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Old 13th April 2012, 11:02 AM   #1
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Default Hakko FX-888 on Dealextreme ? Or Aoyue 936 ?

Dealextreme got Hakko FX-888 rally cheap now, thank its genuine?

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Old 13th April 2012, 05:32 PM   #2
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I haven't had experience of that particular model. I have just handed on an old Weller TCP series iron and station which works well on conventional through hole boards with leaded components.

I have just bought a Metcal MX5000 series which in my limited experience is best for surface mount though expensive. I prefer then to the Hakko products that I have used (936 I think).

I wasn't able to find the Weller WHS 40D on the cooperhandtools.com web site though it is listed by Farnell, the data sheet is dated available June 2003. I would be slightly concerned about availability of different sized and also spare tips.
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Old 14th April 2012, 09:43 AM   #3
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I would recommend the metcal PS-900.
Just bought one and extremely happy with it.
Also cheaper than the MX5000
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Old 14th April 2012, 04:06 PM   #4
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I found a Weller WP25 portable iron on the ground at the ATM, cleaned out the socket between the heater and the handle, and it works great on tin/lead solder. I did put a 7/32" screwdriver tip on it to better conduct the heat to the work versus the pointy one. It is a little small for big 4 gang can caps from sixties tube equipment, and too cold for ROHS compliant solder. I'm suspicious of the orange $100 Weller workstation. I have an orange 80W Weller iron I got at Home depot and the handle gets too hot and the heat doesn't flow to the tip properly.
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Old 25th April 2012, 09:48 PM   #5
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Anyone used the Hakko FX-888?

Its cheap on Dealextreme
Genuine HAKKO FX-888 70W Soldering Station (AC 220V) - Free Shipping - DealExtreme
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Old 25th April 2012, 11:47 PM   #6
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The FX888 would be a good diy iron and when DE says "genuine" it usually is.
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Old 26th April 2012, 12:13 AM   #7
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Parts Express sells the Stahl Tools STSSVT soldering station for $15! Just a little bit less expensive than your FX-888. Wattage of the Stahl iron is 58W. I've had this Stahl model for about 1/2 year now and like it a lot; it has one annoying feature which is that the plastic holder for the iron press-fit into the metallic coil tends to come loose.
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I have the Weller WES51 at work and I use it on a daily basis.
I love it and I rarely have need to change my tip from the 3/32 pencil tip.
The WESD51D is the current digital feedback version and it is supposed to be even better.
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I got my FX-888 for a few months in use now. Very satisfied with it. I use the K-series tip which allows me to solder from small 0402 SMD to large through hole no problem with the right technique.
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Did you buy it on Dealextreme djQUAN?
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