Hot Melt Glue Guns, Glue Sticks, and Accessories

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Motorized Hot Melt Glue Guns – Motor Driven Feed

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The Motorized Glue Guns deliver the power, speed, and control needed for all repetitive maximum output gluing applications. The powerful motor pushes the stick with ease. The continuous feed allows exact dispensing with low operator fatigue. The auto reverse feature prevents unwanted dripping of glue.


Output & Performance

A maximum no load pushing speed of 11-17 inches per minute improves your productivity. It also has a 5.5-11.6 lb/hour glue output depending on the model you choose.




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Hot Melt Glue: Background

Hot melt adhesives differ from most other types of glues and adhesives in that the hot melt glue sticks, pellets, or blocks are heated to a molten state for application, and then cool to form a solid bond between the materials being glued. Thermoplastic polymers, plastics which become liquid when heated and re-solidify when cooled, are used as a basis for hot melt glue for their strength and high viscosity.These materials are often not ideal adhesives, however, so other materials such as waxes, stabilizers, and tackifiers are added to fine-tune the adhesive for a specific application.

The packaging, automotive, footwear, and furniture industries use hot melt adhesives extensively. Hot melt glue is also used in a wide variety of manufacturing, commercial, home, craft, and hobby applications. One reason for the popularity of hot melt adhesives is their versatility. Hot melt glue comes in a variety of forms — sticks in many sizes, pellets, chips, beads, blocks, and pillows. The adhesive can be applied using hand or pneumatic operated glue guns, glue pots and skillets, foot-pedal controlled dispensers, wheel coaters, and other specialized equipment.

The short set time of a glue such as our Fast-Set Packaging Glue makes this formulation ideal for high volume manufacturing and packaging lines, while the longer open time of a formulation such as our Dura-Tac High Strength Glue allows assemblers and crafters to position parts more precisely, yet still have the benefit of a strong bond once set. Pressure sensitive, non pressure sensitive, permanent, and fugutive (removable) hot melt adhesives are available in an array of formulations to provide optimal adhesion to almost any surface. Hot melt glue can also be produced with coloring agents added for applications such as material color-matching in manufacturing, movie special effects, and home hobbies and crafts.

Developments in hot melt adhesive technology continue to produce new polymers and glue formulations that provide improved adhesion, physical properties, and additional options for melting, applying, and activating the adhesives. Our Glue Dabs and Specialty Glue Gun are examples of advances in hot melt glue materials and applications.

Advantages of Hot Melt Adhesives:

  • Rapid setting/bonding action
  • Reduced waste
  • Easy dispensing, simple to automate, dispensing equipment not complex or expensive
  • Wide formulation latitude to meet a variety of cost and performance needs
  • Little or no solvent within the adhesive – associated environmental issues avoided
  • Low cost high volume systems
  • Superior seal quality (penetrates most board stock and secures all flaps)
  • Tamper evident packaging (hot melt seal will cause package board fiber to tear when opened)
  • Pilferage resistant (unlike tape, hot melt adhesive seals cannot be opened and resealed without the consumer’s knowledge.)

Disadvantages of Hot Melt Adhesives:

  • Heat required to melt adhesive unsuitable for delicate applications
  • Limited adhesion strength when compared with epoxy, acrylics, polyurethanes, etc.
  • Can be susceptible to creep under load
  • Potential to have poor wetting properties
  • Some hot melt adhesives are susceptible to solvent attack

Hot Melt Glue Uses:

Door Panel Assembly
Sound Deadener Installation
Headliner Assembly
Impact Block Bonding
Carpet Attachment
Seating Build & Assembly

Woodworking & Furniture
Cabinet Assembly
Drawer Bottom Bonding
Vanity Back Assembly
Mirror Assembly
Profile Wrapping
Office Panel Assembly

Case Closing
Tray Forming
Carton Sealing
Bag Sealing
Over Wrapping
Pallet Load Stabilization
Dunnage Assembly

Window Sealing
Pallet Fabrication
Pre-Fab Wall Construction
Trim Installation
Insulation Bonding

Retail & Graphics
Retail Display Assembly
Sales Kit Foam Insert

Bookbinding & Printing
Case Binding
Joint Making
Side Glue
Insert Bonding
Carpet Attachment
Seating Build & Assembly

