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If you haven’t used a grease gun before, then it can be difficult to know where to start. When you know what you’re doing, a grease gun is extremely easy to use. But if you’ve never used a grease gun before, then it can make things a little difficult to know exactly what you’re doing.

Fortunately, I know a little about grease guns. I’ve been using them for many years now, so I know how a grease gun works. First, we’ll go through how a grease gun works generally. Then I’ll give you some of my top tips for getting the most out of your grease gun.

I also wrote another post about issues you might face with your grease gun. It’s useful if you’re just starting to have issues with your grease gun. The majority of the time, it’s just an air bubble caught at the top of the mechanism. But, there are other things that may be having an effect on your grease gun too.

How to Use a Grease Gun

The first thing that you need to do is work out which type of grease gun that it is that you’re using. While they all basically have the same mechanisms, they can work very differently. For example, some need to be used manually while others are automated and will be air powered (though you’re not going to encounter these as much.

4 main Types of Grease Gun

  • Lever – The most popular type of grease gun are those that are lever operated. It’s a bit self explanatory, but generally you just have to pull the lever to get enough pressure in the gun to force grease out of the nozzle. One of the drawbacks of using a lever powered grease gun is that you’ll need to use both your hands to operate it – this means that you’ll have to have the nozzle in place before you use it.
  • Cordless – Using battery powered grease guns is becoming increasingly popular. It can be a good idea to get a cordless one so that you don’t have to worry about any cables getting in the way. The drawback of this is that you’ll need to ensure that your grease gun is charged before using it.
  • Pistol grip – Essentially this is the same process as a lever, except that you have a pistol grip to pump the grease out instead. A drawback is that you might get less pressure than with a lever grease gun, though they are undoubtedly easier to use.
  • Air powered – If you go to a mechanics or a large company, they may have an air powered grease gun that they use. This is a good way of reducing the physical necessity of pumping, but it’s undoubtedly an expensive option.

For this guide, I’ll generally base it around using a lever type of grease gun. You can easily adapt this for whatever the different type of grease gun it is that you’re actually going to use.

Learning how to use your grease gun won’t take long. After you’ve started to get used to setting your grease gun up, it won’t be long before it becomes second nature to you. Here’s the simple steps on how to use a grease gun properly.

Loading your Grease Gun

Of course for your grease gun to work, you’ll need to ensure that it’s loaded properly. Generally all grease guns use cartridges, but they can vary in size so you’ll need to make sure that your grease gun is suitable for the cartridge size that you’re using. Some grease guns will require you to fill the barrel up manually, in which case that makes this a little more difficult.

Remove the top of the head from the barrel and pull the lever up so that you have the room to insert the new cartridge or fill it up manually with grease. When the lever rod is all the way withdrawn, you should be able to lock it into place (though not all grease guns have this, the majority of new ones should).

Either fill the barrel manually, or insert your grease gun cartridge. If you want to do this properly, then you definitely need to ensure that the cartridge doesn’t have the lip or any foil on top of it. This is a common issue that you’d be surprised how many people leave on – some assume that when you put the cartridge in, it will automatically remove the lid.

You’ll also need to ensure that the cartridge is pushed in properly – it needs to be level with the rim of the grease gun. This should be easy, as they are designed to fit inside easily. After you’ve done this, you can out the barrel back on the end of the grease gun. But, you shouldn’t screw it back on tightly yet.

This is because there’s likely some air caught at the top of your cartridge which will make it impossible for you to push grease out of the end of the gun. Whilst the barrel isn’t screwed on properly, you’ll want to press the rod up to the end of the barrel. This should allow you to easily help expel any air that’s caught at the top of your grease gun.

From here, you should check that grease is coming out of the end of your grease gun comfortably. When you’ve confirmed this, then you can easily screw the barrel back on and pump the grease out of the end of the pump.

5 Awesome Grease Gun Tips for Beginners

There are some reasons and issues that may occur when you have your Grease Gun ready for use. Here are some of the best tips that I’ve picked up from my decade of using grease guns.

1. Make sure the fitting you’re greasing is clean

When I was much younger, I wouldn’t worry about whether the fitting I was greasing was completely clean. This is really because I didn’t accurately calculate how much grease I needed to apply to my wheel bearings, but it was definitely made a harder task because I couldn’t see what I was greasing properly.

2. Double check the fitting first

It’s the mark of a lazy tradesman, but this is also something that commonly happens within the industry. If a fitting is old, rusty or damaged then it can become an issue later down the line. To avoid this, double check the fitting that you’re going to use completely before inspection. This way, you can be sure that you’re not going to grease something that needs changing.

3. Clean the gun after every use

You’re only creating more trouble for yourself later down the line if you don’t keep your grease gun clean. It might not matter once or twice, but if you continuously don’t clean your grease gun then you’re undoubtedly going to end up with something that’s unusable (or at least difficult to use).

4. Don’t tighten up the barrel too much

You’ll need to tighten up the barrel at the top to ensure that it’s working properly. But, you don’t want to tighten this up too much. Why? Well, it can easily cause pressure failure within the grease gun and make it impossible for you to use.

5. Never mix two types of grease together

I learned this one the hard way after I refilled my barrel before it was empty with a different type of grease. Safe to say, they didn’t blend well and I was left with an unusable grease gun and some wasted grease!

Conclusion

Overall, these are the basic tips that you’ll need to pay attention to to make sure that your grease gun is going to work properly. If you follow this guide, you should be able to use your grease gun properly without worrying about breaking it or not being able to get it to function properly. I also wrote a post about the best grease guns that you can check out so you can end up with one that is less likely to have these problems in the first place.

What is it?

Parts of your car need greasing, and this is the tool you use to inject grease in to difficult areas, usually through ‘grease nipples,’ for example every few thousand miles / years it’s worth greasing the front axle on an old VW.

How to Use a Grease Gun

Once you can see how it comes apart and loads, you won’t need much more help using a grease gun, so read on for the simple procedure.

How to use it

To load a grease gun with grease, first unscrew the barrel from the handle/trigger unit. The barrel is where the grease goes and you’ve got two options. If you’ve got a new tub of grease with a large plastic washer in like I have below then you can load the grease directly in to the gun from the tub. Otherwise you’re going to have to load the grease in gradually by using something like a spoon. If you do use a spoon, don’t use the one you’re going to eat pudding with later.

Here you can see I’ve got the barrel off the gun and I’m getting it lined up with the opening in the middle of the ‘washer’ in the tub of grease. You can’t see the plunger at the end of the barrel as my hand is over it, but it’s a long way in to the barrel.

