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Old 4th Aug 2022, 8:42 am   #1
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Any recommendations for a Hot Air rework station or gun. Cheap & cheerful as it may only be used once a year.

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Old 4th Aug 2022, 2:59 pm   #2
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I've been using a W.E.P. 952D as a hobby machine for a couple of years now. I'm very pleased with it and have never had any problems, either with the soldering or hot air functions.
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Old 4th Aug 2022, 5:27 pm   #3
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I've been using a W.E.P. 952D as a hobby machine for a couple of years now. I'm very pleased with it and have never had any problems, either with the soldering or hot air functions.
That is the sort of setup I need, I wonder if there is one without the soldering iron as I have an excellent Metcal iron that I don't intend retiring. Any more recommendations?

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Might be with looking at Dave Jones's EEVblog review of the budget-priced '858D' rework station.

It's marketed under several brand names - some expensive, some less so. The one he reviewed was 'Atten' brand:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vva2t21sOAs

This one looks the same and is branded 'Yorking':

https://www.amazon.co.uk/YORKING-Des...86154397&psc=1

I've never used SMD devices and am never likely to, so claim no expertise or knowledge of rework stations.

I only happened across it when I was looking at a review of the latest variant of the rather nifty KSGER T12 soldering station.

(I think the terms 'soldering' and 'welding' has been lost in translation. In the Orient, they seem to be considered synonymous, which of course they aren't).

Hope that might help a bit John.
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Old 4th Aug 2022, 5:54 pm   #5
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(I think the terms 'soldering' and 'welding' has been lost in translation. In the Orient, they seem to be considered synonymous, which of course they aren't).

Hope that might help a bit John.

Thank you David, I will check them out.

I always smile when reading about welding SMD.

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I bought an 858D last year, only used occasionally but good for SMD devices.

At first I thought it was intermittent and was about to return it until I realised it has a tilt switch to turn it off when its returned to the holder on the side of the poswer supply. It runs the blower with the heater turned off until it cools down. If it hasn’t warmed up yet it turn off as soon as its returned to horizontal.

Also usefull for heatshrink.
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For what itís worth Iíve been using an 858 for occasional use for several years mainly for heat shrinking and itís still going. Mine came with a selection of spare parts.
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I would recommend you make sure to buy one which has the air pump/blower contained within the unit itself rather than those which have the blower in the handle of the air gun. Many lower priced stations are the latter type...


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I would recommend you make sure to buy one which has the air pump/blower contained within the unit itself rather than those which have the blower in the handle of the air gun. Many lower priced stations are the latter type...


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Late reply, sorry. Point taken, but for the little time I will be using it I think I can cope with it. I have watched U Tube and they seem to manage OK.

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When you get one I'd be very interested to hear how it goes.

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