TOOL: Aoyue 852 hot air station
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The Aoyue 852 is a dedicated hot air rework station. Hot air is probably the easiest way to remove soldered parts from a PCB, especially large chips with 100+ pins.
We recycle parts between prototype versions. It’s cheaper and produces less waste, but most of all it saves times because the correct parts are ready to go. Hot air is the fastest and easiest way we’ve found to strip down an old board.
We bought the 852 when the hot air part of our trusty 968 went on the fritz. A dedicated hot air station was cheaper than a new 968, and the 968 was on backorder.
Temperature and air flow are adjusted with knobs. A display shows the set and current temperature, up to 550degrees Celsius. Air flow is shown on a not quite helpful ball gauge.
This is the cheapest Aoyue with digital temperature control. Set the working temperature and it will stay there automatically. An 850C is a few bucks cheaper, but the temperature is set manually by referencing a series of graphs.
The hot air tool is lighter and easier to use than our old one, and the pump is significantly quieter. Our 968 is 5 years old though, new units may have the same upgrades. This has been a great addition to our workshop, but we do miss the extra table space.
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