Are pointing guns worth the money?

Hi, I do a decent amount of pointing and I'm just wondering if pointing guns are worth it and if anyone could recommend the best ones?

Asked by Patrick on 6th Apr 2020
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"Good afternoon, you can use normal mortar with red or silver sand but wont work with grit sand. Needs to be a bit wetter than normal mix but I would recommend the make roughneck."
Answered on 31st Mar 2020 - Member since Dec 2019 - report
"No, if you use pointing gun you have to buy a special mortar, no good for normal sand/cement."
Answered on 31st Mar 2020 - Member since Feb 2020 - report
"It depends on the pointing gun itself, but as a whole, yes they do save time if used correctly, with the correct mortar.
Faithful are good guns."
Answered on 31st Mar 2020 - Member since Jan 2020 - report
"Pointing guns are quiet cheap on todays market and are very useful, I find them very good for a large areas of pointing because of the speed and accuracy they are used. They can be tricky to use , so I would suggest you try a practice area firstly , if your confident then move on,hope this helps."
Answered on 30th Apr 2020 - Member since Apr 2020 - report
"Hi. If you make the mortar yourself ie: sand cement lime. It doesn’t tend to come out that well. Only pre-mixed mortar you add water to comes out really. They make the job easier. I have the 18v Makita caulking gun and it works a treat. I find doing it by hand better than using my gun. Everyone is different."
Answered on 31st Mar 2020 - Member since Feb 2020 - report
"Depending what you are using it for

If you are using it for driveways
Yes is worthwhile.
If you are using it for brickwork
Is not."
Answered on 21st May 2020 - Member since May 2020 - report
"Not in my opinion, stick with your preferred pointing trowel or finger trowel and hardboard, the pointing gun is too much messing about."
Answered on 31st Mar 2020 - Member since Mar 2020 - report
"Hi not with normal sand and cement you need to use special mortar"
Answered on 13th May 2020 - Member since Jan 2019 - report
"Yes the roughneck guns are good quality but make sure the mix is soft as it can draw the water out of the mix"
Answered on 8th Jun 2020 - Member since Jan 2020 - report
"no pointing guns to a skilled man is not worth the bother
a skilled bricklayer would use a pointing trawl for a great finish and to match in with existing walls."
Answered on 6th Apr 2020 - Member since Feb 2019 - report
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