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Offline GoldeNStouNTopic starter

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Which hot air soldering station should I choose?
« on: March 14, 2024, 03:03:41 pm »
Hello, I wanna buy a hot air station and now I’m stuck between two models, the RF4 RF-H2 and QUICK 857DW+
Which one should I choose?
 

Online MarkF

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Re: Which hot air soldering station should I choose?
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2024, 03:34:27 pm »
I don't have either, so no recommendation.
However, I can point you to a review of each.
The short hose comming out the side of the RF4 RF-H2 might be awkward on the workbench.
It looks like the QUICK 857DW+ has been replaced with the Quick 957DW+.

 

 

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Re: Which hot air soldering station should I choose?
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2024, 08:43:35 pm »
RF4 if your budget is low, as its $90. Quick 957 might be more in Poland.
One has digital buttons and presets, one has analog dials. One is more compact on the bench.

Up to you which you prefer.
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Offline Martini

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Re: Which hot air soldering station should I choose?
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2024, 03:01:58 pm »
The RF4 RF-H2 is also twice the power rating of the QUICK 857DW+/957DW+/859D+

The 859D+ seems to have a lovely interface and the tube is exiting the front but at only 580 W...
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Offline mondogen

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Re: Which hot air soldering station should I choose?
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2024, 02:37:33 pm »
What about Mechanic 957DW?
It seems to be an improved Quick 957DW+ copy:

600W vs 580W power
500°C vs 450°C max temp
100-120L/min vs 50L/min air flow.
 

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Re: Which hot air soldering station should I choose?
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2024, 06:22:11 pm »
Says 450 on the tin.

Is there another version?
 

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Re: Which hot air soldering station should I choose?
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2024, 09:40:33 pm »
Yeah Mechanic is 450C, which doesn't really matter anyway IMO.

The one difference that might matter is fan flow rate, could be useful if you are dealing with dense boards or large parts.
With 50L/min you'll probably hit ~400W continuous at 400C. So you need higher than that to utilize the full heater power capability.

Though 50L/min for me is already very high, usually use 25-40L.
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Re: Which hot air soldering station should I choose?
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2024, 08:09:52 am »
From Mechanic official site (they wrote 500°C in the short description but 450°C in the product parameters image)

 


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