It can be adequate, depending on the method used. Short of buying a hot air station I would not spend more than this. I would recommend a wedge tip to hold more heat for removal, and you will need lots of eutectic solder or some chip quick.
I am not far from you right now. I am up by belle vernon/ charleroi pa area right now at my parents house for the holidays.Thanks for the info, would this method of running a bead of solder around the chip ruin the chip? I planned on saving the other board to remove and replace the chips on other boards if one goes bad. But maybe it would be best to just get new ones since they are cheap..
until after xmasOhh cool, I am waiting on the other sdr d to come..how long u there for?