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Old 08-05-2005, 08:06 AM   #76
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Originally Posted by Pro4Capece
What can a Hakko iron give me that my Home Depot 50watt $20 iron can't? I've had good luck building packs and hardwiring with my iron, just wondering if there's something I'm missing out on.
I went through a couple cheap Iron's from Lowes' I think they were the Link brand. Anyway, what I found, was if you did quick solder jobs they worked great. But if you leave them at the track on all day, the tips started to burn away if that makes sense. The tips would start to go bad and it nevered soldered right until you replaced the tip. I guess if you dont mind replacing tips every couple weeks they will probably work for you. Also I used to solder my packs with the cheepo irons and while it worked, I never knew leaving a hot iron on a cell for a long time hurt the cell. and the cheap irons you do have to leave it on the cell longer than say a Hakko iron.

If you wanna go cheap get the Goot TQ-95. Awesome iron for $35
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Old 08-05-2005, 12:40 PM   #77
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Originally Posted by Pro4Capece
So that's basically the whole point of having a Hakko style iron?

I guess I look newbie, but if there's no useful difference, then that's okay with me.
There is a useful difference. Hakko irons are some of the best... that's all we use at the electronics plant I work at. There's more to an iron that just the look.
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