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Old November 22nd, 2012, 20:00   #1
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A Quality Soldering Station

I'm looking in to buying a soldering station and I'm thinking about getting a Hakko FX-888. What are your thoughts on the station?

I've used a few in the past (not for airsoft purposes), I think they were Weller, I'm not sure though, they were pretty antique but never failed.

What do you use? What would you recommend for a hobbyist?

Thanks in advance.
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 20:26   #2
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My experience has only been with the cheapo non adjustable radioshack irons, and the many hundreds of dollars PACE bench kits from work and school. I have been looking for a small bench kit like this for a while now though.

That Hakko actually looks pretty good, I can't tell if its tip is replaceable though, that is a very important feature.
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 20:35   #3
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My experience has only been with the cheapo non adjustable radioshack irons, and the many hundreds of dollars PACE bench kits from work and school. I have been looking for a small bench kit like this for a while now though.

That Hakko actually looks pretty good, I can't tell if its tip is replaceable though, that is a very important feature.


Adjustable temperature control with lock/set screw. Temperature range 392-896F (200- 480C) Maintains idle temperature within 1.8F (1C)

Ceramic heating element and sensor ensures rapid heat-up temperature and fast thermal recovery.

Celsius and Fahrenheit temperature display. Temperature adjusted by simply turning the dial.

Slender iron handles are padded and have an ergonomic design for comfort and ease of use.

Wide selection of tips available for soldering SMD and through-hole applications.


It has everything I'm asking from it.

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Old November 22nd, 2012, 20:42   #4
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I've used a Hakko 936 for years, for airsoft and for anything else that needs built, repaired or modified. It has a fine tip good for most things and an extra fine tip handy for soldering to SMC pins when installing modchips on PlayStations and such things.

The tips are easily swappable and the ceramic element is replaceable (although I've not needed to in the last ten years or so).

It's built like a tank and looks like a tank.



The FX-888 looks like a child's toy, but I'd guess it's still a good model (and heats even faster than the 936), although succeeded (Hakko's words, not mine) by the FX-888D.

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Old November 23rd, 2012, 11:02   #5
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+1

Hako FX888 is the new replacement for the 936.

Hako is of the best soldering irons used in RC racing.

Weller was the best years ago but company got bought out and never came out with better iron.
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 11:29   #6
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on a related note, my only experience with soldering guns are the weller cheap ones, What would i need to use this http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...ring_Tip_.html (needed to make battery packs)
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 11:59   #7
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I'll +1 the 936. Very happy with mine, after years of use. Last I checked, most or all of the parts are individually available from Hakko as well. Good investment and they can be found om sale for right around $100.
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 17:42   #8
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Can you link the place that sell them? I might be interested.
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 17:59   #9
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I'll probably be getting the FX 888 as soon as I find a good seller. Just to let you know what you'd be getting, it looks plastic, but its completely metal and very compact, just what I want.

Hakko FX-888 ESD-Safe Soldering Station - All-Spec Industries - YouTube

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Old November 23rd, 2012, 18:07   #10
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you don't really need a station to do airsoft soldering... any old iron or gun with a narrow enough tip will do the job... in fact... if you have a princess auto near you, it's like 15 bucks for one...they even give you solder in the kit.

Failing that... canadian tire... 2 great places for DiYers

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Old November 23rd, 2012, 18:19   #11
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Well, I was just asking because of this :

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Which refers here.
Got a link for the canadian tire one you'd be recommending?

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you don't really need a station to do airsoft soldering... any old iron or gun with a narrow enough tip will do the job... in fact... if you have a princess auto near you, it's like 15 bucks for one...they even give you solder in the kit.

Failing that... canadian tire... 2 great places for DiYers
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 18:52   #12
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Any one you plug into the wall. Dont get the battery powered ones
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