What is a heavy-duty heat gun?


Shopping for a heat gun often means comparing different models and determining which is best for you. For industrial applications, what you’re looking for is a heavy-duty heat gun, which provides the temperature, air flow, and power along with repair-ability to keep your tools in the best shape possible over the long haul.

Here’s what to look for in a heavy-duty heat gun:

Temperature range

The materials you work with have different limitations on how much heat they can endure and different requirements for how much heat they must receive to function properly. So when working with an item that can easily overheat, burn or melt, you want to be able to carefully control the temperature. In other cases, some tasks simply can’t be completed if a heat gun can’t reach a specific temperature. For these reasons, industrial heat guns often come with a wide range of temperature options.

“When working with an item that can easily overheat, you want to be able to control the degree to which you’re warming it. “

When seeking out heat guns with favorable temperature ranges, be sure to check the wattage.  High temperatures require more energy, so the heat gun should have enough watts to support temperatures for long periods of time. The Master Heat Gun from Master Appliance can reach 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. And with 1,740 watts, you can be confident that you can maintain this temperature for as long as you need.

Airflow speed

When working on  larger surfaces, greater air speeds would be beneficial. Before purchasing an industrial heat gun, be sure to consider its airflow rating. There are two measures of airflow:

  • Air volume, measured in cubic feet per minute (CFM).
  • Air velocity, measured in feet per minute (FPM).

Heat guns used for industrial applications often have varying demands.  The volume of airflow that is optimal for working on a airplane wing would be substantially different from what is optimal for working on a circuit board.  Working with the correct air volume will save you time in the long haul.

As with seeking out the right temperature range, it’s not enough to simply look at the statistics about air volume and velocity. You’ll also want to check out the motor. This is the engine that powers airflow speed. A high-speed motor is best for reaching and maintaining high airflow for long periods of time. Thanks to its powerful universal motor, Master Appliance’s Master Heat Gun has an airflow rating of 23 CFM at 3,000 FPM.

Intuitive construction and Repair-ability

Design cannot be ignored when shopping for a heavy-duty heat gun. Models that lack a sturdy and intuitive design can become frustrating, and maybe even dangerous, equipment in your workplace.

Industrial heat guns are specifically designed to perform at a high level under the demands of heavy use. Brands like Master Appliance engineer their heat guns under UL certification guidelines.  Quality of construction is emphasized, not cost cutting like many retail brands.

Finally, there are wearable parts on every heat gun.  Like a car needing an oil change or a light bulb burning out, heat guns need upkeep from time to time.  The ability to swap out an old element for a new one, or replace a worn out cordset instead of having to throw away the whole tool and buy a new one is a huge benefit.  Master offers a full selection of replacement/repair parts for its industrial heat guns.  Check out www.masterappliance.com for the full selection.

To learn more about how to choose a high-quality heavy-duty heat gun, reach out to Master Appliance.

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