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Soldering station - Hakko, JBC, or Pace??

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jsquaredz:
Hello all.  I am looking to get a new soldering station.  Currently I have the Hakko 888D and want to upgrade to the direct heat tip style.   

I am looking at :

Hakko FX951 - $245
Pace  ADS200 - $388
JBC CD-1BQF - $449

I liked the Pace when I watched Dave's review and teardown from 3 years ago, but the price is almost double what it was back then.  I feel that the Pace is close enough to the JBC that I would just spring for the JBC for the extra 100 bucks.

That said, I wonder if the JBC is really worth almost twice the price of the Hakko.  I am a firm believer in "buy once, cry once" , but I also want to make a smart decision.  Let me know what you all think.  With the current prices I would love to hear some feedback.


P.S. Does anyone know if the current version of the Pace has fixed the firmware issues and goofy capacitor placement board layout issue>?

Mangozac:

--- Quote from: jsquaredz on February 03, 2022, 09:00:07 pm ---I am a firm believer in "buy once, cry once" , but I also want to make a smart decision.

--- End quote ---
It's not like you can go wrong with any of those 3 options though. I'd say it comes down more to personal preference and specific task requirements.

tooki:
Perhaps the deciding factor might be the consumables. Go look at the selection and cost of (genuine) tips -- there are massive differences in this regard. JBC's selection is incredible, but the prices are... oof. (And JBC tips aren't as long-lasting as the others.)

flolic:

--- Quote from: tooki on February 03, 2022, 11:08:09 pm --- JBC's selection is incredible, but the prices are... oof. (And JBC tips aren't as long-lasting as the others.)

--- End quote ---

I don't know how long lasts tips from other manufacturers, but my experience with JBC is great. Most used tip in my station is C245-034, and the current one is over 2 years old. I own a repair shop, and that tip is used every single day on all kind of situations.
Also, T12s are no match to JBCs regarding power delivery. I have no experience with Pace.

2N3055:
It is the price and longevity of tips that are deciding the cost of the system.
JBC have most choice at high prices. Pace is pretty much same performance, much less expensive tips.

Hakko has a bit less power but should be good enough too. If you are soldering something with huge thermal mass you need to preheat it anyways...

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