Once you’ve got the opening in the barrel over the opening in the tub of grease, push down on the barrel and pull up on the plunger at the same time. If you’ve got a tab that keeps the plunger still, you might need to press it / fiddle with it to get it to release so you can pull the plunger up. As you push down / pull up the grease is pulled in to the gun. When the gun is full or tub of grease is empty, move the barrel sideways to cut off the pillar of grease you’ve made inside the barrel, then clean off the end of the barrel with a bit of cardboard / rag before screwing it back in to the handle/injector unit.

Below I’m pushing the barrel in to the tub of grease and pulling up on the plunger, which isn’t very obvious due to the angle:

Once the grease gun is back together, you just need to pump the handle to get grease coming out of the injector end. Sometimes you might need to fiddle with the tab that holds the plunger from pushing back in or give the end of the injector a push to allow the pumping to happen smoothly.

Any auto repairman, an engineer or a handyman who doesn’t have a grease gun wants to take the hard road. Lubricating machinery can be labor-intensive because you will need to exert effort to achieve your aim. The good news is that if you have a grease gun in your toolbox, you can handle those jobs easily and very fast.

A grease gun is used to apply grease or oil to car parts, machinery, tools, etc. through the grease nipple. It is a simple device that you can use easily if you know how you can dismantle it and know all the parts it has.

Acquiring a grease gun is very important because it helps you to lubricate parts so that they can last longer and always work properly when you need them. Although the device is easy to use, you must know how to use it or else, the parts may depreciate instead of serving properly.

Types Of Grease Gun

To use a grease gun, you must first know the available types there is in the industry today. Don’t forget that each type may have different usage styles like the difference in the way you load the grease. So how many are there today?

How to Use a Grease Gun

Hand-powered gun

Hand-cranking builds the pressure for this type of grease gun, and the trigger which is a spring mechanism is used to apply pressure which will push the lubricant out from the opening. There is also another type that doesn’t make use of a trigger mechanism. It only has a piston in the body that when you apply pressure to it, the grease will come out.

Pneumatic Gun

This type of grease gun is air-powered. The hose uses compressed air to force grease out from the outlet.

Battery-powered guns

This type of grease guns is suitable for high volume and high-pressure lubrication.

Another important thing I want you to note on how to use a grease gun is the types of lubricants available. Many commercial oils and lubricants are readily available in the market today. Do you want to get the best out of the operation, ensure that you use the heavier or thicker grease. You can get some as a refill cartridge which you load directly, or you can get the type that you will fill manually.

Now that you have known the basics let’s see how you will use the grease gun properly.

How TO Use A Grease Gun

Load the grease gun:

The first thing is you have to load the grease gun carefully before using your grease gun. To achieve that, do the following:

  1. Remove the head from the barrel
  2. Pull back the rod handle
  3. Lock the rod handle
  4. Open your grease cartridge
  5. Insert the grease cartridge into the gun barrel
  6. Be mindful of the pull-tag which you will see on the cartridge end
  7. Make sure that you have pushed the cartridge to the extent that its rim will be in close contact with the rim of your grease gun
  8. Reinstall the gun barrel to the cap end but make sure that it is loose.
  9. Release the rod handle
  10. Depress it so that grease will flow into the head of your grease gun while forcing air out
  11. Pump a little grease through the nozzle and clean it
  12. Attach it to the grease gun.

How to Use a Grease Gun

Anatomy of Grease Gun

Apart from the above method, you can load the grease gun through suction from a tube containing grease. If you prefer this option, do the following:

  1. Remove the head from the barrel
  2. Introduce a large quantity of grease in the head
  3. Place the gun barrel over the tube of grease
  4. Insert the gun barrel about 5.1 cm into the grease
  5. As you pull up the rod handle, apply pressure on the barrel to push it down
  6. Lock the plunger when it extended to the fullest
  7. When the barrel is filled up, move the barrel sideways to cut off any extra grease.
  8. Clean the whole parts using a rag, stiff paper or a paper towel.
  9. Attach the barrel of the grease gun to the main device
  10. Unlock the handle
  11. Pump the handle, and the grease will start flowing.

Choose the target location on the part

After you have loaded the grease gun correctly, the next thing is to identify the exact location where you want to lubricate on the part. Your first target, of course, should be the rotary part of your machinery.

Applying the grease

The first thing you have to do is to check if the gun is working properly by ensuring that the grease will flow smoothly. When you are certain, connect the nipple of the grease gun to the part where you want to lubricate.

The next thing is to determine the quantity of grease that will be enough for the part. Then, build the pressure that will force the grease out through gun’s hand crank.

When you are sure that the pressure is enough, pull the trigger. Don’t forget to direct the lubricant directly on the location through the gun nipple. You can also pour your lubricant by creating adequate pressure through the piston which is located at the end of the gun barrel.

One thing to remember here is that if you use a pneumatic grease, you will achieve the result more effectively.

One of the most useful and common garage and workshop tools is a grease gun. Used to lubricate with oil or grease through a grease nipple, this device is quite easy to use. Once you come to know how to dismantle the gun and know the parts, it is easy to load and use it.

Types of Grease Guns

There are different types of guns and each has its own method to load the grease. These three types are most popular though newer variations are coming up making greasing easier.

  • Hand-powered grease gun – The pressure is built up by hand-cranking and the trigger mechanism—a spring mechanism—applies pressure to the lubricant to come through the opening. Another type of hand-powered gun has no trigger mechanism, just a piston in the body of the tool forces the grease out when pressure is applied on the piston.
  • Pneumatic grease guns – Air powered gun where compressed air in the gun—directed by hoses—forces the grease through the outlet.
  • Battery-powered grease guns – Used for high pressure, high volume lubrication.

Types of Lubricants

There are many commercial lubricants and oils available. Mostly a thicker and heavier type of grease is used for best results. Some are available as refill cartridges that can be directly loaded or others need to be filled manually.

How to Load the Grease Gun

Unscrew the barrel where the grease is to be loaded from the handle or trigger/injector part of the unit. Position the barrel’s opening in line with the mouth of the grease tin/tub. Use suction principle to pull up the grease into the barrel by alternatively pushing down the barrel with the plunger and pulling up the plunger into the barrel. Once the barrel is filled with grease, after cleaning the barrel end, attach the barrel to the unit.

Best check the manufacturer’s instructions.

How to Apply Grease

Connect the grease nipple by clamping it in place with the jaw like portion of the grease gun. You should use the hand-crank to create pressure in the gun and when you feel sufficient pressure has been built, pull the trigger and direct the nipple where you have to lubricate; the lubricant will pour out from the opening in the nipple.

