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Heat Shrink Guns: A Concise and Easy Guide

By Takeshi Kaneyama

The heat gun, or heat shrink gun, is a handheld tool that emits high levels of heat for numerous types of projects. These guns resemble the look of a standard hair dryer but produce a much higher level or heat and temperature.

The heat shrink gun serves numerous purposes and can perform jobs ranging from stripping paint to bend and welding plastic. A heat gun can come in numerous shapes, sizes, brands and of course prices so it is important to do your shopping around first.

A heat shrink gun can come in different models like the butane gun, flameless gun, and even heat guns with built in temperature gauges. If you plan to use these heat guns on smaller projects you may want to consider a mini heat gun or smaller handheld version. The larger versions of the heat gun are great for stripping paint and soldering compartments from electronics.

These heat guns put out some extremely hot air so always use precaution when operating them. Generally they put out temperatures ranging from 200 to 1,000 Fahrenheit and there are even other models that can reach around 1,400 Fahrenheit! A safer alternative to these hot guns is to use a speed heating infrared gun which puts out infrared rays rather than hot air for a much safer level of heat.

If you need a gun that lets you operate it hands free you can buy the models with a built in rest. You can then set the heat gun on the work bench or any steady surface and point it in the direction needed. Browse online or in stores before making your final purchase decision because there are numerous options for you to select from.

Do you need a good heat shrink gun or need to learn how to use it? Check out my site for more information about that and articles about heat shrink tubing!

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Kaneyama, Takeshi "Heat Shrink Guns: A Concise and Easy Guide." Heat Shrink Guns: A Concise and Easy Guide. 23 Jun. 2010. 26 Aug 2014 <>.

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