Tue. Jun 21st, 2022
Makita 2000W 650 Celcius Heat Gun Kit
Makita 2000W 650 Celcius Heat Gun Kit

The gun with the heat. This handheld tool filling the gap between the blowtorch and a modern hairdryer is surprisingly versatile. And come in handy whenever you need a safe, flameless steady heat source. We look at the question you may ask when determining the best heat gun in (Australia).

Suppose you are working on a project involving electronics and refinishing. In that case, plumbing, surface preparation, or glass installation, having the appropriate heat gun in your toolbox will allow you to complete these tasks much more quickly.

What Exactly Is the Function of a Heat Gun?

Paint Removal:

The moulding of plastic materials, such as paint, is typical for heat guns. The ability of a heat gun to make the removal of paint a breeze is already sufficient to justify the expense of purchasing one. Even paint that has been dried and aged can be removed with a heat gun in neat strips. These paint strips can then be gently scraped off with a scraper, leaving the surface clean and ready to be resanded.

Heat guns can also be used to loosen tiles, which is helpful if you intend to keep the tiles in one piece as you remove them.

Work on Electric Circuits:

Milwaukee 18V Cordless Heat Gun
Milwaukee 18V Cordless Heat Gun

Due to their capacity to melt and remove solder, heat guns have found a handy application in electronics. The heat generated by heat guns is typically sufficient to cause the melting of materials that have a low melting point. Hand dryers produce a much lower level of heat. Heat guns can also tighten heat-shrinking cables and straps when adjusted to lower settings. If you want your splices to look much neater, it is worth the extra time and effort to put on heat shrinking cables rather than just covering them up with electrical tape.

Heat guns are helpful whenever there is a need to reshape something, such as making tar roofing hips and tarps, welding plastic sheets, or bending PVC pipes and conduits. Heat guns can be found in hardware stores and home improvement centres. You will also find a heat gun in the garage, which can be used for various tasks, including removing and reinstalling window tint and cleaning trim to restore its glossy black finish.

This valuable tool can be used in a hundred and one different ways. Heat guns can help defrost frozen pipes. Also, when drying out wet wood, closing up shrink wrap packaging and shrink film, patching vinyl and leather, and reupholstering furniture.

How to Evaluate Different Heat Guns

Since heat guns are relatively straightforward tools, contrasting two otherwise comparable models is typically not problematic. When it comes to heat guns, you want to ensure that you have the appropriate temperature and adequate airflow for the jobs you need to complete.

Temperature, as well as the Settings for Temperature

Dewalt D26414K-XE 2000W Corded Digital Heat Gun Kit
Dewalt 2000W Corded Digital Heat Gun Kit

The most basic types of heat guns have only one temperature setting: the maximum level of heat that they can produce with their heating element. It is possible to achieve temperatures of approximately 340 degrees Celsius (644 degrees Fahrenheit) with most gas-powered heat guns. Which is sufficient for applying shrink wrap, applique, and shrink tubes.

On the other hand, electric corded heat guns can reach 600 degrees Celsius or higher (approximately 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit), and they also offer a significantly higher level of temperature control. Your electric heat gun will quickly heat some materials that can easily tolerate heat at these temperatures. Still, it might be too much for the more delicate materials.

If you need to shape tar tiles or weld PVC and plastic, you should purchase a heavy-duty heat gun. When depending on it for your business, you should consider investing in a proper industrial heat gun. Heat guns used in industry can produce flameless heat up to 700 degrees Celsius, approximately 1,300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Flow of Air

The more cubic feet per minute (CFM) and feet per minute (FPM), the more forcefully and rapidly the tool blows air over the heating element. The manufacturers of heat guns typically refer to the airflow rating of their products in terms of cubic feet per minute (CFM). Still, they may also use litres per minute. Additionally, the airflow speed can also occasionally be expressed in feet per minute.

Your heat gun has a more effective range to perform its function if it has a high airflow rating and the appropriate nozzle attached to it. It is essential to have a high airflow to maintain a constant and even temperature on the surface you are working on.

