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Old 08-24-2007, 03:44 AM   #1
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hey guys looking for a good temp adjustable iron that'll last me for every not really on a tight budget if it last want some thing i can do circuit board work with i have an iron dedicated to battery building now need a versatile iron for everything else.
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Old 08-24-2007, 07:20 AM   #2
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Hakko 936, the last iron you will ever buy
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People have made skins for the 936. They also sell a variety of tips (for like $5-6) so you can go from soldering servo wires to soldering batteries by just letting the iron cool down and swapping tips.
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People have made skins for the 936. They also sell a variety of tips (for like $5-6) so you can go from soldering servo wires to soldering batteries by just letting the iron cool down and swapping tips.
Just remember to verify the handle model when you buy additional tips. (The 936 has 3 different handles, 906, 907, and 908.)

But I agree with everyone, best iron ever. I personally use a 1.5mm (small stuff), 3mm (general use @ the track etc.), and 5mm (soldering batteries) tip.

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Hakko 936 w/ a 908 iron. The 908 handles the larger tips. For doing batteries, size matters. You want to be able to heat-soak the tip then transfer all that heat to the solder joint fast, it will keep the rest of the cell from becoming 'twice baked'...
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how much does one of these irons run?
also i have a iron for battery building i just need one for wiring and servo's etc etc so will this do all that cheers
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This is even better that a Hakko 936 w/908 tip...

http://www.bomir.com/online/?sub=441

Goot PX-201, does everything the 936 can do for less cost and weight. I owned a 936 for 3 years and just made the switch. Couldn't be happier
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Here's a pic...as you can see, no 3 lb control unit!!
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If you plan to use it for soldering on circuit boards, then get the Hakko 936 with the ESD built into it. We use them at work when working on electronics like telephones, printers, and computer monitors. The ESD is for elctro static discharge purposes. It keeps static sensetive items from being damage from static.
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There's a few of them on ebay right now, going for around $50 or so.
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For the budget you are chassing josh, you cant go past the dick smith temp controlled models, they have a base station which makes them hard to lug around but they are good value if just using it at home, and have tips available, they have a cheaper one i think its around $50.00AUD (which i have) , and one around the $80.00 to $90.00AUD mark which is better if your really getting into soldering like every day.......

i would not suggest one that are not temp controled as they just burn out tips and elements and you end up buying a few a year and just waste your money anyway......

I am an Elect Tech by trade.....


hakko is the best, and its what i used when in the industry, but they might be a bit pricey for what you need it for....


i had the one with a vacuem built in .
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and remember when working on boards you need a tip for lead solder/low temp and another tip for lead free like sn96 700 deg+, you dont want to mix the two. The hakko is a great iron but I prefer pace or metcal for board work. The hakko is great for an all around iron but I would step up for board work. working/repariing consumer electronics can be a PIA
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for un-leaded....
http://www.circuitspecialists.com/prod.itml/icOid/8395
for everything else...
http://www.circuitspecialists.com/prod.itml/icOid/7307
This one comes with a very tiny tip so for circuit boards and such it would be great.
They also sell digital versions on that website for about $10-$14 more for each model.
Cheapest place to get a good soldering station.
They don't have a huge tip for batteries but for everything else the second one is what stays at home for everday usage.
Hope that helps,
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oh yea scroll down on the page to see all the tips and replacement parts they offer.
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