I picked up one of the Circuit Specialists Irons last night - it certainly appears to be quality, as for the wattage, the CS iron is 40 Watts versus the 60 of the hakko....When compared next to each other, the base units are identical (the hakko is available in black as well), the box for the CS unit in fact is the exact same as the Hakko box...with the 936 on the side as well... just without the Hakko on it.. My only gripe was with the size of the tip provided...TINY!!! .8mm pencil style tip
I also checked to see if the 60 Watt Hakko iron itself would work with the base.... the connections are the same style... but inverted - male end on the base rather than the iron.
But, as someone else stated, can't beat itfor the price!
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