|Item Weight||2.51 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||11.5 x 4.1 x 10.6 inches|
|Item model number||PC1500HG|
|Size||Pack of 1|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number of Handles||1|
|Folded Knife Size||11.3 x 10.1 x 3.6|
|Warranty Description||Comes with Manufacturer Warranty.|
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PORTER-CABLE PC1500HG 1500-Watt Heat Gun
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The Porter-Cable PC1500HG Heat Gun has a dual fan speed selector that delivers high and low fan speed settings. The variable temperature control dial allows for easy adjustment of temperatures. It has an integrated hands free support stand that allows the gun to sit upright for hands free use. The integrated hanging hook is ideal for storage. The lightweight, only 2-pound, gun offers less fatigue when holding. It has a 1500-Watt motor that delivers high heat and multiple fan settings. Its 6-Feet high grade cord improves flexibility during cold use. Perfect for applications such as: Paint removal, Bending plastic pipes, welding plastics, Removing adhesive tiles, Shrinking plastic tubing.
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This is a great heat gun for the price. I was originally considering one of the 2 DeWalt models but read many mixed reviews on them, plus the cheaper DeWalt was twice the price of this Porter Cable. I needed this for drying drywall mud patches, paint touchups and occasional heat shrinking tubing. This one seemed like it would fit the bill and for $30 it was much less expensive.
I did on first use turn it on at low speed, then high. Next I gradually adjusted the temperature dial up to max over a period of a couple of minutes and let it run on high/max for several minutes. I would recommend that you do this outside because you can smell the fumes of heated up plastic and paint. It is kind of like when you get a new oven and run it for the first time. I then turned down the temperature dial and let is run to cool down for a minute. If you are going to be using it indoors in a non-vented area, I would do this several times to get most all of the new break-in smell out. Also I think it will last longer if you turn it down to low temperature and let it cool before turning it off after every high temperature use.
Speaking of which, I wish it had another button on the side that turned the heating elements on/off separately from the fan speed. That way you could turn on the fan, adjust the temperature and then kick on the heat when you needed it. You could also easily cool it down without always having to turn the temp dial. The dial is a bit low profile and not especially easy to turn. I wish it had better grip to it. I may coat it with some rubber handle dip for tools that I have sitting on my shelf when I get a moment.
As far as build quality goes, this seems very well made. I like the ergonomics and in-hand feel. It is comfortable to use for extended periods of time. It is much quieter than most hair driers. It does not have nearly as much air flow either. I would say that the Hi speed setting on this is like the low speed setting on most hair driers. Which to me is a good thing and probably necessary tot keep the air hot. Don’t try to dry your hair with this, it can easily burn your hand if held close up in the airflow. It is suppose to output between 110 F to 1100 F one inch from the nozzle.
Another feature I really like is the cord. It is thick, yet flexible and of high quality. It has a nice good solid rubber feel to it. No shinny hard plastic coating hear. It probably is a heat resistant part silicone coated cord, or maybe not. But it does unfold and straightens well. I know I have paid $15 for a good saw cord. To have a good one on a $30 heat gun is a very nice touch.
I will definitely be purchasing some nozzle attachments in the future. To be able to heat shrink without having to work it around all sides of the tubing would be nice. I know the U-shaped attachment will allow you to heat shrink in place. That is a must if applying heat shrink to wires that are in a compartment or box where you couldn’t get around to all sides of the tubing. The polyolefin tubing that I usually use activates at 194 F, so this is more than adequate for it.
This works great for speeding up the drying of mud and paint. Just use a low temp setting and keep in mind that thick patches will have a lot of water thru out the depth of the patch. As the top dries it will become wet again as moisture from the middle migrates out. I would apply and dry in thin layers to build it out. That seems to be the fastest approach. If you apply paint over a dried surface but still wet interior of a mud patch, more than likely you will find cracked and peeling paint the next day as the moisture in the mud has migrated out. You will then need to sand, mud and re-paint!
Anyways, this is a wonderful heat gun. I’m glad that I purchased it. It has a one year warranty. I hope it will last many more than that. At $30 however I guess I couldn’t complain too much even if it only lasted a few. A great item to have in your tool set, DIY or Pro. I’m going to give this one 5 stars.
Now it's dead. Very poor. My old harbor freight lasted longer
Tried to buy quality with this brand but I've gotten longer life / reliability with the economy brands.
30 day return policy thru Amazon means that I need to deal with Porta Cable.
Edit to add: Even though Amazon would not allow a return after 30 days, I called Porta Cable and they were very helpful in sending me a new unit at no cost via warranty.
I corrected the weapons cables on a dozen Thallaxii and a Cerastus Knight in fifteen minutes this morning. No mess, no hassle, no broken parts, it was fantastic.