Hot Air Rework Station?

I need a good one, somewhere around $300 or so (or is that too cheap for a good one?)

Sparkfun has one that I know of - http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=609

but I don’t know of its quality… anyone have any knowledge of that product or any suggestions for a hot air rework station for similar price?

well here is the deal,for 70-80$ sparkfun sells a Chinese knock off hackko 939 that can be bought anywhere online for less than 40 bucks

so is this hot air station their selling a cheap Chinese knock off that their just marking up to the real deal price? [edit]Aoyue, so YES it is[/edit]

who knows and I dont know why you would want to spend that kind of money without confidence

so take a look at this one

http://www.jameco.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10001&catalogId=10001&pa=262705&productId=262705&keyCode=WSF&cid=GMC

Now I own a xytronic soldering station, was it cheap? yes it was only 50 bucks and its more or less their 45 watt iron stuck on a control box, but it is quality built, and I actually like the irons better than the hackko’s we have at work

all in all I think they have good products for good prices, so check it out

and if you like the Aoyue, it may be a knock off but that means you can use hackko tips then you can buy them all day long for half the price

http://www.google.com/products?q=Aoyue+hot+air&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=uiVvS4qiDcqztgenwo3-BQ&sa=X&oi=product_result_group&ct=title&resnum=3&ved=0CBwQrQQwAg

Have you thought about building your own?

watch ebay for a Hakko 850 or 852. I got a slightly used 852D for a few dollars more than the cheap chinese clone.

-j

I did the Aoyue bit a yr or so ago - I went “top of the line” with the hot air, soldering iron, and desoldering gun all in one… model number-2702. That smoke absorber was nothing! I like the smell of rosin when soldering.

The Aoyue is ok, it blows hot air and you can change the flow rate. The soldering iron is ok - the desoldering gun was my BIG desire… and now I hardly ever use it. I use desoldering braid OR the elcheapo vacuum iron from Radio Shack for $11. I’m thinking maybe I didn’t give the Aoyue desoldering gun a decent time for the learning curve?

I use my Weller WCPT iron most of the time and only bring the Aoyue on-line when I need the hot air or extra soldering iron. AS mentioned, I use the Weller most all time due to the noise from teh Aoyue - that thing is a noise maker!

Ken H>

Are these hot air stations generally noisy? I nearly got one with an impulse bid on Ebay a few days ago, but if they sound like a vacuum cleaner I might not bother.

dunno, the one and only time I have had a chance to sit down and use one it sounded just like a heat gun

Heat gun is a pretty good comparison - the ones that blow good volume.

Not nearly as noisy as the vacuum cleaner, but a LOT more than my soldering iron.

Ken H.