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Old Jan 30, 2008, 11:44 PM
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Can Anyone Recommend a Hot Melt Glue Gun?

A friend of mine tried hot melt glue on a FFF model. I then did a search here and found that many of you use it.

My buddy used a Craftsman E-Z Fix. He recommended it because it uses many different glue formulas for different applications. Unfortunately, Sears doesn't sell it anymore. It also uses a proprietary oval shape for the glue sticks.

I went to Lowes today and noticed that they had some Arrow brand glue guns and I also noticed a slow-cure high-strength glue stick.

Can some of you comment on what I should get or what to avoid?
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Old Jan 31, 2008, 07:47 AM
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i got mine cheap at harbor freight. that is also where i usually get my glue cuz its dirt cheap. i originally got another one from walmart i believe. some of them are only high temp and others allow you to switch. for me, i found that the high temp melts the foam that i use (FFF). i exclusively use low temp. i like using it because its fast... but watch the weight and those pesky stringy strands.
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Old Jan 31, 2008, 08:08 AM
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That Arrow brand glue gun is good, just be sure it's the high/low temp one.
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Old Jan 31, 2008, 08:24 AM
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Unless you plan to use the glue gun for other projects, get an inexpensive low-temperature gun. I just bought one at a craft store, my first low temp one, and it works very well.
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Old Jan 31, 2008, 12:02 PM
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Arrow High / Low Temp

Globalarray,

Thanks, that's the one that I noticed. Thanks, guys for the advice.
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Old Jan 31, 2008, 11:42 PM
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Yeh, I bought the $.99 version from Wal-Mart..

Works like a charm..

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Old Jan 31, 2008, 11:56 PM
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another vote for the cheap ones! I don't use the one I have very often, but I got the low temp version from michaels and it works nicely! Watch out though, the regular temp ones with melt your foam plane! Low-temp works better.
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Old Feb 01, 2008, 12:48 AM
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I like the new one by Dremel; 2 temps and uses standard glue sticks.

Very Nice
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Old Feb 01, 2008, 02:37 AM
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I have one of those cheap hot glue guns as well, but never could convince myself to use it on my foamie planes.

Don't these add a lot of weight to these foamies?

Just asking out of curiosity!

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Old Feb 01, 2008, 05:34 AM
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GOK- it does tend to add some weight. but its a heck of a lot cheaper than lots of other glues out there. i use them almost exclusively for my foamies. i'll also use 3M Super77 to laminate, and rarely some epoxy.

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Old Feb 01, 2008, 05:46 AM
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Ditto what beanie said.

I use low-temp hot glue for almost all of my building. Speed of drying is unmatched, and if there's a major mis-glue,sometimes its not impossible to surgically "remove" most of the dried glue and start again.
Super 77 is the best for laminating two pieces. You only need to spray one of the pieces...just connect the pieces before the glue has dried. Be advised, Super 77 WILL eat the "edge grain" of the foam if too much is applied.
5 min Epoxy I use for applying hinges, wood to wood connections, and places I need to guarantee unflexing strenth or need slightly longer drying time than with Hot Glue.

Oh yeah, Hot Glue gun and power converter at the flying field cant be beat for quick repairs. Ill reguarly knock the frappin wings off a plane and be back in the air in minutes, if not seconds...

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Old Feb 01, 2008, 06:42 AM
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another alternatove to the 3m 77, w/c imho i think is better is the elmers brand, dries tuff and so far hasn't eaten the foam.
ditto on the glue gun, for building. fast and easy. i mainly use the high temp side when i'm glueing from one end to another then just switch to low temp for small areas.
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Old Feb 01, 2008, 06:57 AM
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Glue gun

I received a "Cold Heat " hotmelt glue gun for Christmas. Best glue gun I've seen. Uses a rechargeable battery pack so you don't get cords in the way - It's also portable so you can use it at the field. Charges will let you go for more 2 or more glue sticks.

Drawback? My son and wife have used it and leave it turned on. Battery is dead when I want to use it

http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/602-9857322-3359058?ASIN=B000UG91UY&AFID=Froogle&LNM=B000UG91U Y|Cold_Heat_Glue_Gun&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=B000UG 91UY&ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001
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Old Feb 01, 2008, 08:59 AM
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Frank, Lowes has the pro model that I have. The difference in a cheap gun and a 15 buck (still cheap) one is smoother feed, better tip, and holds a more constant temp. Also having high heat has it's uses, bonds balsa, CF, and bamboo together. I would get a cordless but, I'll got enough batteries to tend to.

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...550&lpage=none
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Old Feb 01, 2008, 10:11 AM
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I got the Cold heat cordless glue gun for Xmas - LOVE it! Other than that I am happy with $9 low heat guns - AVOID high heat guns - melts foam - VERY bad!
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