Hakko FR-810 Hot Air Rework Station
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Hakko FR-810 Hot Air Rework Station


In September of 2014, Hakko released their replacement to the discontinued FR-801 and FR-802 hot air rework stations, the FR-810. In this entry, I will be giving a brief overview of the FR-810 alone and then I will be adding links at the bottom comparing it directly with the FR-801, the FR-802, the FM-2029, and the FR-803b.

In my opinion, the Hakko FR-810 is a solidly improved convection rework station in every way. The only flaws I could find are really quite small.

The first thing you will notice when pulling the FR-810 out of the box is its weight. It is very light, weighing it at only 3.3lb. This is primarily due to the change from a heavy pump to a sleek turbine for airflow. While weight is not really that important to most people because it will be placed on a workbench the whole time, the other benefits of the turbine will certainly be appreciated.


Quietly Powerful Turbine

The first benefit of the turbine is its air supply. The FR-810 can achieve a free-flowing maximum airflow of over 100 L/m. Compare that to the old pump’s maximum of 25 L/m or the FM2029’s maximum of 6 L/m and it is quite impressive. Since most of us are working on very small components, we will not typically be using the full flow for fear of blowing them away, but when it comes to larger ones are some heavy boards, that speed of energy delivery will certainly come in handy. For a estimation of actual airflow on the different nozzles, check out the manual that comes with the convection unit.

The second benefit of the turbine is its noise level. The FR-810 is so much quieter on the lower speeds than its predecessors that there simply is no way to describe it. You’ll just have to watch the short video on the right to hear it for yourself.


Simple Interface

Hakko FR810 Convection Station User Interface

The interface is very simple and straightforward, if you are accustomed to Hakko products. The power switch is on the left accompanied by five buttons: an up arrow, down arrow, star key, AIR key, and a Start/Stop key (There is also a Start/Stop key on the handle). To change temperature, press and hold the star button, then use the up and down keys to change each digit, pressing the star key to move between digits. However, this is my one gripe with the Hakko FR-810 comes in. After inputting the temperature, the timer comes up and you have to press the star key three more times even if you do not ever want a timer.


The timer exists for the making of an up to five-step profile. You can either have five different presets set, or you can daisy chain them together for a full profile. This feature must be turned on with the parameters. I will dive into these in another article that you will be able to find here when it is done.


Ergonomic Handle with Auto-Shutoff

The handle is very comfortable in the hand, being slightly more slender than the previous models and not being pulled down more than can be expected by the tube and wire harness leading back to the handle. The length of this harness is comfortable and should be long enough for the vast majority of applications without being too long that it gets in the way on a bench.

But the best part of the new handle? A little magnetic sensor that gets tripped when the handle is placed in the stand. This enables an auto shutoff. No more turning off the handle only to place it in the stand and have the button accidently hit to turn it back on and leave it running for hours. This unit simply cannot be turned on while the handle is in the stand. It does still have the cool down time, so air will be blowing to evacuate the heat and preserve the life of your rework station.

More Powerful, Less Fragile Heater

Hakko FR810 vs FR80x Speed Comparison Chart

Inside the handle is Hakko’s new heater. Finally gone is the quartz crystal so if you do drop it, nothing breaks (I still recommend taking care to not drop it). Not only does the new heater not have the fragile quartz crystal, but it can now get to 1120F, which is nearly 200 degrees above its predecessors. It can even maintain these temperatures with the much greater airflow.


Quick-change Nozzles

With the FR-810 comes new N51 nozzles. Before you get too upset about having to invest in a new set of nozzles, there is a $10 adapter (B5058) so you can still use your old nozzles. Currently, there are five nozzles available, and they should meet the need in the vast majority of situations today. Four of the nozzles are conical with 2.5mm, 4mm, 5.5mm, and 7mm openings, with the final nozzles being angled with a 1.5mm by 3mm opening.

As for the quick-change feature, it is a definite step up from the old, screw-tighten style, because gone are the days of the seized-on nozzles. However, you still have to wait until the nozzle has cooled before you can easily remove it.

Do not forget that the station does not come with any nozzles, so be sure to add some to your order.


More Features, Better Price

So I hope you agree that this unit is a solid step in the right direction, but I am sure you are wondering about price. The Hakko FR-802 came it at about $900, but the new Hakko FR-810 comes in with a list price of only $749.97. That’s right, it is less than its primary predecessor.

If you are in southern California or southern Nevada and would like a demo, contact us and we will be happy to schedule an evaluation.




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Hakko's official videos released thus far:
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