We're looking for a decent hot air SMD rework station to help us fix up our prototypes. In the past, I've used one of the low-end Aoyue models, and found it lacking (the interface had problems, and the air pump got gummed up after a while). What should I be looking for in a rework station? Any model recommendations?
I'll put a vote in for the Metcal (now Oki) HCT-900 Its basically the same price as the Hakko units but has a much better selection of tips, specifically for QFP/BQFP packages.
That being said, probably the best thing you can buy to ease rework is a convection pre-heater, if your not using one already.
I use the Hakko 851 station at my workbench and have had good success with it. I find that I can deal with chip resistors / capacitors and small ICs (SOICs, MSOPs) easily with it.