. The octopus arms work great!

“I've tried pretty much every type of helping-hand tool, and this is the best one I’ve ever used.” — Erick Coleman, guitar repairman and StewMac tech advisor

Dimensions
Cabinet size: 14-1/2" x 5-1/2" x 6-1/2" (368mm x 139mm x 165mm)
Arm length: approx. 20" (50cm)
Arm color may vary.

Assembly required.



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4.0
  • 4.27 average rating from 15 reviews
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5.0

Help at last.

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Verified Buyer


The Solder Monster was the perfect tool for my 2 handed shop. I had tried the old school Xacto tool but it really wasn’t meant for electronics. I really like the storage capability of the SM too with room for supplies and tools while soldering and storage when done. The SM assembled easily and is very solid for the work it is carrying out. Now that I’ve built it I’m going to partially disassemble it and use poly on it to seal the wood against some of my solder supplies and maybe stain it too.

2.0

Not a fan of it

By

Verified Buyer


If you are space-limited, this is not for you. It's very large and for me, doesn't give me room to work on the instruments themselves. The wood is unfinished and not at all cut to appropriate lengths (for example, the dowel rod sticks out 1/4" past the sides, and thus slides around since the cheap cap won't close to hold it in place). For as cheap as it feels, it is way overpriced. The arms and such work just fine, but it wasn't worth the investment of money and assembly time for me.

Response from StewMac


Hi Brian,

Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us, we genuinely appreciate that. We are sorry to hear that the Solder Monster did not work for you as expected. Your comments have been passed along to our Quality Assurance and Product Development teams for their consideration. Based off of your description, the Solder Monster you received does not meet our quality standards. We are having a team member email you now with some options. Just reply to that message when you get a chance and our customer service team will take care of everything. We look forward to hearing back from you and can't thank you enough for this helpful feedback.

3.0

Great Tool - But expensive for what you get

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Verified Buyer


I bought this for my bench after debating over the price. As many others have stated the articulating arms are what make this, great length, stiff enough to hold projects in place etc. Where this unit falls short at this price point is the flat packed components for the box. Assembly is not a big deal and goes together easily. Sides and top are not square or just a little too big, so you end up with overhang on one side and aligned on another on multiple edges. For this price I would expect that all these parts would be CNC'd and align perfect. It is a great addition to any workbench but if I could acquire arms of this length and quality separately I would have built my own.

4.0

Almost great!

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Verified Buyer


This monster is awesome and great in concept. The arms are actually long enough to reach the bench or in side a guitar. Plus it holds wire. My issue is that the articulating arms are so stiff that it is difficult to position them correctly. It's always a bit too high or a bit too low. I realize the joints must be strong to hold position, but they are so tight that they resist movement, and any movement that is enough to break the friction, sends the arm too far. I spent more time fighting with the arms than I did soldering...
Hopefully they will loosen a bit with use.

5.0

Love this monster

By

Verified Buyer


This really is the way to do it.

5.0

Crazy/Fantastic Product

By

Verified Buyer


I am not a luthier but i am a guitarist, a hobbyist woodworker, and I dabble a lot in electronics. The specialized tools offered by StewMac are both creative and top quality. I have always wanted to make a soldering contraption like this but StewMac beat me to it. It's perfect for my needs. My wife laughs every time she sees it and calls it "the gonkulator" (if you ever saw that old Hogan's Heroes episode). All the while I'm easily making perfect, shiny solder connections.

5.0

Nifty tool

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Verified Buyer


Glad I bought this. I was hesitant at first because of the price. I have been using smaller flexible arms and getting frustrated. After setting it up I realized how valuable the long arms are. additionally, it keeps things organized.

5.0

Unleash the Monster!

By

Verified Buyer


Noticeably speeds up my big soldering jobs, no need for finger acrobatics or exposure to death fumes! Only concern is the wood frame that houses the Monster.....will it hold together over time?

4.0

cool but expensive

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Verified Buyer


I agree with most of the other reviews. This is a super cool useful helping hands monster. It has the longest arms of any I have seen which allows it to get into guitar cavities. All the helping hands I have used in the past (even ones with long arms) were not long enough. However, I do feel it is a bit highly priced given the materials and the fact you have to assemble it yourself. Also as others have stated it would have been great to have a light mount but you can always rubber band a LED headlamp to one of the arms!

4.0

Cool Tool

By

Verified Buyer


I bought this last month (March 2018) and put it together fairly easily. I used it the first time just yesterday and it came in really handy. The arms work pretty well, but are a bit stiff. They take a little wrangling to get them set, but once set they stay put. I like that!

I used to juggle with solder, parts, and the like but this animal really helps relieve all that. The arms have plenty of reach and there's no problem with them being too short. It's also really great for storing all my wire spools, hand tools and the like. Helps keep my bench organized.

I have it loose, so I can move it around. It would be more stable if I bolted it down but I like flexibility too. It's heavy enough when loaded with wire and tools that it stays in place.

As was written above it would've been really nice to have one of the arms equipped with a light. The reason I'm going 4 stars instead of 5 is that it's unfinished, and it's pricey for what you get. There's no way the materials to build this justifies the high cost. Still, it's handy and I like it a lot. Way better than the little helping hands gizmo. Recommended!

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