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Offline johnsonad

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New soldering station
« on: January 09, 2021, 05:56:50 AM »
My Hakko 936 soldering station finally died.  It was a good station but has been discontinued. After some research, I settled on the Hakko FX-951. It's an upgraded station but at a lower price then comparable stations.  It also had great reviews from folks that solder for a profession. It's more station than I need but should be supported for years to come.
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Re: New soldering station
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2021, 06:32:57 AM »
"It's more station than I need..."

What the #@LL does that mean!  I don't understand the point you appear to  be making!   ;)

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Re: New soldering station
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2021, 06:44:45 AM »
Translated, for the work I do, a station at a third of the price would do the same.

The tip selection for this station is amazing.  Plenty of the right tool for the job options.
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Re: New soldering station
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2021, 07:13:21 AM »
Looks like a nice bit of kit.  I have the lower model FX-888D and as you say, more station than i need..
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Re: New soldering station
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2021, 07:40:39 AM »
I saw lots of the FX-888 stations in some Nasa videos and also decided that would be adequate for my need.  Other than it being way too easy to adjust the calibration rather than the tip temperature, it's a good station.
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Re: New soldering station
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2021, 04:35:35 PM »
I too have the fx-888d.  I am very happy with it

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Re: New soldering station
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2021, 02:43:39 AM »
I’m still using a Hakko 936 soldering station that I bought for my first kit back in 2004. It was a Bottlehead S.E.X. 2.0.
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Re: New soldering station
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2021, 04:12:25 PM »
I cant seem to kill my 20yr old Weller WESD51... I’m itching for something new but it just wont die

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Re: New soldering station
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2021, 02:26:54 AM »
The military movers damaged my station otherwise I would have been happy using it for many more years. Tomorrow a pair of new OPT's will arrive and the new station will get its first job. It's odd to say but I'm looking forward to it :)
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Re: New soldering station
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2021, 06:28:04 AM »
I would think it would be odd if your were not looking forward to a new toy.
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Re: New soldering station
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2021, 02:09:16 AM »
Used it for the first time this weekend.  The solder pen is very light.  I can imagine if you were working a station all day it would make a big difference. I set the temp for 350C to start. It's hard to describe but it seemed to transfer heat better than my last iron. Maybe higher capacitance? I had no problem using a lower temp with this iron.  The sleep function is also neat.  When you return the pen to the holder, it lowers the temp of the pen. Once you remove it, it quickly comes back up to temp and beeps once it's reached.  You can turn this function off if you like. 

Overall I'm very happy with the purchase.
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Re: New soldering station
« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2021, 02:11:22 PM »
I cant seem to kill my 20yr old Weller WESD51... I’m itching for something new but it just wont die

I had the same problem...so I packed up and moved, and then couldn't find the box with the Weller in it...so I got the Hakko...then, of course, somehow I found an extra iron for the Weller...still couldn't find the Weller...so, I packed up and moved again...then I needed the Hakko...but found the Weller...and then found the Hakko...

So then I decided I needed a solder station in the garage and on the bench...

So, you could pack, move, unpack, pack, move, and unpack again...or, just say [email protected]! it and get the Hakko...and put the Weller in the garage.

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Re: New soldering station
« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2021, 02:44:15 PM »
Somehow I manage to go through the same cycle of get, misplace, buy new, also misplace, refind, have too many ... and so on, all without moving.  I guess I'm just lucky that way.  ;D
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