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Help me pick a soldering station: Weller WES51 vs Hakko Fx888D : electronics
I also do repair work and do a lot of soldering. I ave a Hakko 936 which I've had for a least 10 years. It is still going strong. Unfortunately it is not longer made.
The Hakko FX888D is digital, they are impressively designed, well built and quite durable. But, I think you'll find that the Weller analog temp knob on the WES51 is adequately accurate for general work and is equally well built.
If you absolutely need digital and are unwilling to spend $139 for the digital Weller wesd51, then go with the Hakko.
Note that as far as the Hakko goes, I cannot get genuine Hakko replacement parts locally - South Florida, so I have to purchase that stuff like tips online. Problem is that there is so much counterfeit Hakko stuff out there you have t be very cautious when looking for Hakko stuff. Try to use some of those crappy fake Hakko tips and you'll see what I mean.
As for the Weller, tips are about half the cost as are replacement pens and heating elements. They're also easier to find. If I were you, considering the light work you describe, I'd go with the Weller wes51 and save down the road when you need stuff for it.
If you absolutely need digital, then go with the Hakko, or consider coughing up a few few more buck as get the digital Weller wesd51, which are around $139 on Amazon.
If you do go Hakko, just be careful where you buy it. I would not trust most sources on Bay or anyone who ships from China , you'll probably end up with a fake and end up being very unhappy.
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october 2016 by john

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