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Stanley Heavy Duty Glue Gun - Good Choice,
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This review is from: Stanley Heavy-Duty Glue Gun (DIY & Tools)
***UPDATED 15th September 2012***
Upgraded to 5 stars due to the versatility of glue guns in general. Latest repairs include the 'flapping' sole of a pair of carpet slippers - great result; found it best to apply liberally/generously and work fast to get good adhesion. That cost me one glue stick (about 17 pence for Stanley, or about 10p for Silverline). Any excess/outflow can be neatly trimmed of with a sharp craft knife. Also repaired an exercise bench, the plastic end caps kept popping out - not any more! Be careful to avoid contact with hot glue oozzing out of a repair job. Regarding the inadequate stand, the base of the stand could be made wider/more stable by hot gluing a suitable piece of plastic to it.
Feels well made, heats up within the 3 to 6 minutes stated in the instructions, quite controllable flowrate of hot glue. The end nozzle is covered with a heat resistant thermally insulating material (maybe PTFE?) presumably to help prevent burning your hand. Dribbles a few beads of glue from the end nozzle when resting on the stand, but not excessively. Put it to use straight away to a) help secure/prevent wobble where wooden handle enters a plastic snow shovel, b) help secure/prevent wobble where wooden handle enters a broom, c) repair an RC model, d) help secure low voltage wiring inside a RC model (first tested to ensure does not damage the insulation).
The declared wattage (power) is somewhat confusing. The Amazon description states 40W, however if you look at the photograph, it says 80W on the side of the gun. OK you say 40W low, 80W high .....that's what I thought. However, on the other side of the gun itself it actually states 25W? Anyway, it works well enough (I only tried it on the High Power setting).
Looses one star due to the inadequate stand, which is not really wide enough to hold the gun securely in the upright position. Also the mains lead is a bit too short.