I am looking for opinions on low-cost ( < $2k ) tools to aid manual pick and place. Here is a $600 commercial solution:
http://www.abacom-tech.com/Manual-SMT-P ... 93496.aspx
And here is a homebrew imitation:
I don't have the time to perfect a homebrew version, and I don't mind spending the $ on the commercial version. I am just looking for some opinions.