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Topic: Fw: Heat Guns Recalled Due to Fire and Burn Hazards (7 msgs / 133 lines)
1) From: Bob Hazen
If anyone is using the referenced heatguns, you may want to look into this.
Bob
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2) From: Rich
And that is what you get for buying Chinese, or Asian as the case may be!
Bob Hazen wrote:
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3) From: raymanowen
For 9 Imbeciles that had better things to do than observe their red-hot heat
gun after use, Wagner recalled 300,000 of them. My HT-1000 is way out of
warranty, and it runs fine.
Made in a place 12 time zones removed from here, just like Glorious People's
Orange that went where there's no ice skating.
Guess Who is going to pay for the 300,000 recalls? Go look in a mirror...
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
Got Grinder?...
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4) From: Bob Hazen
Ray,
Initially I also thought that 9 imbeciles didn't warrant a 300,000 unit 
recall.  After all, what's so tough about integrating a fan, heating element 
and an on/off switch?  And it's UL Listed!  (gack, biting tongue...)  Upon 
further thought, I figured a 0.003% imbecile rate can't be enough by itself 
to warrant the recall.  Something else must be going on that they're trying 
to address and protect their company's assets.
So....  I looked up the catalog sheet before posting the alert.  It turns 
out it's a >digital< heatgun.  I wonder if in their efforts to make a high 
tech heatgun, they did a lousy job with the software or firmware.    Perhaps 
the thing will turn on it's element without the fan if there's a power 
glitch and some imbecile has left it plugged in.  We all know to unplug 
these things when we're done, right?
More than meets the eye here, IMNHO....
Bob

5) From: jon morgan
I love my  HT3500.
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6) From: David Liguori
raymanowen wrote:
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Maybe so, but if I had one whose switch had turned into a wire nut, or 
one whose switch is known to be prone to turning into a wire nut, I'd 
want it replaced.  Especially if it was likely to happen just out of 
warranty, which Mr. Murphy* says is the case.  If they have to raise 
their price so it's no longer competitive with Master or Unger it's 
their problem.
*Yes, I do know the origin: "If there's an incorrect way to do 
something, Murphy will find it".
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7) From: David Liguori
Even if you have to be an imbecile to burn your house down with it, if 
they sold a defective product they should make good on it.  In fact, 
they have obviously determined it's in their interests, since recalls 
are generally voluntary.  Even the appearance of a potential safety 
issue is bad PR for a company.
Digital probably just means temperature regulated.  It may even be an 
analog controller with a digital read-out.  Or not regulated, with a 
built-in temperature monitor.
UL is a private company that tests and certifies products for safety.
Unplugging appliances is the safest thing to do, but I leave heat guns 
plugged in all the time (I don't live or work in places tiny people 
inhabit).  Any one I've ever used has had a pair of hard switch contacts 
between it and the power source.  If this one doesn't, and it's capable 
of spontaneously turning itself on, it could be a huge gotcha.  I am 
almost certain my IQ is above the imbecile category.  Also, I think 
"imbecile" refers to a part of the lower tail of the curve that's 
considerably larger than 0.003% of the total area.
Just a few clarifications for those of you ready to blame the long arms 
of government for all the world's problems.
Bob Hazen wrote:
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