hot air rework station

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What kind of SMD work? For resistors, caps, and parts with leads (SO, SOT, SOIC, etc), I'd arm myself with a good temperature controlled soldering iron with a fine tip. The hot tweezers come in handy for de-soldering, though a wide tip does the same job... The irons made by METCAL and Weller are truly excellent. The only time I use hot air is for LLP and uSMD packages - and even then I back up the air with a hotplate.

At work we have a Weller hot air station. That seems to work fine. Make sure you get a variety of nozzles for it if you decide to go the hot air route.
 
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