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    Information / Reviews of heat guns

    This thread is for the posting of basic information/reviews of heat guns for coffee roasting and is intended to be used as a starting point for those looking at acquiring a new heat gun.

    For ease of reading posts should be made using the following format:

    Heat Gun Name / Model Number:
    Price Range (specify new or 2ndhand):
    Place of purchase:
    Length of warranty:
    Power Consumption:
    Fan Speeds:
    Heat Range (if applicable):
    Length of service (how long have you been using, how long did it last?):
    Notes:
    Photo (if available):

    This thread is not for any discussion, only informational posts in the above format. Any posts made not of this type will be deleted.

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    For further information on a particular heat gun, use the search button at the top of the page, or alternatively use your favorite search engine and add the string site:coffeesnobs.com.au to limit the returns to only this site.

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    Re: Information / Reviews of heat guns

    Heat Gun Name / Model Number: Ryobi 2 heat EHG 2002

    Price Range (specify new or 2ndhand): new $40 approximately

    Place of purchase: Bunnings

    Length of warranty: 2 years

    Power Consumption: 2000 watts

    Fan Speeds: 1 fixed speed.

    Heat Range (if applicable):two settings 600 deg and 60 deg

    Length of service (how long have you been using, how long did it last?): The gun has been used for 3 months now (quite regularly) typical on time 15-20 minutes without a problem.

    Notes:

    This appears to be a well built unit compared to the others I inspected. It is really only a single heat setting gun (the 60 degree setting is of no use for roasting). To adjust heat output, varying the height is the only option with a standard version of this gun.

    I have modified mine to take an external triac controller to vary heat output with the Corretto and this works well.

    Without modification, I would not recommend this unit for use with the Corretto - the variable heat output version (twice the price) would be a better option.

    The 60 degree setting can be used to reduce heat output at the end of the roast to cool off the gun.


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    Re: Information / Reviews of heat guns

    Heat Gun Name / Model Number: Black & Decker CD701

    Price Range (specify new or 2ndhand): new under $40

    Power Consumption: 1800W

    Fan Speeds: I/II

    Heat Range (if applicable): 300/500

    Notes:

    Weighs 650g, purchased June 2006.

    Bought it because I didnt want to spend too much money while experimenting with roasting.

    Others with variable settings, more output, etc were much more expensive.

    Been very pleased with it so far and if I get 12 months out it would be extremely happy.


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    Re: Information / Reviews of heat guns

    Heat Gun Name / Model Number: GMC PLATINUM HG 2000K
    Price Range (specify new or 2ndhand): New $65
    Power Consumption: 2000W
    Fan Speeds: Super, Ultra, Ultra Maxi
    Heat Range (if applicable): 50- 650 fully variable
    Notes: With the 14 day first up failure warranty and the 2 year replacment guarantee this baby rocks Refer to NB below..... Mal.
    Photo (if available): No Photo, saliva ruins the keyboard

    NB: Change to Warranty Conditions as of 27/12/2007.....
    GMC have changed their warranty system so you can no longer take it back to the place of purchase, and swap it. Now you have to lodge your purchase with GMC then call them to lodge a complaint. They will then send someone out within 2 weeks to check the product and then if they decide its faulty they will swap it for a new one.

    Thank you to Sarg and JavaB

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    Re: Information / Reviews of heat guns

    Heat Gun Name / Model Number:..... Aldi Power-Craft - Model #WYH-HAGIV
    Price Range (specify new or 2ndhand):.... New at $15 while on Special
    Place of purchase:..... Aldi
    Length of warranty: ..... 2-Year Replacement Warranty
    Power Consumption:... Two settings - High 2200W, Low 1350W
    Fan Speeds:.... Two Settings - High 650 L/Min, Low 300 L/Min
    Heat Range (if applicable):.... High 600 C, Low 300 C
    Length of service (how long have you been using, how long did it last?):.... About 3 Months
    Notes:.... Does NOT have a Cool-down setting. Have completed about 20 roasts so far without problems.
    Photo (if available):.... Coming soon.

    Mal.
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    Died today after completing 31 Roasts :(.... R.I.P. 17/04/2007.

