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Best solid soldering station under $100?

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Some of the posts on soldering stations are kinda old now, so in the interest of keeping up with the times, I'd love to hear recommendations of a good quality soldering station under $100! I've gotten suggestions between the Hakko FX888D and Jeremy's favorite (over at Project Garage) Blackjacks SolderWerks BK3000LF. Anyone have any input on either, or a different station? I recently bought a Crack and will be venturing into my first DIY project :)

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I owned the original Hakko 936ESD and was very pleased with it. I used it several times a weeks for years with no reliability issues. I'm now using the big brother of the FX-888, the FX-951 (again, over the course of years), with great results. Hakko is a staple brand in the low to mid-level solder station market, like MetCal is in the higher-end. The FX-888 is more than good enough to handle any Bottlehead assembly.

 

The Solderwerks station looks very nice, though I've never tried it.


Edited by HiGHFLYiN9 - 4/14/15 at 11:21am
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X2 for the Hakko.

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Not to derail the threa

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I owned the original Hakko 936ESD and was very pleased with it. I used it several times a weeks for years with no reliability issues. I'm now using the big brother of the FX-888, the FX-951 (again, over the course of years), with great results. Hakko is a staple brand in the low to mid-level solder station market, like MetCal is in the higher-end. The FX-888 is more than good enough to handle any Bottlehead assembly.

 

The Solderwerks station looks very nice, though I've never tried it.

 

 

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X2 for the Hakko.

Not to derail the thread, but for the Hakko, what tips should I get?

post #5 of 5

I prefer the T18-B (conical tip) but the T18-D16 (chisel tip) is not bad.

Should get you thru a crack with no trouble.

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