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Old 07-22-2016, 11:24 AM   #1
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Infrared temperature heat guns

How many people have one ?

What brand do you have ?

What do you use it for ?

I want to use for tires and wheel bearings. Plus other items as well, like a/c vents.

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Old 07-22-2016, 11:29 AM   #2
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I've got, ummm... 3 of them. One on the RV, one on the boat, one at home.
Each one is a different brand - none of which I recall. Bought one at Harbor Freight, one on Amazon and I don't remember where the third one came from. They all read within 2 degrees of each other, which is fine for what I'm measuring. I'm generally not checking to see exactly what the temp of an item is, I'm just wondering if it's "too hot" or not. So the 2 degrees variation means nothing to me - you may have different needs.
The only thing I'd suggest is to make sure it actually has a laser pointer to show you exactly where it's pointed. One of mine doesn't and I miss that.
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Old 07-22-2016, 11:30 AM   #3
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I use one of these. They give a lot more useful information.
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Old 07-22-2016, 11:57 AM   #4
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I've got a HF one, and use it for all sorts of measurements in the home, cars, boat and RV. Very useful and a great reference. I need more than one.
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The camera is nice but about $400 more than the HF. HF works.
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Old 07-22-2016, 12:08 PM   #6
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I have 1 gun plus probes and a meter. I use the gun regularly. Cheap ... $35 or less ... no idea of brand. I regularly use it to check the A/C vents, look for hotspots on the walls, check the reefer (on different shelves), tires. Can't imagine not having one.
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Ryobi, Bought it at Home Depot. When we had a Norcold refrigerator I would use it to determine the temp of our food so I knew when it was time to pull it all out and cook it. Now it doesn't get much use other than axle hub temps if I feel like it. TPMS handles tire temps.
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I have one. Bought on Amazon.
Read in an article these are basically useless to use on tires though. Temp changes dramatically in very short distances on the rubber. I confirmed this when I used it on the tires. In the sun, out of the sun, in the groove valley, middle of sidewall, close to the rim, close to the road, tire to tire, all very different temps.
But it is fun to use. Not sure I would make any conclusions on the results from tires. Nice to see how the AC is working, insulation effectiveness on a wall or roof etc.
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You folks are really missing out on a good use for one. I check and measure the temperature of my wine when it is cooking. Now that's a good reason to have one.

As of now I only have one but I need to have two because I left the one I had at home. If HD has them I'll get one the next time we head into town. Where we are now there are no stores big enough.

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I bought one from Harbor Freight about 4-5 years ago, seems to work fine. I use it to check tires & hub temperatures both on the coach and also on the toad. If we stop for any reason I'll grab the heat gun and take a trip around the coach. I've also used to check AC vent temps to confirm are both cooling.
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You folks are really missing out a good use for one. I check and measure the temperature of my wine when it is cooking. Now that's a good reason to have one.

As of now I only have one but I need to have two because I left the one I had at home. If HD has them I'll get one the next time we head into town. Where we are now there are no stores big enough.

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Thanks everyone for all the advice and tips ! I have alot of tools but never added this to my collection. I will pick up a couple of them.

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Ryobi use it to check tire temp when we pull into rest area.
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Ryobi, tire temps and AC duct temps.


Also use it to check the black top temp in front of the house...190 is the highest so far...it's a dry heat in AZ...
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