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Old 26th April 2012, 07:08 PM   #11
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Nope, I got it from ebay US for about $89. Mine is 120V version.
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Old 26th April 2012, 09:01 PM   #12
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Nope, I got it from ebay US for about $89. Mine is 120V version.
Ok, maby I should buy one from Dealextreme then, looks like it is genuine and the Hakko FX-888 seem to be a good buy!

BTW, which tip is that you use, you got a link to one, on ebay maby?
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Old 27th April 2012, 12:06 PM   #13
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this is the tip I used:
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Old 31st May 2012, 01:05 AM   #14
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In the USA, I would get it from HMC Electronics:

Hakko FX-888: Soldering Station

120V version.

B&D is also selling on Amazon at a good price.

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Old 31st May 2012, 01:26 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by DreadPirate View Post
The FX888 would be a good diy iron and when DE says "genuine" it usually is.
Fresh news are it does not have the MCU of the typical model but some analogue control. Either a ghost shift product or a China special. All other bits look persuasive.
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Old 31st May 2012, 01:34 AM   #16
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IMHO, Radio Shack gets a lot of undeserved criticism and is under appreciated. I've been using their "digital" soldering station for a 8-9 months now, and think it's everything I could ask for in a soldering station. I paid $80.00 in a store, but it's on sale on-line for $70.00.
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Its only flaw is that the tip that comes with it is not the one I choose for most soldering jobs. They sell a lot of different tips on line. Most are $5.00.

Incidentally, I burned through two Stahl tools TCSS stations in about a year.
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Old 31st May 2012, 08:23 AM   #17
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The most important thing for me is:
that the temp is the same that you have adjusted it to, then the iron-handle should not be warm,
The cable from the iron to the station should be really light and flexible, not heavy and hard/stiff.

A cheap solderingiron on Ebay with the above requierments would be nice!

Like the Aoyue 936:

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Old 28th December 2012, 12:22 AM   #18
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After 40+ years, my trusted, low-wattage Weller soldering pencil finally died. Actually, it didn't die, but my favorite tip for PCB work has finally worn to a nub. I tried unscrewing it, but alas 40 years of heat has frozen it solid. I don't think there's any hope. So....

I've always wanted to upgrade to a soldering station, and after reading several threads, I decided on the Hakko FX-888. From the pictures the pencil/soldering part of it looks to be similar in size to my Weller pencil. Over the years I've purchased other so-called pencils, but the heating element part of the pencil always stuck out too far, making it un-wieldy for delicate IC pads - at least for me. The Weller had a much shorter element and cork around the handle making it perfect for small PCB work. You could actually hold it like a pencil. I'm hoping the Hakko will perform similarly - with adjustable temperature to boot! It arrives from Amazon next week. Hope I'm happy with it.

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Old 28th December 2012, 10:13 PM   #19
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I am definitely going to pick up an FX-888 as soon as possible.
My friend is bringing over his FX-888 tomorrow and I will be able to do a side by side comparison with my Weller WES51.
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Old 30th December 2012, 04:15 AM   #20
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I just purchased from ebay a "4 IN 1 X-TRONIC 9020-XTS HOT AIR REWORK SOLDERING IRON STATION FUME EXTRACTOR" with digital readouts. Regular price $328.80 but was selling as a buy it now for $189.80. That was a savings of 42 % off (139.00 savings) plus they thru in tips for both the iron and the heat gun & extra heating elements for both heat gun and solder iron. also they included a 5 inch desk top magnifier with fluorescent light. It was a super deal. I almost bought just a solder station with iron only for 132.00.

All thinking of buying one should check it out. I guess it is still on sale?

Forgot some features to the "4 IN 1 X-TRONIC 9020-XTS HOT AIR REWORK SOLDERING IRON STATION FUME EXTRACTOR" in my post.

The X-TRONIC TM Model #9020-XTS includes a Static Safe, Ergonomic Vacuum Pick-up Tool to handle SMT Components with 2 Vacuum Probes & 3 Silicone Vacuum Cups. Also Included is 5 Open Cell Microspore Filters for the units air intake system. It also comes with 10 Assorted X-Tronic Soldering Tips (one is already inserted into the Soldering Iron).
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