Hakko soldering station clone

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I saw this advertised at Harbor Freight and it sure looks a lot like my Hakko 936 soldering station. Has anyone used this station before? Might not be a bad deal at $37.00

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=96375

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If you want another Hakko buy another on from Hakko. Clone stuff like this is like playing the lottery. Sometimes, but very rarely, you win big time. Sometimes, still rare, you end up so-so. Usually you lose. People still buy lottery tickets.

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I don't need another one myself at the moment. I was thinking more for the benefit of the student/hobby user.

I know a lot of the electronic stuff they carry has a cheap casing, but the guts are usually about the same as the name brands. It would have to beat using a cheap Radio Shack pencil iron ;)

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It comes under several names. And I have one. Temperature controlled, so that makes it probably better than the pencil-iron.
Problems I found: bad contact in the holder: the steel wires from the element don't want to be soldered. Crimped a contact on it and soldered then: and that still works.
Element is fragile: ceramic. Don't bang it on the table ;)

If money is an issue, the station is a good choice. Much better than the pencil iron.
If you have some more to spend, I think there are better brands.

Nard

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Don't know for sure, but I think that one is made by Auyoe.
Here's the website for the iron: http://www.aoyue.com/en/ArticleShow.asp?ArticleID=372

StanRubenstein (SRA) sells the branded version:
http://store.sra-solder.com/product.php?xProd=6144&xSec=22

MPJA and CircuitSpecialists sell private label versions of it here:
http://www.mpja.com/prodinfo.asp?number=15140+TL
http://www.circuitspecialists.com/prod.itml/icOid/7307

I have the one from CircSpec and I love it. Had it for several years now, and it's never given me trouble. Keep in mind, I'm using on a "heavy hobbyist" level, and not day-to-day production.

Randy

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On another forum a number of people bought that iron, and various side by side comparisons were made. The real iron gets hot much faster. The fake iron's handle (as in, what you're holding - with your hand) gets hot much faster. The fake one breaks a whole lot more too - as I recall one of the big failure points was the pot for temperature adjustment.

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Wow, didn't realize there were so many clones around.

My Hakko has been working flawless for a few years now. Every now and then I'll have to go to a site and all they have on hand is one of the cheap pencils and most always there is a useless tip thats half burnt and pitted, always makes me wish I had brought my own :)