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 Posted: Sun Apr 29th, 2018 07:34 pm
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Hi Paul,

I got my Hakko FX 888D last year from Maplins for about the £150 mark and it makes short work of all kinds of jobs, particularly brass and white metal, which is the main reson I got it. It heats up very quickly and with a largish tip (I got several from ebay), it gets in quicky with a lot of heat and gets the job done fast.

Maplins is sadly no longer with us but try Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/257-5626975-6304465?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Hakko+FX-888D

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C&L do a 100C solder for white metal work, which contains some lead and flows far easier than the 70C version - made my WM building far less of a chore. I have also taken to using LaCo flux which is acid free and allegedly works on dirty joints - it is a plumbers flux - but I always make sure the parts to be joined are back to shiny metal. "Simple" wire soldering doesnt need such luxury - again a clean surface and some ready cored solder does the job - don't use lead free - and keep the iron tip clean, with one of those swarf brass cleaning thingies, as seen here.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Soldering-Iron-Tips-Replacement-Spare-Accessories-Kits-Electrical-Cleaning-Sets/263640179335?epid=2

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Padster wrote: Hi all.. started all my wiring for droppers & point motors but proving to be pretty tough going with a Sealey hand soldering iron so time to invest in a decent piece of kit. I'm prepared to pay good money for some good kit but actually its proving really difficult to source several of the top ten (according to various review bodies) soldering stations which is pretty frustrating. Seems I can only source the following from abroad or the US (mainly) 
Weller WES51, Hakko FX-888D X-Tronic 3020-XTS .... and none of these from UK outlets ... even Amazon.

I can source a Weller WLC100 but not sure the tip temp will remain high for fast and efficient soldering with this unit ... the others mentioned previous all claim that.

Any suggestions of good quality alternatives or do I bite the bullet and try and order from the US (Im sure taxes would apply also)?

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Paul

Hi Paul.


I got my Hakko here from batterfly in Italy. They have the FX-888D on special offer at the moment for a very good price. They also stock all the Hakko spares tips etc so well worth stocking up at the same time because carriage is by courier & is about €18.
https://www.batterfly.com/shop/hakko_fx-888d?gclid=Cj0KCQjw2pXXBRD5ARIsAIYoEbdxVozV_4eIo7yBYuMsJ0YL_QaGbp2gEyDV2rS0Qq5JIm8XRWmfAM8aAt1iEALw_wcB
They are great to deal with & are one of the few Hakko distributors in Europe.
Beware of cheaper Chinese copies of the Hakko which are downright dangerous.


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I very recently purchased this little set for £79.99 from Ebay. So far, it has been great to use. The hot air rework gun was very handy for re-positioning parts that I fitted incorrectly, and it was great for soldering white metal parts (range 100-450 C). I fitted the part, ran flux into the joint, placed a small peice of solder next to the joint and heated up the solder with the hot air (fitted with very small nozzle). The solder metal way before it affected the white metal part and ran into joins. The iron ranges from 200-450 C and was fine for the brass work I did. I just purchased a range of tips as the one that came with it was a pin-head type and took ages to heat up a large area.
I am still practicing and getting used to working with white metal & brass, but this kit is making it much easier.




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Thanks everyone .... this helps and I have gone for a Hakko FX 888D from a reputable distributor.

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Paul

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