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Offline KaneTW

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Preheater recommendation
« on: January 23, 2022, 03:12:21 pm »
I'm working on relatively dense 10+ layer boards and need a preheater (total board size <150x100 but margin is good).

I wanted to buy the zephyrtronics 15cfm unit but the shipping to Germany or even US is insane. $350+ for international freight, $100 for non-ground US freight??? It's not that big of a unit.

What alternatives are there? Metcal's convection preheater looks ok. JBC seems too expensive. I generally would prefer hot air over IR but it's not a hard requirement.
 

Offline mon2

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Re: Preheater recommendation
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2022, 07:29:58 pm »
How about the Hakko FR830-02 ?

My bro loves this model and used it often when he worked for Intel. We bought ours - 100% new but surplus on Ebay and saved about $50-$75 USD off the DK pricing.

To elevate our PCBs we purchased a rework table jig from Aliexpress. Just my 2-bits.
 

Offline mazurov

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Re: Preheater recommendation
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2022, 12:58:45 am »
I'm using AOYUE 866. It works all right as a preheater. Hot air piece is handy too. Never tried the iron.
With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine - RFC1925
 

Offline KaneTW

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Re: Preheater recommendation
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2022, 06:25:30 pm »
Decided to go with the Metcal one. Best availability + price/specs ratio of everything that I saw.
 
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Offline thm_w

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Re: Preheater recommendation
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2022, 11:39:42 pm »
Why would you prefer hot air over IR? Hot air is worse, the power output is so low.

Yihua 853/Gordak 853 is working well for me.
 

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Re: Preheater recommendation
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2022, 11:45:58 pm »
Tall components, not having to deal with radiant heat and thermocouples.
 
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