Alternatively just applying pressure at the barrel end will push the piston down and force the lubricant through the nipple.

Pneumatic grease gun is easier because this uses hoses and compressed air to force the grease more steadily and is used by professionals in workshops garages etc.

Maintenance of Grease Gun

For smooth functioning, clean the grease nipple, thoroughly rinse in warm water and let completely dry. Also clean the gun well and let dry before storing the grease gun.

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Grease guns help keep your equipment and machinery running in tip-top shape. While these tools look intimidating to refill, you can easily reload your grease gun within a matter of minutes. If you’re using a new tool, check the model to see if it needs to be refilled with a cartridge or bucket. If you’re using an old tool, remove the top of the grease gun and pump the plunger to see if an empty cartridge comes out. [1] X Research source If no cartridge appears, you can assume that your tool needs to be refilled with a bucket. With a bit of practice, you can put your best forward when using your grease gun in future projects.

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Did you know? Most grease guns are operated with cartridges. If pumping the plunger doesn’t release an empty cartridge, then you can assume that your grease gun can be refilled with a bucket. [4] X Research source

Last Updated on April 4, 2020

How to Use a Grease GunAttaching a grease gun to a zerk fitting is comparably a tricky part where most people lost track because of the lack of proper knowledge. But today I’m going to teach you some easy steps on how to attach grease gun to zerk fitting. Follow my steps and you will get the job done in no time.

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How It Works

The working principle of a zerk fitting is very simple. The zerk fitting is a small nipple, containing a ball bearing and it threads into a hole. This keeps the contamination out from the gun and keeps the grease in.

The way it is designed, it allows the grease gun to push clean and fresh grease into the fitting. Whenever a greasing requirement is found, a hard to reach point is found, where lubrication is needed. In this case, zerk fittings are there to help you.

How to Attach Grease Gun to Zerk Fitting

  • First what you need to do is set the grease gun right. Meaning, fit the extension hose with coupler on the tip of it to the grease gun.
  • You’ll see a 4 jaw construction inside the coupler. It is basically a 4 jaw construction type.
  • This 4 jaw construction can change its position manually. They are spread out at first and you’ll notice some space between the jaws.
  • When you turn the coupler to screw it, you’ll see the 4 jaw construction closing up.
  • Now, you already know that zerk fitting is a small nipple containing a ball bearing and it threads into a hole. The hole here indicate 4 jaw construction in the coupler.
  • You’ll have to put in the zerk fitting inside the coupler.
  • Now, turn the coupler so that it pinches down the jaw construction to hold the zerk fitting by its shoulder. The shoulder is the part that is under the ball bearing part of the zerk fitting.
  • Once the 4 jaw coupler is clamped down on the fitting, you are hands-free and you are good to go.
  • Remember, you have to screw the zerk fitting tight with the grease gun. Otherwise, the zerk fitting will pop out from the grease gun. This is a very common case with the grease fitting in the grease gun.

Some Basics about Zerk Fittings

First, I’m going to tell you some basics about zerk fittings. This will give you the primary knowledge about the procedure and make the work easy for you.

A zerk fitting is also known as grease fitting, grease nipple or alemite fitting. Zerk fitting goes with the grease gun coupler. It is basically used for feeding lubricants using a grease gun on a bearing. This works under moderate to high pressure and usually, the lubricating grease is being fed.

Zerk fitting comes in various types. They are given below

  • AS Grease Fittings
  • 1/8” PTF Grease Fittings
  • Metric Grease Fittings
  • Double Head Fittings
  • Drive Type Grease Fittings
  • Stainless Steel Fittings
  • Air Vent Grease Fittings
  • Pin Type Grease Fittings
  • ¼”-28 Taper Thread Grease Fittings
  • Leakproof Grease Fittings
  • Pressure Relief Grease Fittings
  • Pin Type Grease Fittings

There are many more types available on the market for you to work. Most of them work under the same procedure. They are not so big in size, so handling them is quite tricky.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How to remove a zerk fitting from the grease gun?

Removing a zerk fitting from a grease gun is very easy. In a nutshell, you have to undo the attaching process. Meaning, unscrew the coupler and this will allow you to pull the zerk fitting up from the coupler of the grease gun. It is easy like that!

Why my grease gun gets stuck on the zerk fitting?

Sometimes grease gun gets stuck on the fitting. It is a common issue. This is caused by clogging of the joints/jaw constructions. This getting-stuck thing will continue if you don’t clean it up. You can try injecting high pressure solvent to break up the clog.

Sometimes, just by unscrewing the fitting from the hose gets the work done. For that, you obviously have to apply some extra pressure on it.

How do I replace my zerk fitting?

Zerk fittings are used for lubricating places that are hard to reach. You might want to replace your fittings from that specific point. For doing that just unscrew the fitting from that point and then screw and replace it with another one. And you are done.

My Final Tips Regarding Zerk Fitting And Grease Gun

If you are using a grease gun, which basically means you are working in a workshop or a garage. There are always some safety factors following how to attach grease gun to zerk fitting.

Lubricating a certain point sure seems fun. But never use excessive grease, use the amount you need. Don’t overfill your zerk fitting while greasing, this can cause contamination and damage to your grease gun parts.

Always keep your zerk fitting clean. You can use a small cloth to do so. Grease can attract dust, sand, and dirt. So, cleaning is important to keep the quality good of the zerk fitting. This also helps you to stop contamination of the grease.

A grease blow out can happen. For this, you have to listen to the crack. When you are using zerk fittings to make a void space grease full, a crackling sound might occur on the other end of the seal.

This gives you a knowledge of the overabundance of grease exiting the point. So, you have to stop when you hear the crack.

Zerk fittings come in different shapes and construction. All the fittings have their own characteristics. Whatever the size is, you’ll find a compatible coupler for that. Now, remember to choose the best fitting for yourself.

Check the perfect temperature value for your use. Do not stay in doubt, always check before you use something.

Grease compatibility is also important. You need to make sure if your grease is compatible with your job or not.

Always wear gloves. You can get your hand covered in grease working with a grease gun or using a zerk fitting. Unfortunately, if these grease goes inside your stomach or touches your eyes, bad things can happen. So, always wear gloves working with grease.

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How to Use a Grease GunNoria Corporation has released a “How to Use a Grease Gun” video tutorial for those who would like to further their expertise in the areas of grease application and proper lubrication methodology.