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    Re: Information / Reviews of heat guns

    Heat Gun Name / Model Number: *Ozito HGG-911K
    Price Range (specify new or 2ndhand): * $29.95 new
    Place of purchase: Bunnings
    Length of warranty: 3 years
    Power Consumption: 2000W
    Fan Speeds: I/II
    Heat Range (if applicable): 300/500 degrees C
    Length of service (how long have you been using?): Purchased over 3 months ago, still going strong.
    Notes: I use this to roast 3 or 4 batches every 7 to 10 days. Needs a 10 minute break to cool down after the 3rd batch, but I need break and a coffee myself by then anyway.
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    Re: Information / Reviews of heat guns

    Heat Gun Name / Model Number: Makita HG1100
    Price Range (specify new or 2ndhand): $139
    Place of purchase: Tool Specialists
    Length of warranty: 12 months
    Power Consumption: 250 - 2000 Watts
    Fan Speeds: 2 (250/500 Litres/minute)
    Heat Range (if applicable): 100 - 600 degrees celcius
    Length of service (how long have you been using, how long did it last?): I have had it for 2 years but only just started using it for roasting.
    Notes: Has a thermocouple so you can adjust the heat range. This is a industrial quality tool which is why it is so expensive. I bought it for other purposes initially and couldnt justify buying another one for roasting. Doesnt require a cool down cycle.

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    Re: Information / Reviews of heat guns

    Heat Gun Name / Model Number: Makita HL500 (made in Germany)
    Price Range (specify new or 2ndhand): * had it for years, got it second hand, dont know if still available
    Place of purchase: nice neighbour gave it to me!
    Length of warranty: dont know, assume 12 months
    Power Consumption: 1500W
    Fan Speeds: 1 & 2
    Heat Range (if applicable): 350 on low speed and 540 degrees C on high
    Length of service (how long have you been using, how long did it last?): done about 20 roasts, still purring along nicely.
    Notes: I have found that to control the temp on the beans, it is easier, gradual more accurate to raise/lower the gun rather than use high/low switch.
    Photo (if available): attached
    Jas.


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    Re: Information / Reviews of heat guns

    and closer crop of the gun


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    Re: Information / Reviews of heat guns

    Quote Originally Posted by Presso link=1164000407/0#3 date=1164011346
    Heat Gun Name / Model Number: GMC * PLATINUM HG 2000K
    Price Range (specify new or 2ndhand): New $65
    Power Consumption: 2000W
    Fan Speeds: Super, Ultra, Ultra Maxi
    Heat Range (if applicable): 50- 650 fully variable
    Notes: With the 14 day first up failure warranty and the 2 year replacment guarantee this baby rocks
    Photo (if available): No Photo, saliva ruins the keyboard
    Here is a photo to add to Pressos review above.

    Note 1: This heatgun has a thermal cutout that takes 30 min to reset if overheated. This can be a pain in the butt if it switches off mid-roast so be sure to have plently of cooling flow around the body.
    Note 2: The temperature controller inside the body is a simple thin plastic spigot driving a variable resistor. Avoid overuse and use at high heatgun body temps as it breaks easily!




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    Re: Information / Reviews of heat guns

    JasonD, I see youve re-employed the home brewing bottling machine into a lowly stand for the heat gun. At least its being used (unlike mine)....

    --Robusto

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    Re: Information / Reviews of heat guns

    Heat Gun Name / Model Number:..... Bosch - Model #PHG 630 DCE
    Price Range (specify new or 2ndhand):.... New , no idea of price as it was a christmas present
    Place of purchase:..... no idea
    Length of warranty: ..... 2-Year Replacement Warranty (still waiting on receipt from my brother)
    Power Consumption:... 2000W
    Fan Speeds:.... 3 settings - High 500 L/Min, Med 300 L/Min, Low 150 L/Min
    Heat Range (if applicable):.... Fully variable to 630 C, low speed 50 C, med & high 50 - 630 C
    Length of service (how long have you been using, how long did it last?):.... Nearly 1 month (started boxing day) and still going strong!
    Notes:.... Great gun, Fan stays on high and i start roast at 630 C and when 1st crack starts i drop it to 550 C and then let the beans coast from there.
    It has + and - buttons at the rear for setting temp as you use it, element cannot be seen which gives very even roast, the last gun i had, had an open end so you could see the glow on the beans and this seemed to result in some beans with scorch marks and a more uneven roast.
    Have completed about 10 roasts (450-500g each) so far without problems.
    Also note the sophisticated shoelace helping to keep the gun in position on my bottle capper!!


