Revisiting Hot Air Rework Stations - Which to buy?

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Revisiting Hot Air Rework Stations - Which to buy?

There have been threads on a few models, but nothing very comprehensive or too recent.

What’s the best value rework station available today?

I’ll be asking for one for Christmas so:
- $50-75
- Available on Amazon or other “Non-sketchy” websites (No Aliexpress, etc)
- Compatible with common attachments if at all possible.

I wouldn’t mind if it had both the iron and hot air station in one package, but it isn’t necessary since I already have a decent soldering station. It would just be nice for simplicity of power cords and desk space.

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I'v been using this one these for a while now and am happy with it. Goes from like 100C to 440C (IIRC).  I use it from shrink wrapping to reflowing.  It doesn't come with extra soldering tips, but it takes those good Hakko tips that are widely available.

(NOTE: The links in the pics below are just the first ones I could find.  Don't know if they are the best prices or with good vendors)

 

 

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I purchased this unit just 2 weeks ago.

http://www.weldandsolder.com/artifact/6531251/

It comes from weldandsolder.com, but was fufilled by amazon.com at checkout. It came free shipping. I signed up for an Amazon.com Visa card and received a $50 gift card which I applied to the solder station. Threw in the little bit of cash back on my Discover card and the grand total was $4.28. Big Smile

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I purchased this unit just 2 weeks ago. http://www.weldandsolder.com/artifact/6531251/
Your link is blocked at my work. What make/model is it?

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I bought mine from Sparkfun, a USA based company. Model# 303D. It’s a stand alone unit which I prefer over the all in one’s. Cost me $99 a few years ago. Replacement heater is available if and when it fails. The air pump is built into the base unit instead of a motor and fan built into the handle. Is it better than the cheaper all in one’s from China? I couldn’t tell you. All I can say is I’m 100% happy with it. It’s build out of steel and it’s got a massive pump that should last for many years. Looks easy enough to service if a problem occurs.

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Mmm, now that the topic's hot, any first-hand information on this hot air gun?:

8018LCD 220V 450 Degree LCD Adjustable Electronic Heat Hot Air Gun @Banggood

Suffice to say, much better deals can be gotten for it on aliexpress… 

 

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Barkuti wrote:

Mmm, now that the topic’s hot, any first-hand information on this hot air gun?:


8018LCD 220V 450 Degree LCD Adjustable Electronic Heat Hot Air Gun @Banggood


Suffice to say, much better deals can be gotten for it on aliexpress… 


 


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Looks nice. It would make a great portable heat shrink tool. Maybe I’ll order one.

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I got this one: https://www.amazon.com/YIHUA-858D

Love it, it's been great, reliable. But I know nothing about what's out there to compare with. It's the only hot air station I ever used. 

For the 858D, it's like open source, cloned all over, can be modded, etc. Think only certain clones can be modded though, from what I read.

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I’ve been looking lately as well. Problem for me is im wanting to upgrade to a higher watt iron as well. Something atleast 70watts. It seems 60 is the max before needing to jump up to big bucks. Under $100 is ok for me.

It’s also hard to choose because as we know these specs can be and are inflated or manipulated by the manufacturer. So I could pay $40 more to get an extra 15watts that don’t really exist.

So, sorry pd, my post is not that helpful Sad

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LightRider wrote:
I’ve been looking lately as well. Problem for me is im wanting to upgrade to a higher watt iron as well. Something atleast 70watts. It seems 60 is the max before needing to jump up to big bucks. Under $100 is ok for me.

It’s also hard to choose because as we know these specs can be and are inflated or manipulated by the manufacturer. So I could pay $40 more to get an extra 15watts that don’t really exist.

So, sorry pd, my post is not that helpful Sad

I bought a Weller 100 watt temperature controlled soldering iron years ago. It was recalled recently for a faulty power cord. So I sent mine back without the tip and they sent me a replacement with a brand new 700 degree F tip. I use it for soldering large ground planes and chassis grounds. Great product, great company

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red72vw wrote:
I purchased this unit just 2 weeks ago. "http://www.weldandsolder.com/artifact/6531251/":http://www.weldandsolder.com/artifact/6531251/
Your link is blocked at my work. What make/model is it?

The product page says "Smartxchoices Pro 2In1 862D+ SMD Soldering Iron Hot Air Rework Station LED Display w/4 Nozzles As Free Gifts (#1)".  It looks pretty good.  The price is $55.49 (say 45% off).

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The iron I use is a Aoyue 9378

It’s 60watt but so far I haven’t been wanting for more power. I do need to get some new tips though, mine are pretty terrible right now.

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ImA4Wheelr wrote:
The product page says “Smartxchoices Pro 2In1 862D+

Thanks, looks similar to the 852D+ I linked earlier

https://www.amazon.com/Smartxchoices-Soldering-Station-Display-Nozzles/d...

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I bought mine from Sparkfun, Model# 303D. Cost me $99 a few years ago. Replacement heater is available if and when it fails. The air pump is built into the base unit instead of a motor and fan built into the handle.