One of the newest additions to Noria’s Reliable Skills Training video series, “How to Use a Grease Gun” is designed for lubrication professionals and manufacturers. The set includes a 28-minute DVD and comprehensive student workbook providing easy, how-to methodologies to ensure grease gun best practices.

Featuring a DVD and comprehensive booklet, the new release provides step-by-step foundational training that covers how a grease gun works, the best practices for loading a grease gun, the risks of mixing different grease types, the differences between various grease gun models, how to avoid grease contamination, how to use grease guns safely, how to get the most from your grease gun, and why proper grease lubrication is important to machine reliability.

“The grease gun is one of the most widely used tools for machinery lubrication, yet few are trained on grease gun best practices,” said Noria Corporation CEO Jim Fitch. “When used or loaded improperly, the grease gun can become a safety risk to both the lubrication technician and the machine.”

This training is available for online purchase or call 1-800-597-5460 to order.

A grease gun is a mechanical tool used to lubricate machines. The grease gun is suitable when applying a lubricant via an aperture to a particular point. It is also used in applying oils or grease to machinery, tools or car parts through a nipple.

Investing in a grease gun is great because you will be able to apply lubricants to various parts of your tools. Doing so helps your devices to last longer and be in good condition in times of need. Moreover, you need to know how to use a grease gun or else your tool may depreciate rather than give you the proper service.

Types of Grease Gun

There are various types of grease guns in the market today. Different types vary in the way they are used for example, how to load grease. Below are the kinds of grease guns.

a) Hand-Powered Gun

A hand-powered gun applies the spring mechanism. By cranking the gun, pressure builds up and pushes the grease out through the nozzle. Another type of grease gun is that one with only a piston when pressed oil comes out. The second type is unique because it does not use the trigger mechanism.

b) Pneumatic Gun

The pneumatic grease gun is air-powered. These guns’ forces grease out through the nozzle while using compressed air that is dispensed by hoses.

c) Battery-Powered Guns

The battery-powered gun suits higher volumes or high-pressure lubrication. They use batteries as their source of energy.

How to Use a Grease Gun

i) Load the grease gun
You have to load the grease gun before its use correctly. This step is the most vital one because it determines whether grease will come out or not. You can do so by following the procedure below;

  • Eject the head of the barrel.
  • Backtrack the rod handle and lock it.
  • Open the grease cartridge.
  • Inject the cartridge into the barrel.

You should remain vigilant of the pull-tag located at the cartridge end. Ensure that you push the cartridge until its rim and the grease gun’s rim are in close contact.

  • Reinsert the barrel to the cap end but leave it loose.
  • Discharge the rod handle and enervate it so that the grease flows into the head of the grease gun as it forces air out.
  • Check if oil will come out of the nozzle by pumping the grease gun.
  • Finally, connect the grease gun.

A grease gun is also loaded through suction from a tube consisting of grease. The procedure for this method is below.

a. Eject the head from the barrel.

b. Pour excess oil into the head.

c. Put the gun barrel over the grease tube.

d. Inject the barrel for about 5 centimeters into the lubricant.

e. As you remove the rod handle, apply little force on the barrel to depress it.

f. Clamp the plunger when it extends to the fullest.

g. After filling up the gun barrel, move it aside to halt the flow of extra grease.

h. Clean the parts of the grease gun using a paper towel, stiff paper or rag.

i. Connect the barrel to the grease gun.

j. Finally, release the handle and put some pressure on it, and grease will commence running.

ii) Choose Your Target Location

After loading a grease gun correctly, you should identify the specific tool and location where you want to lubricate. Rotating parts often require lubrication.

iii) Applying the Grease

Foremost check if the gun is working in good condition by ensuring that grease flows out via the nozzle. After securing it is in excellent condition, you can then connect the nipple of the gun to the part you intend to lubricate.

You should have the right quantity of grease enough to lubricate your tools. Afterward, you have to build up enough pressure that can push the oil out. Pull the trigger and direct the nipple to the location you intend to lubricate. Alternatively, you can use a piston to build up pressure before releasing the grease to the parts you are lubricating.

Below is a procedure for applying grease using a hand-powered grease gun.

  • Begin with clamping the nozzle into place.
  • Using the hand-crank, create enough pressure and pull the trigger to lubricate your instrument.
  • Before releasing the tension, ensure that you have directed the nozzle towards the place you want to grease.

Maintenance of Grease Gun

For a grease gun to function correctly, you should ensure that the nipple remains clean on a regular basis. Additionally clean thoroughly and wipe to dry your grease gun before storage. Following are some of the maintenance techniques that ensure proper functioning of the grease gun. It is advisable to learn and put them into practice.

Consider the tips below:

i. You should avoid mixing old grease and new grease.

ii. Ensure that you use separate guns for various lubricants.

iii. Avoid using excessive force when tightening your gun head, and too much pressure can cause failure.

iv. Pumping out excessive grease from a coupler thus expanding its life.

v. To avoid greasing your attire, consider changing into work clothes or wear an apron before using a grease gun.

vi. Avoid putting too much pressure when lubricating since excessive force can destroy bearing seals or shields.

vii. Clean up the spilled grease immediately after use, and a grease spill can easily cause one to fall.

viii. You should not operate your grease gun near a fire.

ix. You should rinse the nozzle using warm water and dry your grease gun before storage.

Conclusion

To sum it up, a grease gun is an essential mechanical tool because of its use in lubrication of instruments. Lubricating the moving parts of a machine is vital because it increases the functionality of the device as well as expanding its’ lifetime.

The content above provides guidelines on how to properly use a grease gun as well as the maintenance measures one needs to follow.

It is important to note that there are various types of lubricants. These oils and lubricants are found in local spare shops. To achieve maximum effectiveness one should consider buying heavy and thick grease.

A grease gun is useful in lubricating items in garages or workshops. Grease guns function like nail guns only that the latter is useful for driving nails instead of grease. The manual gun comes in two types, those that need a trigger to operate and those that don’t need a trigger to operate. Some use air power to administer the grease. For a grease gun to function, you need to load it with grease or a lubricant.

Although loading a grease gun is a simple affair, most people struggle a lot. The advantage of using grease over oil is that it doesn’t leak easily.Consequently, refilling a grease gun is not similar to refilling machines that use oil as a lubricant.

If you are operating a grease gun, it’s essential to know how to load it properly for reliability and efficiency.Proper loading helps in averting the problem of under or over greasing, which may affect the lifespan of your grease gun. Below here, we’ll share the procedure of loading a grease gun. Keep reading.

