Updated: June 10, 2013
3M has rigged the game a little when it comes to using their Scotch Weld Glue Sticks. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and only work in 3M guns locking you into a product unless you are willing to purchase a new, non-3M, glue gun. Within the 3M line of products, finding the correct glue sticks to match your 3M Applicator (glue gun) can be a bit of a struggle. The key factors you need to know when selecting your glue sticks are the size and temperature that match your gun. If you are using a LT (Low Temperature) Applicator it needs to be used with LM (Low Melt) adhesive.
Check out our quick reference guide below for what 3M glue sticks your 3M Applicator needs.
3M Applicator (Glue Gun): (adhesive size & temperature)
Low Temperature Glue Guns
Standard Temperature Glue Guns
Multi-Temperature Glue Gun
For example, if I am using my 3M Scotch-Weld Hot Melt Applicator LT I need to purchase adhesive size TC (5/8 x 2) that are LM (Low Melt). The products offered in TC and LM are 3755LM, 3762LM, 3792LM, 3798LM. If I am using my 3M Scotch-Weld Hot Melt Applicator AE II I would need size AE (1/2 x 12). The AE II glue gun allows you to use any standard 1/2" or 7/16" glue sticks.
*An exception is 3M Scotch-Weld Hot Melt Applicator EC, which can work with both low melt (LM) and standard hot melt, so I could use either temperature adhesive as long as it is size Q (5/8 x 8). The EC applicator from 3M has 5 different temperature modules check out the information below for the hot melt sticks you can use with each temperature module. 3M Scotch Weld Standard and Low Melt Q & LMQ series hot melt sticks (5/8" X 8") Temperature Module 1: 3762 LMQ, 3776 LMQ, 3792 LMQ Temperature Module 2: 3762 LMQ, 3776 LMQ, 3792 LMQ Temperature Module 3: 3762 Q Temperature Module 4: 3738 Q, 3747 Q, 3748 Q, 3748 V-O Q, 3764 Q, 3792 Q Temperature Module 5: 3731 Q, 3779 Q, 3789 Q
Still struggling to figure out which adhesives work with your gun? We have created a easy reference chart to help you find the correct 3M adhesives for your 3M applicator. Click link below:
The PRO 200 is a great light industrial glue gun. This glue gun packs quite a punch for it's slender size. This 200 watt glue gun with a PTC heating system warms up in just 3 minutes! It delivers 3.5 pounds of hot melt per hour.
The PRO 200 is manufactured with a high impact resin, which allows it to withstand daily industrial use. We like the 4 finger trigger it makes it easy to use for an extended period of time. Also, the PRO 200 has a dual stand allowing you to safely set it down during a break. The quick warm up time of 3 minutes allows you to get going right away and the power light let's you know it's ready. Ad Tech also has a variety of nozzles for the PRO 200 allowing you to cater it to your application, packaging, assembly, woodworking, crafts.
The Ad Tech like many hot melt glue guns has minimal dripping from the nozzle. However, the dripping amount can be different due to the type of hot melt sticks you are using and their viscosity.
The PRO 200 is a great value for the price. It is constantly a top seller on Hotmelt.com and perfect for numerous types of hot melt applications. The good attributes of this glue gun definitely out weigh the negatives. This glue gun definitely pulls it's weight with the output of 3.5 pounds per hour. The PRO 200 doesn't keep you waiting around forever for it to get ready to go. The PRO 200 is constantly a favorite due to it's versatility, performance and ease of use.
If you have any questions about Ad Tech's PRO 200, please give us a call 877.933.3343 or use our easy contact us form.
