OT: Hot air station from Circuit Specialists, Inc.

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Hi,

I think someone posted a link to this product a while back. Anyway, I wanted to let you all know that my employer purchased the CSI 825A SMD Rework Station from Circuit Specialists, Inc. and I LOVE it :!: The price is excellent I thought...$199.

http://www.circuitspecialists.co...

The airflow will not blow away surrounding components. It has a small vacuum pickup wand with several different tips. It comes with 4 nozzles that so far have been all I needed. I have removed 28 pin (or was it 32 pin) SMD IC's as well as lots of SMD resistors, capacitors, diodes and transistors.

No, I am not affiliated with CSI. I just thought I would pass on my great experience with this product.

Regards,
Steve

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I can second that. I have a CSI906, which has the hot-air gun as well as a very slick small regular iron. Perfect for really small stuff where you need a needle-point of heat.

The hot air works well, from large volume for quick area heating to small pinpoint single-joint heating. No problems with it at all so far.

The auto-cooldown is a little disconcerting at first. When you turn it off, the blower goes on full to cool the nozzle down quickly.

Dean.

Dean 94TT
"Life is just one damn thing after another" Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)

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I can third that. I bought the cheaper $129 version and it works great!!! I can easily lift and replace 64 pin Atmega 128s

Sanjay

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I've had mine for a while, and l love it.

I looked inside and discovered it's powered by an Atmel processor. :shock:

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Hi,

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I looked inside and discovered it's powered by an Atmel processor.

Do you remember which one? Since the company owns this one I am a little reluctant to open it up...at least for a couple more months :wink: .

Regards,
Steve

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I'm in the market for a hot air rework tool in a few months here, I'll have to keep this in mind, especially for the price. Being run by an AVR is a cute sort of bonus.

-Curiosity may have killed the cat
-But that's why they have nine lives

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Can only see portion of Atmel logo, but part number is ground off; could be AVR or 89C......

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I own a CSI906 rework station from Circuit Specialists and I like it a lot. It hasn't given me any problems so far and it does AtMega128s and 0806 size SMT components beautifully. Have to mention also that Circuit Specialists customer service has been really easy to deal with. I had a flux pen burst during shipment and they replaced it without any hassle.

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CSI didn't answer my email (twice), I was interested in their HOTGUN2
anybody got that? I wanted to know what tip sizes come with it...

I wonder if that would be sufficient for my needs.. compared to a
bigger unit.. Not having any experience with hot air, I don't know
what 23l/min versus 100 l/min means to me..

Regards,
Scott

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I thought about that one, but decided against it for a couple of reasons.

1) I like the idea of the small delicate iron as well.
2) The tool for the base-station unit is a lot lighter than the HotGun2. That one has to have the compressor motor in it as well, along with all the other electronics.

A lighter gun is an easier one to control ...

Dean 94TT
"Life is just one damn thing after another" Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)

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I got this one off e-bay (search aoyue)

http://anyway.no-ip.org:8080/ep/...

http://anyway.no-ip.org:8080/

Now it becomes easy to desolder a 80-pin idc :)

It looks like it could be same design

Shipment from HK was fast & cheaper than from the US

/Bingo

If you just need hot air , ckeck this $75 thingy ..
http://anyway.no-ip.org:8080/ep/...

Remember to specify/ask for 110V or 220V

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Bingo,

That looks very interesting. Hot air and soldering iron in one box great!

One question: How easy is it to find replacement toos and tips etc. Would these need to come from HK too or are there UK/USA suppliers of spares?

Tim

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@w0067814

Dont really know , but i saw the units sold in Germany/Sweden
I guess you could get nozzeles there also , but the postage from HK was like the same as from germany (with GLS).

So i dont think thats a problem.

/Bingo

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Caution: I did try buying a Aoyue stations from a German seller on ebay who must have ran out of stock from China, proceeded to give me a run around for six weeks which included a fair amount of ignoring, yadda yadda... but luckily resulted in refunding most of my money. I know this is not ebay feedback forum, so I'll say no more other than check your supplier carefully. I've raised the bar for my cut-off tolerance of negative f/b: More than ONE in a year and I won't do business with the vendor and I don't care about the volume they handle. Move on, pick another vendor. There's no excuse for not making a customer happy.. if a vendor hasn't figured that out they're toast.

Regards,
Scott

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There's no excuse for not making a customer happy.. if a vendor hasn't figured that out they're toast.

My sentiments exactly :wink:

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I've got the CSI906 as well - great tool!

Only problem is the instructions are totally useless - but it is easy to figure out anyway ;-)

Also there is no temperature for the hot-air, just settings (1 2 3 4 5). However - I think it is actually regulated, as the cool-down mentioned does depend on how hot the air is (check that by timing cool-down for various settings). It isn't just last heat setting either - if you run it for a while at a hot setting it takes a long time to cool down. If after that you switch it on and off quickly it cools down a lot faster.

Still possible its an algorithm based on time unit was on and tip temperature, but seems it might just be a thermometer...

Regards,

-Colin

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I thought the digital up/down buttons of the 825A would be a pain to use.. unless it remembers your last setting after power off. Good old fashioned dials on the 906 are more to my liking, but alas there is no temp readout.
I'm seeing different models with such things as vacuum pick up tool, smoke inhaler, power supply on-board, extended arm that holds the tool, tools that cut heat automatically when you put them down and heat when picked up, feed the dog...

Can't they just make a perfect unit and be done with it? :wink:

Regards,
Scott