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Wagner Furno HT3500 Heat Gun Review

Editor Rating: 4.8/5

Outstanding

Wagner Furno HT3500

Reviewed by: Sean Masri

Last modified: Oct 13, 2020 @ 8:07 am

  • Design
  • Functionality
  • Price

Review Summary:

Budget-friendly, possessing a wide-temperature range, and highly-adaptable — the Wagner HT3500 is the ideal machine for the DIYer who demands versatility in their heat gun. Able to tackle anything from paint-stripping and bolt-loosening through to plastic pipe bending and Formica molding — it’s a one-stop machine for a plethora of household projects.

Building on the success of the entry-level Furno 300 — the manufacturer has upped the ante on this digital unit, by incorporating a wider choice of temperature settings, two different fan speeds, and an automatic shut off.

With a clear LED illuminated display, simple-to-operate touch buttons, and an ergonomic handle — the HT3500 is seriously user friendly. Thus, it’s as suited to the novice DIYer as the experienced power tool enthusiast.

And — if you want peace of mind — this isn’t a low-quality import.

This heat gun comes from the paint and decorating specialists Wagner SprayTech — a homegrown business, based in Minneapolis. Renowned for its solid warranties and attentive customer support — you know you have the backing of a robust USA-market behemoth.

Pros:

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Cool-down mode.
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Two fan speeds.
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12 heat settings, from 250-1350 degrees Fahrenheit.
N
Automatically shuts off when not in use.
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1500 watts — 5100 BTU (British Thermal Units).

Cons:

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Some users may prefer smaller temperature increments.
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Doesn’t include specific nozzles — must be purchased separately.
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Power cord is bulky and doesn’t flex easily.

Features and Benefits of Wagner Furno HT3500


Let’s get down to business and see what the Wagner paint stripping heat gun has under the bonnet!

Wide Temperature Range


Unlike dual-temperature machines, which can be restrictive with a choice of just two heat settings — this gun boasts more impressive flexibility — with 12 options.

The heat output ranges from a low 250 degrees Fahrenheit, through to an impressively high 1350 degrees Fahrenheit — moving up in 100-degree increments. Hence, unlike some units, you’re not going to be using a metaphorical jackhammer to crack an egg.

This means that, whatever project needs your attention, you can select the optimum temperature. For example, waxing your surfboard — stick to a cool 250 degrees, shrink-wrapping windows — take it up a notch to 450 degrees, and for unfreezing water pipes — crank it to the absolute max.

This precise heat selection delivers the results you need for the job — without overkill. Bending pipes at 1350 degrees may seem tempting — but not when they turn to liquid.

And one more thing — you don’t need to be a heat gun specialist to know the perfect temperature for your projects. The Wagner HT3500 heat gun arrives complete with a handy guide — detailing a vast array of jobs, and the heat setting you need.

Digital Control


Instead of having an LCD screen — found on price-heavy units — this heat gun utilizes progressive LED lights on the rear — illuminating to indicate your temperature setting.

Operation is so pleasingly simple, a child could use it (seriously don’t let them — unless you want your furniture on fire and fancy a trip to the ER). Using the tactile push buttons, select HIGH or LOW temp, and then use the left and right arrow controllers to raise and lower temperature. That’s it.

In addition to showing heat selection, the display also indicates when the machine is in cool-down mode.

Comfortable to Use


Tightly gripping your tool, together with making repetitive movements, can take its toll.

If you’re not used to manipulating your equipment, or you’ve been going for a particularly long session, you can suffer from hand fatigue, cramp and muscle aches — meaning a premature end.

Thankfully, the design boffins at Wagner have incorporated an ergonomic handle in the HT3500 — formed to fit comfortably in your hand, lowering grip stress, and enabling you to complete your work pain-free.

Furthermore, weighing just two pounds, you don’t need to hit the gym in preparation for your heat gun projects.

Cool-Down Mode


You’re not going to be using your heat gun 24/7 — at some point, it will have to cool off.

That said — if you’re anything like me — once you unbox and get your hands on a new power tool, you’re like a kid with a new toy. With this machine, you’ll probably be heating anything up that doesn’t move — just to check out its capabilities.

Although, eventually (probably when it’s bedtime or you’re getting black looks from your partner), you’ll need to switch the unit off. The Wagner digital heat gun incorporates a cool-down setting. You select it by means of the push buttons, stand it on its end, and leave it alone!

This allows the machine’s heat to drop off slowly — protecting the precious heating coil and extending its life. Once it’s reached a safe temperature — the COOL indicator will switch off — informing you that you’re able to safely store away your gun until you need it again (i.e. when you wake up).

Two Fan Speeds


While it’s always tempting to throttle your power tools up to eleventy stupid — it doesn’t usually yield the best project results.

Hence, it’s satisfying to see on the Wagner heat gun HT3500 that it has automatic twin fan speeds — meaning you’re not tempted to take everything to the limit.

Some cheap-and-cheerful machines often incorporate just one blower rate — which can be detrimental to your crucial jobs. Low temperatures need a slow and steady flow — too high, and the air stream acts as a coolant, delivering nothing but vaguely warm air. Conversely, high temps need a greater blow speed — to prevent scorching or burning of your working materials.

In this machine, these speeds are selected by the unit itself. While not an issue in the low and high ends of the heat spectrum, I believe it’s a shame there’s no choice — especially in the mid-range temperatures.