Potting & Encapsulating
Wire Tacking
Small Component Assembly

End Cap Bonding
Pleat Separation
Seam & Pleat Sealing
Plastic Corrugations

General Assembly
Bag Sealing
Business Forms

And the List Goes On...
Multi-Wall Bag Construction
Flexible Ducting
Flower Arrangement Bonding
Home Repairs
Basket Assembly
Luggage Assembly
Insulation Bonding

Hot Melt Glue: Product Overview

Hot melt glue has become popular for many crafts and household repairs. Originally developed for commercial applications, hot melt glue has found its way into hundreds of new and innovative uses around the home, shop and in industry. It sets quickly and makes less mess than most other glues and has the unique advantage of being remelted for easy repositioning.

Hot melt glue comes in various grades, types and forms and varies greatly in price. Our least expensive General Purpose Clear Some of the hot melt glue sticks available from www.glu-stix.comis a great value and an outstanding hobby and light packaging glue. This type of glue stick is great for low demand applications, such as gluing eyes on dolls, floral display work, light duty assembly and repairs and is a great way to save money.

Be aware that many “frosty white” bargain style, ultra low cost glue sticks on the market are nothing more than melted polyethylene plastic which contains no actual adhesive. Although very inexpensive, this type of glue is such a low performance product, it’s hardly worth buying. We do not sell this type of glue stick!

As the price goes up a bit, the performance goes up a lot! Our Fast Set and Dura-Tac glues offer outstanding value and uncompromising adhesion in porous to porous surface gluing applications such as carton sealing or woodworking. You pay a little more, use half as much and are guaranteed an outstanding result. Our Fast Set is specifically formulated for carton sealing and woodworking. Our Dura-Tac glue is the strongest non-polyamide glue on the market and is probably the best all around hot melt for the money.

When most other hot melt glues won’t work, our Tuff-Tac hot melt glue product is simply outstanding. It offers unsurpassed adhesion to hard, shiny surfaces, like glass-to-metal or PVC-to-ceramics, etc.

For ultra high demand gluing projects such as high temperature environments, metal to metal, or any non-porous to non-porous requirement,Ultra-Tac polyamide glue is widely regarded as the best in all regards. There is no other glue on the market which is stronger over a wider range of conditions than Ultra-Tac. For more information about polyamide glues such as Ultra-Tac, read our Polyamide Glue Info Sheet.

We also have Colored Glue Sticks and Glitter Sticks which are useful in many creative ways. These glues are primarily for decoration and craft use as they provide only moderate bonding strength.


Hot Melt Glue: Forms and Sizes

Common hot melt glue stick sizes:

Glue Stick Size Application Size comparison showing 1/4", 1/2" and 5/8" General Purpose Glue Sticks
Size comparison showing
1/4″, 1/2″ and 5/8″
General Purpose Glue Sticks
5/16″ or 1/4″ x 4″ Mini Stick 1/4″ Glue Guns
7/16″ or 1/2″ x 4″ Standard 1/2″ Glue Guns
Household or Hobby Use
7/16″ or 1/2″ x 10″ Standard 1/2″ Glue Guns
Commercial or High-Volume Use
5/8″ x 10″ Commercial and Industrial 5/8″ Glue Guns
Bulk Pellets, Pillows, or Chips Glue Pots and Commercial High Volume Applicators
Hot melt glue pellets
Hot Melt Glue Pellets
Hot melt glue chips
Hot Melt Glue Chips
Hot melt glue pillows
Hot Melt Glue Pillows

Hot melt adhesives are sold not only in stick form, but also in pellets, chips, pillows, and blocks for use in commercial bulk applicators. We sell these by the box or by the pallet, and we can supply specialty hot melt glues that are not listed on our website. Contact us for more information concerning your specific requirements.

