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    Default Want to buy a Rework Station.

    Looking for a good soldering/desoldering/rework station without breaking the bank. Anyone have any input on this?

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    Edit: I was thinking of getting this one: http://www.howardelectronics.com/xytronic/988d.html
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    What is your price limit?

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    $300 was about all I could do, until my family said they would put another $250 towards it as a gift for the years to come type deal. So around $550, which I think lands me smack in the middle of okay and good. I don't mind buying used though either, just Ebay seems to be pretty dry.

    Edit: I was thinking of a used Metcal MX-500P-11.
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    Going all out huh? I just have a basic $30 soldering iron. Are you planning on doing any SMT rework? If so, you might want to get something with a hot air gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jb143 View Post
    Going all out huh? I just have a basic $30 soldering iron. Are you planning on doing any SMT rework? If so, you might want to get something with a hot air gun.
    Yeah, I have gotten tired of how much time I waste, and how many things I break due to the basics.
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    Hakko has a nice rework station around that price that also do hot air. At my job we use Pace, Metcal, OKI and Hakko. I prefer Pace, but they are expensive. OKI was running some good deals this summer, we replaced some old equiptment and my Tech's really like the gear. MInd you this is equiptment that is being used everyday soldering hundreds of boards, so it might bea little over kill.

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