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Old 10-30-2013, 04:55 PM   #1
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Default WTB: Inexpensive Solder / Reflow station. Suggestions?

If I started looking around the house/shop/garage I'd probably find ten $30 Rat Shack irons but I want to step up a bit. I'd really like to stay under $100 if possible and I'm probably only going to use it 5 times per year or so. I haven't done much research at all but I figured that some of you guys had them and may have some suggestions. Three or so tips for the reflow and iron would be all I need. Not sure how many will come with a station so inexpensive and easily available tips would be nice.

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The question is, why do you need to reflow?
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I've fixed a few RROD Xbox360's with a old heat gun (would have probably been much easier with a "real" reflow station with controllable temp output) as well as a laptop with bad video. I've got a couple of WDTV units sitting here that do not work. Just taking a stab at fixing them would be fun. I bought them as broken units and have no idea what is wrong with them. Will a reflow fix them? Probably not but I would have no problem with buying a new toy/tool.




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i have the station from these guys and have only used the reflow setup at my old job. they are cheap, but i have used both for years without failures and are suprisingly good quality for what thye cost. they come with a spare element and you can get any tip for them that is normally offered by hakko or equivelent.

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i dont think they carry the same rework station i used to use(chinese rebrading) but they have the same one you posted, and similar ones to what i used to use in the higher prioce range (well over $100). it was really nice though.
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Thanks for the recommendation. I looked at the site and there are a few nice ones on there.
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Might want to check out the Hakko, they make good quality stuff at a decent price.
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