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Makita HG6530VK Heat Gun Review

Editor Rating: 4.3/5

Outstanding

Makita HG6530VK

Reviewed by: Sean Masri

Last modified: Oct 8, 2020 @ 6:54 am

  • Design
  • Functionality
  • Price

Review Summary:

Rugged, durable, and designed for time-intensive projects — the Makita HG6530VK heat gun is ideally suited to on-site use by the tradesperson — or as a powerful tool in the hands of the most committed DIYer.

This digital unit offers an LCD screen — allowing you to choose temperatures between 122 and 1202 degrees Fahrenheit. Furthermore, two fan speeds give you the flexibility of heat intensity — while a cool-down feature extends this machine’s longevity.

Weighing just two pounds — lightweight for a full-size gun — and featuring a rubberized ergonomic handle, this unit shouldn’t induce hand fatigue. Thus, making it appropriate for lengthy jobs.

This is Makita’s flagship heat gun — delivering more power than the company’s only other hot air machine, the HG6031VK.

The brand requires little introduction for the DIY fanatic. Established in 1915, Makita revolutionized the industry by introducing the cordless drill back in 1969. Today, their power tools are the choice of professionals worldwide.

Pros:

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Temperature range of 122-1202 degrees Fahrenheit.
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LCD screen.
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Includes four nozzles.
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Rubberized grip.
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Includes carry case.
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Three fan speed settings.

Cons:

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Premium price for a premium product.
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Small LCD screen — may not suit those with impaired vision.

Features and Benefits of Makita HG6530VK


It’s built to tackle the inevitable knocks, bumps, and scrapes of intense use. But while a sturdy workhorse — it also incorporates a multitude of features.

Variable Temperature


When you take immense pride in your work — precision is crucial.

Sure, if you’re a journeyman DIYer or casual home user — a dual temp unit is perfectly adequate. But, when you’re tackling a wide variety of projects — from stripping paint through to molding plastic sheeting — you need accurate temperature control.

Hence, I suggest that the expansive heat range of 122-1202 degrees Fahrenheit — adjustable in 50-degree increments — will be welcomed by any dedicated workperson.

LCD Screen


It’s the digital display of this heat gun that gives DIY control freaks the versatility they demand.

Two simple buttons — plus and minus — enable you to set the machine to your desired temperature — indicated on the LCD screen. This gives you at-a-glance reassurance that you’re subjecting your working material to the perfect heat intensity.

Perhaps my only criticism is that this display is smaller than on competitor units — which may be a factor for those with weak eyesight.

Fan Speeds


The HG6530VK has three fan speeds — low, high, and cooling.

The first two allow increased flexibility — by adjusting the heat delivery intensity — depending on the job in hand.

The cooling setting ensures that the delicate heating coil slowly and steadily drops heat once you’ve finished work for the day — increasing its lifespan.

You control these three settings via a handle mounted switch — simply click up or down to choose your preferred level.

Handle


I feel that many manufacturers consider the heat gun’s handle as an afterthought — viewing it more an uninteresting necessity than an important feature.

However, this is a mistake.

Perhaps the reason is that the company’s design team has never actually wielded a power tool — not understanding its importance.

That’s why I welcome the thought and care that Makita has taken in the design of this heat gun’s handle.

Firstly, it’s molded to fit neatly in the hand — meaning that holding this machine is impressively comfortable. Furthermore, it’s rubberized — delivering a reliable and non-slip grip — whether you’re wearing thick gloves or sporting perspiring palms.

Both these features mean that you can wield the HG6530VK Makita heat gun without fatigue — allowing you to tackle long and intensive projects with no requirement for frequent breaks.

Additional Accessories


If you’re a professional tradesperson — or an ardent DIYer who helps out family and friends — the chances are you move your tools from location to location.

Hence, you may appreciate the sturdy carry case included with this heat gun. Not only keeping wires and other accessories safe and secure — but also shielding your machine from knocks, detritus, water, and oil. Thus increasing its longevity.

What’s more, inside this hard case are four additional nozzles — a glass protector, wide slot, reflector, and a reducer. Therefore you will always have the correct tip for your current project. Furthermore, the standard 1.375-inch integrated nozzle is compatible with most third-party attachments.

Hands-Free Function


For projects which require two free hands, you can stand the Makita heat gun on its flattened rear end. This provides a vertical stream of continuous hot air — giving you the ability to bend pipes or form Formica above this plume — without having to worry about holding the gun.

Additionally, this ‘stand’ feature also makes changing nozzles straightforward — ensuring you secure the attachments tightly.

Extensive Mains Cable


The Makita heat gun HG6530VK includes a 6.6-foot mains cable — surprisingly lengthy when you consider most of its competitors have less than six feet of cord. Hence, this reduces the likelihood of over-stretching and provides additional freedom.

Social Proof


In my eyes, this heat gun is the consummate machine for the hard-working professional or passionate DIYer.

