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motofavorite

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Hot air rework station for soldering?
« on: February 23, 2022, 05:07:16 PM »
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I need a new soldering setup. Lately I've read many reviews of KSGER T12 stations and probes (for example, https://www.rchelicopterfun.com/t12-soldering-station.html), but many of these have a high threshold for the low-end temperature set point, or at least higher than some of the low temperature solders I use with white metal soldering. I find it hair-raising enough to solder white metal, so I need all of the help I can for those tasks.

Internet searches for low temperature soldering often lead me into “hot air rework station” territory. I can’t think of any articles in model railroading literature where I’ve read “Now reach for your hot air rework device and carefully solder X to Y.”  Is this equipment useful for ordinary soldering in our hobby? Or should I stick with a T12 clone?
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Re: Hot air rework station for soldering?
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2022, 05:26:09 PM »
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I think that the hot air units are more for printed circuit work. they use a nozzle to direct the flow of hot air to the place you are working with.
I would think controlling the heat to a wire or the likes of, might be a challenge.

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Re: Hot air rework station for soldering?
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2022, 06:00:40 PM »
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That was my suspicion. Also - at least for an amateur solderer like me - a jet of hot air and molten solder carry their own challenges. Thank you for your reply..

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Re: Hot air rework station for soldering?
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2022, 06:43:04 PM »
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I think that the hot air units are more for printed circuit work. they use a nozzle to direct the flow of hot air to the place you are working with.
I would think controlling the heat to a wire or the likes of, might be a challenge.

Also, in printed circuit work, this technique is used on components specifically designed for this soldering technique.
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Re: Hot air rework station for soldering?
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2022, 07:17:45 PM »
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I have used a Pace brand hot air rework station when I worked as a hardware technician back in the '80s.  Its purpose is to solder multi-pin SMD components while using solder paste.  I suppose you could also ltry to unsolder small SMD components like caps or resistors,  but it is not very quick or effective.

I actually own a Pace rework station which includes a hot jet nozzle, but I very rarely used for my electronic rework.

Here is a newer version of the one I own.

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