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Old 07-06-2012, 07:34 AM   #41
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I looked at the specs for the B&D heat gun you are looking at. It says it is 1375 Watts where as the Darcie Heat Tool that I have says it is 300 Watts. I think the B&D one would be too much. I've used heat guns before to strip paint and they do a fantastic job of it. This is just my opinion. Did you look up Darcie Heat Tool?
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Old 07-07-2012, 04:05 AM   #42
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I looked at the specs for the B&D heat gun you are looking at. It says it is 1375 Watts where as the Darcie Heat Tool that I have says it is 300 Watts. I think the B&D one would be too much. I've used heat guns before to strip paint and they do a fantastic job of it. This is just my opinion. Did you look up Darcie Heat Tool?
Thanks a lot for the guidance. No, I haven't looked up Darcie Heat tool...didnt know about it actually... I will look it up and check if it is available here.
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Old 07-07-2012, 09:23 AM   #43
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I have been rubber stamping for about 30 years long before I even heard of Stampin' Up. I have only had to buy two brands. The Marvy Uchida was my first and just died recently. I bought another one along the way just to have as a spare. It got heavy use but periodically. Would you believe it died when I bought the Heat-It too last year? I said prayers for it, thanked it for it's long years of service and threw it out. Much like a job does when you retire. Out with the old, in with the new.
In May, 2011, I bought that cute little heat-it tool because of the rave reviews fellow SCSers and other well known stampers have written or shared. I loved it! HOWEVER, my new toy died after a few uses around Christmas time. OMG to the max! The old Marvy Uchida was probably laughing at me from heat tool heaven.
So, now I use my over 10 year old spare Marvy. I will return the Heat-It tool, get a replacement and as soon as I finish writing this, I'm going to check out that Milwaukee everyone swears by.
Now the moral of this story is........use a coupon, get something that works and has a good reputation! And, oh yeah, have loads of fun!
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Old 07-07-2012, 09:46 AM   #44
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Bummer about your heat-it. I've had mine for...at least 7 or 8 yrs now. Maybe longer.
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My Marvy Uchida has been heating for years. Many times, I feel it over heats, but I've learned to adjust my distance to compensate. I'm planning to purchase the Heat-It this year. I've used it at stamp shows/conventions, and I really appreciate that it does not blow embossing powder all over, and I have never experienced over-heating. Additionally, I like the quieter sound.
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I know this is an old thread but I thought I'd re-new it. Any opinions out there comparing Darice, SU, Recollections(From Michaels), Tim Holtz, and Martha Stewart heat guns? Can't believe there are so many now. My Old Darice isn't embossing as well as I'd like. Maybe it's because its old. 15-20 yrs old! Just checking to see if anyone has a favorite.
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Old 11-07-2014, 10:58 AM   #47
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Well, as an update on the Ranger "Heat-It", they experienced a large number of the heat tools not being able to heat up enough to melt embossing powder. It was removed from some convention-vendor 'shelves' due to the unpredictability.

As a result, I'm back to solely using the Stampin' Up! 2-speed heat tool.
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Old 11-08-2014, 02:38 PM   #48
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A couple of years ago, when manufacturing went over seas, the wattage of heat guns was lowered such that anything you knew about old brands doesn't apply to new ones. The new two-step SU lowered theirs by only 50 watts, which is less than some of the other famous brands lowered their wattage.
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Old 11-14-2014, 10:29 AM   #49
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I did some online research of different brands and their performance. I bought the Stampin Up heat gun and never have problems.
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