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Sep 14, 2012, 02:26 AM
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The Hendel 852d+

It's rebranded as many 1 hung low brand surface mount rework stations. After 1 day, it seems to be pretty good. It's quite a step up from the 20 year old Weller. It's definitely a business only case, unlike the blue/yellow/pink cases of most gear.

It heats very fast & quickly recovers from loss of heat, allowing it to do a lot more at a lower temperature. The Weller needed 340C to do anything, because it couldn't recover from a loss of heat. The Hendel only needs 250C on the iron & heat gun. The tip is much finer than the weller, but wicked long. It could destroy your eyes or any nearby LCD panel.

The heat gun actually works, using 250C, the smallest tip, & full airflow. It pulled off a 100 TQFP without any issue. Airflow is quite significant. You wouldn't think a long, narrow tube could move that much air. The temperature accuracy is nowhere. It always put out 200C, whether set 100C or 150C.

The mane problem is the box is huge & the cables are too short to have it anywhere besides right next to the project. The heat gun has the flimsiest tube with no stress relief. It's another tool which can't be permanently in the same place.
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