I got one of these: http://uk.farnell.com/duratool/d00677/soldering-station-48w-240v-eu/dp/1498366
Quote from: AdeV on Apr 02, 2013, 03:18 pmI got one of these: http://uk.farnell.com/duratool/d00677/soldering-station-48w-240v-eu/dp/1498366I got one of these as well and (in my limited experience) it's great value for money.The only issue I have is that I don't know if there's a standard for soldering iron tips but I haven't been able to get any to fit it other than the ones supplied but they cover most of my requirements.
I still own my original Hakko, purchased in 1996 or 7. I've bought countless tips for it and never had a tip go bad. I've replaced the whole iron twice but never had a bit of trouble with any Hakko controller and with a schematic build one for about $15 dollars if your spares are up to the task.. It's just an LM358 some diodes and a triac. and any 900 series Hakko iron can be used with it. Full irons can be had on Ebay and China in general for $11,00 - $12.. I recently found a Hakko 936 for $60.00 (gone now) and since it 's parts are inter-changable except controller PCB shape and case with the $90.00 Hakko FX888 and uses the the 906/926 lines soldering irons. I found it a deal too good to pass up. This is especially true of the colors. All the stock I could find when I was looking for a new hakko was that awful yellow and purple. Bosity on Ebay and Uxcell in China are the same store and when I bought my iron both stores were selling 10 tips for 9.99 "Free Shipping" I particularly like the 45 deg hot knife tip. I can solder an RFM12B radio to a PCB or solder it to wires and turn up the temp 50 deg's F and desolder a TO-223 chip with the full side. takes a little practice but the only one I use except for fine pitch IC's. It's also great for 'flipping' an SMD part off a board with minimal damage. as soon as I can get the money together that dual soldering work station will be my next soldering purchase.Bob