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In the market for my first hot air rework setup

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    In the market for my first hot air rework setup

    You guys have always steered me straight when it comes to tools and helpful things.Like the Hakko FR-300 desoldering gun [damn shame the FR-301 came out 3 months later though.... I can no longer use my hot air gun (paint remover general purpose type) for SMD repair. It causes too much damage. I need a real hot air rework station. Not looking to break the bank. Just a good setup with heat control for smd rework. What do you guys think?

    #2
    I use one of those Chinese hot air units from eBay and it works pretty well for the use I've had for it. I think a big thing when it comes to hot air is a preheater. If you can preheat the entire board to a safe temperature and then just use the hot air to get the components you are reworking above the melting point, that is a lot less stress on the board that taking one area up to the melting point. If I did a lot of hot air rework, I'd get a pcb preheader as well. Good luck!

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      #3
      Looks like Luis Rossman was selling / recommending the quick 861DW: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EID23J6/

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        #4
        Preheater, got it. Any link to your cheap ebay system though Alan?
        Hojopo, That looks to be a good setup but since I already spent basically the same amount on my Hakko FR-300 I cant budget that much again for this thing. I need to go cheaper.

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          #5
          Amazon listed this one as an alternative, 700W instead of 1000W but just under $60: https://www.amazon.com/YIHUA-959D-Di...dp/B08BK3M6YW/

          But I don't know if it's any good...

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            #6
            The price is good. It has temp control and multiple tips. Might be a good jumping off point. Anyone out there familiar with this exact rework gun?

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              #7
              The one I have is an 852D - I remember paying $120 for it, but it looks like they are about half the price. It could have a little more control over the quantity of hot air, but I think it has good regulation of the air temperature. I've never used the soldering iron on it - I've probably used it a dozen times, but it did what I needed. There may be better units - you might ask over at the eevblog where they breath this stuff!

              Here is an example - probably not the place I ordered from:
              https://www.ebay.com/itm/382685375278

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                #8
                Thanks Alan, Ill look more into that unit as well.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by alank2 View Post
                  The one I have is an 852D - I remember paying $120 for it, but it looks like they are about half the price. It could have a little more control over the quantity of hot air, but I think it has good regulation of the air temperature. I've never used the soldering iron on it - I've probably used it a dozen times, but it did what I needed. There may be better units - you might ask over at the eevblog where they breath this stuff!

                  Here is an example - probably not the place I ordered from:
                  https://www.ebay.com/itm/382685375278
                  Alank2, I bought one some dozen years ago and paid a lot more than $120, but I got it with a bunch of tips, a stand for the hot air, a pre-heater and a circuit board holder. I used the soldering iron maybe once?
                  Crazy old guy with a basement full of Pentium 1 laptops and parts

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                    #10
                    I think this is the one I have:

                    https://www.ebay.com/itm/20196535565...wAAOSwZNRgFBqx

                    I use the hot air side and the soldering side all the time. Takes a short time to get to temp on the soldering iron and it stays hot when using it. 700W I think.
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                      #11
                      thank you. I am going to read reviews on all these models and decide.

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                        #12
                        I own a Gaoyue model 850 which is a direct clone of the Hakko 850. Any of the stations in this style where the compressor is in the control enclosure and the wand only has the heating element are great, quiet and are completely compatible with all the nozzles that fit the official 850.
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                        = Excellent space heater

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                          #13
                          i decided to buy the 852D as it has good reviews and alot of people claim its reliable https://www.ebay.com/itm/390950226201
                          Jsut ordered so we will see how it goes. I have two macs that need scsi chips replaces so they will be first on the list when it arrives.

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                            #14
                            Despite being fairly inexpensive and made of Chinesium, I have been very pleased with my Yihua 862BD+
                            -- Lee

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                              #15
                              I hear you Lee but the chineseum was really the determining factor. I bought a Chinese desoldering gun before my hakko fr300.. lasted 2 weeks. sometimes its just not worth the agrivation.

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