Social Proof


In my opinion, the Wagner digital heat gun HT3500 is a versatile machine that will appeal to the serious DIY enthusiast. Yet, what’s happening down on the ground?

I checked out industry expert opinion and owner reviews, to see what the average Joe or Jane thought of this unit. And happily, the feedback appears reassuringly positive.

Users commented on its intuitive temperature controls, safety-friendly cool-down feature, and the fact that it can be operated straight out of the box, with no prior heat gun knowledge.

If you want it straight from the mouths of the DIYers — take a look at what I’m talking about.

Alternatives to HT3500


If this machine isn’t exactly rocking your DIY world — perhaps it’s not ideal for your specific projects — take a quick look at these alternative, yet equally reliable, options

Wagner Furno 300


Budget-friendly, possessing a wide-temperature range, and highly-adaptable — the Wagner HT3500 is the ideal machine for the DIYer who demands versatility in their heat gun. Able to tackle anything from paint-stripping and bolt-loosening through to plastic pipe bending and Formica molding — it’s a one-stop machine for a plethora of household projects.

Building on the success of the entry-level Furno 300 — the manufacturer has upped the ante on this digital unit, by incorporating a wider choice of temperature settings, two different fan speeds, and an automatic shut off.

With a clear LED illuminated display, simple-to-operate touch buttons, and an ergonomic handle — the HT3500 is seriously user friendly. Thus, it’s as suited to the novice DIYer as the experienced power tool enthusiast.

And — if you want peace of mind — this isn’t a low-quality import.

This heat gun comes from the paint and decorating specialists Wagner SprayTech — a homegrown business, based in Minneapolis. Renowned for its solid warranties and attentive customer support — you know you have the backing of a robust USA-market behemoth.

SEEKONE SDL-2816


Should you be dissatisfied with the single nozzle included with the Wagner HT3500 — this unit delivers a wider choice.

The SEEKONE arrives complete with four nozzles — one narrow stream, one reflector, and two heat concentrators. This will allow you to always have the ideal gun-end for individual projects. While they’re also available for the HT3500, they need to be purchased separately.

  • Choice of nozzles not included with the HT3500.
  • Angled more towards the automotive and vinyl user than the general DIYer.
  • Manual fan-speed selector — not automatic like the HT3500.

DeWalt D26960K


Professional tradesperson or extreme DIYer? Then this may be the solution.

The DeWalt D26960K takes everything to the limit. Seven nozzles, LCD screen, 50-degree temperature increments, and an overload protector — everything you need for a perfect finish to every project. What’s more, you can wield this heat gun two-handed — ideal for those larger and longer lasting jobs.

  • Directed more towards the professional than the household-centric HT3500.
  • Comes complete with a carry case — the HT3500 does not.
  • Lower temperature range than the HT3500, for more delicate precision work.

Conclusion


Should you consider yourself more than a journeyman DIYer — but don’t want to pay the price of the wallet-hurting professional heat guns — the Wagner HT3500 could be the answer.

Being able to choose the optimum temperature for your projects means satisfying results and time efficiency. Twin fan speeds ensure that the heat is distributed evenly and accurately on your working material, and the cool-down mode provides both longevity and safety.

Admittedly, the design aesthetics may appear somewhat dated in comparison to its competitors — but if you’re a guy or girl who wants a workhorse and not a fashion statement — then it’s tough to beat.

The bottom line.

For a heat gun that’s price-friendly, boasts professional model features, and has the versatility to cope with a cornucopia of indoor and outdoor home projects — the Wagner HT3500 is hot, but not bothered.

Wagner Furno HT3500 FAQs

Q: Wagner HT3500 Uses?

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

  • Drying and stripping paint.
  • Removing adhesives.
  • Forming and molding Formica, plastic, and plexiglass.
  • Shrinking down plastic film for wrapping.
  • Untightening stubborn screws, fittings, and bolts.
  • Unfreezing water pipes.
  • Defrosting freezers.
  • Lighting outdoor BBQ grills
  • Forming candles.
  • Decorating biscuits and cookies.
  • Removing automotive stickers and decals.
  • Applying darkening tint to car windows.
  • Repairing smartphones, gaming machines, and tablets.
Q: What About the Wagner Heat Gun HT3500 Recall?

Eleven years ago, there was an electrical issue in the HT3500, which prevented some units from cooling down.

However, this only applied to products made before 2009. Wagner rapidly addressed the issue and today’s modern units do not have this fault.

Q: Can You Use the Wagner HT3500 to Heat Form EVA Foam?

Yes. However, keep the heat gun in the mid-to-low heat setting and ensure you move the gun from side to side. This will prevent the foam from melting.

Q: How Long Is the Wagner HT3500 Electrical Cord?

The included cord is six feet long, which should be perfectly adequate for most homes, workshops, or garages.

If you do need to use an extension cord, ensure that it is rated to 14 amps.

Q: After How Long Does the Wagner HT3500 Shut Off?

There is no internal clock. It switches off once the heat gun has cooled to a safe temperature. The amount of time will depend upon what temperature setting you have been using the unit.

Q: What’s the Wagner HT3500 Price?

For a multi-featured heat gun, the Wagner HT3500 is surprisingly affordable for the keen DIY enthusiast. To check out the current cost of this machine, take a look here.

Q: Does the Wagner HT3500 Have a Stand?

No. However, it incorporates a flattened rear, which allows you to stand the heat gun vertically — to enable hands-free operation.

Q: s the Wagner HT3500 120v or 220v?

The Wagner HT3500 is 120 volts.

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