I have an aoyue 852a rework station. Been using it occasionally and it works very well for the price. So the brand does make good products. I think the big benefit getting a Weller, besides the tried and true design, is the availability of parts. If you burn up a tip on an aoyue, it may not be as easy as stopping by the local Fry's to grab a new one. Everyone carries weller tips, and they last forever.