29942RE: [midatlanticretro] desoldering station advice
- Mar 29, 2013
> I had the opportunity to handle a Hakko 808 the other day.Hakko 808 is great!
> I was surprised by how light it was and what a good job it
> does. I expected it to be heavier and less capable. I
> intend to get one as soon as I'm sure I have the "hobby
> money" available.
A friend swears by used PACE stations though (fancy digital ones that
sometimes turn up low cost on ebay.)
I own an old pace station and I'd take a Hakko over it. Because the pump
is right near the tip there isn't much lag time pulling vacume on it.
(If you're really on a budget, the red bulb radio shack iron works okay.)
Old boards tend to burn under high heat, so maybe temperature control is a
(I use mine mostly for arcade/pinball repair.)
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