Wish I had seen you. Been nice to have an eyeball.
I just ordered a new Hakko soldering station today from B&D Enterprises along with a large batch of electrolytics. I got the one with the manual temp control. (One less thing to fail, v.s. the electronic controlled one with the password and special key protection- remember a password and where I put a bloody key when I need to change temp? Not likely)
They were on sale and I am tired of always having to replace either the heating element in my Weller station or the thermal sensor. Not to mention the tips are poorly plated and just don't last in repair shop use. Tips for my Weller are up to about $8.00 ea. A far cry from th e 2.95 a few yrs back. THe heater element typically costs me 35.00 when I can find the correct one.
The Hakko ones and Xytronic brands have a great reputation and I have been told by several techs that the Hakko tips last a minimum of a year under constant use, and 5-6 years has not been uncommon.
B&D is a great company to deal with, fair and back their stuff 100%.
Yeah, wish the hamfair had been better. Like always, most of the really good deals are gone before the doors open.
I was also looking for solder and saw none at all there, unlike last year.
Even the "estate sale" tables prices on the "junk"were much higher than last year, with little of real interest.
I am hoping the Olympia Ham Club will have another swap meet- Maybe at Cabellas- like last year.
I sold and bought a few items and it was pretty nice and well organized.
If they have one, I'll fill the M925 5 ton up and sell from it, and maybe even take the matching 1.5 ton trailer.
I found a mil. radio antenna mount that should work on it and I have a mil. radio in the garage I can install in it too. Probably put in 2 meters for good measure.
We are planning to take it to Chehalis for sure barring unforseen circumstances. It IS painted camoflauge, so you might not even see the truck