QUOTE(iKhan @ Dec 5 2011, 11:34 AM)
This is $135 http://www.amazon.com/Updated-Aoyue-Digita...r/dp/B006FA481G
this is close to $1K http://www.ebay.com/itm/XBOX-360-E74-Plays...#ht_3519wt_1304
So what exactly does a reball station do that a hot air rework station won't?
Chime in on this for a noob?
Stay away from the Aoyue stations. They are notorious for producing uneven heating. I know firsthand because I own an Aoyue 968.
The 852A+ and the T8280 preheater in the auction are what I consider a very entry level setup. The 852A+ can be bought for about $150. The T8280 preheater is about $250 shipped if you buy from SMTmax.com (California-based). I recommend against buying the preheater overseas because the chance of getting broken plates on arrival is quite high.
The auction talks about a custom "heat rack" but doesn't show any pictures. From my experience, I prefer to buy the board support plates made specifically for that board. The adjustable ones are a pain, I've owned one.
The included Kester 951 flux is also inferior. Amtech 4300 liquid flux is far superior. For the $1k they are asking, it's a total and complete rip off. Get it if you want to waste your money.
You can get an ACHI IR PRO SC with a reballing jig + stencils for about $1300 shipped. I own a Hakko FR-802 and the same T8280 preheater and I reball with that set up. With the Aoyue stations, I was never able to get good results. I even bought the Aoyue INT 732--what a total piece of shit.
If you want to check out some of my work, check out my YouTube videos.
I've since retired from reballing so now I'm only offering my help for those who want to get into it.