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  • 18V Cordless Adhesive / Caulk Gun

    Hello Everyone,
    I was just wondering if anyone has purchased one of these caulk guns. How well do you like it ? How long have you used it ? Is there a attachment for sausage tubes (That you know about) ? How long do the batteries last ? I hope I'm posting this in the right forum if not I'm sorry. As the salesperson at HD couldn't answer these questions.
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    Why?

    Is it difficult to squeeze the trigger on a manual one?

    Can you get the degree of controll you want with a powered gun?

    Caulk guns are cheap, and disposable, because caulk (and glue) tubes regularly fail at the push end. They make a mess of the gun. It's cheaper to toss it than clean it. Are you going to feel fine with tossing your power gun?

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    • #3
      I occasionally find that it's hard to squeeze adhesive out (depending on the product and the temperature), and have thought about getting a powered gun - but then I always remind myself how screwed up and messy and gunky it will get, and change my mind.

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      • #4
        I bought it about 4 months ago but that is because I am a tool whore. I have not used it for anything more than sqeezing a 1/2 tube of glue out for the fun of it. I did notice it is very good at not leaking I was very suprised how well it does that.
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        • #5
          Although I do not own one, I did use one last summer when helping a friend do some landscaping. We used liquid nails on some pavers put up for a decorative flowerbed wall. I would say it worked great. There was a lot of pavers and glueing going on for a long stretch and it was a little easier having a "power gun" for the work. The base that pushed up inside the tube was a little larger and helped reduce leaking quite well. I don't have the need to use a caulk gun often enough to purchase one, but if I was for that type of work I would consider it. Not sure I would for general calking though.

          WWS
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          • #6
            Same here, I don't own one, but used one about a year ago. It was 12Volts and used with quart size liqiud nails before lying flooring down. 20 tubes before the battery needed recharged. It was a time and labor saver.
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            • #7
              Thanks Everyone,
              Right now I'm sound proofing a new school. As with old age my fingers get cramps using a squeeze gun. On average I can use up 3-4 cases of sound caulking per day. (Somedays more somedays less) Mind you I don't mind using caulking guns. They are cheap on I don't mind throwing them out. Some of the guys that I work with think I'm getting lazy by wanting one of these guns. I don't think I am and the site boss doesn't think I am. All I'm trying for is more comfort and more production. (So that I can go do more interesting work).

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              • #8
                I am a drywaller and own one of these guns . It took some getting use to but I like the consistency of it . I am a piece count worker ,so speed is a big factor . If you keep the trigger pushed in , it is all you can do to keep up with the gun . If you stop on each stud , then it takes a little more time but still puts a good bead of adhesive on . All and all I'm pretty happy with it . Now , where it really shines is when you need to caulk around windows , tubs etc. You can slow it way down and have a small bead come out to near perfection . All you have to do is move the tool . Also , you can use the large tubes or the smaller ones both with this gun . (good option) .

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                • #9
                  I too own one these guns and am very happy with it. It works great especially when using poly-urethane adhesives / caulks, try squeezing those with a regular gun. It is definately a time saver and worth the money.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by tld7009
                    I am a drywaller and own one of these guns . It took some getting use to but I like the consistency of it . I am a piece count worker ,so speed is a big factor . If you keep the trigger pushed in , it is all you can do to keep up with the gun . If you stop on each stud , then it takes a little more time but still puts a good bead of adhesive on .
                    How is it as far as getting adhesive on the plunger?

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                    • #11
                      I had an old tube explode on me and had a pretty big mess . I had to run the plunger through the machine to get the tube out and then sprayed wd-40 on the glue that was on the rod part of the gun. It seemed to neutralize the glue making it easier to remove . The gun works the same as it did before . Same thing you would have to do if you had a tube go bad on an OSI manual gun .

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                      • #12
                        I normally just pitch them at the end of whatever job I was using it for!! I got the chance to hang some sheetrock 230 board to be exact. Wow you guys deserve every penny ya get!!

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                        • #13
                          We use the osi large glue guns that if we threw away after every job we would go broke . I don't think the ridgid gun is a must for my job , it was just a cool tool and I had to have it . Honestly though , it really does work well for the silicone applications around tubs ,windows, siding etc. As mentioned before , it also works well for landscaping bricks also .

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