Hotmelt adhesive gun review.

I use hotmelt adhesive a lot in my shop. Never as a permanent solution, but as a clamp, extra hand, for something fast. And for making 1/8" x 3" strip luan templates.
I bought some 3M TC guns about 25 years ago, and short of a replacement tip, they're still in service in my old business.
I wanted to buy them again but the price these days (around $ 100.00) was just a bit silly. So I bought a couple of Arrow guns and they're okay for a hobbyist but they just don't stand up to my kind of use. The up-side is that they take 1/2" sticks which are available everywhere.
Now 3M has an AE gun: http://www.rochfordsupply.com/product_listing.asp_Q_CatID_E_421_A_SubCatId_E_498
I bought a 5-pack of them and they've been in use for about 3 months now. Two on the truck, two in the shop, one in my tool box. Unlike the TC version, this one takes off-the-shelf 1/2" sticks. (Which can be bought in bulk at VERY serious saving.) Warm-up is just a couple or three minutes and through-put is more than adequate for my use. The super-fast warm-up is nice so I no longer have to leave one plugged in so it is ready.
There are 2 ways to 'park' it on included wire stands.
http://www.ellsworth.com/imagelibrary/jpegs/600/LargePics/POLYGUN_AE_II_APPLICATOR.jpg
And they have an ON light...very nice.
Highly recommended.
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Have you ever tried those "Wood glue" sticks? Just curious if there's something to them, or if they're just brown hot melt glue.
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I have some 4" sticks in different colours, including brown and even gold metal-flake. Never had use for them yet. So, I'm curious what those sticks are that you mentioned. I'll Google a bit.
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standard adhesive but not very.
Tim w One month, three days, 10 hours, 24 minutes and 38 seconds. 413 cigarettes not smoked, saving 92.97. Life saved: 1 day, 10 hours, 25 minutes. Going all the way this time.
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Dude! Congrats. You'd be nuts to start after having made this much of a commitment.
I now, officially, with the powers invested in me, pronounce you a non- smoker.
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Robatoy wrote:

No such thing for someone who's quit. Once the addiction has set in, there's always a temptation.
I offer my congratulations too Tim.
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Beer and pizza taste better now?
Ten years quit, the only new years resolution I've ever made -- and kept. You'll occasionally crave a smoke for the next ten months, but if you've gotten this far, you have every chance of winning.
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On Wed, 30 Jan 2008 20:57:42 -0800 (PST), Father Haskell

A lot of quitters return to smoking. The cravings due continue for 6-12 months, but they will eventually subside. Congratulations for making a healthy choice, now go buy your favorite tool with the money saved!
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Savings from quitting a 2 pack a day habit for one year = $2920 (@ $4.00 / pack). That should cover a new PM66 plus a WWII blade plus running the Romex and installing the drop panel.
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Last I heard, it was closer to $ 9.00 per pack of 25 smokes. In Kanuckistan anyway.
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