How to Use a Grease Gun

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Common Grease Gun Types

A grease gun is a simple and user-friendly tool. Before we jump right into the procedure of how to load and prime any grease gun, we’ll look at the different types of the grease gun. Although there is no much difference in loading any type, it worth mentioning them.

They may look similar, but they function differently. For example, there are manual and automatic types. Everything else becomes easy when you master the gun and the different types.

Manual grease guns

Notably, there are those types that use some kind of force to push the lubricant out. When loading such, you need to use both hands. When loading your gun, you need to use one hand to pull the handle while the other loads the cartridge.

Before diving into how to reload a grease gun, it’s vital to note that a manual grease gun will rely on the lever to pump the lubricant from the hose or the barrel. The same applies to manual grease guns that have triggers or handles.

It gets tricky when working on a large project and multitasking becomes a problem. Sometimes the handle might fail to fasten, which can cause problems when squeezing the lubricant out.

Instead of holding the handle and fastening the cartridge, there could be a problem with multitasking. You can get help from someone else at home or at the workshop.

Pistol handle grease guns

The manually operated grease guns will require the use of force to pump. It helps if the grease gun functions just like a pistol and have a trigger. Some manual grease guns don’t have a trigger and rely on a piston to push the lubricant out.

These work as the manual grease guns only that you need a trigger handle to push the lubricant out. The downside of this type is that sometimes there may not be enough force to push the grease out when you compare to the lever types.

Grease guns that use airpower (Pneumatic types)

These types use air and are suitable for use in large industries for large projects. They involve compressing the air by the use of a large hose, and this releases the lubricant. They help ease the job where a large amount of grease is needed. They may not be suitable for small projects in the workshop and garage. They are costly to use since they require large amounts of grease.

Battery power grease guns

Other types use battery power, where high pressure is needed to release a large amount of grease. These are becoming popular since they are easy to operate and are cordless. Therefore, there are no cables that may obstruct you.

Likewise, you can use them for outdoor operation. The only disadvantage is that you must charge the grease gun before any project.

How to Use a Grease Gun

Using grease is a common thing to almost everyone with a machine or mechanical appliance. It is essential for clearing the jam or reducing the cranking or unusual sounds/noises from the machine. But to use grease you need a grease gun. You cannot use it with an open hand. There are some health issues regarding grease using solely with hand.

Another fact is, if you use grease with hand, you cannot work fast. Your greasing work will be a lot faster if you use grease guns. So, you must know how to use a grease gun. In this article, we will shade some light on grease gun and how to use it efficiently.

Some Need to Know Things About Grease and Grease Guns

How to Use a Grease Gun

Before getting into the gun using section let’s know some essential things about grease and grease guns. There are many types of grease lubricants in the market. The thicker and heavier types are for better performance. Some grease brands offer refill cartridge that can be directly loaded on grease guns. And another brand provides to be filled manually.

There are different types of guns found in the market. You can check Lincoln grease gun for example. Anyway, each of the guns has its method to load the grease. Some newer versions are coming with a more comfortable greasing option. But there are three types of greasing guns that are popular among the user or mechanic. The types are, hand operated guns, air pressured guns and battery featured guns. But whatever your type is, you need to know how to use a grease gun or else type doesn’t count at all.

How to Load a Grease Gun?

How to Use a Grease Gun

, you’re going to learn how to use a grease gun, you need to know how to load a grease gun correctly. To load the grease gun, you need to remove the head from the barrel. Remember, you fill the barrel manually or insert a cartridge in it, the first step (removing head) stays the same.

If you want to fill grease manually, you need to insert the open end of the barrel into the container of grease. Now, position it and hold the barrel while pulling up the plunger. Lock the plunger when it is fully stretched. Move the gun barrel from side to side at the container to cut off extra grease after the barrel is full. Clean the barrel surface with some towel or paper. Attach the head and rest of the unit to grease gun. Unlock the grease gun plunger to check the flow of grease. Now, attach the coupler at the end of the extension hose to use the grease directly.

If you want to load the grease gun with a cartridge, pull back the rod handle. Lock the handle. Now open the new grease cartridge and insert it into the barrel gun. Tear the pull-tag on the end of the original cartridge. Ensure that the cartridge is entirely set at the barrel. Attach the head and unlock the rod handle. Press the rod handle, this will force the grease container, and it will release the air in it. Now, pump some grease through the nozzle to check it is working correctly or not. And now it is time to use the grease gun.

Applying Grease into Machines

How to Use a Grease Gun

Once checking is done, you can now use the gun to your machinery parts. Now, direct the gun grease where you want to put the grease. Put some pressure on through the hand crank. When enough pressure is built, pull the trigger and see the grease being applied. It is applicable for hand operated grease guns. If you use Air pressured grease gun, it will be a lot easier to apply the grease on the rotatable machinery parts. Congratulations! Now you know how to use a grease gun.

How to Take Care of Greasing Gun

How to Use a Grease Gun

Taking care of grease guns are also the part of using it. If you fail to take care of it, it may not function correctly the next time you want to use it. So, here are some grease gun tips only for you.

    Always clean the grease coupler and nipple after use. You can check some best pressure washers for this. It is essential equipment for cleaning the machinery parts’ dirt. Pump out the excess grease from the coupler. It will expand the life of coupler. Do not mix two different types of grease in one container. It will impact severely on machinery parts. Do not tighten the gun head at full force. It may cause pressure failure. Always wear a pair of gloves and protection glass. It will protect you from serious health hazards. If your grease is flammable, use it with caution. Always keep the safe distance.

Well, we have reached the finishing line. The final recommendation is if you want to use a grease gun, use it carefully or else you may face some serious health issues regarding this. So, stay safe, work nicely.

How to use a Grease Gun
to Lubricate Plain Bearings?

A simple grease gun is probably the most common tool for re-lubricating machine components, especially bearings. Its purpose is to direct lubricating grease to a specific point with the aid of a special fitting.

Types of Grease Guns
Grease guns of different designs are used in different applications. The most common types are lever, pistol grip and hand grip varieties. Most are mechanically driven by hand, though there are models that are air- or battery-powered (used especially to move large amounts of grease). Most common is the lever style which is also the least expensive.

A host of different bearing designs are found on machinery today. Many employ rolling elements, but simpler designs consist of just a bearing surface and another element, called a journal, that comes in contact with it. Such a bearing is called a plain bearing, the simplest type of which is a s haft rotating in a hole. As the simplest type, plain bearings are also the least expensive. They are compact, with a high load-bearing capacity. In rotary applications, machines are often fitted with bushings, which are often inserted into a housing to provide a bearing surface for a rotating shaft.

