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John Halliburton:

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I'd say on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being crude hobby use and 10 being daily professional use in life-safety appliances I'd rate my use case about a 6 if that helps.  Thanks again!

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Look for a used Hakko soldering station.  I've had a 936 for over twenty years, they work great.  The FX888 I believe is just the newer version, al.beit very restyled. I also have a Metcal station, but these are definitely a step above made for lots of use.

Best regards,

John

Ike Zimbel:

--- Quote from: Jeff Lelko on October 18, 2021, 10:37:20 PM ---Thanks Scott, Mal, and Ike!

The Hakko iron looks similar to the current iron I have concerning form/fit/function.  It's served me well for the past decade so I'd have no complaints with something like the FX888D. 

Looking more to Ike's suggestions, I definitely need "regular" soldering and de-soldering but would also like tooling options like hot tweezers at the very least and preferably hot air.  From what I can see it's not particularly cheap to buy all the various tools independently so I'm curious to see what "all in one" rework stations make sense both financially as well as saving space on my bench.  Browsing howardelectronics and others it's just where to start with all that?!  The price points are really all over the map with these.

I'd say on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being crude hobby use and 10 being daily professional use in life-safety appliances I'd rate my use case about a 6 if that helps.  Thanks again!

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Well, I had an earlier version of the Xytronic 988 https://www.howardelectronics.com/desoldering/desoldering-stations/by-manufacturer/xytronic/lf-8800k/xytronic-988dk-lead-free-digital-soldering-and-desoldering-station/. It was...fine, but ultimately not up to being a "daily driver" when I had a full-time audio repair shop. I ended up selling it to one of my bench techs who used it to upgrade and maintain a mixing desk in his studio. By your scale, I would say it was about a 4.

Nathan Riddle:
My Stahl TCSS from Parts-Express has served me well over the years. Needed a few repairs. It is now retired to bench duty.

My Weller WE1010NA is now my portable soldering station for AVL installs. Works wonderfully I love it.

Louis Rossmann has good thoughts on models:
-TS100 (portable)
-FX951-66
-Old verses new soldering types https://youtu.be/kmq769_ed9w
(check description for different models)

Steve Litcher:
+1 for the Hakko. I've had one for 7-8 years now and love it. Very reliable and works great.

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