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Milwaukee 8988-20 Variable Digital Temperature Control Heat Gun

4.0 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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  • 8988-20 Heat Gun
  • The product is easy to use and easy to handle
  • The product is highly durable
  • Ceramic encapsulated heating element for maximum tool life
  • LED Digital Readout Display shows present temperature in increments of 10º F
  • One hand operation with lightweight and easy grip handle
  • Upright stationary use with pads on back cap and lower handle
  • Limited warranty
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Product Description

Product Description

8988-20 Heat Gun. The Product is Easy to Use and Easy to Handle. The Product is Highly Durable. Made In Romania.

From the Manufacturer

This variable temperature Heat Gun offers a range from 120 to 1150 degrees Fahrenheit. The LED digital readout display allows you to monitor the temperature via a digital display when precision control is needed. Three controlled air volumes, 7.06/8.83/15.89 cu.ft./min., allow you to match the air speed to your application. The first stage air volume does not include heat for cooling applications. Includes tool only.

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Technical Details

Part Number 8988-80
Item Weight 3 pounds
Product Dimensions 11.9 x 11 x 4.5 inches
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Item model number 8988-20
Color Red
Power Source corded-electric
Voltage 120 volts
Item Package Quantity 1
Batteries Included? No
Warranty Description Every MILWAUKEE product is warranted to be free from defects in material and workmanship. MILWAUKEE will repair or replace any product which examination proves to be defective in material and workmanship.

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Additional Information

ASIN B00005Q7B0
Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #41,345 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#37 in Industrial & Scientific > Industrial Power & Hand Tools > Welding & Soldering > Soldering & Brazing Equipment > Heat Guns
#3,034 in Home Improvement > Contractor Supply
Shipping Weight 3 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First Available October 15, 2001

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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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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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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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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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