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Milwaukee 8988-20 Variable Digital Temperature Control Heat Gun
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2003
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This heat gun is all a heat gun should be. Its reliable, provides even controlable heat for many applications. The gun provides three different air flow settings along with an infinitly variable temperature selector. The digital readout is a very nice plus which first indicates the set target temperature and then shows the increments until it hits the target. This kind of control opens up the amount of uses to more temperature sensitive applications. If you must have the best this is it; though i wish it had a case! As mentioned below it took a few weeks to ship because this product is not normally stocked. The previous reviewer should of figured this out...
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2006
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I bought this heat gun primarily for heat shrink tubing, which it does nicely and it beats using an open flame for this task. I also ordered the 3/8", 9/16" and hook nozzles for the unit.

I found another use I hadn't intended...soldering wire to an automotive rocker switch. Soldering electronic components is not my strong point, and my little soldering iron just couldn't handle a lousy 1mm piece of rosin core solder, a 3/16" terminal tab and 18GA wire. I put on the 3/8" nozzle, cranked up the heat, soldered away, and then cooled the switch down with the gun's air only blower. Worked great!

The gun heats up rapidly, and cools down quickly too. The tripod base is stable, which was a great surprise considering the top heavy nature of heat guns. This allows one to use two hands to manipulate the work piece if need be.

I would like to see Milwaukee make a few minor improvements; but this is splitting hairs on an excellent heat gun. A longer throw switch would make setting temperatures easier. A switch to display the temperature in degrees F or C would be nice, and a case would be helpful.

Best of all was that the tool was made in Switzerland and the nozzles in Germany. I was so happy NOT to see the evil "Made in China" label.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2010
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UPDATE: !! IMPORTANT !! .....Still going after hundreds of hours of use. Bought a second one. But be CERTAIN to use a heavy duty extension cord with this tool!! Who knew there were cords that handled different loads??!!? Okay, I know plenty of you out there knew that. But I didn't. So if you're "any idiot" like me, check the kind of extension cord you're using. I melted my plug ends together and had to cut it off and put a new one on the end. Ooops, that's what I get for not paying attention. Still works super though, just a hiccup 'n I'm still headlong into the battle with paint.

Just bought a Victorian house and on the laundry list of things to do is PAINT!! After a year of getting quotes from painters I've decided to tackle this mammoth (for me) task. I have absolutely ZERO experience with home repair, painting, carpentry, or most tools. But I have a lust for 'This Old House', and any shows or sites that do fine detailed and technical work. Now I'm getting a crash course in how to apply all those hours glued to the T.V.. And I have found that buying the best tools I can afford (or save up for) ends up causing me less grief in the long run and ultimately saves me money. I played around inside with this gun and it worked super on my interior molding, that is about 10 layers deep with mostly lead paint. The fact that you can dial the temerature is awesome for dealing with the lead paint, I just keep it right under the 1100 degrees and I know I'm not adding a health risk to my job. If you've never worked with a heat gun, you may want to start somewhere out of sight to practice. I burned a couple spots in a door with it. Oops.

Have started on the cedar siding outside and this gun is a blessing!!! It is accurate, easy to use and LIGHT WEIGHT for hours and hours of holding it. I am buying at least one more so I can have two people running them at the same time.

I can't wait to try this for sweating copper pipe. It should make life a whole lot easier
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32 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2004
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This heat gun is ultra fast-to-heat-up and stays put at your set temperature because of its high-tech thermo-reactive properties. It has an ultra-accurate, cool-looking, bright green temperature LCD display on a black background, which makes it visible in the dark. It is located in the ergonomically correct location (on top). Three different air-flow settings allow for ultimate control and air pressure/heat ratio exertion.

The intuitively-designed shape includes separate temperature control (by 10 degree increments) and fan speed control buttons. Unlike most variable guns, the integrated stand allows for a fully erect stance--when needed--with optimally located trigger controls located side-by-side on the handle.

