jcarr said:The Hakkos have a slimmer grip which is good if you have small hands, and is well-suited for delicate soldering tasks. The Wellers have a fatter grip which is more comfortable for workers with bigger hands, and is preferred for soldering speaker crossovers, power connections, or making tube amps.
What is the model of that 35W Weller iron in the picture? I am prone to getting irons that either don't perform well or have tips that corrode too quickly (e.g. the one sold at PartsExpress.com for $15 with ceramic heating element - they don't even carry the replacement tip for it anymore!).
Yes, that's the one. The temperature controller is quite OK without the digits. I have checked with a good thermometer. Most of the time it's not very important to have exact temperature (or be able to adjust one). It's a shame though that Weller can take so high prices. The "technique content" inside this blue box is just abobe zero. If soldering irons have been a mass market they have cost 20 dollars tops.jcarr said:Per: If the WSP80 is a black pen-like device with a blue ring around the grip, I think that we have one as part of a non-LED temperature-controlled station (WS80?). So far, I haven't heard either of our assemblers make any comments about it, either for or against.