Yet, is it as robust and user-friendly as it first appears?

To provide a complete and unbiased review, I sought the views and opinions of owners of this Makita machine. And, happily, the feedback was impressively positive.

Users lauded its durable construction, simple-to-adjust temperature settings, and its array of additional accessories. The only criticisms seemed to be from those who found the design plain and uninspiring — but then, this is a true workhorse — not a fashion statement.

To get a handle on what I’m talking about — take a look for yourself:

Alternatives to Makita HG6530VK


If this HG6530VK review hasn’t warmed you to this machine — consider one of these alternatives.

Wagner Furno 700


If the Makita, despite its wide temperature range, still doesn’t offer the heat versatility you demand, check out the Furno 700.

While it offers a similar temp spectrum — 125-1300 degrees Fahrenheit — you can select your power in 10-degree increments, as opposed to the 50 degrees of the Makita. Furthermore, it’s easier on the pocket.

  • Larger LCD screen than the HG6530VK.
  • Fewer nozzles — two instead of Makita’s four.
  • Unlike the Makita, it doesn’t include a carry case.

DeWalt D26960K


Like the Makita, this powerful heat gun comes complete with additional nozzles, digital display, and carry case — but boasts a choice of single or dual-handed operation.

Hence, if you find hand fatigue an issue — this could be a more comfortable alternative.

  • Seven nozzles, in contrast to the four of the Makita.
  • Integrated kick-stand for additional hands-free support.
  • A similar price point to the HG6530VK.

Wagner Furno 300


Should you consider the vast temperature choices, multiple nozzles, and LCD screen overkill — this heat gun may appeal.

The Furno 300 delivers an option of just two heat settings — 750 and 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. Thus, it is more useful for the casual DIYer than the Makita.

  • A more budget-friendly model than the HG6530VK.
  • Lacks user-adjustable fan speeds.
  • Unlike the Makita, it doesn’t arrive with a carry case.

Conclusion


Should you be seeking a heat gun that can withstand seriously intense use — while still providing precise control — I feel the Makita is a tough one to beat.

A vast temperature spectrum makes the machine suitable for projects from lacquer removal through to wrapping vehicles. Its push-button control is easy to operate, even if you’re wearing gloves. Plus, the LCD screen delivers accurate feedback — always ensuring you’re using the correct heat setting.

Robust, durable, and complete with a hard carry case — this heat gun is ideally suited to heavy duty and lengthy projects. Admittedly, its industrial aesthetic and multitude of functions may not appeal to the casual DIYer or homeowner looking for a budget power tool.

Yet, for the user who needs resilience, reliability, and flexibility — the Makita HG6530VK can take the heat.

Makita HG6530VK FAQs

Q: Does the Makita Heat Gun Only Display Fahrenheit?

The HG6530VK can display temperatures in both Fahrenheit and Celsius. To switch between these settings, push and hold the plus and minus buttons simultaneously.

Q: Makita Heat Gun HG6530VK vs HG6031VK?

The key difference between these two heat guns is the power of the fan. The HG6530VK delivers 17.6 CFM (cubic feet per minute) on the highest setting, while the HG6031VK provides just 14 CFM.

Furthermore, the HG6530VK heat gun comes complete with four nozzles — there are no additional accessories with the HG6031VK.

Q: HG6530VK Makita Heat Gun Uses?

With a wide temperature spectrum of 122 to 1202 degrees Fahrenheit — adjustable in 50-degree increments — the Makita heat gun is suitable for a wide range of applications, including:

  • Wrapping vehicles.
  • Tinting windows.
  • Stripping lacquer.
  • Removing paint.
  • Stripping varnish.
  • Thawing frozen pipes.
  • Removing floor tiles.
  • Loosening putty.
  • Melting adhesives.
  • De-glueing stickers.
  • Waxing and de-waxing.
  • Bending plastic pipes.
  • Forming plastic sheets.
Q: The Makita Heat Gun HG6530VK Price?

The Makita heat gun is a robust and durable unit, angled at the professional user and ardent DIYer. To see its current cost, click here.

Q: Is the Plug on the Makita Heat Gun HG6530VK for the US or UK?

The HG6530VK has a two-pronged plug — suitable for use in the USA.

Q: How Many Amps Does the HG6530VK Gun Draw?

This heat gun is rated at 13 amps. Therefore, if you’re using an extension cord with this unit, ensure that it can cope with this load.

Q: Can I Remove Bicycle Decals with the Heat Gun HG6530VK?

Yes. Ensure you start on a low setting and then gradually increase the temperature until the glue starts to melt. Take care not to use excessive heat as this could damage the paintwork.

Q: Do all the HG6530VK Accessories Fit in the Case?

Yes. The hard carry case included with this machine accommodates the Makita HG6530VK heat gun itself, power cord, and the four nozzles.

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