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#1 Don Weaver

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Posted 06 March 2019 - 12:48 PM

Before I was able to fix my Inland iron I borrowed a friend's Yihua 936 unit.  Quite impressed as it has a ceramic heater as does my Inland and at a very reasonable price for the iron, replacement parts and control unit.  Has anyone else tried one of these - just curious how well it held up.  Thanks.....

 

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Posted 06 March 2019 - 02:03 PM

I burned up 2 of those stations in very short order. I then used the same Chinese 601 knockoff for a few years till I got a real 601. The knockoff 601 gets hotter then genuine but had very very slow recovery.

Get a Hakko 601 and forget about the Chinese irons. Strip off the insulation and get to work.
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Posted 06 March 2019 - 02:14 PM

Thanks, David.....


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Posted 06 March 2019 - 02:25 PM

Mid-America is offering a nice inexpensive (Chinese?) version.

 

Comes with a 1/4" chisel tip, light weight cord, but no temp control. It heats up very quickly. I've only had it for a month, but it still looks and works well for the money! Nice travel iron!


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Posted 10 March 2019 - 08:55 PM

I burned up 2 of those stations in very short order. I then used the same Chinese 601 knockoff for a few years till I got a real 601. The knockoff 601 gets hotter then genuine but had very very slow recovery.
Get a Hakko 601 and forget about the Chinese irons. Strip off the insulation and get to work.

"Strip off the insulation "? Can you explain? Thanks
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Posted 10 March 2019 - 09:15 PM

I'm pretty sure he meant the stiff, outer sheathing.

I started to pull it off my Hakko.

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Posted 10 March 2019 - 09:29 PM

I'm pretty sure he meant the stiff, outer sheathing.
I started to pull it off my Hakko.

I have a Hakko. Do not understand what you mean
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Posted 10 March 2019 - 09:41 PM

You must not have the FX601 or you would know what he's talking about. The insulation on the power cord is so stiff, it's like wrestling with a fire hose to use it. I told my wife, "Now I can exercise while I'm building slot cars, so I don't need to go to the gym anymore!". She didn't buy it.


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Posted 10 March 2019 - 09:47 PM

You must not have the FX601 or you would know what he's talking about. The insulation on the power cord is so stiff, it's like wrestling with a fire hose to use it. I told my wife, "Now I can exercise while I'm building slot cars, so I don't need to go to the gym anymore!". She didn't buy it.


I have a FX601 and have ZERO issues with the cord
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Posted 10 March 2019 - 09:56 PM

It's not as bad as the one, I remember,that comes on the 455, but it's still stiffer than I prefer.

There's Hakko 601 stiff cord talk in another thread.

http://slotblog.net/...?hl=+hakko +601

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