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    Re: Information / Reviews of heat guns

    Heat Gun Name / Model Number: *Ozito HGG-911K
    Price Range (specify new or 2ndhand): * $35.00 (approx) new
    Place of purchase: Bunnings
    Length of warranty: 3 years
    Power Consumption: 2000W
    Fan Speeds: I/II *
    Heat Range (if applicable): 300/500 degrees C
    Length of service (how long have you been using?): One month.
    Notes:

    I bought this gun becuase it was cheap & has the 3 year warranty.

    I noticed a lot of chaff being sucked into the gun when roasting, so I cut up a length of stocking & placed this over the air inlet - now I just have a paintbrush handy to occassionally brush the chaff off the stocking.

    Low heat setting appears to be too cool.

    I now just use the high setting, and adjust the height of the gun and/or the position of the desk fan to get the right heating.

    Photo (if available): *

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    Re: Information / Reviews of heat guns

    Heat Gun Name / Model Number: XU1 / XHG-501
    Price Range (specify new or 2ndhand): $15
    Place of purchase: Bunnings
    Length of warranty: 12 months
    Power Consumption: 1800W
    Fan Speeds: 2 (380 & 650 L/min)
    Heat Range (if applicable): 300 & 600
    Length of service : This 0ne 10 roasts, previous one - lost count but I heavily modified it in an attempt to get more air through it, it still works (read heats up).
    Notes: I also have a spare one.
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    Re: Information / Reviews of heat guns

    Off topic replies have been moved to [link=http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1176799309/0]This Thread[/link]

    Please keep this thread for its intended purpose, i.e. detailed reviews of specific Heat Guns in the same vein as has already been done,

    Thanks,
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    Bosch vs Makita HGun

    Bosch PHG630DCE vs Makita HG1100

    Any observations re pros cons?

    Makita (139$)

    Features:
    • 2,000W of flameless heat
    • Variable temperature control 100–600°C
    • 2 speed blower fan
    • Perfect for stripping paint, varnish and many other applications
    • Ceramic core protects the heating element

    Specifications:
    • Air Temperature: 100-600°C
    • Air Volume - Hi 500L/min
    • Air Volume - Lo 300L/min
    • Amps: 8.5
    • Watts: 2,000W
    • Overall Length: 254mm
    • Net Weight: 0.6kg
    • Power Supply Cord: 2m

    Includes:
    • Filter cartridge
    • Hose
    • Paper bag x 1
    • Disposable plastic waste bag x 1

    Bosch (105$)

    Features:
    • Digital display for temperature display
    • Temperature control via buttons: operating comfort
    • Softgrip
    • Bosch Thermal Stop: unique overload protection
    • Removable protective pipe
    • 3-stage switch for one-handed operation
    • Stationary working also possible
    • Free selection: air flow and temperature independent
    • Temperature is easy to control
    • All switches are easy to reach by hand

    Specifications:
    • Power input: 2.000 W
    • Temperature: 50 – 630 °C
    • Airflow: 150 / 300 / 500 l/min
    • Machine weight: 0,9 kg

    12 MONTHS WARRANTY

    Runfast

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    Re: Bosch vs Makita HGun

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    Re: Information / Reviews of heat guns

    Off topic replies have been moved to [link=http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1198760060]This Thread[/link]

    Cmon guys..... This is an Information Thread only, if/when you would like to discuss the pros or cons, or any other aspect of the use of heatguns please start a new thread in the general NON-Sticky area,

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    Metabo HE2000.

    Well, someone had to do it.

