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    Hi all!

    Im looking to buy a heat gun. Ive had a poke around on here. But Im still a little unsure what I need. I understand a variable temperature is handy, but is it really worth it if the height can be adjusted anyway?

    Im currently looking at the Ryobi 2000W Heat Gun from Bunnings. The website says that it has an operating temperature of 60-600 degrees. But Im unsure if this is fully variable or not. All quite confusing.

    Or is the Ozito variable temperature heat gun at $14 cheaper a better option?

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    Re: Looking for a new Heat Gun

    Hey,

    I got this  2000W Ozito with full variable temp control from Bunnings yesterday for $35.  It was the first time for me with a variable temp heat gun. Roast came out quite well. It did not have a scale, so I used some liquid paper to create one. Works well enough.

    It is still early days, but it does have a 3 year replacement warranty, and I was able to do 2 back to back roasts with this. My old gun needed a long cool down time. The reason I went for this was that I figured worst case, I can point the gun away, and turn the heat down all the way between roasts to overcome the waiting time to let the gun cool down.







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    • #3
      Re: Looking for a new Heat Gun

      Originally posted by 53545E523D0 link=1320570879/1#1 date=1320620618
      Hey,

      I got this  2000W Ozito with full variable temp control from Bunnings yesterday for $35.  It was the first time for me with a variable temp heat gun. Roast came out quite well.

      It is still early days, but it does have a 3 year replacement warranty, and I was able to do 2 back to back roasts with this. My old gun needed a long cool down time. The reason I went for this was that I figured worst case, I can point the gun away, and turn the heat down all the way between roasts to overcome the waiting time to let the gun cool down.
      Yeah. Thats the exact gun Im looking at as well. Maybe that one is a better bet than the Ryobi?

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      • #4
        Re: Looking for a new Heat Gun

        Originally posted by 0326312E237F470 link=1320570879/2#2 date=1320620728
        Maybe that one is a better bet than the Ryobi?
        I had the Ozito, not the variable temp one though.
        It died within 12 months and Ive replaced it with the variable Ryobi.
        I think the Ryobi will last longer.

        Of course you have to weigh up the variables for yourself before deciding which one to buy.

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        • #5
          Re: Looking for a new Heat Gun

          I currently use the Bosch 630 heatgun with digital heat settings with 3 fan settings, which can mean you can stay with the same height setting and adjust heat and fan setting during the roasting process.

          Cost price is approx $120 from Bunnings.

          Still going strong after 8 months.
          Bought initially based on a demo by a fellow coffeesnob at Beanbay Pick-up.

          Gary at G

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          • #6
            Re: Looking for a new Heat Gun

            Yep..... :

            As with everything, you gets what you pays for....

            Ryobis are a decent enough heatgun, the Bosch is excellent and they just keep climbing in expense all the way up to a full industrial quality Metabo (which would last a CSer a lifetime of coffee roasting).

            Ive currently got a Tradie quality Makita Variable 2KW unit and it works great for me. Comes in at around the same cost as the Bosch of Garys.

            Mal.

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            • #7
              Re: Looking for a new Heat Gun

              I got the 2k watt variable temp Makita yesterday. My $20 Aldi gun finally died and gave me an excuse to go variable temp.
              The salesperson informed me they are now discontinued and he only had the floorstock model on display. Ended up getting it for $80, instead of the $120 asking price, with full warranty.
              One roast and works really well - the quality difference is very noticeable compared to the Aldi. Now Ive got to get used to how to use the settings to get my optimal profiles, and devise a new way to rig up the gun.

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              • #8
                Re: Looking for a new Heat Gun

                Quick question. Although this may be better suited to a different topic. What nozzle do you all use on your gun? Most of the photos ive seen dont use any. However, ive heard people mention a "spreader" nozzle. Is this the wide flat one? And what difference does it make?

                David.

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                • #9
                  Re: Looking for a new Heat Gun

                  Originally posted by 7653445B560A320 link=1320570879/7#7 date=1321835856
                  What nozzle do you all use on your gun? Most of the photos ive seen dont use any. However, ive heard people mention a "spreader" nozzle. Is this the wide flat one? And what difference does it make?
                  Hi D8
                  The spreader is the wide flat one. I tried this once, but found that the air went all different directions in one 1/ of the pan, with very little focus. The no-nozzle or reduction nozzle was much better at focussing the heat flow down into the entry corner and helping push the beans around, which I found worked better.
                  I now use a custom 3inch extension (same diameter as the tip) - mainly because mine is a Ryobi non adjustable gun and I use height to adjust the temp. This gives a more focussed flow and stop air gusts taking the heat away from the tip…

                  Matt

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                  • #10
                    Re: Looking for a new Heat Gun

                    Originally posted by 3100170E0F08030E18610 link=1320570879/6#6 date=1321835330
                    The salesperson informed me they are now discontinued and he only had the floorstock model on display. Ended up getting it for $80, instead of the $120 asking price, with full warranty.
                    Great pickup "Pb".... [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

                    They are being phased out for this newer model, but basically the same internals, etc.... 8-)

                    Mal.

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                    • #11
                      I had a non variable Ryobi but it burnt out in about a year. Too much chaff got in the works even though I use a fan to clear the chaff. I bought the Bosch 630 and protected the intake from chaff with a panty-hose filter. It works really well and I like the variable temp being digital and easily set by pushing the + or -. I now run it on low heat for a while to cool it a bit before shutting down.
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