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#### GopherT

Joined Nov 23, 2012
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#### somegeek

Joined Nov 15, 2012
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Thanks, Gopher. How would you overhaul it?

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#### GopherT

Joined Nov 23, 2012
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All they usually need is a new tip. If more, the magnetic sleeve assmbley is available (just unscrew heater shaft and replace). I have seen some with the switch replaced (some random switch used as replacement) and some have a non-OEM bulb. The whole device is really simple so ther is not much to them. That is why they last 30 years or more.

#### tracecom

Joined Apr 16, 2010
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I really like my Hakko 936.

#### stoopkid

Joined Mar 3, 2011
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Hakko fx-888, you can get it for $80 new. Goofy looking thing but I love it. To be fair other than it I've only ever had crappy radioshack irons. #### mcgyvr Joined Oct 15, 2009 5,394 Hakko fx-888, you can get it for$80 new. Goofy looking thing but I love it. To be fair other than it I've only ever had crappy radioshack irons.
+1.. great station.. We've got a bunch of them at work.. no problems ever and they get used and abused.

#### BReeves

Joined Nov 24, 2012
410
Not familiar with Hakko, probably a good unit but if I didn't have my Pace solder/desolder station I would be looking for a Weller TCP. The one I was using before I bought the Pace was over 20 years old, has the black base which will indicate how old it is. I repaired the iron a couple times over the years but it did it's job and wouldn't hesitate to go back to it..

#### somegeek

Joined Nov 15, 2012
15
Thanks for the replies. Planning on purchasing the Hakko FX-888 unit. What size chisel tip should I be picking up for smaller work? 2.4mm?

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#### tracecom

Joined Apr 16, 2010
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For close thru-hole work, I like the 900M-T-1.2D. Doesn't the FX-888 come with a 1.6mm tip; maybe you should try that before you decide.