Haako 936 ESD Solder Station - Get one if you can!

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I was going to post a nice article about my favorite inexpensive soldering station, Haako 936 ESD, and found that it has been discontinued! It was replaced by a newer model in Feb 2011.

Haako 936 ESD

Unfortunately, I cannot attest to the quality of the replacement, the Hakko FX-888 Soldering Station. If I were a maker who wanted to solder, i would search the internet until I found a new in box 936 ESD. You should expect to pay about $90 and buy some replacement sponges so you have them. The 936 comes with a great tip for through-hole soldering and can even do big SMT devices out of the box.

One of the best features of the 936 is a great selection of tips. That makes it a very versatile iron. It also heats up quickly and maintains the tip temperature so it gives great results.

If you cant find a 936 I would try the replacement solder station. It appears to use a similar soldering iron and based on the reputation of the 936 one would expect the same reliability and quality.

I have to add another note. I have used other solder stations such as Metcal and Weller. Metcal is the absolute best solder station I have used and as a company Weller is without reservation the worst. Haako performs almost as good as a Metcal and is 1/4 to 1/8th the price. If someone gave me a brand new Weller solder station I would promptly sell it with apologies.

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* Lead-free capable
* Temperature adjustable from 220-480°C (428-896°F)
* Includes 900M tip
* 50W Iron


Soldering Station TOL-09672


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by JonM on Mon, 06/06/2011 - 11:22

Yeah, this blows my $9 Radio Shack special out of the water.

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by gschoep on Sun, 06/12/2011 - 13:27

From theSparkfun website:

This iron looks suspiciously similar to the Hakko 936, but it's not. Call it what whatever name you want - we've found it to be a well built, great intermediate soldering station for the price. With a heavy base, comfortable iron, adjustable temperature, and a good selection of tips (coming soon), you can't beat this station for value.

It looks like a decent iron for the price. Maybe we should have a solder iron test session.

Of course I am a little irritated with Sparkfun after the Sparkfun FreeDay fiasco.

Gary Schoep

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by gschoep on Sun, 06/12/2011 - 13:55

How about next Saturday?

Gary Schoep

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by Overlord on Mon, 06/13/2011 - 09:18

I'll post a meetup asap today.

by David on Thu, 06/16/2011 - 23:01

If you do a web search for "Hakko 936 clone", you will find many options starting at about $30.

Personally, I'm very happy with my Xytronic station - I bought it 20 years ago, and it still works fine. I use it more than the Metcal since it's adjustable and the tips are cheap.

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