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Old 11th October 2012, 02:47 PM   #11
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ah, maybe the fine little hakko suggested above then
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Old 11th October 2012, 04:02 PM   #13
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I was going to suggest a second hand Metcal as these can be had quite reasonably, wonderful soldering irons.
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Hako936 is a good unit. If you can afford temp control, it is a bonus!!
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Old 12th October 2012, 05:07 PM   #15
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Even though the Metcal seems great, it is a bit more than what I want to spend right now. So it comes down to the WES51 or the Hakko FX888, which are both ~$80 USD new. Any clear winner among these two?
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I got my Metcal 2nd hand for about that much. I'm not sure how often they appear, but there's certainly more turn over and selection in the US, where are you located?
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Any clear winner among these two?
check if its easy to get new tips, and their prices

I see the Weller have automatic shut off
that is really very good to have, in case you forget
and when it happens, your tip is worthless
auto shut off gives at least one point
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where are you located?
I'm in NY. I will shop around a bit and see if I find something reasonable
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Old 12th October 2012, 06:35 PM   #19
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Prefer Hakko FX888 when in US for price to performance ratio and abundant spares sources. Also a much better tray than the 51. Too expensive in Europe unfortunately, steps in ERSA Icon Nano and OKI Metcal PS-900 territory. New Weller models don't seem to build a good rep among experienced users lately.
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New Weller models don't seem to build a good rep among experienced users lately.
That's sad. I've had my Weller analog soldering station for about a decade now and it's quite nice. Back in the early '90s I used dual Weller stations - through hole and SMD, as well as Metcal.

From a usability perspective of a production line worker, the Weller was much better. Those that could afford to mess with all the Metcal tips (Eng. techs and Engineers) they greatly liked them. But I found they didn't handle some tasks as well as a basic Weller soldering station.

Still a sad day when Weller drops the ball...
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