Sort of OT: Hakko Solder equipment

From: Joe R. <>
Date: Fri Jan 30 13:05:12 2004

At 12:46 PM 1/30/04 -0600, you wrote:
>On Jan 30, 2004, at 12:37 PM, Joe R. wrote:
>> A friend of mine uses the Hakko stuff and really loves them. He picks
>> them up at the hamfests for $30 or $40. I think $150 is way out of
>> line.
>> Check E-bay and see what they're going for there. Personally I use an
>> adjustable temp controlled Weller solder station and I'm very happy
>> with
>> it. If you do get the Hakko unit make dammed sure that you get the
>> metal
>> card that lets you reset the terperature. They frequently show up
>> without
>> the card but you can't change the temperature without it.
> I wouldn't even consider over $100 for a random used setup. These
>are refurbished, reboxed, and warranteed by Hakko. They do come with
>the key card.
> eBay doesn't show much in the temp-controlled lines, and there are a
>couple of dealers online that get $150-249 for the refurbs, and over
>$400 for NOS.
> I've used Weller gear and like it, but IMO there's a pretty hefty
>price premium on the name. Plus, most of the time when their high-end
>stuff shows up used, it's been rode hard and put up wet.

   I guess that depends on where the stuff comes from. I get a lot of stuff
from Martin Marietta and Hassis Corp. Both are large US government
contractors. They buy the GOOD stuff and take care of it and at the end of
a contract they dispose of it even if it's never been used. So when I get
it I seldom have trouble with the stuff. FWIW I've picked up used Weller
SSs that work perfectly and resold them at the hamfests for $20. YMMV
Personally, I use a Weller EC3000 and I'm completely satisfied with it.

> Doc
Received on Fri Jan 30 2004 - 13:05:12 GMT

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