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As I've told everyone here, the best deal to get on a heat gun is through Harbor Freight Tools. I got mine for UNDER $10. All they sell are tools of all kinds, and mine has already paid for itself the first time I turned it on. It has two heat settings, and seems to be just as durable as the rest of them out on the market. Don't waste your money buying something because of a name brand. Get something that gets the job done reliably, for the least amount of money.

http://www.harborfreight.com/1500-watt-dual-temperature-heat-gun-572-1112-96289.html

What about the folks outside the USA?? biggrin.gif
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I realize that it is just a gun that produces heat, but what kind of build quality could a $15 heatgun have? Its hard getting a good meal for that little.
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I realize that it is just a gun that produces heat, but what kind of build quality could a $15 heatgun have? Its hard getting a good meal for that little.

Unless you plan on testing its durability by banging it around, driving over it in your driveway, letting your Rottweiler use it as a chew toy, or letting an slovenly irresponsible neighbor borrow it, there's little chance it'll get destroyed. I must have created at least 50 different acrylic bends within the last two months (mostly mistakes), and the gun hasn't shown any signs of malfunctioning... But you don't have to take my word for it. I was just making a suggestion. If you feel more comfortable paying more money for a name brand that you feel comfortable with, then by all means go for it.

@Jimhans1 - I can't speak for them, but if they want to check out HFT's website and have some tools shipped to their country, they're more than happy to.
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In general sometimes good products are cheap. And most times you get what you pay for. Never owned a heatgun before so I don't know for sure which one it is. My idea of quality might be different than another persons for example. I'll google up that model, thanks for the info thumb.gif
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Heat gun is just an overweight hairdryer. There's a heat coil and a blower. The quality comes from you. Now the longevity will depend on its components but c'mon its only ten dollars. I could buy one every year and be happy. ( I do have one already for almost 2 years)
   
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Heat gun is just an overweight hairdryer. There's a heat coil and a blower. The quality comes from you. Now the longevity will depend on its components but c'mon its only ten dollars. I could buy one every year and be happy. ( I do have one already for almost 2 years)

This... And I wouldn't feel as remorseful if it broke a year or two down the road. As long as it got the job done when I needed it to.
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next step is cables.

also, this is the second build ive done with a $15 heat gun. no need for anything more.
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Tho I heard you should get a stand with your heatgun to do this nice. MNPCTech said so.
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Tho I heard you should get a stand with your heatgun to do this nice. MNPCTech said so.
Not really needed. . I just rest the gun on its back side.

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You don't need no stand nor a big industrial unit like I saw Bill From MNPCTech using (I think his was a Milwaukee that looked 30 years old if not more). Heatguns typically come with a flat back that's meant to be used for standing the gun in an upright position (if it doesn't don't buy it!). If all you plan to use your heat gun for bending some acrylic, remove a sticker/label, or maybe some shrink some heatshrink every now and then, then most any heatgun will do the job. I would suggest trying to get one that has multiple heat settings &/or a variable heat control.

If you also want to be able to use your heatgun for jobs like stripping paint, etc, where it will need to be ran for extended periods of time, then by all means get a decent brand heatgun.
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