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IMHO the key is the size of the nozzle.

I had a Pro'skit SS-331H and it wasn't great as the smallest nozzle was 1.0mm. That's too big and would easily damage the pcb around the pin.

I swapped to a SP-1010DR (ZD-915) and bought a compatible 0.8mm nozzle. It is a dream!

1. Spend the extra 2 mins tinning the pins with a little extra solder

2. Desolder at 360 degrees holding against the pin for 1 second and it removes all solder with ease. The 0.8mm nozzle means the full circumference of the nozzle is touching all solder and no pcb for an instant melt.

3. Don't attempt to extract the component until giving the pins a quick blast with hot air at 320 degrees @ full air to guarantee any tiny solder remnants melt and the component will glide out with zero force and no damage.
 
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I bought the smaller nozzles for the FR-301 along with an extra 1.0mm since it’s the best all round

The larger oval nozzles are a great option as well, it was something I always missed not having on the ZD-915
 

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I have one of those too, and the Hakko just does a much much better job for me. Heats faster, better suction, clogs less. Felt like a huge upgrade to move away from the ZD915.
I must have gotten lucky or something mine has always heated quickly and works fast. If the tip starts to wear out though you notice a performance hit. Im sure the difference using the Hakko is more noticeable though but for my needs the chinatastic ZD-915 is still doing it for me
 

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The ZD-915 is a great unit and worked well for a long time - the tips definitely wear out faster but they’re also cheaper so you just need to keep spares on hand

The main problem I had on my ZD-915 units is the pump dying, but they worked hard until they died
 

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you need to add an extra filter on the rubber hose to protect the pump from the flux vapor
i use a small fuel filter designed for a small engine
 

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Is that the JBC clone? I’m looking at grabbing one of those - not sure if I should go for a genuine JBC instead but looking at a few YouTube reviews the T3A seems to be pretty close and will fit original tips
It got here faster than I thought, hope to try it out this weekend.
Got some extras with it.
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Also got a mini hot plate to mess with at my desk so I dont have to go to my bench downstair.
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Do you mind my asking how much the hot plate cost?

I’m definitely liking the look of the soldering iron

Looks like they’ve seen the YouTube reviews about the handle temperature and they include the foam boot now too, nice
 

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Go it on AE with like $81 after applying some coupon/discount codes. So not too bad after all, everywhere has it for like $99-120.
 
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