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Old 07-31-2008, 02:14 PM   #61
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Yeah I saw that one, it's a little more expensive - I don't mind using a dial.

The other nice thing about the Hakko iron is, it's ready to go in under a minute. I turn it on and thirty seconds later, it's ready to start soldering. Every other cheap iron I've ever had (way back in high school) took several minutes to heat up and they lost their heat in a hurry, and you had to let them build it back up.

I can't speak to the Weller's quality, obviously it has its proponents here that have success with it. I just know I saw a whole lot of the Hakko irons at the Shootout and it's what they use in the shop there at Hot Rod's, so I bought one figuring there was a reason for it...and there definitely is.
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Old 07-31-2008, 03:38 PM   #62
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my weller is doing fine as it is. All i recommend is a stand with a built in sponge or wire cleaner if you get the iron by itself. I see ones as cheap as 7 dollars and as expensive as 80 out there. For me, it really doesn't matter if my iron heats up in 2 or 3 min compared to 30sec. Don't get me wrong however. The hakko looks really nice and the quick heatup is a nice luxury to have, but its not a necessity for me. As long as it heats up, stays at that temp and does the job, i really don't care what iron is used..

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my weller is doing fine as it is. All i recommend is a stand with a built in sponge or wire cleaner if you get the iron by itself. I see ones as cheap as 7 dollars and as expensive as 80 out there. For me, it really doesn't matter if my iron heats up in 2 or 3 min compared to 30sec. Don't get me wrong however. The hakko looks really nice and the quick heatup is a nice luxury to have, but its not a necessity for me. As long as it heats up, stays at that temp and does the job, i really don't care what iron is used..
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what it really comes down to is your preference as you can see of what iron to get pretty much as long as your happy with it..
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Here is what I use both for hobby and work. Heats up in about 20 seconds and works great. A new one includes a spare heating element and tips are very reasonably priced.

It's a hakko without the hakko name on it.

http://www.circuitspecialists.com/prod.itml/icOid/7307
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Here is what I use both for hobby and work. Heats up in about 20 seconds and works great. A new one includes a spare heating element and tips are very reasonably priced.

It's a hakko without the hakko name on it.

http://www.circuitspecialists.com/prod.itml/icOid/7307


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Here is what I use both for hobby and work. Heats up in about 20 seconds and works great. A new one includes a spare heating element and tips are very reasonably priced.

It's a hakko without the hakko name on it.

http://www.circuitspecialists.com/prod.itml/icOid/7307
Me likey. How do the tips hold up?
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Me likey. How do the tips hold up?
The one I use for hobby has their 4mm tip in it. In the winter I always direct soldered my batts into the cars as well as taking motors in and out so it has seen quite a bit of use. I have been on the original tip and ceramic element for serveral years now and it is still in excellent condition.

The key to keeping them in good shape is turning them off when not in use. That's the nice thing about a good iron that heats up fast.
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The key to keeping them in good shape is turning them off when not in use. That's the nice thing about a good iron that heats up fast.
Check me if I'm wrong, but I don't think the cool-down time for any iron has anything to do with how quick it heats up.
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The one I use for hobby has their 4mm tip in it. In the winter I always direct soldered my batts into the cars as well as taking motors in and out so it has seen quite a bit of use. I have been on the original tip and ceramic element for serveral years now and it is still in excellent condition.

The key to keeping them in good shape is turning them off when not in use. That's the nice thing about a good iron that heats up fast.
That's why I'm looking at this one. I hate leaving an iron on all day, it eats up tips and there are always people walking by and looking at the cars, bumping into tables, etc. Love to have one that heats in 30 secs.
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Check me if I'm wrong, but I don't think the cool-down time for any iron has anything to do with how quick it heats up.

Wow!!

Did you even read the posts?


Cjtamu was asking how the tips hold up, Robbie answered that turning off the iron also helps prolong tip life.

If you turn your iron off untill you need it then having one that heats up quickly helps.

Who said anything about cool down time?
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Wow!!

Did you even read the posts?

I knew there was a reason I had you on IGNORE.


Cjtamu was asking how the tips hold up, Robbie answered that turning off the iron also helps prolong tip life.

If you turn your iron off untill you need it then having one that heats up quickly helps.

Funny, but I think unplugging an iron accomplishes the same task as turning one off. Then again, for those that can't handle the unplugging bit I'd guess the turning off will be a problem as well.

Who said anything about cool down time?

Did YOU even read the posts?
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People would be less likely to turn off or unplug their iron if it takes 5 minutes to come back up to temperature.
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I've had a few different irons over the years, and seen many others in operation, and I've yet to see one that took 5 minutes to come up to temp.
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What is the best temperature to solder batteries?
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