 

 

Power

The power of electric heat guns is typically expressed in wattage (W), which can help you understand how powerful the heater is or how much volume the blower can produce. Most electric corded heat guns available to consumers have wattages greater than 1,500 watts.

The power of heat guns that are powered by gas, on the other hand, is measured in British thermal units. One BTU is the required heat to raise one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit.

Renegade R2000HG 2000W 2-Speed Heat Gun Kit
Renegade R2000HG 2000W 2-Speed Heat Gun Kit

Heat Gun Nozzles

A heat gun’s nozzles allow the user to direct the blast of the heat gun over specific working areas, and having the appropriate nozzles for a given task is often critical.

Main nozzle

The primary nozzle on a heat gun is to complete most of the tasks you need to complete with the heat gun. However, there are times when you need greater control over the output of the heat gun, and this is where the other nozzles come into play.

Glass protector nozzle

If, for example, you are removing paint from window frames, using this nozzle will allow you to keep the hot blast of the heat gun away from the glass panels that you are working on. This nozzle helps prevent the glass from cracking when subjected to the direct heat of a heat gun, which can cause the glass to break.

Fishtail nozzle

This nozzle, also known as a flat nozzle, spreads the force of the heat gun’s blast over a large area. Ideal for scraping paint from larger areas, installing lap siding, and removing tiles that have become loose.

Cone nozzle or pinpoint nozzle

These nozzles concentrate the force of the heat gun’s blast in a single location, allowing you to warm up a relatively small area rapidly. It comes in handy when you need to weld plastic tarpaulin, spot shape vinyl, or shape glass with your heat gun.

Metabo 2200W 2-Stage Straight Heat Gun
Metabo 2200W 2-Stage Straight Heat Gun

Spoon reflector nozzle

Helpful in shaping tight turns on plastic tubing or for evenly heating up a shrink tubing from all sides at once. Also helpful in shaping tight turns on plastic tubing. Additionally helpful for quickly thawing out pipes that have frozen over.

Surface nozzles

They are employed in the process of welding.

Scraper nozzles

Give you the ability to heat and scrape using a single attachment.

Selecting the Right Kind of Heat Gun

The power source is the primary factor determining how heat guns are categorised. Currently, two primary options are gas-powered cordless heat guns and plugged electric-powered heat guns. You are not limited to these two options. There is also the possibility of purchasing an infrared heat gun or an industrial heat gun.

Unimig BND400 400A Bernard Style MIG Welding Torch Gun
Unimig MIG Welding Torch Gun

Heat Guns Powered by Gas

Heat guns powered by gas are convenient in that they are portable, inexpensive, and have a small footprint. They are surprisingly effective for the price. Many of the models used in industrial heat guns are simply upgraded versions of the standard gas-powered heat guns available.

Even though butane or propane is used as fuel, these guns are still considered flameless heat guns. Even the most miniature heat guns can easily reach temperatures more than 600 degrees Celsius, and many of the models can be refilled with the same butane used for lighters.

What Should You Search for in a gas-Powered Heat Gun?

  1. Piezo electronic ignition systems make it easy to turn on a gas-powered heat gun, allowing the device to be turned on with the push of a button. This makes using the tool more convenient.
  2. Even when there is a strong wind blowing, you can light the butane fuel with heating elements that are windproof.
  3. Even after being used in the snow or rain, the tool’s ignition is protected by a waterproof coating, allowing it to continue functioning normally.
  4. Fuel cells that can be refilled with butane or propane make refilling more convenient and allow you to carry extra fuel in a form that is ready to use.
  5. When the heat gun is stored inside a soft bag with other items, you won’t be able to turn it on by accident because the switch has a safety locking feature.

One potential hazard associated with gas-powered heat guns is that, similar to other devices that run on gas. They should not be utilised in environments that contain naked power lines, open flames, or sparks.

Metabo 18V Cordless Heat Gun
Metabo 18V Cordless Heat Gun

Electric Heat Guns

When it comes to heating tools, electric heat guns are the most common option that people go for. They are comparable to glue guns in addition to the full-sized version, which is powerful enough to bend pipes and desolder electronic components. There is also a form resembling a mini-gun or even a pen and can be used for tasks such as shrink-wrapping small items and working on similar projects.

