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After having looked online I have to say I'm more confused then ever when it comes to what works well and not. I often will look at an item and give the reviews a good look over to see if there is any consistency in their findings. More times than not you can attribute the bad reviews to either lack of how to use something or just plain junk. Now so far it appears glue guns are relatively cheap but I detest buying junk and having to replace something often so I try to be smart about these purchases. I'd rather pay a bit more and get quality then buy cheap and often which turns out to be more expensive and time consuming. I also don't want to beta test a product.

This all came up when I needed a hot glue gun to use while working on a planer sled to secure the shims. I went to my tool chest where I knew I had my father-in-law's old Craftsman hot glue gun and glue sticks. They've been there for years. Glue gun, glue sticks......where's the power cable? No where to be found is the power cable..........Can't say whether this gun works or not so I go looking anywhere i might have a cable that works but nothing close and Sears doesn't have nay information on this anywhere. So I make a quick cable to test and make sure it even works which it does but now need to find a proper cable or buy a new hot glue gun.

I'm a very experienced Amazon buyer but can tell you their reviews are a mess. Say you're looking at a abc123 model Netgear router :), I know this is a woodworking forum...., the reviews you'll find seem to cover every Netgear model out there, not necessarily the one you are looking at so the reviews are a mess and not very useful. Hot glue guns seem to be about the same so fairly worthless.

I have two choices, search for a proper cable and use what I have (preferable) not because I'm cheap but rather because I would rather use what I already have then throw away something that works away or buy a new hot glue gun. Of course there's the sentimental value of it being my FIL's old glue gun to consider as well.

So anyone have a good source for 110V power cables? If not, have any suggestions on a good hot glue gun that should last and works properly. I see lots of reviews that say things like "glue runs out when it's not needed", "broke after 2 uses", "doesn't work at all".....and I have no desire to go through that process. I mean it's a hot glue gun, how difficult is it to get one that works and lasts?
 

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This low cost glue gun is well over 25 years old and has never missed a beat. Probably because they aren't used as often as most other tools they have a long life and can be bought on Ebay for from $4.00 to about $35.00 dollars. Go middle of the price range and you will probably one day leave it to your son!
 

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I have a couple. One really cheap and, one I just bought for around $26 USD. The new one heats faster and hotter @100 watts. It's a Chandler "Heavy Duty Commercial" model. Found it on Amazon. I really like it.
 

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I'm happy with this glue gun from Amazon. I like the longer nozzle and dual heat temperatures. Plus it doesn't drip like the others, and actually stands up on its own when you're waiting for it to heat or while setting up for the next glue operation. It also heats up quickly. It seems like other glue guns take forever to get to the point where the glue actually begins to melt. For under $25 I think it's a steal.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FN6MC7T/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
 

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After having looked online I have to say I'm more confused then ever when it comes to what works well and not. I often will look at an item and give the reviews a good look over to see if there is any consistency in their findings. More times than not you can attribute the bad reviews to either lack of how to use something or just plain junk. Now so far it appears glue guns are relatively cheap but I detest buying junk and having to replace something often so I try to be smart about these purchases. I'd rather pay a bit more and get quality then buy cheap and often which turns out to be more expensive and time consuming. I also don't want to beta test a product.

This all came up when I needed a hot glue gun to use while working on a planer sled to secure the shims. I went to my tool chest where I knew I had my father-in-law's old Craftsman hot glue gun and glue sticks. They've been there for years. Glue gun, glue sticks......where's the power cable? No where to be found is the power cable..........Can't say whether this gun works or not so I go looking anywhere i might have a cable that works but nothing close and Sears doesn't have nay information on this anywhere. So I make a quick cable to test and make sure it even works which it does but now need to find a proper cable or buy a new hot glue gun.

I'm a very experienced Amazon buyer but can tell you their reviews are a mess. Say you're looking at a abc123 model Netgear router :), I know this is a woodworking forum...., the reviews you'll find seem to cover every Netgear model out there, not necessarily the one you are looking at so the reviews are a mess and not very useful. Hot glue guns seem to be about the same so fairly worthless.

I have two choices, search for a proper cable and use what I have (preferable) not because I'm cheap but rather because I would rather use what I already have then throw away something that works away or buy a new hot glue gun. Of course there's the sentimental value of it being my FIL's old glue gun to consider as well.

