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Old 03-09-2008, 11:40 PM
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http://ww2.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=96375

anyone used it? looks like a hakko knock off, pretty much identicle from the pictures. anyone know if it uses the same tips? or if it sucks ?
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Old 03-10-2008, 12:21 AM
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If I didnt already have a Hakko, Id buy that thing. Think of it as a $40 lottery ticket w/ heat control, hahaha.
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Old 03-10-2008, 12:50 AM
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i actually checked it out when i was buying there buying a $10 digital caliper i didnt wana buy it if i cant get replacement ---- for it thats what i want to find out if it uses the same parts. the tip was held in by a screw on "collar" and the tip slipped over a white ceramic looking piece
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Old 03-10-2008, 04:48 AM
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old 50 watt Ungar pencil I still use for solder RC battry packs, $10 is all I paid, has served me for 20 years
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Old 03-10-2008, 03:36 PM
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i have a Weller solder station...------ love it.. think it was 99-120bucks. it has the heat control like that, but thats worthless ****** has been set on NOG since the day i bought it. great for doing ECUs, wires, whatever... after buying a couple of those pencil ones that sucked *** i stepped up to this, deff buy it again if i had a choice...
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Old 03-10-2008, 05:45 PM
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Originally Posted by turbohf
i have a Weller solder station...------ love it.. think it was 99-120bucks. it has the heat control like that, but thats worthless ****** has been set on NOG since the day i bought it. great for doing ECUs, wires, whatever... after buying a couple of those pencil ones that sucked *** i stepped up to this, deff buy it again if i had a choice...

I agree the weller pencil unit I had was very weak. Im rockin a radio shack special :1. It does the job but I need to buy a hakko desoldering unit I cant stand braid anymore
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Old 03-10-2008, 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by chris

I agree the weller pencil unit I had was very weak. Im rockin a radio shack special :1. It does the job but I need to buy a hakko desoldering unit I cant stand braid anymore
I want to buy one of their desoldering guns.
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Old 03-10-2008, 06:14 PM
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i dont know which sucks more, the spring loaded injector lookin solder suckers or finger burning braid. i roll with the $8 walmart emergency 30w pencil with melted tip. wrecked my last radio shack one melting holes in somthing plasic. i have to assemble a megasquirt soon so i want to find a cheapish station
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Old 03-15-2008, 05:51 PM
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i got the weller digital head control station. it was about $140 and it works great. i got the spring loaded pensil sucker for like $30 it was way better then the radioshack bulb sucker i was using but i am already ready to upgrade to a hakko 808

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Old 03-16-2008, 03:46 AM
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I have the Hakko 808 desoldering gun and the Hakko 936 station which is what that HF one is copying.

Picked up the 936 soldering station at Fry's about 4 years ago for $49. They had a bunch of them. Don't know why they were so cheap, but ---- I didn't care. Got the 808 a little later ALSO at Fry's on sale for $99.

I've chipped over 500 ecu's by now and so much other electronics stuff for school and my other job. Hakko gets my vote. Reliable.



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