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  1. Bogart

    Bogart Active Member

    Decided to push the boat out and buy a new soldering mat. Prices vary wildly from around£5 which is like my current one which has lasted me 10 yrs plus, only DIY use, up to one at nearly £30 made by Rothenberger is this price justified?
  2. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    No I just double up on the cheap £2 ones
  3. Bogart

    Bogart Active Member

    Never seen them at £2
  4. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

  5. snowhead

    snowhead Plumber

    Pound shop?:D

    Usually it's buy cheap, buy twice.
    But in this case Shaun is right.
    Buy twice is still cheaper, about 7.5 times..

    An expensive, £30 one will, go missing, get stolen or get damaged.
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  6. gmartine

    gmartine GSR

    I usually give the cheapo matts a spray with heat barrier.

    Warning does not work as a delay spray.
  7. Gasmk1

    Gasmk1 GSR

    i found all of themm pretty crap if used a lot
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  8. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Tried them all even the Roth £30 one lasted once and then split and then Burt behind so out that went
  9. Bogart

    Bogart Active Member

    I will need some copper pipe for when she lets me fit more rads in spring so will order a couple of the £2 mats as well.
  10. Bibbs118

    Bibbs118 GSR

    Yes all heat mats are ****, they just fall apart after a bit of use. Im sick of it.
  11. Fos

    Fos GSR

  12. WC1

    WC1 Active Member

    A report back from the OP would be appreciated when possible. I'm in the buy cheap and throw away camp. Always reminding myself they are a couple of mil of woven glassfibre, not some kryptonite - adamantium alloy!!
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    Last edited: Dec 2, 2018
  13. BYP


    They all get burnt after lots of use, none will last you a life time if it's used day in/day out. My monument one lasted over a year.
  14. Bogart

    Bogart Active Member

    Got a couple of cheapie mats look no worse than the £5 ones
  15. WC1

    WC1 Active Member

    Shillbuilder's got a YouTube about ye holy mat - I've never bothered with it tbh seems a bit of a gimmick- but I'm always happy to be proved wrong.
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