View Full Version : New toy

09-25-2009, 09:38 PM
Gotta new toy coming in soon. We've burnt out a bunch of soldering equipment. From pencil irons to guns, we'll kill it. I was just about to get a new gun, when one of my former employees came to visit. He moved to Japan, to work for his father in law's business. They make a lot of the circuit board components that you'll find in calculators, copy machines, etc. Anyway, the owner of the company has two daughters - Neither wants to take over the business. So, he moved to Japan to work there, and possibly inherit the company. The deal was, he had to start at the bottom and work his way up. Which brings me to the point of relevance.

Mark does a lot of soldering. He's currently working in the quality/testing department. Basically, they abuse stuff, take it apart, and try to fix them. In the process, they determine what works and what doesn't. On my way out, I asked him what they use and he referred me to a Japanese brand called Hakko. The price of $700 initially scared me off, but Brian looked them up online and lo and behold! They're actually much cheaper in America. Hakko has an American division, selling the same equipment, just cheaper. I can't figure it out, and I'm curious as to why, but I'm not complaining.

So, Brian's going to order one of these.


Digital readout and temperature control. What I like most is the component design. If a part goes bad, I can replace the part, rather than buy a whole new tool.

Pete Howlett
09-25-2009, 10:20 PM
Mmmmm tooooolz :drool:

Forgot to add this appropriate smiley :iwant:

09-25-2009, 10:25 PM

http://cgi.ebay.com/Hakko-937-Soldering-Station_W0QQitemZ300349248236QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH _DefaultDomain_0?hash=item45ee35d2ec&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

09-26-2009, 02:42 AM
You should see a big difference with the industrial machines, they even do a better job melting solder. The industrial solder pens are rated to run 24/7. One thing keep the dust out of it. I got used to using the finest solder I could find when I was putting Spectrum Analyzers together for Agilent tech, you have to move fast but things come out perfect every time. We were doing this level of systems: http://www.home.agilent.com/agilent/product.jspx?nid=-536902959.536881892.00&cc=US&lc=eng

09-26-2009, 02:46 AM
Almost forgot: Buy The New Unit!

09-26-2009, 04:56 AM
Wow that is a huge difference in price. I have a old Weller 40w pencil two piece with base and sodering iron Iv'e had it 20 years and still works great all the parts are replaceable too.

09-26-2009, 09:20 AM
In the flashlight building community, Hakko is what's recommended. Be careful, I hear there are knock-offs.

Kaneohe til the end
09-26-2009, 10:01 AM
yay, we can start working on my guitar soon!!! just kidding