Rated 4.7 out of 5Â by 59
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by Paul Great heat-gun kit with tools and case
Heat!! I do a lot of heat-shrink splices. My house has layers of old paint. The new siding (not from H-D!) has a lot of knots that won't stop oozing sap.
The Earlex 1500 Watt Heat Gun does what I need. The heat-spreader and lower heat setting shrinks heat-shrink nicely without burning the wires. The focused high heat works amazing-well for cooking sap out of knots so the next coat of paint, stain, or varnish will stay on. High heat with the spreader softens old paint.
Well-constructed. Didn't break after a few drops. Runs steady without cut-out or hot handle. Noisy, but no more than it has to be to deliver this much heat.
You can buy just a heat-gun for less, and that may be what you need. But this model comes with a good carry-case and a comprehensive selection of scrapers, focusers, and spreaders. The scrapers cover a wide variety of flats and curves and grooves. They are simple punched shapes: fine for most work. Really tough or precision work, you should sharpen these edges or go to more specialized architectural scrapers with keen edges. But still good to have all the common shapes handy and stored together.
Cooking a sap-knot in livingroom panelling. The outdoor siding needs it worse, but too cold and dark today to use the camera out there.
Dog-- My dog is a trained camera-hound and stunt-dog. He insisted on posing with the carrying case and scrapers. The heat-gun was UN-plugged for this photo.
December 6, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by fxp1 Impressive Heat Gun
I was looking for a heat gun for a DIY project to replace some damaged vinyl tiles and for paint stripping. The gun by Earlex seemed like a good choice as it's powerful with 1,500 watts and comes with all the attachments. The unit is well made, light weight and is more compact than it looks in the photo on the web page. I just tried it out on some cracked floor tiles. I applied low heat moving the gun slowly back and forth in small areas and slipping the scrapper underneath to peel up each tile. I was pretty hesitant at first, thinking the heat would do some damage, but the heat on low was well controlled and in some instances got the whole tile up in one piece. A trick is to get the scrapper hot along with the tile. Later on used the heat gun on the surrounding painted baseboards and the paint bubbled up on the high setting as I scraped it off with the tools provided. You definitely need to do this project with leather gloves as the work and gun get really hot. A steady hand helps direct the heat along with patience scrapping the old paint. A really nice design feature is the flat end of the gun which acts as an upright stand when you have to put it down to shift things. Other guns I've used have over heated or not heated up enough to do the job. Didn't have that problem this time, 1,500 watts makes the difference.
November 27, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by mixerdude Heats Quickly, Easy to Use, All-in-One
This is a very nice, complete heat gun set. The variety of tips allows you to select the right application of heat for the job. They also provide you a good assortment of scrapers to get into every nook and cranny; especially those associated with wood moulding.
I used this on a strip of door casing. The piece has about five layers of paint. The heat gun quickly heated up the paint all the way down to the surface and allowed a quick removal of all layers.
December 24, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by hillgang Useful tool.
I've never used a heat gun before. I usually use stripper for removing paint but wanted to give this a try because of a recommendation. The pictures below show a vintage piece of siding with many coats of paint. Just plug it in and it's good to go in seconds. You can see the paint bubble up before your eyes. Scrap it off with the included putty knife and you're ready for a fresh coat of paint. Would not necessarily be good for wood you wanted to clear coat cause the wood does burn if you're not careful. But that also is another use for this gun. Aging or wood burning. Comes with many attachments in a convenient plastic carrying case and the instructions say it's good for many other applications. Happy with this heat gun and the price is reasonable.
August 29, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by reb177 Better than a hair dryer ;-)
This heat gun works really well. There are two temperature settings: low = 660 degrees, high = 1110 degrees. The 4 nozzles included will be very useful for particular projects and include a concentrator, a hook nozzle for pipes, a deflector nozzle, and a glass protection nozzle. The other 5 accessories are stand-alone and used for scraping. The instructions are thorough enough to even give me ideas for additional uses (such as bending plastic) besides the standard scraping and removing uses. The carrier is nice in that it secures each item in its place. The gun heats instantly and is lightweight, reducing fatigue. Overall a nice set, especially for the DIYer with only occasional need for a heat gun.
November 29, 2013