This hot-air rework station is great for professionals and hobbyists in need of tight temperature tolerances and large air flows. This unit displays a digital readout of the actual air temperature with a flow rate of up to 24L per minute. This very powerful unit can be used for multiple applications including standard SMD reflow/repair/removal, thermal IC stress testing, thermoplastic welding, and shrink-wrapping.
Each 8508D Hot-Air Rework Station has two knobs on the front of the case to control air flow as well as temperature. This rework station even has a detachable power cable so if you happen not to live in North America, you can replace it to fit your own standard plug provided it still uses 110V.
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Skill Level: Competent - You will encounter surface mount components and basic SMD soldering techniques are required.
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Skill Level: Noob - You don't need to reference a datasheet, but you will need to know basic power requirements.
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Based on 4 ratings:
I bought it to do some small hot-air reworking and light surface mount assembly, and it has worked out just fine. Thanks!
The unit works well overall, but is quite a bit larger than other units available on the market. The controls and hand piece feel high quality. My only other complaint is the hose and power cable are both a little short for my liking which made some work a bit awkward to maneuver around.
Independent air flow and heater control? Check. Temperature display? Check. Comes with a few different nozzles? Check.
Only thing I don’t know about is this Auto mode but I work in Manual and it just does exactly what I want so five stars from me.
Was able to solder leadless DFN-4 with little difficulty with this thing.
My hot air rework station arrived with a broken ground pin on the plug. The power cord is built into the device, so to repair it I needed to open the unit and splice in a new power cable, which I took from my cable collection (we all have one).
After I spliced the new power cable, I used the newly repaired rework station on the shrink wrap to insulate the wires. Worked like a charm.
I’m only giving the 3 stars because the product arrived damage, and Sparkfun’s support didn’t do anything to resolve the problem. They said they would send a replacement, but never did. And when I asked for a partial refund or credit toward another purchase I got radio silence. Otherwise, I’m pleased with the product.