[vcf-midatlantic] OT: Looking for recommendations on new soldering station

Jonathan Chapman lists at glitchwrks.com
Tue Aug 3 14:41:02 UTC 2021

Nothing wrong with a Hakko, but I personally like Hexacons. Still made in the USA (Roselle Park, NJ) and they support their products a long time.

I have a good number of their Therm-o-Trac and Select-o-Trac stations. All of mine have been bought used, they are around $600 new.


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On Aug 3, 2021, 10:12 AM, Bob Shuster via vcf-midatlantic wrote:

> I'm looking for a recommendation for a new soldering station. I think it's time to retire my 40+ year old Archer soldering pencil - that I've had at least since I built my first TRS-80 Model I expansion interface, maybe longer! I'm looking for compact, with an auto-off feature, temperature controlled, and a variety of tips. Is this pretty much every current station?
> I'm looking at the Hakko FX888, or maybe the less expensive X-Tronic 3020? Mainly I repair or modify vintage electronics, but occasionally modern stuff where I need a finer tip and less heat.
> Thoughts/recommendations? Thanks. - Bob Shuster

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