Are More-Expensive Foam Guns Better?
Foam guns can cost anywhere from $15 to $150, so what's the difference?
In this video, Tool Tech host Patrick McCombe talks about the difference between foam guns, and how to choose the right model for the work you do.
Although foam guns can be found for as little as $16 on the internet, these guns are poorly machined and have low-quality seals that allow air (which contains moisture) into the gun, causing the foam to cure within it and killing the gun.
For $30 more, you’ll get a gun with decent machining, which should work fine for a few months or a year of steady use if you take care of it.
The best guns start at about $100 and have smooth, comfortable handles designed for ergonomics, redundant seals that better prevent air intrusion, and stainless-steel barrels for easier cleanup. You can expect the best-quality foam guns to last two years or longer with the right care. Keep in mind that you can kill even the highest-quality foam gun on its first day if you remove the foam can without quickly replacing it.
To learn more about foam guns, check out:
- This Tool Tech video about loading a foam gun the right way.
- Patrick’s article, “Make Your Foam Gun Last,” in FHB #269.
- You Don’t Know Foam
Also, check out Patrick’s new Tool Tech video series, where he reviews the most new and noteworthy tools, tech, and materials, beginning with foam gun basics (Members only!).
Associate editor Patrick McCombe has been testing power tools on behalf of national publications for more than 15 years, and he regularly meets with product manufacturers to try out new introductions. In the Tool Tech series, Patrick reviews the latest tools and materials, discusses building technology, and shows time-tested techniques for better, more-efficient home building.