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Old 05-12-2019, 04:20 PM   #1
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I have a very old (maybe 25 years old) Commotion heat tool that I think may be dying. Still gets very hot, but I have a feeling not as hot as it once did. I am thinking of getting a new one in the near future. I have heard a lot about the Wagner heat tool and wondered what your thoughts are on it, and on other brands.

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Old 05-13-2019, 12:56 AM   #2
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I bought the Wagner and am very happy. It gets hot quickly and is therefore ideal for embossing. I too had a heat tool for ages and before it died I bought a Ranger. Lasted about 2 months and the replacement, broke too after a very short time with occasional use. Jennifer McGuire recommended it in her Favorite Crafty Video on tools in 2017. So, I took a chance and bought it with absolutely no regrets. You'll be happy!

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Look around when purchasing it. I had seen it on Walmart for $19 but it is now $42. Same on Amazon. I don't know what happened, but maybe Jennifer's recommendation sent the price skyrocketing.
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So many of the best known card makers use Wagner, it may have had an effect on price. I’ve seen it in various places for around $40 for several years. Joanne sells it under the Hero Arts brand, so perhaps buy with a coupon?

I ruined my first one - my fault - yet Wagner would have replaced it, so they stand by their products. (I didn’t take them up on it.)

I keep it in a silicone holster that grips onto the top of a nearby desktop when not using it. Just don’t keep it on when in a holster. See previous paragraph.

A Ranger tool has been handy when wanting wider, slow, gentle heating without moving water around, but for heat embossing, Wagner is ace.
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Don't forget to check your local hardware supply to see if there is anything similar. Seems like a lot of our tools started out there but then get a higher price tag for crafters.
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The Wagner heat tool has been used for non-crafting, non-hobby applications for years too. (Wagner has other higher powered heat guns also.) Here it is for $24.99 - though shipping is about $11.00. If you find something else for $5.00 shipping is free.

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Harbor Freight is one of my go-to sources for many items that are tools replicated under brand names for crafting. You can probably find a perfectly wonderful heat gun there for a reasonable price (and the staff is generally pretty knowledgeable, too). Just make sure that they know you want to use it for crafting and not for construction/industrial purposes, lol!
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Agree about Harbor Freight bounty - just be careful not to get a cheap knock-off. They have great stuff - and poor quality stuff.

HF was a big go-to store for many of us working with kiln-formed (fused) glass - but the ratio of great to nope was about 50-50. It’s easier to tell in person, if you’re lucky enough to be near a store. (And it’s a hoot to visit if you’re a hardware store/storage junky.)
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Thanks so much for the great info. I will definitely check it out. I hope I get another one before the one I have completely dies. I'm sure I will be right in the middle of embossing something.
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Be careful of the hardware store offerings: my hubby had one - it was meant to remove wallpaper!

I have a Wagner and love it. It heats so quickly that there's less warpage. Also, you can cover a piece of cardboard with tin foil. Heat emboss on that and the foil directs the heat back to your project to help prevent warping.
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