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Offline GoingMyWay

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Rod-less Caulk Gun
« on: January 17, 2022, 10:22 AM »
I recently found this SILIGUN rod-less caulk gun in my YouTube feed:


Has anyone ever used this caulk gun or a similar rod-less design?  I wonder if it actually works as well as it claims or if it's just another solution looking for a non-existent problem.
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Offline Cheese

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Re: Rod-less Caulk Gun
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2022, 10:31 AM »
That's interesting...it could work well for some projects, but you'll need to use the full tube of caulk because once it's slit up the side the shelf life won't be long. Measured in days rather than months.


Offline Svar

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Re: Rod-less Caulk Gun
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2022, 10:56 AM »
That's interesting...it could work well for some projects, but you'll need to use the full tube of caulk because once it's slit up the side the shelf life won't be long. Measured in days rather than months.
The slit is behind the piston, doesn't affect anything.

Offline afish

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Re: Rod-less Caulk Gun
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2022, 11:06 AM »
I saw these but it had mixed reviews when I looked so I didnt order but if I need a close fit gun I will try it out.  Most of the time I dont run into a situation that would require it. So I dont know if its good enough for everyday use but tight quarters it looks like a option

Offline FestitaMakool

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Re: Rod-less Caulk Gun
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2022, 12:03 PM »
Haven’t seen the pricing - But me WANT!  [big grin]
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Offline afish

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Re: Rod-less Caulk Gun
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2022, 01:03 PM »
They are on amazon.

Offline Peter_C

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Re: Rod-less Caulk Gun
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2022, 04:20 PM »
It's not electric! I swear by the Milwaukee M12 caulking gun. Not only will it push thick glue easily, saving your hands, it leaves caulk lines smoother as you aren't using your muscles as much, pulling it off track. I will never go back to a hand pump caulk gun.

Offline ChuckS

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Re: Rod-less Caulk Gun
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2022, 06:13 PM »
Haven’t seen the pricing - But me WANT!  [big grin]

$45 or so.

Offline FestitaMakool

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Re: Rod-less Caulk Gun
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2022, 07:36 PM »
Thanks! I’ve already started to ask around at my local hardware stores  [smile]

Later upcoming tasks will benefit hugely with one of these.
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Offline Peter Halle

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Re: Rod-less Caulk Gun
« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2022, 08:56 PM »
It's not electric! I swear by the Milwaukee M12 caulking gun. Not only will it push thick glue easily, saving your hands, it leaves caulk lines smoother as you aren't using your muscles as much, pulling it off track. I will never go back to a hand pump caulk gun.

Well, your comments in this thread and others have caused my wallet to be a little lighter this evening.

Thank you.

Peter

Offline Peter_C

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Re: Rod-less Caulk Gun
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2022, 01:27 AM »
Well, your comments in this thread and others have caused my wallet to be a little lighter this evening.

Thank you.

Peter
The FOG is ALL about helping others lighten their wallets :) Like did you get the 29 oz attachment? For pushing adhesives like PL400 in bulk it rocks. Get the dial set, and you can feather the trigger to get the line you want. Careful cutting too small of a hole in the tube as the motor will blow tubes of caulk apart, or at least push it out the back causing a mess on the rod. You'll learn the change in sounds as it struggles to push the rod out.


Offline Bob D.

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Re: Rod-less Caulk Gun
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2022, 06:56 AM »
I know not many tube dispensed adhesives or caulks come in paper
tubes any more but this does not look like it would work with those.

Maybe it would cut the tube, maybe not. Also is the blade replaceable?
Would be nice if it used a utility knife blade.
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Offline Steve1

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Re: Rod-less Caulk Gun
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2022, 08:03 AM »
If you read the reviews on Amazon, it works fine on low viscosity caulk, when new.
If you have a high viscosity caulk, or even low viscosity caulk after a few uses, the grip on the tube slips.

I wonder how much they had to pay Youtube to get them to recommend this video to anyone that has ever clicked on a tool video ?

Offline Cheese

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Re: Rod-less Caulk Gun
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2022, 09:44 AM »
It's not electric! I swear by the Milwaukee M12 caulking gun. Not only will it push thick glue easily, saving your hands, it leaves caulk lines smoother as you aren't using your muscles as much, pulling it off track. I will never go back to a hand pump caulk gun.

I second this opinion. I bought one of the original 12V models in 2003 because I needed it for a large sub-floor project. It still works well after all these years. Besides the PL 400, I really like and encourage using it on Vulkem caulking for outdoors. You can fine tune the Milwaukee speed control such that it will lay down a perfectly shaped bead of caulk. The caulk bead it lays down really is pretty.  [big grin]

The other nice feature is when you release the trigger, the motor will reverse itself slightly to remove most of the pressure on the cartridge so there's no drooling from the front of the caulk tube.

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Re: Rod-less Caulk Gun
« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2022, 10:31 AM »
Search YT for the Siligun. There are some additional reviews that do a better job of showing the pros and cons. Not an all purpose gun but I could see it being useful in tight quarters as a special use tool.

Seth

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Re: Rod-less Caulk Gun
« Reply #16 on: January 18, 2022, 11:42 AM »
I have the DeWalt with the different size material holders for the large 29 oz., the small caulk tubes, and for the 20 oz. sausage tubes. I've used it on sealing joints in concrete and for applying adhesive when building a sitting wall on the patio. Saved me some pain as I emptied 26 of those large tubes in 2 days building the wall and 18 20 oz. tubes sealing the joints in the concrete over three days. Lets you put down a nice, steady volume. One battery charge did all that with power to spare which surprised me.

But it wouldn't fit in a tight spot like inside or under kitchen cabinets or tight spots in the bathroom. The gun is about 4.5 pounds plus the weight of the material so you know you've got a hold of something.
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Re: Rod-less Caulk Gun - On Sale 1/21 only at Woot
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Offline Yardbird

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Re: Rod-less Caulk Gun
« Reply #18 on: February 01, 2022, 01:26 PM »
Menards has the Siligun rodless caulkgun on sale this week for $12.99 after a $5.00 rebate.  I saw it in an Ohio Menards flyer, assume it is all Menard stores located in United States.

Offline afish

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Re: Rod-less Caulk Gun
« Reply #19 on: February 01, 2022, 04:48 PM »
Man, I miss Menards... I wish they would open some stores in Florida. The HD by me is the worst store.  I think they have more stuff in the overhead than on the shelves.  If I owned HD stock I would have a fit about how these stores look. 

Offline Spandex

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Re: Rod-less Caulk Gun
« Reply #20 on: February 02, 2022, 09:49 AM »
Ox also do a 'rodless' caulk gun:

https://www.protoolreviews.com/ox-pro-rodless-caulk-gun-review/

Whilst it's not as compact as the Siligun (it uses a metal clock-spring wound up into the handle as the rod, so still pushes from the rear) it's certainly an improvement on the normal style. And based on that review, it seems to manage this without any drawbacks over a traditional style gun.