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Old 4th December 2007, 12:39 AM   #11
DcibeL is offline DcibeL  Canada
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The Hakko 936 is a very good iron (several hundred of them are used at my work) but you have to recalibrate the temperature dial every time you change the tip. If you need to change tips often, I recommend a Pace Heatwise or a Weller WTCPT. The only complaint I have about the pace is the skinny handle can get uncomfortably hot. I use the Weller at home, and like it very much.

Slowpogo, you likely did waste $18, as the good irons listed above cost far more than that.
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Old 4th December 2007, 01:19 AM   #12
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Heres my experience with soldering irons:

PACE: very similar to Hakko, but replacement tips and handles are way overpriced.

Metcal: New current models are no longer reliable like to the older generation. I bought 12 last year and all 12 failed within 6 months and plus they cost more than anyone else. A tip costs $75 or more versus under $10 for the conventional tips used in PACE and Hakko.

Weller Ugar: their new digital controlled ones seem to work great with lead free solder, but I am not a great fan of any of their equipment., mainly overprice and outdated technology and riding of their past achievements.

Hakko: Proberly the best make in performance versus price in the soldering and touch-up equipment now in the eletronics industry.

Just remember with all these soldering stations, the price of the handle will cost more that the power unit, so don't buy just the station off eBay and think your getting a good deal then get the handle seperately. The handle alone costs over $150 to replace on the PACE ST-42 while a new station with handles costs only $200.

I picked up a new cloned Hakko 936 off eBay for $24, works just as good as the original, can't beat it for that price !
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