Hakko FX-601 Temperature Question
I recently purchased a Hakko FX-601 soldering iron for soldering stained glass projects. There is no indication as to what the heat selection on the iron should be.
This is a great iron and I’m sure once you get the hang of the temperature in Celsius/Centigrade there will be no stopping you!
To answer your question, the temperature you need for soldering a bead with this iron is between 410C (770F) and 460C (860F).
You’ll find the optimum temperature by experimenting. It will depend on your soldering speed and what you’re actually doing with the solder.
Expect to go a little lower for decorative soldering and soldering lead came.
The wide range of temperatures means that it can be used for all sorts, from electronics to stained glass repairs.
The Hakko FX-601 has a ceramic core and an control dial on the iron. It is supplied with a 3/16″ tip. It’s very, very quick to heat and because of the ceramic core, maintains heat beautifully.
It’s also extremely light, which helps if you have lots of soldering to do or suffer from any health issues that affect your grip or strength.
There’s only a couple of occasional problems:
1. sometimes the nut at the tip loosens. Check it every now and again and tighten it and you’ll be fine.
2. it can suffer from ‘burn on’, which is when the tip fuses to the iron barrel that holds it. You don’t want this to happen! To avoid this you have to do the following before you turn it on
– loosen the nut
– turn both the tip and the barrel
– then re-tighten the nut and turn it on.
Just get into the habit of that as part of your soldering iron maintenance programme and you’ll be fine.
Everything else about this iron is fantastic.
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