Grease vs. Oil
In some applications, plain bearings never require re-lubrication through the life of the equipment. Most plain bearings, however, require re-lubrication at some point to prevent failure. Plain bearings may be lubricated by oil, but grease has several advantages over oil, among which are:

  • Lower lubricant leakage from the bearing, meaning less lubricant is required.
  • When the machinery is shut down, grease’s relatively high viscosity keeps it from draining out while in a static condition. Because grease remains in the bearing, there is a lubricating film available to the bearing surface as soon as the machinery is started, thus decreasing the wear due to initial start-up torque from a dead stop.
  • Retained grease acts as a bearing seal to prevent grit, dust, moisture and other contaminants from entering the bearing surface, thus protecting it from premature wear.

A disadvantage of grease is that, because grease is not continually replenished in the system, the bearing runs hotter than in a system using circulating oil, which acts also as a coolant. At high speeds or under high loads, oil may be used for its cooling properties instead of grease.

But for mo st plain bearings that use grease, re-lubrication with every shift is a common practice. Sometimes re-lubrication is more frequent, some times less, according to the application and equipment needs. Grease guns are used for this process and here’s how to do it.

  • First, clean the grease fittings on the gun and the machine before connecting the two. Recognize that a volume of new grease forces the same volume of old grease out the other end of the bearing.
  • Apply the right grease until new grease appears at both ends of the bearing. Leave some excess grease at exposed ends of the bearing to act as a seal and prevent contaminants from entering the system.

  • In some applications, two or more different types of greases may be required to service your equipment. If so, use a separate grease gun for each type of grease to prevent cross-contamination of greases. When using different greases, select greases that are compatible in the event cross contamination occurs during maintenance.

Acculube understands that grease guns play a huge role in keeping equipment running smoothly. If you’re having issues with guns or greases, or just want a better alternative to products you’re using, give us a call. Our lubrication experts are quick on the draw and have unsurpassed expertise in greases and their application.

Grease guns are an essential part of any mechanical workshop or facility. Grease guns make it easy to distribute lubrication to the moving parts of all types of machines. In a mechanic’s workshop, a grease gun might be used to apply grease to ball joints, U-joints in the drive shaft, tie rod ends or wheel bearings. When using a grease gun, you will want to have an even distribution of grease with each pump of the gun’s handle. This can be achieved by priming the grease gun before placing the nozzle of the gun next to the equipment.

Step 1

Pull the T-handle and rod out of the grease gun. Push down on the handle slightly to lock it into the open position. There is a small groove into which the handle fits to hold it open while you load the gun with grease.

Step 2

Unscrew the metal cylinder inside the grease gun and pull the empty grease cartridge out. The cylinder screws into the gun near the nozzle.

Step 3

Pull the rubber or plastic cap off one end of your new grease tube. Pull the metal tab off the other end. Slide the new grease tube into the metal cylinder so that the metal-tab end faces down toward the dispensing nozzle. Screw the cylinder back into place in the grease gun.

Step 4

Unlock the T-handle and rod and push it in and out of the new grease tube two or three times. This will create a channel to push air out of the back of the tube and allow grease to flow.

Step 5

Squeeze the handle of the gun several times until grease begins to flow consistently through the dispensing nozzle. You should do this over a trash can or a shop rag to avoid dispensing grease onto your floor or work surface.

Step 6

Unscrew the bleed screw at the top of your grease gun and pump the handle a few times to open up the flow of your grease gun. Tighten the screw once the grease is dispensing freely. You usually won’t have to perform this step unless the grease in your new tube is cold and heavy.

Pull the T-handle and rod back out and pump it in and out a few times if your grease gun loses its prime while you are applying grease.

How to Use a Grease Gun

Is a Grease Gun Missing from Your DIY Toolbox?

  • By Benjamin Jerew
  • March 6, 2017

From the engine to the axles and everything in between, there are tens of thousands of metal and plastic parts moving you down the road or through a field. Without lubrication, those moving parts would quickly wear out and grind to a screeching halt. Engine oil comes in plastic bottles and keeps your engine lubricated and cooled. Gear oil also comes in bottles, but has a much higher viscosity to protect heavy differential gears. The heavy grease that lubricates Spicer joints and axle bearings requires a special tool, a grease gun.

What Is a Grease Gun?

We’re talking about a tool you can use to keep certain parts of your vehicle lubricated. This is basically a high-pressure pump, capable of injecting grease at up to 10,000 psi, depending on the model. For many DIYers, hand-pump models are more affordable, though some farmers and professionals might opt for an air-powered or battery-powered grease gun.

Grease comes preloaded in a paper or plastic cartridge, which is loaded into the barrel. A spring and plunger apply slight pressure to the cartridge to keep the grease flowing to the pump head. The pump head is where all the work is done, generating high pressure for grease injection. A tube or hose comes off the pump head to a coupler, which is designed to fit a grease fitting, also known as a Zerk fitting. Grease fittings are strategically placed wherever grease is needed.

Do You Need One?

How to Use a Grease GunGenerally-speaking, if you have a grease fitting, then you’ll need this tool, but where might you find Zerk fittings? On lawn and farm equipment, you’ll find them everywhere — dozens on the average hay baler and at least a dozen on the typical tractor front end. Considering the abuse these vehicles and equipment go through, regular lubrication is an absolute must.

On automobiles, grease fittings used to be fairly common, typically on ball joints, tie rod ends and sway bar links and Spicer joints, to name a few. Over the years, though, automakers have made the switch to so-called “maintenance-free” parts, or “replace-when-broken” parts, so you might not see a single grease fitting on a late-model automobile. Many 4×4 axle U-joints are still greasable and some aftermarket replacement parts may come with “old-style” grease fittings, which some DIYers have found to last longer than OEM maintenance-free designs.

How to Use a Grease Gun

If you have to grease a fitting, doing so carefully and regularly will keep the joint lubricated and clean. First, use a rag to clean the grease fitting to prevent injecting dirt with your fresh grease. Then, fit the grease gun coupler to the fitting — it should click into place. Finally, pump grease into the fitting, but only until you see the seal bulge a little or seep from an unsealed joint. Wipe off any excess and you’re good to go!

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It’s not common these days to find a workshop without a grease gun. It’s a useful device in the application of a tacky substance such as oil or grease onto metallic or movable parts. It’s most used in industrial applications or stores that supply machines and car garages. Lubricating helps in protecting the warranty of machines and boosts their shelf life.

