Hot Air Rework Station - what do you have?

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Worsaer

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For those that use them, what make of hot air rework station do you use? Do you have any pros/cons? I’m considering adding one to my workbench, and am looking for the Goldilocks, “just right” model. Not junk, not overkill. I have a Hakko soldering station that I’m happy with, but their rework equipment looks to be pricey.
 

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Just in case you didn't consider this alternative to hot air rework:

I deal almost exclusively with through hole technology (80's arcade boards) so I use one of these and it is just awesome.
Mine is actually the older generation (black handle, model 808 I think), but the design and operation is almost identical.
 

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For those that use them, what make of hot air rework station do you use? Do you have any pros/cons? I’m considering adding one to my workbench, and am looking for the Goldilocks, “just right” model. Not junk, not overkill. I have a Hakko soldering station that I’m happy with, but their rework equipment looks to be pricey.
I'm using a cheap AOYUE 866. Nothing impressive, but usually gets the job done. These days I use it more for reflow soldering of new boards than for reworking.

The included pre-heater is significant for me, but the also included soldering iron only gets used when I need a secondary one (e.g. desoldering chip resistors), because it's cable is shorter and stiffer than I prefer.

Reinhard
 
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