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

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Tue Aug 3 21:52:19 UTC 2021

I don’t have to tell you to keep in mind the fact that parts replacement, tips, things like that need to be considered when you purchase one of these or any “off brand” items.

Mike R.

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> On Aug 3, 2021, at 5:38 PM, Duane Craps via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> IF you are only looking for an upgrade to the single heat soldering iron and are as cheep as I, am you can go with something like this:
> https://hobbyking.com/en_us/soldering-station-with-adjustable-heat-range-us-plug.html?queryID=889951ca589a73f1fc43f883521b2583&objectID=17549&indexName=hbk_live_products_analytics 
> I have one and it is a huge upgrade to the plain old soldering iron. No fancy digital display but, you get what you pay for. Seems to be adequate for through hole IC's. If you need to work on more modern surface mount you might plan on spending more money.
> Duane
>> On 8/3/2021 10:41 AM, Jonathan Chapman via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
>> 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.
>> Thanks,
>> Jonathan
>> -------- Original Message --------
>>> 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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