The X-Tronic Model #4010-XTS is a fine choice for any hobbyist. It has 60 Watts of power for soldering lugs to heavy gauge wires, and digital temperature control for when you want to work with lower temperatures. It will keep temperatures steady at any point from 200° C (392° F) to 480° C (896° F), and a recent feature added to this station is the ability to switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit scales for the digital display.
The Samsung microprocessor self-tests, and it is ESD safe, has open circuit protection, short circuit protection, and overload protection. The blue digital display shows the target temperature as you select it with the dial, then changes quickly to the actual temperature, which will reach the selected temperature within tens of seconds. Their PID (Proportional-Integral-Derivative) Technology adjusts the temperature at the element within microseconds, for consistent tip temperatures as you’re working.
The 4010-XTX soldering stand comes with 10 soldering tips to handle a wide range of uses, and a spare heating element to keep you going when it does eventually fail. They last a long time, so it’s probably simplest to simply order another spare after you’ve put the second element into use, so you always have a spare on hand. The tips are easily replaced or the selection expanded by ordering X-Tronic tips, or picking up tips for the Hakko or Aoyue irons; they’re interchangeable. The tips are not hot-swappable as more expensive stations are, but swapping tips isn’t usually a frequently needed operation, and using a pair of pliers when you do want to swap out a hot tip shouldn’t be a major problem.
The silicone cord from station to iron is long, more than flexible enough with no memory, and heat-resistant. The soldering stand is metal with storage for the selection of extra tips and a holder for a wet sponge. One feature that’s lacking is an automatic sleep function if the iron is in the holder for longer than 10 minutes or so, which would be nice, but isn’t essential for most users. 3020-XTS has this feature. Here is the review.
This station comes with a gooseneck magnifying lamp and a non-magnetic stainless steel pinpoint tweezers. All in all, this is a very complete package for home and hobbyist or occasional industrial use at this price point.
At the end of day
Yes, you can find units as well-made with more features, but you’ll pay quite a bit more for them. You can find soldering stations that cost less, but they won’t have the quality or features that this station offers. For the price, you won’t find a better soldering station.