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Old 06-29-2018, 11:50 AM   #1
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Default Looking for a new rework solder station

I am looking into buying new solder rework stations. Currently we use the Pace MBT350. I am not happy with this station. I have used the Weller WR3000M station for about a week while doing some training. I thought it was pretty nice. But I have seen some mixed reviews on it. What about Hakko, JCB, Metcal… Any suggestions, or advice?

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Old 06-29-2018, 12:41 PM   #2
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define "rework"
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Old 06-29-2018, 01:08 PM   #3
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soldering desoldering. SMT, through hole
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Old 06-29-2018, 01:20 PM   #4
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so iron, desoldering iron, hot air?
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This a small operation. We populate new PCBs. Build prototype PCBs. Do upgrades of boards. Repair PCBs from the field. Need hot air and vacuum.
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Old 06-29-2018, 09:32 PM   #6
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best small hot air is the quick 861DW - look it up on youtube
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Old 07-04-2018, 06:51 PM   #7
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Default Re: Looking for a new rework solder station

I have been using a collection of MBT250's, ST115 and a couple of ST45 with a dozen or so Pace hand-pieces. Cant generally fault them other than the pricing I guess, that said all of my Pace equipment was obtained from lab clearances at a substantial saving over new. Other than some of the tips being a little difficult to obtain in the UK I don't find any problems. I do use a hakko fr803 for my larger mass SMD hot air work until such time as I can locate a Pace BGA rework or Pace Thermo at a cost I am willing to pay. At least half of my work is required to meet IPC soldering standards or some of them at any rate.

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When I get back to the Lab tomorrow I will put up a more complete list if it is any use to you.
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Default Re: Looking for a new rework solder station

Still looking for a rework station? I have a spare Metcal MRS-1100A setup I could let go of

https://www.tequipment.net/Metcal/MR...hoCogoQAvD_BwE
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