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Aoyue 968 SMD Digital Hot Air Rework Station

by Aoyue
3.7 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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Product Description

Micro-processor controlled electro-static discharge (ESD) safe unit. Closed loop temperature control. Easy-to-use touch type panel controls with digital display. Built-in airflow gauge. Three in one repairing system that integrates hot air gun, soldering iron, and smoke absorber in one package. Built-in smoke extractor that absorbs fumes created at the source. Knob type soldering iron temperature control for simple yet efficient working temperature selection. Intelligent error-reporting mechanism. Detects and informs the personnel for problems with the sensor and heating element. Auto-cooling functionality. Blows air to cool down the system to a safe temperature before turning OFF. Compatible with various types of air nozzles. Compatible with different kinds of soldering tips. Package content: 968 Station with hot air gun, Air nozzles (1124,1130,1197,1313), B003 Soldering iron,2630 Soldering iron holder, Z003 Hot air gun holder, G001 IC Popper, 2 pcs. Filter pads, Power cord.

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Technical Details

Part Number AO968

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ASIN B000HDG0AO
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3.7 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #544,181 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#387 in Industrial & Scientific > Industrial Power & Hand Tools > Welding & Soldering > Soldering & Brazing Equipment > Soldering Stations
Shipping Weight 15 pounds
Date First Available December 13, 2006

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This is an excellent unit for the price, esp. for the hobbyist doing component repositioning or removal. The only flaw on the one I received was a missing LED indicating the on/off status of the hot air gun, which I can live without (but for which I dinged it one star.) I especially like the temperature display which continues to show the temperature as it drops after you've shut the unit off; this is a great safety feature which helps keep others from getting burned.
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This unit is great. It is easy to use and very self explanatory. The only thing you need to read is the sticker on the top advising you to remove the red labeled screw from the underside. The manual is not much help but everything is so intuitive it is not really needed. The tip that comes with it is very small and loses heat quickly making it difficult to use on all but the smallest of projects. However standard Hakko tips fit this unit, making finding replacement tips easy. The vacuum function while soldering is nice and effective. Also included is an IC popper. I couldn't find what this was anywhere until I purchased the unit. Imagine a fork with only the two outside prongs. These legs are thin and designed to be slid under chips so as you heat it up with the air gun it can be used to pry them up when the solder reflows and the chip becomes loose. I found it to be a little too big for most of the chips I work on and not very effective. I'm sure someone will find it a nice addition though.

My only two complaints are the soldering wand and the sponge. The soldering wand is nice and short making getting into tight spaces and maintaining control easy. However, the handle is hard plastic and lacks a soft rubber grip like you see on many higher end models. This isn't really a problem unless you are doing extensive work with the tool. The sponge that is included is very thin and flimsy. This can be easily replaced though. These are the two reasons I gave it a four instead of a five.

Like the title says though, you can't beat it for the price.
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This unit is most impressive, it compares well with Weller units and several other's I've used over the years. The price was what I was going for, but the unit ships with good packaging, additional hot air rework tips, a nice heavy solder wand holder, and a spare filter for the solder fume removal portion of the solder wand. All in all, I've been impressed with it's temperature control, speed to come up to temperature, and the nice safety features. The unit will do precision work with wonderful accuracy. I've been using it as a hobbiest and have built quite a few boards already that simply wouldn't have been possible with a radio-shack cheap iron. Well worth the investment. It's a professional tool, and give professional results.
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No big complaints really great kit.

Pros:
-Heats iron up in no time at all...I'm so used to walking away and doing something else but this thing is perfect.
-Looks profession and actually box is nice and heavy...feels solid
-Cheap as all heck
-Vacuum Really is nice...I don't have to hold my breath now ^^
-Holder actually isn't bad. The holder is metal, decent quality, and the solder comes out the bottom so it actually has a nice smooth soldering wire flow

Cons
-Soldering Iron feels cheap and the base can get a tad bit hot. If you don't want the vacuum that it isn't a bad idea to upgrade to a rubber soldering iron
-Only has one port so you will only be able to use one iron...no big deal but I know some people don't like that
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I've never used a rework station before, so I have nothing to compare to, but I cannot think of anything bad to say about the unit. It heats quickly and does everything I need.
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The title says it all. I've used this successfully exactly two times. Ever since then, the hot air can't even melt shrink tubing, the fume intake runs constantly, and the soldering iron gets lukewarm. I've followed all their troubleshooting advice about resets and a variety of outlets (including a voltage regulated one) to no avail. I haven't been able to get any response from the manufacturer on a warranty replacement. Consider it a $170 throwaway tool - they have some serious QC problems.

EDIT: A friend gave me another email address to try for them, and they answered within 24 hours so I bumped it up a star for the fast response. I've submitted my information and will update this review when I hear back again.
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I don't like the soldering iron stand, I built my own from some stuff I had laying around.

Other than that, it's the best solder kit I've ever owned. The hot air blower is good for all kinds of tasks.
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This rework station worked well for about 6 months. Then had a problem with air flow, which turned out only to be a clogged filter on the soldering iron (they include a spare filter). The company support was prompt and excellent. It is a good rework station, especially for the price.
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