    Heat Gun Name / Model Number: * Metabo HE2000.
    Price Range (specify new or 2ndhand): * Lots, $180+ new.
    Place of purchase: * I got this off the Evil One for under $80.
    Length of warranty: * One year with an extra two years if you register on the Metabo web site.
    Power Consumption: 2000W.
    Fan Speeds: * 3. * *250/270/500lt/min.
    Heat Range (if applicable): * 50-600*C.
    Length of service (how long have you been using, how long did it last?): * Since late 11/07. * done about 10 roasts.
    Notes: * Made in Switzerland. (yes, you read it right, Switzerland!) * If this lasts as long as the Swiss hammer drill I bought in 1977, Ill beat it to the grave. * Pros - plastic heat shield that protects the element, is removable. * Two removable air inlet filters. * Infinitely variable heat setting. * Cons *- The same infinitely variable heat control (sliding potentiometer) is too stiff to get to the same position with any accuracy (I use it flat out to avoid variation).



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    Re: Information / Reviews of heat guns

    Heat Gun Name / Model Number: Ozito OZHG2000WAK
    Price Range (specify new or 2ndhand): $40 New
    Place of purchase: Bunnings
    Length of warranty: 3 Year
    Power Consumption: 2000W
    Fan Speeds: 2 (250 L/min 450 L/min)
    Heat Range (if applicable): 70 - 600 degrees C (claimed see below)
    Length of service (how long have you been using, how long did it last?): Just got it.

    Notes:

    Well finally, a cheap variable heat gun. And thats exactly what you get.
    The low setting is useless. Even on the hottest setting you stick you hand in front of it.

    The variable heat settings are not linear. The dial turns through 12 of the tear drop shapes. I stuck a thermocouple on the end and here is what I got (high fan setting):

    0 - 60C
    2 - 100C
    4 - 230C
    6 - 270C
    8 - 340C
    10 - 410C
    12 - 480C




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    Re: Information / Reviews of heat guns

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    Re: Information / Reviews of heat guns

    Heat Gun Name / Model Number: *Ryobi EHG2002LED
    Price Range (specify new or 2ndhand): *$75 new
    Place of purchase: *Bunnings
    Length of warranty: *2 years
    Power Consumption: *2000W
    Fan Speeds: 2
    Heat Range (if applicable): 50 - 650 degrees variable
    Length of service (how long have you been using, how long did it last?): *1 week. No roasts. *:-/ *Stopped working the first time I used it.
    Notes: *HG died when I turned it off after running it at 650 deg for a few minutes. A small whiff of smoke then it wouldnt go anymore. Will try again after warranty exchange.

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    Heat Gun Name / Model Number: Bosch GHG 660 Professional
    Price Range (specify new or 2ndhand): $135 New ($140 List Price)
    Place of purchase: Sydney Tools
    Length of warranty: 12 Month
    Power Consumption: 2300W
    Fan Speeds: 10 (250-500L/min)
    Heat Range (if applicable): 50-660 deg. C in 10 deg. increments
    Length of service (how long have you been using, how long did it last?): 3 roast so far
    Notes: Toyed with the value of a "professional" model over the 630 for $100...think the great fan-speed control is worth it.
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    XU1 mods - be careful!!

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    Hi all.

    I thought I might put this in the heat guns sticky as it is a trap for young (inexperienced) players.

    I bought a XU1 to pull apart and separate the "heating" from the "blowing" so I could control the heat via PWM. In doing so I managed to blow up the unit. It's really a design defect, but unless you pull it apart the defect is unlikely to show up.

    See attached photo. It's the handle-end of the heating element. The over-temp cut-out is situated right next to one of the 240V terminals on the element. The terminals are riveted in place, but can be turned with slight pressure. The body of the over-temp cut-out is connected to the neutral line, so if the terminal with the black wire is rotated anti-clockwise enough to touch the cut-out switch, it short-circuits and blows the unit (and maybe also what you have connected to it). I think it happened to me because I pulled on the wires a bit when re-installing the element.

    So,
    if I hadn't pulled it apart, it wouldn't have blown up
    if the body of the cut-out wasn't metal and connected to the neutral line, it wouldn't have blown up
    if the cut-out was no-where near the active terminal, it wouldn't have blown up
    if the active terminal couldn't rotate, it wouldn't have blown up.

    Gonzo
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