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Wagner Furno 300 Heat Gun Review

Editor Rating: 4.7/5

Outstanding

Wagner Furno 300

Reviewed by: Sean Masri

Last modified: Oct 13, 2020 @ 8:05 am

  • Design
  • Functionality
  • Price

Review Summary:

Affordable, multi-functional, and incredibly user-friendly — the Wagner Furno 300 heat gun is the consummate everyday-use machine that can tackle anything from frozen pipes through to waxing your surfboard.

With two adjustable temperature settings — allowing you to select the optimum heat for your particular project — this unit possesses numerous effort-saving features, such as an integrated stand, storage hanging loop, and a fatigue-busting handle.

What’s more, this is a dual-temperature heat gun with some serious pedigree.

Hailing from the Wagner SprayTech Corp — a company established over 70 years ago and specializing in paint application and removal — this unit is the latest in its line of back-to-basics power tools designed primarily for the household user and DIY enthusiast.

Pros:

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Ergonomically designed to reduce hand fatigue.
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Choice of two temperature settings — 750 and 1100 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Integrated stand for hands-free operation.
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Suitable for bending pipes, paint removal, and defrosting freezers.
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1200 Watts — 4100 BTUs (British Thermal Units).

Cons:

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Some users may find the cable obtrusive.
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Just two temperature settings may not deliver sufficient versatility for professional users.
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Includes no additional nozzles.

Features and Benefits of Wagner Furno 300


Down to the detail!

Here are the elements that make the Wagner Furno 300 heat gun a worthwhile addition to your toolbox:

Dual Temperature Settings


The heat gun features two temperature settings — high (1100 degrees Fahrenheit) and low (750 degrees Fahrenheit).

This is what provides the machine with its flexibility — enabling you to select the correct temperature for the particular project in hand. Hence, the low setting would be ideal for phone repairs and screen removal — while the high setting is preferable for stripping paint and loosening rusted bolts.

Without this feature, you would use too much heat and turn your cell into a pile of molten plastic — or too little, and spend hours in a fruitless pursuit, just making your paint vaguely warm.

I know what you’re thinking — how the heck do I know what temperature to use?

Thankfully, this heat gun includes a guide on what temperature and nozzle you require for over 30 different home projects — ranging from softening putty (high) through to shrink-wrapping presents (low).

Which brings me to perhaps the only downside of this machine — additional nozzles are retailed separately.

Hands-Free Operation


Some heat work — such as bending plastic pipes — requires a little finesse, which means you need to use two hands.

You could ask your partner to help — but if they’re not so keen on your newly found heat gun addiction — since you’ve started warming up everything that doesn’t move — it may be advisable not to involve them.

Luckily, this heat gun has a stand feature, meaning you can operate the unit hands-free.

Simply turn the machine on its end and place it upright on your workbench. It will produce a vertical stream of heat — enabling you to hold your working material two-handed above this hot air curtain.

Ergonomic Design


If you’ve ever stripped paint with a heat gun before, you know it’s darn fun. That is, if your concept of enjoyment is as weird as mine.

Watching the ‘skin’ form, lift, and then bubble, is remarkably satisfying — and something that you’ll never become bored of. However, that doesn’t mean that your hands aren’t going to tire.

Repetitive movements of the wrist, or just holding the heat gun in one position, can become hard work.

However, in creating this machine, Wagner has developed a handle that fits comfortably in your hand — thus reducing grip fatigue. Furthermore — as it weighs just 1.46 pounds — you don’t need the arm strength of Ronnie Coleman to wield this heat gun.

Hanging Loop


As my old boss used to say — a clean desk is a happy desk. But then, to be fair, he used to make a lot of strange statements.

Anyways, I have no idea about the relative emotions of wooden furniture — but what I do know is a clean workspace is a safe workspace.

That’s why I’m pleased to see that the Wagner Furno 300 comes complete with an integrated hanging loop — meaning you can safely store your heat gun on a hook or peg board when you’re not using it, without it cluttering your working area.

Furthermore, this can thwart the temptation to hide it away in a drawer or at the bottom of a toolbox — where the nozzle may become damaged or suffer detritus ingress. That said, it does boast a corrosion-resistant coating, which should inhibit oxidation and extend the lifespan of this power tool.

Safety Fins


None of us are infallible — and accidents can happen. Thankfully, the Wanger Furno 300 incorporates a crucial safety feature, to ensure that an oversight doesn’t become a disaster.

The unit’s sidewalls possess safety fins. Meaning that — should you lay the unit on its side while you enjoy a well-earned coffee — the hot nozzle will not come into contact with your work surface. This will prevent burns to your workbench (or your partner’s precious coffee table).

Social Proof


For me, the Furno 300 heat gun is an excellent addition to the hobbyist DIYer’s armory
— but what do users of this machine think?

