Hot air guns play a significant role in many types of work, ranging from home improvement projects to industrial manufacturing. Aerospace, automotive, and boating industries rely on these heavy-duty tools. Regardless of the task, safety awareness is critical when using a power tool with a heated element.
In the household, DIYers often use small, cordless heat guns for a variety of projects. Common uses include thawing frozen pipes during winter cold snaps, stripping paint and old wallpaper when renovating or redecorating, removing flooring, upholstering or repairing furniture, and more.
Hot air tools can even help in the kitchen to quickly roast coffee beans, sear meat, melt chocolate, or defrost the freezer – not to mention at-home candle making. The maximum operating temperature on these devices ranges, with some reaching as high as 990 degrees Fahrenheit.
Industrial manufacturers use heat guns of variable temperature to perform more complex and heavy-duty undertakings. These tasks can include:
loosening old bolts and screws
bending plastic and metal
shrink wrapping large objects
drying our damp wood or other materials prone to mold
sterilizing tools for proper sanitation
While some of these jobs have lower operating temperature requirements, industrial heat guns can reach 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit.