Cheap IR/Infrared electronics rework stations. Anybody tried them?

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  1. FAST6191
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    Probably not the best place to ask but making a thread is easy and several members do seem to be in electronics repair/assembly of various forms.

    Doing the rounds of Amazon to see what kind of cheap Chinese tools and devices there are for me to play with I noticed the IR rework stations are considerably cheaper (£250 is not even the cheapest, £500 looks like the top until you want to spend real money) than they were a few years ago (dealextreme used to want £1K or more for a basic IR lamp on a dimmer affair). Dodgy BGA on devices is creeping up in the most common stakes and I am not cool enough to reball with hot air.

    I don't mind rewiring a few things and I do not mind tweaking some other stuff, however I am not invested enough in this to do whatever the full on Chinese laser engraver ( http://www.synthfool.com/laser/ and http://www.electricstuff.co.uk/lasercutter.html ) dance equivalent is for this.

    Size wise I want to go from laptop and console motherboards down to phones and the like, however that does not look like such a problem for the stuff I am seeing. It is going to be Chinese tat so I know not to expect great things and beyond that do not expect to be doing volumes of repairs with it anyway.

    Anyone had any experiences that would be relevant here?
     
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    Don't forget the under heater (think its called preheater) around £100. Was looking to invest a while back too. Check tx forums etc you'll get answers from people who use them a lot
     
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    Oh yeah I would not go one without preheating/under heating part; http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00IZ9CHTK/ was one of the ones I was looking at and it has one.

    £250 is the sort of money that does buy nice hard drives, graphics cards, the model up on a CNC machine, the model up on machine tools, the model up on..... It is all toys for me to play with but I would rather not completely waste it.