Overall, the feedback is incredibly positive — with owners of this unit remarking on its ease of use, rapid heating up time, and safety features. Take a look at what I’m talking about:

Alternatives to Wagner Furno 300


Not quite right for you? If you find that the Furno 300 doesn’t exactly hit the mark, consider these excellent alternatives:

DeWalt D26960K


If you need greater accuracy in your temperature control than the Furno 300 can provide — this product may be the solution.

With a heat range from 150 to 1100 degrees Fahrenheit — in 50-degree increments — I believe it will particularly suit those users who need sufficient heat — but are aware that too much could incur unwanted damage. It is, therefore, ideal for unsoldering sensitive electronics — or removing car decals without harming the bodywork paint.

  • More accurate temperature control than the Furno 300.
  • The Furno 300 is easier on the wallet.
  • Complete with numerous accessories — the Furno 300 has none.

Milwaukee 2688-20


Should you demand more freedom in your heat gun, the Milwaukee may be the solution.

Unlike the Furno 300, this machine is cordless, allowing you to work ‘off-site,’ where there may be no easy access to mains power. The 18-volt lithium battery should provide around 45 minutes of continuous use.

  • More compact than the Furno 300 — it allows easier access to confined spaces.
  • An LED light — not a feature on the Furno — illuminates dark areas, such as engine bays.
  • Substantially more price-heavy than the Furno 300.

Maxwel iHGun-1


The Furno 300 can deal with basic electronics — but for the circuit board hobbyist, you need a project-specific tool.

The iHGun is a true reworker — ideal for jobs such as desoldering, plastic welding, and sheath shrinking. With an in-handle digital display, you’re always assured of the correct temperature — preventing damage to delicate circuitry.

  • Programmable temperature control — the Furno has just two settings.
  • Digital display — not found on the Furno 300.
  • Electronic specific — the Furno 300 has more household applications.

Conclusion


If you’re looking for an entry-level heat gun that can cope with the majority of household tasks, I feel this machine is tough to beat.

Simple to operate, dual temperature and with hands-free operation — this unit can strip paint, remove automotive dents, unfreeze pipes, and light your grill.

Although it lacks additional nozzles, these can be purchased separately. And, admittedly, some users may find the choice of two temperature settings limiting.

But, for an affordable machine that will meet the demands of most hobbyists and DIYers — the Wagner Furno 300 heat gun is hot property.

Wagner Furno 300 FAQs

Q: Wagner 300 Heat Gun Uses?

The Wagner Furno 300 is an ideal machine for general household projects, including:

  • Stripping and drying paint.
  • Bending plastic, formica, and plexiglass.
  • Shrinking plastic film for wrapping.
  • Loosening rusted fittings, screws, and bolts.
  • Unsticking glue.
  • Defrosting pipes and freezers.
  • Lighting outdoor grills.
  • Making candles.
  • Decorating cookies.
  • Removing decals and stickers.
  • Applying tint to automotive windows.
  • Repairing Xboxes, Playstations, tablets, and smartphones.
Q: Wagner 300 vs 500?

The Furno 500 is a step up from the general use 300 model. Featuring a digital display — the 500 allows you to increase the temperature incrementally — the Furno 300 has just two heat settings.

This exacting temperature selection increases versatility — meaning you can choose the precise heat required for each project — such as removing automotive stickers without damaging the car’s paintwork.

Q: How to Remove the Wagner Furno 300 Power Cord?

According to the manufacturer, once attached, ideally you should leave the mains cable on the Furno 300 in situ.

However, should you need to repair or replace this power cord — simply press the button on the rear of the unit, where the cable meets the heat gun — and you can remove it.

Q: What Does the Furno 300 Cost?

The Wagner Furno 300 is an affordable heat gun, suitable for general household use. For the current price on the Furno 300, click here.

Q: Does the Wagner Furno 300 Remove Stickers From Boats?

Removing stickers, decals, and vinyl from boats is possible — but you need to take a little care. It’s crucial that you don’t damage the water-resistant coating, fibreglass, or wood structure of your boat.

Use the Furno 300 on the LOW setting and ensure that you keep moving the gun, to prevent excessive heat on one particular area.

Q: Can I Shrink Wrap Baskets With the Wagner Furno 300?

The Wagner Furno 300 is excellent for shrink-wrapping purposes. For thicker cellophane, you may need the heat gun on the HIGH setting — but watch your fingers! Ideally, use a little tape to hold the wrap in place while you apply heat.

Q: What Is the Temperature of the Heat Gun P/N 0503655?

The Wagner Furno 300 has two temperature settings — LOW (750 degrees Fahrenheit) and HIGH (1100 degrees Fahrenheit).

Q: Can I Remove Caulk With the Wagner Furno 300?

Yes. Heating up caulk makes it pliable and easy to remove with a knife or scraper. Just be careful of the surrounding materials — such as ceramics, plastics, and tiles — which may become damaged with excessive heat. Start on the LOW temperature setting and keep the heat gun moving while you work the caulk.

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