Caulk Gun Review
When buying a caulking gun, consider how often the tool will be used and what it is going to be utilized for. Smooth plunging guns create smooth beads of caulking and allow more control over how much caulking is dispensed. Caution should be exercised when using a ratchet gun because if a trigger is accidentally pulled the plastic can be pulled away from the plastic mold, causing a leak.
Caulk guns are typically either air powered or gas powered. An air powered caulk gun uses compressed air to propel the caulk up and down the tube, preventing it from coming out at the wrong time. The drawback to this type of gun is that the shot is very slow and requires practice to get the timing just right. Gas powered guns are faster but also produce a stronger blast, but sometimes can malfunction if the trigger is improperly set. Both types have pros and cons.
An older style of caulking gun had an air-powered crank which was pulled back slightly to slowly crank the silicone. The gun would then force the silicone through the tiny holes on the outer edge of the tube. Because of this, the plastic would build up along the tube and at times pop out. The advantage to this method is that it left no visible or audible mark on the finished object and was cheap enough to make. The disadvantage is that it took several hours to complete one coat of silicone.
Newer generations of caulking guns have become much quieter because of new materials and technology. Some of these newer guns even come with automatic shut off capabilities. The air-powered versions are usually powered by a small rechargeable battery or an internal engine unit. Internal units have a fan and compressor to power up the continuous firing process.
One choice to consider when purchasing your Caulk Gun is whether or not you would prefer a gas or electric operated gun. There are advantages to both types, but gas operated types offer some advantages over the longer lasting electric versions. For example, gas operated products offer a much faster firing rate. Electric caulking guns, on the other hand, offer a much quieter firing process, although they don’t offer nearly as fast firing rates. If your needs warrant a gas powered product, a lifetime warranty should be considered, as well as a trigger mechanism that will prevent premature firing.
An important point to consider is that the most effective caulking gun is not always the most expensive or sleekest looking product. There are literally hundreds of different designs and types, all of which vary in how they operate and which they are best suited for. Because of this, many large companies with numerous manufacturing sites can find themselves with a huge inventory of products, yet they can’t afford to keep all of their inventory on hand. This is where an outside supplier for Caulk Guns comes into play.
One reviewer noted that he was hesitant to recommend the Caulk Gun because of the overall durability of the tool despite his positive comments about the efficiency of the tool. The reviewer noted that the tool performed well when it was in its ideal position, but that a crack appeared in the center of the adapter after vigorous use. The crack was able to repair itself, but a repair did not come without a significant cost. One reviewer noted that the overall performance of this Caulk Gun was good, but he noted that some of the tools offered by the Albright Company exceeded expectations. Specifically, he praised the “snap and go” technology that some models provided, but that after loosening the screws slightly, the valve began to leak.
A second reviewer, who was not as impressed with the functionality of the Caulk Gun as he was with the durability, criticized the design and pointed out several problems with the way the tool held together. Among these problems was that the trigger did not remain securely locked until the last couple of seconds of operation, which caused it to jam more often than it was intended to. The second reviewer also noted that although the gun had a high level of effectiveness, it lacked any significant portability, especially considering that most of them had a trigger and a magazine. One reviewer did not have a problem recommending the Caulk Gun, but he did point out that buyers should be wary of the blow-back that sometimes occurs with the blowback.