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A nice tool!
This is my first vacuum desoldering tool, other than a manual Soldapult, but I've used a Hakko 808 before, and the FR-300 is definitely nicer. It seems lighter and better balanced than an 808, so it's easier to position accurately on a delicate board. The vacuum trigger switch is also in a better spot, so it doesn't 'go off' accidentally quite as easily.
It has an easy to adjust power level control, as well as a power on / off switch. Unlike the 808, you can easily turn the tool off after one use, saving the nozzle from becoming excessively un-tinned / needing to be re-tinned. It powers up fairly quickly as well, so unless one's desoldering a number of connections, there's no reason why it shouldn't be powered off after each use.
I managed to clog the nozzle with one strand of exactly the wrong gauge of wire, but once I realized that I could turn the temperature up and add fresh solder/flux to the nozzle, it was easy to clear with the vacuum. Emptying the chamber is fairly pleasant too - the removed solder tends to aggregate into a nice, solid blob, and not a pile of extremely fine powdered metal, making it much easier to transfer to my hazmat jar.
Overall, it's a really nice tool, useful for rework of ancient through hole boards that used questionable adhesives, as well as modern SMD rework where it does a great job leveling a pad with minimal damage and effort. Highly recommended!
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