Number of glue sticks per pound:

Glue Stick Size Approximate
Number of Sticks
per Pound
5/16 or 1/4″ Dia. Mini x 4″ Long 110
7/16″ Dia. x 4″ Long 45
7/16″ or 1/2″ x 10″ Long 18
5/8″ Dia. x 2″ Long 50
5/8″ Dia. x 10″ Long 11
1″ Dia. x 3″ Long 12
1-3/4″ Dia. x 1-3/4″ Long Plugs 8

Adhesive yield per pound of hot melt glue:

Bead Size
(half round)
Linear Feet
per Pound
1/16″ Diameter Bead 1500′ / lb.
1/8″ Diameter Bead 260′ / lb.
3/16″ Diameter Bead 180′ / lb.
1/4″ Diameter Bead 125′ / lb.
3/8″ Diameter Bead 60′ / lb.
1/2″ Diameter Bead 30′ / lb.

How to Choose the Right Glue Gun

When in the market for a glue gun, you want to make sure you get the right one to suit your specific needs. With all the makes and models out there, you’ll be able to match a gun to your particular requirements easily. There’s no need to suffer with the wrong size or power or heat of gun when you can purchase a glue gun and glue sticks that fit your mold perfectly.
Crafters: Look for smaller guns that can glue at any angle and heat quickly. The Detailer Mini Glue Gun and the Cool Shot Super Low Temp. Mini Glue Gun will work perfectly for projects large and small. If you work mostly with paper, consider the Photo Mount Super Low Temp. Mini Glue Gun which leaves a thin line of glue that won’t be seen underneath the finest of materials.

Wood and Glass Workers: For wood, glass and jewelry work, it’s not the gun so much as the glue that matters. You can use the small, medium, or large Light Duty Hot Glue Gun for your craft. If you are working with wood, use Woodworking Hot Melt Adhesive. For plastic, use AcriLux. Fabrics have their own special glue sticks — Fabric Hot Melt Glue Sticks. Jewelry Hot Melt Glue Sticks work to secure gems to any glass, plastic or metal surface.

Construction Workers: Hot melt glue isn’t just for small home projects. Use the Ultra-Tac Polyamide Glue Sticks or the Tuff-Tac High Performance Glue Sticks combined with a Heavy Duty Hot Melt Glue Gun or an Industrial Glue Gun to firmly secure carpeting, drywall, aluminum siding or other heavy and not-easily glued materials in large quantities.

Whatever your needs — large or small, delicate or heavy-duty — there’s a glue gun for you.



The Difference Between High Temperature and Low Temperature Glue Guns

Repairing furniture, attaching fabrics together, crafting and more — glue guns have so many uses it’s no wonder they’re a staple in so many homes. But how do you know whether to use an indusctrial glue gun like the Hysol Pneumatic Hot Melt Applicator, an intermediateglue gun like theMedium Duty Hot Melt Glue Gun or a low-temperature glue gun like the Cool Shot Super Low Temp. Mini Glue Gun? Really, it depends on what you are using it for.

First and foremost, consider safety. A normal high-temperature glue gun can get up to 380 degrees Fahrenheit, which means third degree burns should a mistake be made. Industrial strength glue guns run an even higher temperature. When using these guns, watch out for children and take precautions to guard your skin on the off-chance that a bit of glue ends up where you don’t expect it. Low temperature glue guns range from 170 degrees Fahrenheit to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Understand that while a burn from these guns won’t necessarily send you to the hospital, it still won’t be pleasant. Always use your glue gun with care.

Next, consider your task. If you need a gun for large jobs like repairing house siding or floorboards, you’ll want a high-power gun like the Pneumatic Industrial Glue Gun. For normal repairs and heavier crafting, opt for an industry standard like the Heavy Duty High Temperature Glue Gun. These guns provide a strong and unyielding bond. Kids’ crafts and delicate artwork gluing should be handled gently with a lower temperature gun like the Photo Mount Super Low Temp. Mini Glue Gun, which will ensure that no damage is done to the material on which you are working.

Since no one wants to have dozens of glue guns to choose from, several models, such as the Adjustable Temperature Glue Guns and even theMini Hot Melt Glue Gun, come with both high and low temperature options at just the flip of a switch!

Understand that most glue sticks are designed to work best at the standard of 380 degree Fahrenheit, so use specialty sticks like the Low Temperature Packaging Glue Sticks for the best results. You could also buy sticks like the General Purpose Multi-Temp Glue Sticks which will work well at whatever temperature you choose.