I’ll admit that most heat guns look the same. This one makes hot air (adjustable from 120 to 1100 degrees F) and offers a nice nozzle protector to keep the heat on the project and off your hands. You can also kind of see at the bottom a swing-out hook that makes the gun easier to store hanging up. But what really caught my eye is this: for this model DeWalt separated some of the internal components “to allow maintenance on both the motor and heating element.”
I’ll also admit that I don’t know which components (beyond the motor and heating element) are now separate, but I do know that for a pro user, repairability is important. Unlike homeowners, hobbyists, and DIYers who’ll use the gun only once in a while, pros will run these suckers non-stop. But they’ll also often shell out well over $100 for a high-end digital model. DeWalt’s runs a paltry $70 online.
Would you repair your $70 heat gun or just replace it? For that matter, if you’re a pro, would you take this over a $150 model? Or as a DIYer, would you step up to this from your $35 cheap-o gun? Let us know in comments.