The TEC 6300 pneumatic spray gun from Power Adhesives is truly a work horse. This industrial glue gun has the output slightly over 9 pounds per hour, about 68 glue slugs. The TEC 6300 has a variety of available making it perfect for numerous applications. Features an adjustable spray pattern, and narrow to wide accessory nozzles are available making it perfect for numerous applications including foam & fabric, labeling, expanded polystyrene, pallet stabilization, heat sensitive substrates, etc. The TEC 6300 allows you to cover large areas with non-toxic, 100% solids PSA adhesive! Although this industrial glue gun performs like a beast, it only weighs 3 pounds. For more information check out our TEC 6300 Glue Gun Review
The Champ 3 is a bulk dispensing glue gun, which is a major advantage for this hot melt gun. Glue Machinery's Champ 3 bulk hot melt gun melts chips, pellets and pillows. Since, the Champ 3 uses bulk hot melt, it can reduce cost of production, since bulk is generally less expensive than hot melt sticks. This industrial glue gun is easy to use and perfect for numerous applications; some are packaging, bookbinding and even golf club customization.
The Champ 3 uses bulk hot melt, but doesn't require you to have big cumbersome bulk hot melt tanks, hoses, or hand guns. The hot melt reservoir holds 5 ounces of hot melt. Each trigger pull from the Champ 3 gives you 4.1 Grams of hot melt. Glue Machinery's Champ 3 can apply 7 cubic inches of hot melt without having to refill. The Champ 3 also features a drip free dispensing nozzle. Changing a nozzle is a piece of cake on the Champ 3 and there are a variety of nozzle options. We like that the Champ 3 dispenses bulk hot melt, but isn't bulky! This bulk hot melt is a slender handgun only weighing 1.8 pounds.
This bulk hot melt handgun only has a melt rate of 1 pound per hour. We like that it uses bulk hot melt, but seriously one pound per hour is a drag. Another, thing that we have discovered when using the Champ 3 is that it takes quite some time for the gun to cool down after use. Not to mention it takes a good ten minutes for it to heat up.
We like the Champ 3 by Glue Machinery, but it does have some draw backs. We love that this is a lightweight, versatile glue gun that uses bulk hot melt. Our biggest issue is that the slow warm up time and low output per hour.
If you have any additional questions about Glue Machinery's Champ 3 don't hesitate to give us a call 877.933.3343 or use our handy contact us form!
Surebonder's PRO2-450 Industrial Glue Gun features 450 watts of heating power and warms up in just 2-3 minutes! Plug-in this heavy-duty gun and turn the power switch to "on" and you are good to go. This industrial glue gun weighs 1.85 pounds and it's ergonomic handle makes it perfect for operating for extended period of time.
The Surebonder PRO2-450 makes it easy to use, it features an ergonomic rubber handle, stroke adjustment, and an on/off switch. The PRO2-450 is not hard to hold and can deliver 10 pounds of hot melt per hour! One of the best features of the Pro2-450 glue gun is that it has an adjustable thermostat. Easily, change the temperature to correspond with your low melt or hot melt! We definitely love using this gun and it's perfect for many industrial uses. The gun also, comes with an extra insulated nozzle, plus you can buy additional nozzle types to fit your application.
We don't like the extended metal stand. It works great when the gun is stationary, but the stand gets in the way during use. However, it is easily removable. There is another stand option available they have the short traditional metal stand that can clip in right by the nozzle. This stand isn't as sturdy, but allows you to easily use the PRO2-450 industrial glue gun when attached.
We think that Surebonder's PRO2-450 industrial glue gun is basically a beefed up 5/8" version of Power Adhesives' TEC 820 glue gun. The PRO2-450 does cost about double in comparison to the TEC 820 adjustable temperature glue gun, but it also almost doubles the output of hot melt per hour. We definitely love the style of this industrial hot melt gun taking 5/8' glue sticks, yet a high output and it doesn't need an air compressor. All the almost all features of the PRO2-450 are a "win" in our book, the only exception being the heavy duty stand.
Top 4 Industrial Glue Guns: According to us at Hotmelt.com based off our extensive knowledge and testing. Industrial glue guns are great for a variety of bonding applications like packaging, product assembly and woodworking. Not all glue guns are created equal. These industrial glue guns have the output and watts to keep up with your industrial applications. If you are think these industrial glue guns aren't quite enough check out our pneumatic glue guns!
The TEC 3200 by Power Adhesives takes glue slugs and has a melt rate of 8 pounds per hour! This glue gun is a beast. We absolutely love that you can change the temperature modules for different applications. A variety of nozzles are available to help suit your applications needs.
