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Heat gun is one of the tool that every one should have in their home. Heat guns can be very handy in many situations. We will find out and discuss it in detail and find the best heat gun to buy so that you can have a good tool at your home when you need it.
So for a beginning lets discuss some things based on a heat gun.
How does a heat gun work?
You might have seen room heaters before if you don’t then let me explain you how they work as heat guns follow the same principle.
If you have seen room heaters then you will know that they work based on a heating element. A heat gun or a room heater will have high resistant heating element like nichrome or tungsten that when supplied with electricity it get heated due to resistance.
There will be a fan in the front section which pulls out the heat from the tungsten element and blows out as hot air.
It’s the same phenomenon followed by a heat gun as well. The heating element is the primary factor for producing hot air from a heat gun.
So now we have figured out how a heat gun works we can see what are its uses.
Uses of a heat gun
Being a handy tool it is used in multiple applications. Here I have listed some of the main application and its uses.
- For bending pipes
We know bending a PVC pipe in an exact way we want is hard job either the pipe breaks or it gets damaged. So usually what we do is show it on fire but what happens here is it get darkened and some time it get a hole in it or gets deformed. The problem here is we cant provide the exact level of heat that we need to bend a pipe.
So heat gun comes handy in this place. It can control the exact amount of heat that it can output with the heating adjustment available in it. That will help to produce exact amount of heat that we need.
2. For removing paint
Removing paint from a material is hard job as paint is a sticky thing. Once paint settles on a surface we need to either sand it or scrap it from the surface to remove it , but here the problem is the surface will get scratched up.
A heat gun will really be handy here as it will heat the paint to an extent when it leaves the surface and bulge out so that we can easily remove the paint.
3. Removing wallpaper
This is another purpose where a it is used to a large extent. A wallpaper usually has strong glue and won’t come off from walls so easily. If we try to remove if by pulling it off the wallpaper will tear off and some part may stick in the wall and paint from the wall will come off from the wall and wall will get damaged.
A heat induces heat and removes the stickiness of the wallpaper so that it will get easily removed.
1. Removing glue
Once we stick some stong glue to a thing its hard to remove. For that we can use the heat from heat gun in a precise way so that the glue gets loosened and the glue comes off.
2. Wrapping car or bike
If you have seen car or bike wrapping you might have seen usage of heat gun there. It is used to shape the surfaces over the film or the sticker that is sticked over a car or a bike.
3. Removing rusted screws
Removing an old rusted screw is a tedious process as they wont come of easily. So a heat gun can be used to heat the screws which will reduce the friction and loosen the screws so that we can remove it much easily.
Due to controlled heat production it is a very good and handy tool to have in homes.
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Parts of a heat gun
Corded heat guns available in the market are similar from all manufactures. They have mostly the same parts.
A common heat gun will have the following design.
- It will have a handle and a On switch.
2. There will be a heat control adjustment.
3. A heat generating chamber where it will have a heating element connected to the supply.
4. A fan that will push out hot air from the heating element.
This is the basic anatomy behind.
If there are advantages also we should follow some safety measures while using these type of tools
At high temperatures it will get very hot and you should avoid touching the metal part as it will burn your hands.
Other thing is that it should not be exposed to petrol or petroleum gasses which will cause fire.
Now that we had made it clear about what it is and how its used, we can check out best heat gun that we can buy for our home use.
Their are many manufacturers in India that have them in the market. I have sorted some of the best which will help in your purchase.
Bosch GHG 180
This is one of the popular models of heat gun sold in india. Bosch as we might have heard are making some good quality tools. I am using this since last 1 year and it has always performed well.This is a best heat gun for removing paint.
- This is made of good quality plastic and the cord is around 2 meter length which is an added advantage.
- It has a red temperature adjustment switch back of the handle by which you can control the value and airflow from the gun.
- Front nozzle is made of stainless steel which is rust free.
- It is very light weight and handy so that your hands don’t pain after long use.
- It comes with over heat protection.
- 1800 W is the power
- Heating rate: 60 – 550°C °C
- Airflow: 350 – 550 l/min
- 6 monts warranty
Also check extended warranty
This is another 1800W model and its very popular in the market as it falls in the budget segment. Black and decker is one of the oldest tool manufacturing company and they make some good quality products in affordable price. In my opinion it has good features for the price and it does the heating function really well.This is a good for art and craft.
- Plastic quality used in this heating gun is descent.
- It has two temperature adjustments and heat output is accurate.
- Heating is quick.
- Less sound
- Cord length is around 2 meter
- Temperature range : 400 and 550 degree centigrade
STANLEY STXH2000 2000W
This is from Stanley a popular American brand which have lot of good tools in Indian market. Stanley products are known for their quality and long life.This comes in 2000w and is made of good quality plastic and the design is simple and is one of the best that we had reviewed. The weight is less as the it only weights 250gm and the cord could add another 200gm which make the total weight of 450gm which is good for long use.
- Its very handy and light weight.
- It has a rotating knob for accurate heat adjustment.
- 2 heat modes for accurate heating
- Long 3 meter cord for easy use.Lock on function in trigger for hands free use.
- 1 Year warranty
Bosch GHG 20-63 2000-Watt PVC
We considered bosch again because they have some good models. This model GHG 20-63 from bosch is specially made for professional use. Its bit on the costlier side and this is used for vehicle wrapping. Mostly used in car detailing shops, the users have said that it performs really well and heat adjustment in this is accurate and effective. It has a lengthy cable which suits their needs well.
- It has 3 temperature adjustments for accurate heating levels.
- Rubber anti slip grip for good hold in the hands.
- Long cord of 2 meter which is good for professional use
- 6 months warranty
- Can heat up to 630 degrees is an added advantage.
Dewalt is a sub brand of stanley and this model is one of the most popular. This is having some advanced features like an LCD display to know the accurate heating levels and a good quality build with ergonomic design. Its in a bit costlier side but this one works best for professionals.
It is build like a tank and is very stable in hands and even drops does not damage it.
- Digital display for accurate temperature readings.
- Robust build with good plastics used
- Two types of nozzles provided for different purposes.
- Long cord for easy access to places.
- 2 heat settings for accurate heating
- Heating up to 600 degrees
So we have covered all the most popular heat guns available in India that will perform really well based on your use. Select one of them and you will be happy with the purchase.
After checking through 10 different models and we have selected the top 5 from the list. From that top 5 have have a best choice that will be suitable for all you robs and will provide 1 year of warranty and some advance controls.
So now you know the answer for what is the best heat gun to buy for both home and professional use.
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