I was using my blow dryer until I purchased the Heat It Craft Tool. The biggest concern I had was the blow dryer blowing my card/ATC/art away. Hanging on to it without marking it up was not easy. So here are the pros & cons. Pros: It is quiet. It doesn't blow my art work away. It drys faster. It is easier to handle. Cons: Definitely read directions before using and hold it at least two inches away and constantly check because it does get very hot. Unlike the blow dryer, it does not take long. When it says don't leave it on more than 10 minutes, they REALLY mean it. The cons are not really cons if you are careful and follow directions.
I've had this tool for a few years and enjoyed how it works. I always heat from the underside of the piece I'm embossing and because of that I can't always see how close I'm getting to the paper/cardstock. I've burned the motor out in one because it got too hot and won't do that again. I'm on Heat It #2.
Used in this scraproom: Studio - Heat tool holder
I wanted a heat dryer w/a handle like a regular hair dryer because I think the other straight heat dryers are just too combersom to hold. Besides, I've seen some in the stores and they are very big in size; this style is just the right size.
For years I used my heat tool for embellishing a LOT of different things. The grout in my floor can attest to this with glitter, beads and embossing powder of many colors embedded forever! This little beauty doesn't blow everything all over. PERFECT. Gets hot, but it's called a "heat" tool and it takes less time to do what I want.
Love this heat tool..looked at many on t he market but really was drawn to the ease of drying with a handled tool. Used it today and it is exactly what I wanted, as it gives great control and my hand doesn't get tired. It allows the surface to dry evenly, as well.
This tool is just the right size for me. It is totally light weight and it does get hot. (Watch your fingers!) This is just what I was looking for, it does the trick!
I ordered this heat tool b/c it had been recommend to me. I find it does not work well with embossing powder, I think because it does not blow very hard. I do use it to dry multimedia art but would not purchase it again as I prefer one tool that can meet all my heating needs. I do like the handle, it is a comfortable way to work.
My last heat tool (a different brand) didn't last very long, I'm hoping this one does better. It seems very easy to use with the way the handle is at a 45 degree angle on it. So far I really like it.
I have 2 heat tools. This Ranger one and another brand. I find myself ALWAYS reaching for this one to use, I don't think I've used the other one since I got this one. I love it.
I bought my heat tool only a few months ago, and have barely used it a handful of times. I had it in a box during a move, and now it won't turn on. In the same box, I had 3 small lamps with bulbs still inside, and the fragile little bulbs are all still fine and working. I can only imagine that this heat tool's insides are extremely delicate.
I really loved this tool, but I'm hesitant to replace it if my next one is going to break as quickly. Not sure if my case is a unique one, but just to be safe, be careful how you transport/store yours!