For smaller and standard tasks, I use the JBC T210 handle with a station that I made with a toroidal transformer and a 13 euro controller from China. This T210 handle is sufficient for something like 90 percent of the work. For other things, I use Hakko FM-2028 handle (T12 tips) with a similarly made DIY station. Why Hakko? Well, the main reason is the availability of special tips . For example, I have three spatula type tips (40 mm, 20 mm, and 10 mm wide) and use these quite often (to cover the whole board with solder or to de-solder a large pin array component, etc.). The thing is, that for JBC no such tips are available as , only originals. For my Hakko, an original 40 mm spatula tip costs something like 150 euros, but I bought a knock-off for about 25 euros. That is 6 times cheaper! And it performs flawlessly. For JBC, no such copies are available, you would have to spend a fortune to buy the original JBC tip. And for these big tips, it really not so important anymore, what station is used, because they have a very large thermal capacity anyways and melt anything there is to melt. So, my recommendation is JBC T210 handle for most of the things and Hakko FM-2027 or FM-2028 for other things.
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