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Update on Contact, Inc. (Hotip Resistance Soldering)
Late last year their website became unresponsive, The company phone has been disconnected; Bill Peters (PBL) thought the owner may have passed away.
PBL is out of stock of their Hotip Units, transformers, probes and tweezers, and some replacement tips.
I suggest users of Hotip handpieces check their inventory of replacement tips. I have never attempted to stock Hotip tips for resale since they were available from PBL.
I have found three other brands of handpieces that can be modified to work with a Hotip unit. For close to 40 years I have used a modified Hotip set of wire stripping tweezers
(bottom in photo).
Wire stripping units resell on eBay for lower prices, rebuilding the WS Tweezers into RS tweezers is a bit of work, much easier to add end ring terminals to American beauty RS handpieces;
those are the main options now that Hotip handpieces are disappearing.
I have a limited number of used Hotip 200 and 300 watt transformers (a couple with Handpieces) and AB 250 watt transformers (with handpieces) in stock.,
I am always looking for RS equipment for inventory stock, but do not have extra handpieces at this time.
For reference I have attached an Excel worksheet showing a variety of resistance soldering equipment.
HO and Sn42