The MT 500 is one of our best selling industrial glue guns. This hot melt gun has a 500 watt heating system and the output of 6.2 pounds per hour. We especially like the palm trigger on this gun making easy to use for extended periods of time. This industrial glue gun has a high temp and low temp version.
The Polygun EC from 3M is great for industrial applications. It's lightweight and delivers up to 5.5 pounds of hot melt per hour. This 350 watt gun also comes with 5 removable temperature modules that give you the operating range of 260-450°F. 3M offers a wide variety of nozzles making it easy to find the most effective one for your application.
This heavy duty glue gun is designed for industrial applications and can deliver approximately 10 pounds of hot melt per hour! This glue gun weighs only 1.75 pounds and has an adjustable thermostat temperature control from 220°F to 400°F. The PRO450 has a stainless steel heater with 400 watts of heating power.
Hotmelt.com is excited to welcome the Surebonder line of hot melt glue guns, glue sticks and accessories to our product offering. The Surebonder glue guns offer exceptional performance at competitive prices. Surebonder hot melt guns run the gamut from an entry level craft gun to 600 watt pneumatic powerhouse. Below we have highlighted a couple of the Surebonder glue guns that we are particularly excited about offering.
The PRO-220 glue gun offers an exceptional feature set and great price. The PRO-220 is an adjustable temperature glue gun that can be set to dispense anywhere from 248F to 428F. This Surebonder glue gun can dispense up to 5lbs of hot melt per hour using a 220 watt stainless steel heater and uses 1/2" glue sticks. It comes standard with an insulated nozzle, insulated ground cord and a detachable wire stand. We also like the glue stroke screw allowing you to set the exact amount of hot melt dispensed with each trigger pull.
The Surebonder PRO600 glue gun is a pneumatic power house that uses 5/8" glue sticks and has 450 watt heating power with adjustable temperature control (248F-400F). The PRO600 runs at 30-80 PSI and utilizes adjustable stroke control giving you precision measurements with every trigger pull.
The Surebonder PRO700 is a 36V lithium battery powered glue gun, the first of its kind. No more need for outlets and cords, this baby allows total freedom on the job with a 60 minute continual run time and a fast 30 minute charge. The PRO700 comes with a handy carrying case and allows for different nozzle types to meet any application need. It runs on 1/2" glue sticks and includes a stroke adjustment screw for precision dispensing.
Hotmelt.com carries the full line of Surebonder hot melt glue guns, sticks and bulk products at guaranteed low prices. Questions? Call one of our glue geeks today to find the perfect tool for your application. (877)933-3343
The TEC 6300 Pneumatic Hot Melt Gun is truly impressive. This heavy duty hot melt gun is ideal for heat sensitive materials. It has the ability to lay a bead or spray. This hot melt gun has an adjustment knob to help you control the spray pattern.
The TEC 6300 a pneumatic spray hot melt gun is easy to get ready to go. You do need to have an air compressor to use this gun, which is a slight bummer but we think it's worth it. Plug the TEC 6300 into the compressor and then plug it into the wall. The gun takes about 10 minutes to warm up and then you are good to go.
The TEC 6300 is a beast, no joke that's what we are going to start calling it. This pneumatic spray hot melt gun weighs 3.1 lbs which is not too bad for what this heavy duty gun can do. Turning out about 9.2 pounds per hour the TEC 6300 is ideal for demanding applications.
We tried it on foam and fabric--we didn't have any melting!
The TEC 6300 looks a bit overwhelming at first, but to our shock it was actually quite easy to use. We loved the using this spray gun. It made it so easy to cover a large area in no time. Since this extraordinary hot melt gun covers materials so quickly and evenly there is less hot melt wasted. The TEC 6300 is perfect for using on heat sensitive materials like foam and fabric.
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Today we tested the top three hot melt glue guns for light industrial activities, 3M's Polygun AE II, Ad Tech's PRO 200, and Power Adhesives' TEC 805. These light industrial hot melt guns are priced between $49-$65. All three hot glue guns are similar in weight, size and have 4 finger triggers making them easy to use. The 4 finger trigger also helps you avoid hand fatigue for extended periods of use. These glue guns are suitable for light industrial work, which is a step higher than hobby and craft, but not ideal for all day use. We like that all of these guns can be further customized for your applications by changing nozzles. These light industrial glue guns are more durable than the standard glue guns you can buy at your local craft or hardware store and offer a significant performance upgrade as well.
