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Heat Guns

Post by pbar » Sun May 17, 2020 3:01 pm

Our friend Aldi have heat guns in at the moment, 2000W for just £9.99

Worth a buy do we think? Not sure what I'd use one for but for some reason it seems to be one of those tools which I will find uses for and found I couldn't live without it, once I have it!

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Re: Heat Guns

Post by Jasonmarie » Sun May 17, 2020 3:26 pm

Yes I agree I do use one of these for clock springs also wooden case if the case is cracked . Good price as well .
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Re: Heat Guns

Post by D366Y » Mon May 18, 2020 8:17 am

I've just bought one!
Was looking at one ages ago but never bought one, perfect excuse to buy one :)
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Post by tejb1 » Mon May 18, 2020 10:37 am

At that price, you can't not buy one! They won't be top quality gear of course, but they will I'm sure be good enough for light duty use at home. I picked up a set of bolt extractors on sale for a tenner that was posted on another forum - just because of the price being so good - worked a dream when I had a job on with a rounded bolt on the other car.

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Re: Heat Guns

Post by pbar » Mon May 18, 2020 8:34 pm

Thanks for the replies, I picked one up today also. Can't wait to find some tasks for it. Aldi's tools really are excellent.

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Re: Heat Guns

Post by Taff50ish » Mon May 18, 2020 9:49 pm

Hi all,

These are great tools and any one doing any wiring in their Capri should own one!!! I've just re-placed a few of my speaker cables going into the front doors, which had corroded inside the doors. We use these at work too.

Strip the ends of the wires you are going to join, cut a length of 'heat shrink' to cover the join and approx 10mm either side of the join, slide the heat shrink on to one of the wires, solder (Fully leaded solder, not that awful un-leaded solder...) the wires together in a straight line, slide the heat shrink over the join and using the heat gun, shrink the sleeve down to make a solid, strong join. The join is usually just a bit thinner than the wire... And as its soldered together, will last a long time and with this heat shrink, its sealed from the elements too... this is a much better system than the usual 'crimps' or twisting together...

Use this stuff, it even glues to the cable to help hold....

https://cpc.farnell.com/pro-power/ctfc- ... t%20shrink

This is 3mm, which will shrink down to 1mm, so you just chose the size to match the wire your joining...

Sorry if I'm teaching anyone to suck eggs, but this wasn't mentioned yet.... best of luck and great find by the way, I'll be seeing about getting one of these too, the Bosch ones cost a small fortune!!! Cheers,

John...

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Re: Heat Guns

Post by mjcapri » Tue May 19, 2020 8:05 am

For that price it’s probably worth a go, if it doesn’t work or goes pop straight away you should be able to exchange it easily enough (or get a refund). All I’d say is don’t expect much, and for £25 you can get an Earlex one from Screwfix....

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Re: Heat Guns

Post by pbar » Tue May 19, 2020 8:57 pm

mjcapri wrote:
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if it doesn’t work or goes pop straight away you should be able to exchange it
I wouldn't worry, it comes with a whopping 3 year guarantee. Like most Aldi tools, it is far better than you might think, seems like a very decent piece of kit. Comes with several accessories too.

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Post by mjcapri » Tue May 19, 2020 10:59 pm

pbar wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 8:57 pm
mjcapri wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 8:05 am
if it doesn’t work or goes pop straight away you should be able to exchange it
I wouldn't worry, it comes with a whopping 3 year guarantee. Like most Aldi tools, it is far better than you might think, seems like a very decent piece of kit. Comes with several accessories too.
Yes that’s the good thing about them, long guarantee and you can easily return them. To be fair, for occasional DIY use they’re probably ok but there’s a reason they’re a tenth of the price of a Makita or Bosch.

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Re: Heat Guns

Post by pbar » Wed May 20, 2020 7:50 pm

Honestly, you should have a better opinion of aldi tools, I've bought stuff which is better than comparable items from the expensive names such as Bosch.

A cordless hammer drill I got for example, is far better than any named similar one I have tried. I was that impressed and it was such good value that I bought another just to have a second battery.

Martin at CapriGear also rates aldi workzone tools, and he has a qualified opinion.

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Re: Heat Guns

Post by D366Y » Wed May 20, 2020 9:13 pm

I mean for a tenner what have you got to use? I'm sure the branded stuff has it's values if you use it all day everyday but for us at-home project-car DIY-ers I'm sure it will do me fine... If not, I'll get my money back in the next three years if it fails in the three times I use it in that period :lol:
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Re: Heat Guns

Post by mjcapri » Thu May 21, 2020 7:46 am

pbar wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 7:50 pm
Honestly, you should have a better opinion of aldi tools, I've bought stuff which is better than comparable items from the expensive names such as Bosch.

A cordless hammer drill I got for example, is far better than any named similar one I have tried. I was that impressed and it was such good value that I bought another just to have a second battery.

Martin at CapriGear also rates aldi workzone tools, and he has a qualified opinion.
I’ll check them out if I go to Aldi as some of the power tools look good for the price. To be fair I find the green Bosch range to be utter rubbish, this stuff is most likely better value for money. Ryobi isn’t much good either in my experience. I’ll give the hand tools a miss though, having done a few years on the tools I like my branded chrome too much!

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Post by mjcapri » Thu May 21, 2020 8:08 am

D366Y wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 9:13 pm
I mean for a tenner what have you got to use? I'm sure the branded stuff has it's values if you use it all day everyday but for us at-home project-car DIY-ers I'm sure it will do me fine... If not, I'll get my money back in the next three years if it fails in the three times I use it in that period :lol:
Agreed you’ve nothing to lose, it’s a tenner and has a 3 year guarantee. I’ll be impressed if it is actually ok as heat guns are notoriously temperamental, I went through several £30(ish)ones before I bit the bullet and bought a good one. But that was using them for long periods of time, mostly doing curtain sider repairs, a job I hated at the best of times.

My mate has a Steinel (spelling?) one in his workshop, it’s so good I’ve used it to release seized nuts and bolts, and even a front hub off my old red ST which was stuck on the driveshaft splines (puller wouldn’t touch it). Saves stopping the actual workers to borrow the oxy acetylene gear! :lol:

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Re: Heat Guns

Post by stevemarl » Fri May 22, 2020 3:20 pm

If anyyone`s interested they have a cordless angle grinder in at the moment whichn looks useful, forgot to check price though - Doh!

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Re: Heat Guns

Post by D366Y » Fri May 22, 2020 3:54 pm

stevemarl wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 3:20 pm
If anyyone`s interested they have a cordless angle grinder in at the moment whichn looks useful, forgot to check price though - Doh!
Do you mean this one??

https://www.aldi.co.uk/ferrex-40v-cordl ... 7346471400
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Post by stevemarl » Fri May 22, 2020 4:43 pm

Yep, that`s the one. Wherever I`d use a grinder I have power so not really for me but I can see it has potential.

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Post by mjcapri » Fri May 22, 2020 6:11 pm

The prices for the bare tools are crazy!

Angle grinders are a bit like die grinders, sanders etc. in that if I’m using one it will be near a mains supply and probably for a prolonged period of time so I’ve never gone down the cordless route. They’re obviously good of you need to take one out and about though. I have a Makita cordless hedge trimmer and it’s probably the best tool vs corded I’ve ever bought, not that I’ve ever used it myself! :lol:

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