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Technical Heat gun recommendations??

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by hotrodA, Jan 7, 2020.

  1. mike in tucson
    Joined: Aug 11, 2005
    Posts: 485

    mike in tucson
    from Tucson

    We have seven or eight Milwaukee corded guns that work great. We just got two Milwaukee battery guns to experiment with. Battery heat guns are attractive if you are working underneath something and don't want the hassle of a cord in the way OR if you need to do a quickie one or two heatshrinks. The battery gun heats fairly quickly but we have not counted how long the battery lasts.
  2. lemondana
    Joined: Feb 21, 2009
    Posts: 73

    from Lincoln NE

    HF are cheap enough, buy two and when the first one burns out you have another. My first one lasted 6 or 7 years.
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  3. Gearhead Graphics
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 3,226

    Gearhead Graphics
    from Denver Co

    HF heat gun works just fine.
    But most often I use my cordless BIC lighter.
    No bulk, no heat up time, no cool down time, fits in my pocket and many compact spaces.
  4. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 3,595


    Jeez, I use a lighter on shrink tube, even though I own a heat gun, never occurred to me.o_O
  5. Black_Sheep
    Joined: May 22, 2010
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    This $5 garage sale find has served me well for several years. image.jpg
  6. Early Ironman
    Joined: Feb 1, 2016
    Posts: 526

    Early Ironman

    These are what I use the most.
    The butane Weller is extremely useful. It has a tiny heat gun attachment. Perfect for working in confined spaces.

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  7. I always used the wife's hair drier but when I decided to rewire the Olds I bought one of those HF heat guns. It worked good until it was out of warranty, then it burned up! I went back to using her hair drier...
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  8. alanp561
    Joined: Oct 1, 2017
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    40 year old Craftsman. Still working
  9. error404
    Joined: Dec 11, 2012
    Posts: 229

    from CA

    with the little torches, is it difficult to keep the wire insulation (and shrink tubing!) from bubbling or burning? Or is it pretty forgiving?
  10. Mimilan
    Joined: Jun 13, 2019
    Posts: 317


    Next time you have one fail...... buy a cheap hot-air plastic welder.

    These have temp settings and a zero temp to cool them off.
    If you follow the cool down procedure it will last for years.

    Plus you can learn to plastic weld like I did [​IMG]

    The biggest use for my Leister is removing "rubber marbles" off racing slicks with hot air and a scraper.

    Be careful though........You can start a fire with these
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  11. WB69
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,048


    Have used both heat gun and micro-torch. Each kind of has its place. Really like the click on, click off of the micro-torch though.
  12. Early Ironman
    Joined: Feb 1, 2016
    Posts: 526

    Early Ironman

    The Weller butane torch is very forgiving.
    With the heat gun attachment. It won’t melt the tubing or insulation unless you hold it in one spot too long. There is no flame coming out. Just the heat from the diffused flame inside the tip.

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  13. Rramjet1
    Joined: Mar 13, 2018
    Posts: 71


    I race radio controlled cars and the Weller is a perfect tool for work at the track, particularly if you don’t have electricity.

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  14. error404
    Joined: Dec 11, 2012
    Posts: 229

    from CA

    Thank you :) I might try one of these for working in tight spaces under the dash.
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  15. Thanks for all the responses! Those battery powered ones are intriguing.
  16. Thanks for all the suggestions!
  17. stuart in mn
    Joined: Nov 22, 2007
    Posts: 1,704

    stuart in mn

    I've had a Milwaukee heat gun for ages, still works great. You can also use them for stripping paint (and thawing frozen pipes in the house), so they're not just for heat shrink tubing.
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