The double-insulated, ceramic-encapsulated heating element is safe and efficient. If you vaporize herbal substances such as tobacco using a heat gun, you want a ceramic core so that it doesn't give off toxins. Moreover, this product has a stunning five-year warranty, partially because ceramic heating elements last longer.

I highly recommend this item to everybody ranging from heat gun novices to legendary heat gun users. It has great controls, a sturdy feel, and a long warranty to back its obvious integrity. Enjoy the control of a professional product with luxury features. A lot of thought went into the multi-faceted, ergonomic design and I am a proud owner.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2012
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And it can also be used as a heat gun. ;)

The temp control level is a bit touchy. Hard to nail that specific temp. But once it is dialed in, it tends to stay put.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2008
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I had never used a heat gun to remove paint, but now this heat gun is what I turn to first. I have layers and layers of paint to remove from trim on an older house and this heat gun does a great job.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Worked as good as a Steinel IMO. Made in Romania. Ceramic encapsulated heating element, heavy duty construction & removable air filter were best features for me. Worked it hard for many hours since buying in April 2011. First problem was the cord protector at the base which split open from use after 1+ years. This allowed the cord to kink and break one conductor. Fixed it myself by disassembling, shortening the cord a couple of inches & wrapped the split protector w/ electrical tape. Second fatal was fan bearing failure here at 2 1/2 years. You can buy parts from the manufacturer but a new unit at this point was indicated(and probably not much more expensive but definitely less hassle). 5 year warranty does not include normal wear for using it hard, unfortunately. Price was much higher here on Amazon 3 yrs later. Found one on Google Shopping for $50 less & shipped free. Vape on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2012
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This gun got me out of a jam. The PVC drain pipe already installed in my bathroom remodel job was not plumb. I built a cylindrical hot box out of duct tape and roof flashing, cut pipe holes at each end and two vent holes on it side. I installed the hot box on the exposed pipe, set the gun to 300 deg F and inserted its tip into one of the hot box vent holes. The pipe became soft after about 2 mins and the rest is history. Because the heat from this gun is adjustable it can be used for hobbies & crafts, paint striping.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2012
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If you want a heat gun that's engineered to inevitably fail, this is not the product for you -- you can buy something a lot cheaper. If you want a serious and dependable tool that adapts to any task, this heat gun is worth every penny. Mine has been through 5 years of daily use and is still as good as the day I bought it. My favorite feature is the variable temperature control and digital readout. For my purposes, it has been incredibly useful to be able to set the heat gun to the actual temperature I need rather than have to make do with just low and high settings. The range goes from lower than a hair dryer to as high as you'd need to incinerate much of what you see around you, plus anything in between.

A note on the heat control slider: It's true that a more precise control could be nice. However, I didn't downgrade the product for that. It's quite easy to set the heat gun to the temperature you need. While it takes some fiddling to get the output to an exact temperature, there are hardly any heat gun applications where it's really important to replicate a temperature to so precisely. With a heat gun that goes up to 1100 degrees, plus/minus 5 or 10 really doesn't matter. In fact, what makes it tricky is less the slider than the fact that the digital readout displays that actual temperature of the air rather than the position of the control. It takes a little time for the reading to stabilize as the gun heats up, and it can vary slightly as the thermostat kicks on and off.

I love my Milwaukee heat gun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2014
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We have been phasing these in as our older Steinel heat guns have been flaking out from heavy usage. They work ok but the controls are annoying to say the least. Steinel gives a nice +/- button set to dial the temperature, these use a slider switch and if can be annoying if your working and don't have the time to finess the switch and get the exact temperature every time. Some techs have been using masking tape to hold the temperature setting after getting it dialed in. Fan control operates the same way and its not as bad with only 3 settings but I still prefer the Steinel setup which also consists of a +/- button set to get the fan speed.

Ok heat gun overall. time will tell how long these last.
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