It also helps in preventing abrasions on movable parts. You can get one from your nearest hardware shop or spares shop.Loading a grease gun may seem like a simple affair; however, it may leave everything messy. Also, after changing the cartridge most people may have a hard time trying to prime the gun. Below here is a guide on how to load a mini grease gun.

We’ll also share tips on How to load and prime any grease guns. We’ll also dig into everything about the different varieties of grease gun in understanding how they function.

Let’s start.There are two types of grease guns. There are a reservoir and the cartridge grease gun. In this review, we shall explain how to load each option.

How to Use a Grease Gun

Table of Contents

How do you load a reservoir grease gun?

The first procedure focuses on how to replace the grease in a grease gun.

Step- 1

The first step is to remove the head of the gun from the drum. The head of the grease gun is where you’ll find the hose and the grip. Depress the hand back in the tank to prevent sucking the lubricant into the grease gun.

Step- 2

The next step is to place the barrel into the lubricant. Slowly pull the rod towards you; by doing so, the grease will fill the tube of the barrel.

Step- 3

By pulling the plunger rod, the barrel will be out if the grease container. You may notice some grease cling on the barrel. Rotate it slowly to get rid of the grease, then wipe with a clean, dry cloth.

Step- 4

In this step, most new users are usually apprehensive about how to put together a Lubrimatic Mini Grease Gun. It’s straight forward; you start by fastening back the barrel to the gun’s head. You only need the screw the cap or the nozzle. Ensure the gun’s threads are tight.

Step- 5

After screwing the barrel to the head, test whether the gun will dispense the lubricant. Press on the pistons handles, gently pull the trigger and see if grease will come out of the tube. If there is excess lubricant on the tip or the body wipe off with a clean cloth

How to Use a Grease Gun

What is to prime a grease gun?

If you have just bought your grease gun, before loading grease into it, the first step is to prime it. A new gun doesn’t have grease on its hose. To prime, a grease gun is to get rid of the air inside. Normally, its piston will still pump air even when there is no grease. Therefore to rectify this situation, there is a need to thrust the lubricant further up the holder.

How do you get rid of the airlocks?

Sometimes things might not go as expected, and there may be some air sandwiched between the lubricant and the head of the gun. It’s a problem, and there are some solutions to that.

Clearing airlock in a grease gun

Before you load the grease, you’ll need to turn the barrel. Turn it to so that some air gets out. It will let go and the air present above the lubricant.

Sometimes the air might not escape after you loosen the barrel. In this case, you will find some grease guns with air bleeder features. You can use it by pumping continuously for the air to discharge.

How do you prime a grease gun manually?

If the above procedure does not work and the gun doesn’t prime, you can apply manual force. Here, you need to jerk the t-pull. In this state, the shaft returns out of the barrel, and while still pulling downwards, make a 1/4 to 1/2 turn.

There will be a pop, and now you can lock it. Next, thrust the t-pull upwards, which will apply force to the plate and push the lubricant up.

After you through with the manual procedure, refrain from screwing the bleeder fully, and if it has a button design, do not shove it down completely. When the air is out, you can now push the grease into the pump and let the piston push it further down.

Most people make the mistake of pumping the lubricant on an empty cartridge. Therefore, this fills the hose pretty quickly due to the presence of air. Therefore, you will still need to prime it again.

The secret is to pump the air out continuously. Ensure all air is out until that time you’re almost running out of the lubricant. Still, the hose and the gun’s head might hold some air.

For you to estimate the level of the lubricant, you can pull the rod and will only stop at the point where it will hit the plate on the base of the lubricant. At this point, you can check on how much lubricant is remaining.

Depending on the type of grease gun you are using, cordless, pneumatic or manual grease gun, you’ll first need to fill it with grease or lubricant before using it. In some older grease guns the grease was manually added to the gun from a grease drum, but most newer grease guns use a replaceable grease cartridge.

Most lubricants designed for use with grease guns today are normally sold in cartridges. The grease cartridge fits directly into a tight-fitting tube or cylinder on the body or handle of the grease gun itself. A plunger mechanism below the cartridge is often used to help release the old grease cartridge and fix the new one in place as well as priming it for use.

It’s important to note that there are many different types of lubricants and greases made for use in grease guns, and various different grease gun cartridge sizes available. You’ll need to know the recommended grease or lubricant type for the job or machine you are working on.

How to Replace a Grease Gun Cartridge

  • Unscrew the cylinder from the body of the grease gun and remove the old grease cartridge
  • Insert the new lubricant cartridge into the grease gun tube.
  • Open the tube from one end, inserting this end down in the cylinder, then opening the other end
  • Screw the refilled tube back onto the body of the grease gun until tight, then back it off one full turn
  • Push the plunger back in and re-tighten the threaded cylinder onto the body of the grease gun
  • For different grease types, pump a small quantity of new grease through the nozzle of the grease gun to clear out old grease

Once your grease gun has been fitted with a new lubricator cartridge, the way to use it will depend largely on which type of grease-gun you have. In the case of most manual or lever operated grease guns, just attach the grease gun nozzle firmly to a grease nipple fitting on the bearing you want to lubricate and apply steady pressure until you’ve dispensed the appropriate amount of grease into the bearing. For pneumatic or air-powered grease guns, you will need to get them set up correctly and attached to the appropriate air compressor first.

Best Practice Tips for using Grease Guns

  • Always wear protective safety glasses and gloves when using grease guns, as the lubricant will be often pressurised
  • Don’t mix old and new grease types – use only the correct type of grease for the job or application
  • Check that the grease gun you’re using is approved for the type of lubricant
  • If you have multiple grease guns for different lubricants or applications, mark them clearly
  • When loading a new grease cartridge be careful not to introduce any contaminants which could damage the bearing.
  • Always ensure that the grease gun nozzle is clean and clear of old material before applying any new grease
  • Make sure grease nipples and fittings on the equipment to be greased are clean before attaching the grease gun nozzle
  • Make sure all couplers, threading, and connections are closed tightly but not over-tightened as this could cause failures in pressure and flow
  • Always clean up any grease spillages immediately as grease left around on surfaces and floors can be a hazard
  • Store grease guns and cartridges upright in a cool and dry environment. Ideally
  • Place a cap or over on grease nozzles and grease couplers to minimise the risk of contamination

With a variety of grease dispensers on offer, GF Plant Spare’s grease guns come in different capacities, styles and pressures. Contact Gary at 086-253-2715 for more information or send your inquiry through the Ask a Question form.

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Grease guns are the tool most commonly used to apply a lubricant to mechanical parts that move. You’ll find them most often in garages and machine shops, but they are important for home users as well. Learning to load a grease gun can be messy, but it isn’t a complicated procedure.

