As multi-purpose helpers and problem solvers, hot air tools have long been part of the basic set of equipment in the home, workshop and service case. Whether heat-shrinking tubing, stripping paint and varnishes, shaping plastics or even lighting the barbecue: the powerful STEINEL hot air tool provides the quick, no-fuss answer to hundreds of jobs. The benefits are plain to see:
Hot air for over 100 applications
Virtually all oil and solvent-based paints and varnishes can be stripped cleanly from wood using hot air (500 – 630°C). Attaching the surface nozzle makes work easier on large areas, use of a window nozzle deflects the hot air on heat-sensitive materials.
Shrinking cable sleeves
In electrical engineering and electronics, cable ends, cable harnesses, soldered joints or terminal blocks are often protected by a plastic sheath. This is done by sliding a heat-shrinkable sleeve of the appropriate diameter over the connection concerned and then shrinking it on using hot air (approx. 250 – 300°C) and a reflector nozzle.
Hot air is suitable for soft soldering. The cleaned soldering point is heated at full power (630°C). The solder must not be melted by the hot air but by the temperature of the workpiece. Spot-soldering should be performed with reduction nozzles, pipe soldering with reflector nozzles.
Hot air can be used to undo soldered joints, e.g. in copper pipes, at 600°C. The soldered joint can be heated with pinpoint accuracy by attaching a reflector nozzle. This also goes for electronic components on damaged circuit boards. These can be desoldered with hot air and a reduction nozzle at approx. 400°C and pulled off using special pliers once the solder melts.
Hot air can be used for shaping plastic tiles, pipe and rod without leaving burn marks. Floor tiles are heated at the relevant part over a surface nozzle (hot air approx. 200°C). Pipe and rod can be shaped or bent by evenly heating all the way round using a reflector nozzle (approx. 250 – 500°C).
To weld plastic, the appropriate welding rod must be selected for each material (rigid PVC, plasticised PVC, soft PE, hard PE, PP, ABS). The welding rod is offered up to the heated seam (approx. 250 – 400°C) via welding shoe (welding cord) or welding nozzle (welding rod).
Plastic tarpaulins and coated textiles can be reliably welded using hot air. This is done by applying the hot air (approx. 300 – 400°C) through a wide slit nozzle. The material turns soft within a matter of seconds and is firmly pressed together with a feed roller.
The special new nozzle turns your STEINEL hot air tool into a powerful barbecue lighter! The nozzle ensures an optimum concentration of heat to get charcoal glowing quickly. The extended delivery nozzle lights the barbecue safely and reliably and also protects the hot air tool.
Hot air can be used to give plastic-shell type function shoes (e.g. inline skate boots) an ergonomic fit. Use of the surface nozzle at a mid-range temperature (about 200 – 400°C) is appropriate in most cases. Inlays can also be made to fit by proceeding in a similar way.