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TheDeepFriedBoot
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Jul 10, 2014
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I would not call the Metcal a low/mid range station (based on vote title). I have my own Metcal MX-5000 and we have a wide range of Metcal and Weller stuff at work and the Metcals are amazing stations. Inductive heating really delivers heat right at the tip for working small SMD parts.
Jul 10, 2014
Parak
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Jul 10, 2014
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Well, I was intending for the 'professional' to be a keyword here, elaborated on a little in my first comment. In Metcal's case, I'd consider the MX-5000 high end professional, for example, although the MX-5210 is not that much more expensive than the MX-500S. Basically, I'd prefer to shunt everything above $600-700 into the high end, which usually means things like multiport rework stations. It's the price point at which stations singularly designed for regular soldering get way too overpriced.
Of course low end professional for me would be stations like Pace ST-30 and Hakko FX-951, and not things like various generic Yihua/Aoyue Hakko clones or even the Hakko 888 or Weller WES(D)51 - those would be hobbyist mid-high end or somesuch :P
Jul 10, 2014
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