We were disappointed in our testing of the Polygun AE II glue gun. The 3M AE II polygun has an output of 2 pounds per hour, but this 3M applicator drips excessively. Almost all glue guns display some amount of drip, which is why you should never place them idle on carpet or a heat sensitive surface, but the 3M AE II leaked a lot more than most. In our trigger pull test it was beat out by both the PRO 200 and the TEC 805.
The AE II hot melt gun does feature an indicator light let's you know when the applicator is ready. It also features a longer power cord than the other 2 guns we tested, which gives you a bit more mobility.
The PRO 200 is at the bottom of the price range for these 3 light industrial guns, but it did fair quite well in our testing. It beats out 3M's Polygun AE II as it only has an medium amount of dripping from the nozzle while it's idle. Also in our trigger pull test the PRO 200 made it farther than the AE II. This glue gun also has a power indicator light. We definitely think this glue gun is a good one, but it fell a bit short in comparison to the TEC 805.
The Pro 200 performed adequately but we would have liked to see some more features that set it apart from a craft glue gun. It will definitely outperform entry level guns but doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles.
The TEC 805 is the newest glue gun to the Power lineup and offers many features of the more expensive (and recently discontinued) TEC 810 which has been updated to the TEC 820. The Power 805 gun takes the light industrial glue guns to a whole new level as far as we are concerned. This gun is a bargain--at only $54 you get a whole lot of bang for you buck. Featuring an on/off switch and a trigger adjustment knob that allows you to control the output. When the hot melt gun is idle the dripping is almost zero. And one of the very unique features of the TEC 805 glue gun is that it is available in a 5/8" version increasing output volume and making it the most cost effective 5/8" glue gun on the market.
The TEC 805 was a little bit larger than the Pro 200 or 3M AE II but it was no heavier so we don't see extended use being any type of issue.
All the way around we like that this gun has added features that both the AE II and the PRO 200 do not offer and comes in at a very similar price point. The minimal drip and trigger extender allowing for almost double output per trigger pull sealed the deal. You can find all three guns in stock at Hotmelt.com. Feel free to call one of our hot melt experts to discuss these guns or any of the hotmelt.com products.
Ad Tech's MT 500 hot glue gun is tried & true. The MT500 hot melt gun has a lot to offer for the price. It is an industrial grade gun that can handle high volume applications across a variety of industries including woodworking, product assembly, packaging and much more. The Ad Tech MT 500 is consistently among our top sellers.
Simply, insert a 5/8" hot melt stick that matches your guns temperature and plug it in. The MT 500 hot melt applicator heats up in about 5 minutes. Make sure you allow your gun to warm up all the way before using it to keep your gun in tip top shape.
The MT 500 is an all purpose industrial glue gun and it reviewed quite well. During our testing one trigger pull using an 1/8" bead produces approximately 18 linear inches. The gun does drip when idle, but after checking out the manual we found out incidental dripping is normal with the standard ball check valve. This nozzle drips because the shut off is not at the very tip of the nozzle. There is however a non-drip nozzle also available for this gun. The most interesting aspect of this gun is that the trigger is actually controlled by your palm. This palm feed trigger helps you avoid getting hand fatigue. Plus, this hot melt applicator only weighs 2.2 pounds! We found that much lighter than comparable models with similar speed and output.
We think the MT 500 industrial glue gun by Ad Tech is a classic. The best feature in our opinion is that it's a 5/8" glue gun, using a 5/8" glue stick increases productivity. We love the palm trigger and the weight of the gun these properties make the MT 500 easy to use for extended periods of time. For the price of this gun we definitely think you get lots of bang for your buck. This gun might not have as high of output as others in the industrial realm, but it's palm trigger, weight, standard size (5/8") hot melt sticks and cost definitely make it one of our favorites.
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