Model # 3198-550

550 Watt, 1-1/8" Heavy-Duty Soldering Iron


My company specializes in supplying and installing high-end custom copper gutter-work, and I've been using American Beauty's 300 & 550 watt heavy-duty soldering irons for years. From a technical standpoint, sheet-metal solder joints serve two purposes, establishing a physical connection as well as a hermetic seal. It is absolutely essential that these joints are done properly the first time, for repairs to leaky copper gutters after the fact will prove 100 times more difficult than simply doing the job correctly the first time. I can always count on my American Beauty iron to generate and maintain enough heat to ensure perfectly soldered seams.

Charlie @ Chuck-Ways Contracting Co., Shelby Township, MI

My new electric soldering iron is my new favorite tool. First off its silent; my propane iron is so loud I that I can't hear myself think. Imagine working in your office with a running motorcycle parked next to your desk.

Second, it holds heat unbelievably well, I can fully solder three panels without having to pause to let the iron heat back up. With its constant and even heat I am able to make more consistent seams with faster production times. With my propane iron I was able to fully solder around forty panels in an eight hour period, with the American Beauty 550W electric iron I was averaging around sixty panels in the same eight hours. This tool paid for itself before lunchtime on the second day.

Third, it is a breeze to set up, all I need up on the roof is a heavy gauge extension cord. Just plug it in, set up your work area and in five minutes the iron is up to operating temperature. With propane or acetylene I need the tank, the hose, the ignitor, something to hold the tank and a nearby fire extinguisher. With the electric iron I don't have to worry about running out of gas, which always seems to happen at 5:45pm on the last two feet of seam to be soldered, that means coming back the next day and that costs money.

Tom P @ Lyons Contraction in Alexandria, VA
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Product Overview
American Beauty heavy-duty irons are ideal for heavy soldering jobs and production-line environments. Created by compression winding a special Ni-Chrome heating alloy onto a steel spool, all elements demonstrate an unsurpassed heat capacity and outstanding durability. Protective casings cut from a single block of steel are strengthened with multiple heat treatments and precision brazed for optimal strength and efficiency. (Stand Included)


Ni-Chrome Compression Wound Heating Elements are proven to be the most reliable heating element for maintaining soldering temperature in production environments.

Paragon Iron-Clad Lead-Free Soldering Iron Tips consistently outperform and outlast ordinary soldering iron tips many times over. Plug-style tip design provides for superior heat transfer and easy cleaning.

Hardwood handle provides superior thermal and electrical insulating properties and durability.

Modular construction allows for easy replacement of consumable parts allowing for tools to last for generations.


The following products can be used as replacements for Model 3198-550 featured on this page:

Model Product NamePrice 
3919Replacement Handle/Cord set for Heavy-Duty Irons$28.00Add to Cart
3935Replacement Item_Set Screws$14.50Add to Cart
46CChisel Style Soldering Tip$108.00Add to Cart
9279-550Replacement 550 Watt Compression-Wound Heating Element$140.00Add to Cart


The following products can be used as Accessories for Model 3198-550 featured on this page:

Model Product NamePrice 
46DDiamond Style Soldering Tip$108.00Add to Cart
46SScrewdriver Style Soldering Tip$108.00Add to Cart
CS-ABKITSoldering Iron Maintenance Kit for 1/4" thru 9/8" Irons$34.00Add to Cart


The following products are related (similar model but different specifications, etc.) to Model 3198-550 featured on this page:

Model Product NamePrice 
3178-300300 Watt, 7/8" Heavy-Duty Soldering Iron$284.00Add to Cart


Users of this product have stated that they use it for several jobs which include but are not limited to:
  1. Melting sealant on PTFE flexible stadium roofs
  2. Testing fire/heat detectors in no-flame areas (gas stations)
  3. Soldering stainless steel roofing and flashing
  4. Soldering 14 gauge and thinner copper gutters, awnings, roofs and flashing
  5. Soldering down Spout to 1/2 Round Copper Gutter
  6. Soldering 3/4"Dia. pipe to an aluminum water pan
  7. Joining barrels of shotgun with 'ribs'
  8. Soldering copper conductor tubes to industrial size capacitor coil packages
  9. Soldering commercial sheetmetal soldering in locations where propane and open flames are prohibited (hospitals, refineries, etc.)
  10. Soldering wire cloth dandy roll on paper machine
  11. Soldering copper conductor tubes to industrial size capacitor coil packages
  12. Reflowing heat welding polyester felt into a tube
  13. Soldering battery cables on aircraft
  14. Melting drive belts for conveyor systems
  15. Soldering to make lead flashings
  16. Cutting rope and nylon webbing
  17. Soldering on large electric motors
  18. Soldering flat panel roofing
Soldering half round copper gutters
Replacing the cord-set on your American Beauty Industrial Soldering Iron
Replacing the heating element of your American Beauty industrial soldering iron
Proper soldering iron maintenance


Tip Diameter1.125 in
Standard Tip StyleChisel
Wattage550 watts
AMP Draw< 5 Amp
Maximum Temperature1050 °F / 566°C
Stand included?Yes
Available in a 220-240 VAC?Yes, available upon request
Product Length15 in / 38.10 cm
Product Width3 in / 7.62 cm
Product Height3 in / 7.62 cm
Product Weight4.75 lbs / 2.15 kg
Package Dimensions (Inches)17-3/4 by 3-1/4 by 3-1/4
Package Weight5 lbs / 2.27 kg
Country of OriginUS
Harmonization Code:8515.11.0000
RoHS CompliantYes
IEC 60335-1, Edition 5.1, 2013-12Yes
IEC 60335-2-45, Edition 3.2, 2012-01Yes
WEEE CompliantYes
CE CertifiedYes
Understanding Tip MeasurementsExplanation
Warranty PolicyDetails
User ManualUser Manual
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