$99 is too much for me this year. I’m not sure about the pump in the base. I’m sure it is more reliable and robust, but it also makes the cord/tube to the unit thicker. Does that get annoying in your experience?

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4wheelr’s description is correct.

It looks like the MarkEthan 852D you linked in post #2. Price is the same as posted on weldandsolder.com.($55.59). When you click “add to cart” button there it takes you to Amazon to finish checkout

Edit: your link in post #14 is the one.

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I really like the look of those, but man they’re big. No way they would fit on my desk. I wonder if there’s a way to find out how long the cords are.

edit: actually, looking at the scale of the handle, they might not be that big. The box shape just makes it look like it.

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atbglenn wrote:
I bought mine from Sparkfun, Model# 303D. Cost me $99 a few years ago. Replacement heater is available if and when it fails. The air pump is built into the base unit instead of a motor and fan built into the handle.
$99 is too much for me this year. I’m not sure about the pump in the base. I’m sure it is more reliable and robust, but it also makes the cord/tube to the unit thicker. Does that get annoying in your experience?

The cord/air tube is much thicker, but it hasn’t been a problem for me because it’s very flexible . You may, or may not like it. I’d invite you over to check it out if you ever visit Long Island

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The 862D+ looks pretty good right now, I like the completely separate controls for air/iron. I just can’t find any specs on the wattage ratings for each side.

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pilotdog68 wrote:
The iron I use is a Aoyue 9378

It’s 60watt but so far I haven’t been wanting for more power. I do need to get some new tips though, mine are pretty terrible right now.

I have the Aoyue 937+ with several Hakko T18 tips. It’s like a whole new solder station with the Hakko tips. They work so much better than the tips that came with the station.

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RobertB wrote:
It’s like a whole new solder station with the Hakko tips.

You could almost buy a whole new solder station for the same price Big Smile

The ones I’m finding are a small set for $30+ Shocked

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pilotdog68 wrote:
RobertB wrote:
It’s like a whole new solder station with the Hakko tips.

You could almost buy a whole new solder station for the same price Big Smile

The ones I’m finding are a small set for $30+ Shocked

The three I bought were half the price of the solder station. A cylindrical point, 2.4mm chisel tip, and a 3.2mm chisel tip. About 8 bucks each, but they sure work good.

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Hello everyone,
You can go to this site and take a look around:
https://www.circuitspecialists.com/soldering-equipment
They have a lot of options and parts for replace. By the way, I’m a newbie here and learning a lot, thank you BLF.

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bump to see if there are any more opinions out there.

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Currently top of my list are:

853D, because it has a small DC power supply built it, which would be convenient and save desk space.

and

862D+, becaue it has knobs for everything instead of messing with holding down buttons.

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Either unit would never do for me. I would never give up my Hakko iron - there's no wiggle room there. One time I accidentally cut through the cord to the iron - replacement cost almost as much as the full up iron - I ordered another Hakko without delay. Felt like a complete novice using my backup - totally useless. The Hakko is that good. Dale says pretty much the same thing about his. Dunno how anyone else mods without one, or something comparable.

For $97, but of course just the iron: https://www.amazon.com/Hakko-Digital-FX888D-Soldering-Station/dp/B00AWUFVY8

 

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I have no problems with my iron, I’m just worried about having space on desk for two boxes and two power cords. That’s why I’m primarily looking at combo units.

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For flashlights use i am currently working with Gordak 850, using it for 2 years already, made like 300+ drivers, dedomed zounds emitters, remade lotsa drivers and dismanteled unknown numbers of other el.components- working like a champ- bought it vs….prolly 80 usd

Meanwhile my work Weller Hot Air station failed twice, price difference is above 20x

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Tom E wrote:

Either unit would never do for me. I would never give up my Hakko iron – there’s no wiggle room there. One time I accidentally cut through the cord to the iron – replacement cost almost as much as the full up iron – I ordered another Hakko without delay. Felt like a complete novice using my backup – totally useless. The Hakko is that good. Dale says pretty much the same thing about his. Dunno how anyone else mods without one, or something comparable.


For $97, but of course just the iron: https://www.amazon.com/Hakko-Digital-FX888D-Soldering-Station/dp/B00AWUFVY8


 

Great Iron. I’ve been using mine more than my Weller these days. I only use Hakko tips with it, never aftermarket ones.

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Here’s another version of the similar or same thing. $55

https://jet.com/product/detail/952d6efad2434ec096ff25521c630459?jcmp=pla...

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RobertB wrote:
Here’s another version of the similar or same thing. $55

https://jet.com/product/detail/952d6efad2434ec096ff25521c630459?jcmp=pla...


I think this is the one I’ll end up putting on my list. Solid unit, and Jet.com has a 15% discount off the already good price.

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pilotdog68 wrote:
RobertB wrote:
Here’s another version of the similar or same thing. $55

https://jet.com/product/detail/952d6efad2434ec096ff25521c630459?jcmp=pla...


I think this is the one I’ll end up putting on my list. Solid unit, and Jet.com has a 15% discount off the already good price.

Yeah, $46.71, I may get myself one too.

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