Harbor Freight Plastic Welders

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  1. Jan 11, 2018
    ITLKSEZ

    ITLKSEZ Volvophilic

    Post Falls, ID
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    Any of you have one?

    There are two designs. One is cheap ($17) and looks like a soldering iron, and the other is ~$65 and blows hot air through a straw.

    Which is better? Pros/cons of each?

    Couldn't I achieve the same thing by making a straw-tip for a regular $14 heat gun? Or am I overlooking something?
     
  2. Jan 11, 2018
    duffer

    duffer Rodent Power Sponsor

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    The one I bought from them looked a lot like this one:
    800 Watt Plastic Welding Kit with Adjustable Temperature

    It also had a pressure regulator and had to be connected to compressed air.

    It worked great.














    For maybe 15 minutes----------------------------------------------------------
     
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  3. Jan 11, 2018
    Mcruff

    Mcruff Earlycj5 Machinist Sponsor

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    We have a nice one at work but the air is needed to make them work good regardless of price.
     
  4. Jan 12, 2018
    PeteL

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    Been There Done That.
    :beer:


    In some cases the cheapo tool is enough to try out, for "proof-of-concept," then I buy a quality version.

    In another case, HF sent the parts, and it has run like a champ for another five years now.

    I've been wondering about a plastic welder…..
     

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