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I just had a few questions.  We have been looking at options for BGA reflow/reball stations.  I have found a few that will do the job but me and my boss are wondering why we can not seem to find any that are made or sold in the United States.

We have found a few from a distributer in China but we would like to get somthing from the state side if we can.  We have a lot of X-Box's and PS3 coming it with issues that could be fixed if we had one of these setup, but we were wanting to get some outside input before spending over a grand for one from China.

Any ideas and comments would be great and thanks ahead of time.

(PS. Here is a link to one of the setup that I am thinking of getting.

http://cgi.ebay.com/BIRD-3K-AnyChip-V3-Consoles-Rework-Reflow-Reballing-PC-/150529208704?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item230c3d7180#ht_16506wt_1139
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That set up looks nice...I don't know a TON about reball/reflow workstations....
But I've been interested in one for a while myself.
I've found this place to sell in the USA...
http://bga-rework.us/store/product_info.pl?item_no=JV-001X&customer_no=&zip_code=&viewBy=All

This thread a guy asks about buying one as well...
http://www.se7ensins.com/forums/topic/355709-professional-reflow-reball-opinions/
And they link to the jovy in my other link.
And the guy is right about needing all that other stuff...stencils...solder balls, flux etc etc etc etc....
And runs about $110 to ship to me...97038 (zip code)

There are others at that story to browse from as well.
Another link here they talk about reflow stations:
http://forums.cvxgameconsolerepair.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=70

And do mention Jovy as one of the better ones to get.

And one on ebay like yours....
http://cgi.ebay.com/BIRD-ANY-CHIP-3000-Repair-Rework-Station-Reflow-VGA-/160550961945?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2561954319&x=50&y=4#ht_13017wt_1139

But a bit cheaper.
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by:david1986
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Thanks so much for the details!

Does anyone else have any ideas?

Just want to get as many opinions as possible before making a decision.

Thanks for the help!
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If you're going along this route make sure that you get a supplier for the net/meshs that match the console chips they don't last very long.  Ensure you get lead-free solder balls for use in US.
You'll need some dummy boards (that you're throwing out anyway) to practice with before moving on to boards you think can be fixed just to get the temps and timings right.
Also remember that reballing is not a panacea for console problems.

This forum has active reflowing repairers posting regularly.

Most workstations sold are drop-shipped from China but you may be able to get a US supplier here: http://www.emulation.com/
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Thank you   I'll pass thIs on to my techs and see if they have further questions!
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