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Old 12-13-2009, 01:14 PM   #1
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Hi All, from beautiful snowy afternoon here in Northern Utah--2 feet new

We have a family question. I want the ranger heat gun by Tim Holtz but my son is hung up on amazon reviews and insist that I get a uchida--the white one. By the way there were no reviews for the Ranger Heat Gun.

I use mine mostly for embossing and puff applique. I am looking for one that doesn't blow my stuff away before it reacts, so that is why I was leaning towards the Ranger.

What do you all think--you all are the pros--and I value your opinion. Thanks
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Old 12-13-2009, 01:43 PM   #2
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I used to have a purple Marvy Uchida heat gun that I bought at M's years ago, and while it was fine for small-scale embossing projects, once I moved to "production line" work for swaps after I became a demo I was ready to throw the darn thing out the window! It does not work well if you're doing a lot of embossing at once -- I don't think the heating element can handle it! I vowed to never emboss on another swap till I could get the Stampin' Up! heat gun, which I believe is made by Milwaukee. I haven't had a problem since!
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Old 12-13-2009, 02:27 PM   #3
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I started stamping in 1991 and back then I ended up getting an ACE Hardware heat gun. I still have (and use) that heat gun almost 20 years later!
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Old 12-13-2009, 02:32 PM   #4
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I have had a Stampin' Up! heat gun for many years and have not had a single problem with it.
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Old 12-13-2009, 02:41 PM   #5
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Milwaukee is a quality heat gun! Made to last!
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Old 12-13-2009, 03:04 PM   #6
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I've been using the same maroon Marvy Uchida heat gun for over 7 years, and I've never had a problem with it. When I was an SU demo back in 2003, I think theirs was the same one, not the Milwaukee. I'm not positive about that, though.
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I too have the purple marvy heat gun for 6 years now. Mine has never been a problem however I did have one of my pregnant SU customer ask me about the lead level in the cord. Might be something to consider....
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I've been using the same maroon Marvy Uchida heat gun for over 7 years, and I've never had a problem with it. When I was an SU demo back in 2003, I think theirs was the same one, not the Milwaukee. I'm not positive about that, though.
Having used both brands extensively, I don't blame them one bit for making the switch! Seriously, I'd never use the Marvy one again if I could help it. Had to make 25 cards for my first demo swap, and as I approached the halfway point the embossing powder stopped melting smoothly and evenly. My VersaMark pad was juicy, I was embossing almost immediately after applying the powder, and I was using SU! powder the whole time so the only possible culprit was the heat gun!
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I wonder if the heat gun just needed a break. It's possible that no heat gun could perform so long without a cool down period. Did you stop and try again later? What were the results?
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I wonder if the heat gun just needed a break. It's possible that no heat gun could perform so long without a cool down period. Did you stop and try again later? What were the results?
This was over four years ago, and I haven't used the old one since then. I'd been wanting the SU! one for some time before that, so the problems with my swaps was a great excuse. It did take me a while to do all those cards, so I'm sure there was a period of time where I took a break. I do know that I've made a dozen or so cards in a row with embossing using my SU! heat gun, and never once had that issue.
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Thank you for the opinions. Has anyone out there used the Ranger gun by Tim Holtz? It is suppose to emit heat and not just a ton of air. Which is what my problem is right now with my new purple maurice gun. To tell the truth I couldn't tell the difference between the Marvy (maroon one) and this purple one. So I am hoping that someone will chime in and let us know if it really is all it's cracked up to be.
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I have the Ranger/Tim Holtz one, and I like it much more than my old Marvy one. It is quieter, and it does seem to put out more heat than air. I haven't had any trouble with embossing powder blowing around since I got it, and I'm getting better results than I used to. I'm not sure how much of that is just that I'm getting better as I get more experience, and how much is actually because of the tools, but I think the Ranger tool lives up to its advertising. Hope this helps!
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I have a Marvy Uchida (green) that was a gift from a fellow stamper over six years ago. I have been using it steadily with not problems in mass producing at all. I purchased a Color something gun because it was all the rage at the time. Waste of money. It died within a few months after purchase.
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I luv my Tim Holtz heat gun! It does not have that full power blow that blows away a lot of the powder & it is very quite. I had the purple one also & I had a hard time with it, took too long & sometimes I would burn the paper waiting for it to melt my powder. Tim Holtz heat gun was well worth the money & I am VERY HAPPY with it! Good luck!
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I would go with the one you want. First, it's the one YOU want, lol. Since you will be the one using it, you should have the final say. Clearly you've looked into them and have specific reasons for why the TH one is the one you want. Those specific things (the quiet motor and lack of "blowing") are not available on the other brands of heat guns as far as I know.

Tell you son thank you so much for your input, sweetie, I'm gonna get the one I want...
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I too have the purple marvy heat gun for 6 years now. Mine has never been a problem however I did have one of my pregnant SU customer ask me about the lead level in the cord. Might be something to consider....
ALL flexible cords will have some lead in them. This is what makes the cord flexible. Extension cords, Christmas lights, etc. all have some lead in the cords.
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