So anyone have a good source for 110V power cables? If not, have any suggestions on a good hot glue gun that should last and works properly. I see lots of reviews that say things like "glue runs out when it's not needed", "broke after 2 uses", "doesn't work at all".....and I have no desire to go through that process. I mean it's a hot glue gun, how difficult is it to get one that works and lasts?

Here is one you might get to work:

https://laptopparts.com.au/ac-adaptor-charger-replacement-power-cable-lead-2-prong.html


I see where most guys are just rewiring a cord direct to their glue guns. If you do be sure to use a clothes iron or waffle iron or portable heater cord that are designed for high heat appliances.
hope this helps,
Herb
 

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Why would a laptop have a heat resistant power cord? That's what Herb is referring to; some cords are rated specifically ((sheath and insulation) for use with heat generating appliances (just in case there was a misunderstanding).
https://www.amazon.ca/PRIME-HC10060...=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B0022NH72W

Yeh, I know, wrong female connector.
Not sure that the one I showed is heat resistant, not sure the female would even fit. After I posted that I got to thinking, that sure looks like a computer/printer lead. I think the female end is too large.
My wife had the same one Steve is showing, for her craft work, and if I recall it just had a regular 16 ga. cord. I think that a person could direct wire a 16 ga. or larger cord on the gun without too much problem.
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Why would a laptop have a heat resistant power cord? That's what Herb is referring to; some cords are rated specifically ((sheath and insulation) for use with heat generating appliances (just in case there was a misunderstanding).
https://www.amazon.ca/PRIME-HC10060...=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B0022NH72W

Yeh, I know, wrong female connector.
Dan, would heat resistance be a requirement? Provided the cord can carry sufficient current, it looks to me like it would be more or less insulated from the heat in the handle, by the receptacle into which it plugs.
 

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To test the old glue gun I used a standard lamp cord and had 2 wire connectors on the end to attach to the pins. While this works fine and is appropriately sized for the voltage/amperage it isn't secure as a molded end. Not realizing until just now I actually have a cable like that within inches of the gun. I have a Canon battery charger not 6 inches away on my desk with the same cord as the laptop cord which I also tried last night. The spacing of the pins is a bit narrower on the cord but flexible enough to work. If needed I could split the connector, trim it slightly and .......wait for it......glue it back together.
 

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I have three or four glue guns. I find them at garage sales and the only reason I buy them is for the glue sticks that come with them. What I have found is that there is no difference between the good ones and the Dollar store ones. Sure one might heat up a little faster but once they are up to operating temperature they all just melt glue.
 

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Looks like the connector on my club's coffee pot. Two pins, oversized connector. Check a second hand shop, some have bins filled with all kinds of cords and cables. Take the gun with you. Porbably cost a buck or two. I hate tossing a perfectly good item for lack of small, misplaced part.

can't stop myself: Just stick with it.
 

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Dan, would heat resistance be a requirement? Provided the cord can carry sufficient current, it looks to me like it would be more or less insulated from the heat in the handle, by the receptacle into which it plugs.
Good point, Biagio. It would certainly be covered by the Electrical Code here, but I can't say for sure. Mine's only 40Watts. The P/N on mycord is Rythm RP-22 .looks very similar to the missing one.

Would this one work?
https://www.amazon.ca/Fosmon-Standa...=p&keywords=power+cords&qid=1569441335&sr=8-3
It says it's "universal"
 

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I bought a Dewalt ( DWHT750928 ) temp gun, and their glue sticks from HD. I use it to stick parts to the router planer sled, works great. I also use white masking tape and place a strip on the sled and a strip in work piece. Place glue to a piece and stick to sled, There is no clean up. the gun was around $30.00. It also works great for holding table saw miter bars to new sled.
 

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I bought a Dewalt ( DWHT750928 ) temp gun, and their glue sticks from HD. I use it to stick parts to the router planer sled, works great. I also use white masking tape and place a strip on the sled and a strip in work piece. Place glue to a piece and stick to sled, There is no clean up. the gun was around $30.00. It also works great for holding table saw miter bars to new sled.
Will blue masking tape work too?
Herb
 
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