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Forum topic by willhime posted 03-01-2021 06:50 PM 367 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-01-2021 06:50 PM

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I made a custom branding iron on my cnc out of 3/8” solid brass. It’s 2”x1”. Problem is, when I tapped the back for the 8-32 bolt to go into my branding iron from michaels, it doesn’t get hot enough. Is there a higher powered branding iron by itself that I can dedicate to my new brand ? I’ve looked around and I found one from rockler and Lee valley but both are over $100. Is there a cheaper option than this if I want to stay electric ?

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#1 posted 03-01-2021 06:51 PM

Heat it with a torch.

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#2 posted 03-01-2021 07:10 PM


You either have to use a propane torch or find a way to place it into an insulated box of some form so it can fully heat.

Do you know how many Watts your iron is? You can look for others (soldering irons (plumbing, stained glass work, etc.) that may have a higher wattage without the excessive price.

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#3 posted 03-01-2021 07:13 PM

Here is how I do mine and it really works well. This isn’t my idea, someone here suggested it and it a lot easier than the torch I used to use. The hot plate was fairly inexpensive.

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#4 posted 03-01-2021 09:10 PM

My wife recently bought me a Gearheart Industries Iron for Christmas. It has just my logo. But, she decided she also wanted em to be able to put my website address on some pieces, so she ordered a second head.

It is probably not exactly inexpensive, but I bet they would sell just the iron.

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