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Old Nov 30, 2014, 07:16 AM
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The HK units are spread all over town and work great. People in my club have been buying them ever since I got one of the first ones. Like mentioned, they heat fast, hold temperature, and use the Hakko tips. Not sure what else to say for $15.00!

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Old Nov 30, 2014, 09:08 AM
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$17 plus shipping. Shipping rates have gone up due to the shippers raising rates. Even since the start of this thread, back aught .... '12. It's all good. I felt okay due to all the positive reviews.

@Dovi - You mentioned this station back in the x1 thread , should have got it back then. I destroyed an esc soldering leads to the pads. Bad iron wouldn't heat fast enough. Too lazy to post pics (have to take them first) the destruction I delivered on those poor fets. Anyway, that will be a good board to test the station on for practice.
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Old Nov 30, 2014, 03:27 PM
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Hey Stuart!

I haven't checked shipping, but, it wouldn't surprise me if it went up..
Fuel went down, so HK probably had to find another way to burry false fees in the orders..

I do remember that shipping just about doubled the price of the station though..
$15 was wayyy too good to be true..

Aw bummer.. Sorry to hear about the ESC...
I've done the exact same thing overheating pcbs when working w/ my single temp iron..

Yes, save that thing, and use it for practice! That's the best idea ever!
I have a bag filled with old random pcb's, and even tough I'm a soldering madman
[welding background] I still like to randomly desolder components just to keep on my toes..
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Old Nov 30, 2014, 06:34 PM
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I heard the whole fuel this is a scam

Last week I paid double with shipping for a bag of reverse thread metric hex nuts. I guess it happens when you need something one off. The station doesn't bother me though. What was weird was that USPS was more xpensive then Fedex.

I still am interested though in knowing if anyone had concerns about the grounding wire on the transformer. The other thing I picked up from this thread and elsewhere is the genuine Hakko tips are a bit tight going on. The fake Hakko seem to be a better fit.

Meanwhile outside of any repairs, my next scratch build is a few months away (have to build the frame first) so I'm searching around for some other electronic things I might build using solder.
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Old Nov 30, 2014, 08:50 PM
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Correct, shipping was about the same as the unit so your $15 per unit becomes $30 which is still a bargain for what you are getting. I've had mine for over a year and it has worked flawlessly. The other day I was soldering 12 gauge wires with no issues.

Now, for the shipping, find one or more friends and get them in on this to split the shipping. If my memory is correct, I added a second unit and the shipping only went up by $2. So my friend and I only paid "$9" for shipping each. If you add more the shipping drops dramatically (after splitting it).

As for the grounding, I'm not too worried but that's me. 110V is not going to kill you. You'll get a tingle though...
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Old Dec 01, 2014, 09:07 AM
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Not sure about the fuel issues your talking about boys but don't HK sell this soldering station in one of their USA warehouses? i'm sure i've seen them in there before,anyways like someone else said even with the added shipping cost your still getting a bargain,i've had mine for some time now and i use it all the time and i've brought some smaller and bigger tips and it's still working like a charm,i don't now how i manged with out it.
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Old Dec 01, 2014, 09:45 PM
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Right, got mine at the US warehouse back then. $16 for the station and $16 for shipping. On principle that doesn't sound right but I see it as a $32 soldering station that is worth every penny!

Ordered two, one for a friend so it was $16 x 2 plus $18 in shipping. $25 each.
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Old Dec 02, 2014, 06:54 PM
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MK,

I'm pretty sure that's exactly what I did..
[Going the $16 + $16 USA warehouse route]

Then I used a RadioShack tip on it, and called it good..
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