HT3500 Heat Gun
Lightweight and adjustable - I love this gun
I've used many heat guns, but this is my first digital gun. This is also the first gun that I've used that has multiple heat settings (well, other than high/low). I think that's great and I really appreciate how the instructions give recommendations for which setting to use based on what you're using it for.
Late last fall I was battling cold temperatures while trying to finish painting the barn. I tried drying spots with my heat gun with varying success. I ended up burning and bubbling it in places. Not good. This gun has lower settings for drying paint.Sweet. There are also settings for removing paint, removing stuck bolts (never thought of that), softening plastic, etc.
Another really cool feature in my opinion is the auto cool down feature. I've always switched my gun to cold and run it until I feel cold air. My understanding is that if you simply set it down hot it would burn out. This gun lets you set it down and it will run exactly as long as it needs to in order to cool down. It monitors the air temperature. sweet!
I think they could have done a better job with the controls. Rather than cycling through modes with two buttons (time tested, but crude) I think they should have used a multi selector knob with each position labeled with a sample application. This would not only make it easier to use, but also eliminate the need to keep a cheat sheet (or the box) with the gun so you know which setting to use. Unless a competing product offers such controls I guess it's not a big deal.
Last night I used it for woodworking glue up. I wanted to "size" endgrain, which absorbs glue and robs the joint. Normally I'd have to wait for that first application to dry before regluing but it dawned on me to try the heat gun on low. Wow. That's a great trick. In a matter of minutes it was dried and I could reapply and finish the job.
I like the gun much better than my older manual wagner gun and I definitely recommend it.
September 26, 2013
Lifted tile really well.
Set Temp. on 450-550 and fan on HIGH and was able to lift the tile easily with a 2 1/2" putty knife. Turned itself completely off twice. Otherwise it was a gem
February 8, 2012