Some larger models are designed for continuous use, such as stripping paint or re-upholstering large pieces of furniture. These models can be found in both electric and pneumatic varieties.

Look Out For these things when Purchasing an Electric Heat Gun.

  1. Thanks to the temperature setting features, you’ll be able to use the heat gun on a wider variety of materials. There are heat guns that come with dual-temperature controls, and there are also heat guns that come with additional controls.
  2. You can set the tool down safely because it has a flat back and an integrated stand. This prevents the hot nozzle from coming into contact with the surface.
  3. It is also possible to position certain heat guns so that the nozzle points directly upwards. Allowing you to use both hands to manipulate the material being heated while being heated. If you plan on bending and shaping many pipes with your heat gun, this tool will come in very handy.
  4. The temperature that the heat gun has reached is displayed on an integrated LCD, including a touchscreen that you can use to adjust the temperature.

If the heating element becomes overheated, the built-in overload protection will turn it off, which will help reduce the risk of fire. The ergonomic grip enables you to hold on to the tool for longer without discomfort. You can utilise the heat gun for various tasks thanks to the inclusion of accessories, such as nozzles and scrapers, which come standard with the tool.

Makita 18V Cordless Heat Gun
Makita 18V Cordless Heat Gun

Heat Guns for Industrial Use

Industrial heat guns are designed to deliver both power and heat accuracy. These are identical to the good old mini heat gun you use to remove paint. However, they were constructed with more resistant components to wear and tear when subjected to prolonged use at a very high power setting. Most models allow for precise temperature control in increments as small as 12 degrees Celsius (approximately 50 degrees Fahrenheit), if not finer.

These are developed for contractors who need to heat multiple large areas continuously at the same time. Industrial heat guns make roofing applications quick work that requires welding a lot of plastic tarpaulin and shaping tar roofing materials. These applications are perfect for industrial heat guns because they require welding a lot of plastic tarpaulins.

Most industrial heat guns used for on-site work are of the corded electric variety; however, some assembly plants also use larger industrial heat guns powered by gas.

Look Out For theses when purchasing an Industrial Heat Gun.

  1. Thanks to adequate temperature control, you can tune the heat output to match the material you will be using the heat gun on to achieve consistent results.
  2. Memory programmes for the heat settings enable you to store and retrieve different configurations of the heat settings, which enables you to switch from one activity to another immediately.
  3. Brushless electric motors are more power-efficient and provide performance that does not require maintenance for a more extended period.
  4. You can quickly check the airflow, the temperature, and the programme that is currently active, thanks to the LCD information display.
Makita HG5030K 1600W Corded 2-Speed Heat Gun
Makita 1600W Corded Heat Gun

The air intake and electronic components of the heat gun are shielded from the dusty conditions of the worksite by a fine dust filter. It is always helpful to have a carrying case because it can transport the heat gun and all of the additional components packaged in a single, more manageable bag.

Heat Guns That Emit Infrared Radiation and Speedheaters, Also Called Infrared Guns

Infrared heat guns utilise infrared waves to transfer heat and energy to the target surface. Thus, unlike traditional heat guns, which utilise an electric heating element to heat a current of air. Compared to traditional heat guns, these guns are relatively recent innovations that have proven helpful in various contexts.

Infrared heat guns emit less heat than traditional heat guns, with most models reaching a maximum temperature of approximately 315 degrees Celsius (599 degrees Fahrenheit) at most. However, the infrared gun does not have very much heating power, but it makes up for this in its versatility. You have complete control over the infrared heater’s temperature. The gun’s output reacts almost instantly to any changes you make.

When stripping lead paint with a regular heat gun, the lead paint will vaporise, and the user will be exposed to toxic fumes. However, stripping lead paint with a speed heater will avoid this hazard. This enables you to use the gun for various applications that are sensitive to temperature, such as removing lead paint.

In Conclusion

The majority of heat guns also come with separate spatulas and scrapers that will assist you in scraping off the paint that has become loose as a result of the heat gun. You can even scrape the paint off of beaded corners or from the inside grooves of door or window frame grooves with one standard design for a scraper.