Best place to get a Hakko 936?
Sep 2, 2006 at 5:34 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 20

soloz2

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I've been browsing the forums and after spending way too much time being frustrated with my cheap soldering iron I think it's time to upgrade. It seems to me that the Hakko 936 seems to be the most recommended soldering station around here.

I have also seen some people talking about the CSI $35 clone. how would this compare? is it really worth the extra $ to get the hakko?

I think I want to get some extra tips and a tip cleaner so some recommendations on those would be great as well. Also, is a solder spool holder thing really helpful?

I have this solder:
http://www.mouser.com/search/product...ualkey53300000
kester 24-6337-8801, 63/37 .031 1#SPL if the link doesn't work
I like this over anything else I've ever used. So I don't think I would need to buy anything different, would I?
 
Sep 2, 2006 at 6:20 PM Post #2 of 20

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I was thinking about getting one of those 936 clones a while ago. I did notice a functional difference in the specs, though--the clones are usually rated something like 30-45 watts, depending on your clone, whereas the hakko is rated 60 watt. I don't know how much of a difference it'll make, though, in electronics work. Some also commented that you have to put your own insulator on the clone handle so that it doesn't get too hot to handle. The hakko is at least twice the price, though.

So what did I choose eventually? Luckily for me, I found out that my grandpa had an old (but completely functional) wtcpt station =D

I don't think you need a soldering spool unless you do lots of soldering, i don't use one
 
Sep 2, 2006 at 6:36 PM Post #4 of 20

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Sep 2, 2006 at 7:13 PM Post #5 of 20

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Pars
The 936-12 (with the medium iron) is the one you want.


thanks for all the input thus far. I did see that the 936-12 is the one most people have. the medium iron what exactly does that refer to? tip size, physical iron size? heating element size? what?
 
Sep 3, 2006 at 1:37 AM Post #7 of 20

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Don't get the clone, get the real thing. It's not the same materials for less money, it's cheaper materials for less money. When it comes to tools, cheaper is always more expensive. If you have to replace the cheapie two or three times, how does that amount compare to buying a good one in the first place? Add in frustration and delays, and the expensive one becomes a bargain.

Take a look at eBay. Here's a new one for $77.30:

http://cgi.ebay.com/936-12-P-93612-P...QQcmdZViewItem

That's a pretty good deal considering the use you'll get from it. I put about five years of solid use on mine before upgrading to a Hakko desoldering station. I gave the 936 to a friend who continues to use it regularly.
 
Sep 4, 2006 at 4:21 AM Post #9 of 20

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I'm thinking that HMC seems like the best place to get it from... free shipping if I get the total over $100.

what tips should I get? I could really also use a desoldering pump so I picked out one that isn't too expensive. how does this look?

936ESD Hakko 936 / 936-12 ESD Safe Soldering Station, Variable Temperature, ESD-Safe $80.20 $80.20
900MT08D Hakko 900M-T-0.8D Soldering Tip for 900MESD Macro Iron, .03" Screwdriver $6.00 $6.00
900MT12D Hakko 900M-T-1.2D Soldering Tip for 900MESD Macro Iron, .045" Screwdriver $5.10 $5.10
900MT1C Hakko 900M-T-1C Soldering Tip for 900MESD Macro Iron, .04" Single Flat $5.80 $5.80
900MTB Hakko 900M-T-B Soldering Tip for 900MESD Macro Iron, .02" Conical $5.10 $5.10
599 Hakko Wound "Wire" Tip Cleaner $9.60 $9.60
SS350 Edsyn Static-Safe Soldapullt Challenger (aluminum barrel) $11.60 $11.60
LS363 Edsyn Low-Static Repl. Tip for SS350 $3.00 $3.00
 
Sep 4, 2006 at 7:34 AM Post #10 of 20

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Hmm, in my DIY world I've never used desoldering pumps. Desoldering braid is far more superior IMHO. So get a pump if you tend to find yourself soldering under the influence...
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Sep 10, 2006 at 8:00 PM Post #13 of 20

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well my hakko 936 is on its way to me... is there a guide for what temps to use for different applications? I'm new to the DIY and soldering... and now w/ theis soldering station I'll have more to learn
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