Ideal for roofers and floor layers, hot air barrel-type tools make precision jobs easy. They can help with welding tarpaulins, linoleum and roof membranes, heat-shrinking, shaping, and removing. But how do you choose the right one? The following guide highlights the key features to compare when considering which hot air gun you should buy.


How to decide which hot air gun to buy

The following elements should be considered when deciding which hot air gun to buy:

  • Motor life: Represents the expected number of ‘motor life’ hours. After the motor life expires, the product will need to be replaced.
  • Element life: Represents the expected number of ‘element life’ hours. After the original element expires, a new element can replace it.
  • Airflow rate: Represents the power behind the hot airflow. The higher the rate, the more precise the airflow, the more accurate the job.
  • Warranty period: This is usually shown as a number of months and/or hours’ use that you can expect to achieve with the tool.
  • Temperature: The wider the temperature variation, the wider the range of work possible with one tool.
  • Preset programmes: A range of preset programmes means you won’t have to manually set the gun each time you use it.

Accessories for your hot air gun

Consider what accessories are available for each type of hot air gun. Will a specialised nozzle (window, soldering, welding, reduction) make your work faster or more effective? Could you increase the value of the product by using it across a wider range of projects? Check out available accessories for ideas on how to extend the use of the product.


Help to decide which hot air gun to choose

Are you still unsure about which hot air gun to purchase? Steinel provides a range of indispensable tools for the professional trader, with a variety of applications including welding plastics, shrink tubing, shaping thermoplastics and stripping paint.

An all-round recommendation for professional purposes with industry-leading features is the Steinel HG2620 E. Also available as a money-saving kit, it boasts a huge 10,000-hour motor life and 800–1,000 element hours. The HG2620 E offers the highest airflow rate of any heat gun on the market, ensuring hot air precision even working outside in winds. Buy Steinel hot air guns here or view our full range of hot air gun products and accessories.


Using the HG2620 E to weld a flat roof corner


If you need help deciding, call our friendly team of advisers on 01752 692 760. Alternatively, use the live chat function in the bottom right-hand corner of our website.

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