By keeping your equipment properly lubricated, you extend the service life as well as avoid abrasions. Grease guns are used specifically to apply a grease lubricant and are found at most auto parts stores or hardware suppliers. Let us show you how to load a grease gun with ease.

How to Use a Grease Gun

A reservoir style grease gun is convenient when you have access to grease in bulk.

Step #1 – Separate Head from Barrel

Start by separating the grease gun head from its barrel. Simply unscrew the head from its cap. If you aren’t sure what the head is, it’s the part that houses the handle and where your applicator tube is attached.

Then, ensure that the handle of the piston rod is depressed completely into the barrel. If you don’t, you are at risk of sucking material through the grease gun.

Step #2 – Insert Barrel into Grease

Fill the barrel of your grease gun by placing the open end into your container full of grease. Hold the open end into the container with the barrel down. Then, draw back the plunger rod so the reservoir fills. This allows you to pull grease into your barrel.

Step #3 – Remove Barrel from Grease

While the plunger rod is withdrawn, lift up the open end of your barrel until it comes out of the grease container. Rotate your barrel to break it out of the grease, otherwise, it might cling. Then, use a rag or cloth and wipe off the excess grease from your barrel’s end.

Step #4 – Reattach the Grease Gun Head

Once you’ve filled with grease gun, it is time to reattach the barrel and the head of the gun together. Each style of gun works in its own way so you may need to screw the end cap back on or screw the nozzle on. No matter which style you own, ensure that the threads are engaged and turn the barrel until it is fully seated.

Step #5 – Test the Grease Application

Before beginning any project, you want to test the application of the grease. Simply press down on your handle to the piston rod and squeeze the trigger. The grease delivery will be seen at the end of the applicator tube. Wipe off the excess amount of grease from the tip and body of the gun, if needed. You’ll want to use a rag or cloth to clean it up before use.

For a video tutorial on how this is done, watch this YouTube video instructional

Cartridge-style grease guns have two main parts: the grease cartridge and dispenser.

Step #1 –Remove the Barrel

Cartridge-loaded grease guns hold the cartridge in the housing of the unit. To remove the used cartridge in the gun, you’ll want to unscrew the barrel holding it in. Simply turn it clockwise while turning your dispenser the opposite direction. Sometimes these are on quite tight, so don’t be afraid to put some muscle into it.

Step #2 – Pull Back on the Handle

Located at the end of your grease gun barrel where the cartridge is located, you’ll see a plunger rod. This should be opposite of the nozzle and is used to push the cartridge and squeeze out grease. Pull this plunger rod out until it has fully withdrawn from its barrel.

On a few grease guns, doing this action in itself might make the cartridge eject itself automatically. If there is gunk built up inside, it might start to come out but get caught. Whatever you do, secure the plunger rod in place before you remove the cartridge.

Step #3 – Secure Your Piston Rod; Remove the Grease Cartridge

With the majority of grease guns, you can move the rod sideways a little into the pre-made slot so it won’t move around. On other guns, the piston rod latches into the retracted position until you pull the release tab which would be located at the end of the gun barrel. Once the tab is pulled, the piston rod will move again.

Once the rod has been secured, you can remove the cartridge from the barrel and throw it away.

Step #4 – Prepare your New Cartridge

You’ll find cartridges at your auto parts store and hardware suppliers. The most common sizes are 14 or 16-ounce cartridges. Before you put a new cartridge into the gun, it is wise to clean the barrel and prepare it.

Simply wipe the barrel’s end with a rag or cloth. This removes any excess amounts of grease that might have previously leaked. You also need to remove the plastic cap from the new cartridge to allow the grease to flow smoothly.

Pro Tip – Store your grease cartridge in the upside down position so it settles on the right side. This places the grease closer to the nozzle. If you don’t store it upside down, just be sure to shake it a couple of times towards the cap so it settles before you place it into the grease gun.

Step #5 – Insert the Grease Cartridge

Place the end of your cartridge which had a plastic cap on it into the barrel. Push it all the way in until the cartridge end seals to the barrel’s end. Remove your metal seal from the cartridge’s end and throw it away.

Step #6 – Put the Barrel Back on the Grease Gun

Screw the barrel on part way to the grease gun with two rotations. Don’t screw it on too tightly yet. First, release your piston rod from the retracted state and push it down while pumping on the handle of the nozzle.

This will work the air through the gun to get your grease started. Stop pumping when the grease starts to appear at the head of the nozzle. Continue screwing it together at the barrel and the head. Push down on the piston rod to fully engage it with the grease cartridge. Pump your handle one more time to ensure that grease is dispensing.

Make sure you watch the educational video tutorial on how to change a grease gun cartridge:

No matter which type of equipment you use, it’s easy and simple for anyone to learn how to load a grease gun. Prepare your materials and get to work on your linkage, ball bearings, U-joints automotive projects or other mechanical tasks.

The grease gun is one of the most widely-used tools for machinery lubrication, yet few are trained on grease gun best practices. When used or loaded improperly, the grease gun can become a safety risk to both the lubrication technician and the machine.

ABOUT THIS VIDEO
Format: DVD
Length: 28 minutes
License: Unlimited use at one facility or location
Included: One student workbook

Who Will Benefit:
• Lubrication Professionals
• Maintenance Professionals
• Craftsmen and Millwrights
• Equipment Operators
• Oil Analysis Professionals
• Plant Engineers

You Will Learn:
• How a grease gun works
• The best practices for loading a grease gun
• Why proper grease lubrication is important to machine reliability
• The risks of mixing different grease types
• The differences between different models of grease guns
• How to get the most from your grease gun
• How to avoid grease contamination
• The risks of overgreasing
• The risks involved in grease gun operation
• How to use grease guns safely

Course Menu
• The Importance of Proper Grease Lubrication for Bearing and Machine Reliability
• What Type of Grease?
• How Much to Use?
• How Often to Apply?
• Improving Machine Reliability

Anatomy of Grease
• Composition
• Types of Thickeners
• Compatibility Risks
• Consistency
• Storage
• Degradation and Contamination

Grease Gun Types and Operation
• Manual
• Pneumatic
• Electric
• Grease Fittings
• Special Adaptors
• High-Pressure Application
• Delivery Amounts
• Proper Care

Accessories for Greasing
• Pressure-Relief Vents
• Pressure Gauges
• Grease Gun Meters
• Sonic/Ultrasonic Devices
• Flexible Hoses/Coupling Devices
• Extensions
• Plastic Caps
• Special Nozzles
• Grease Fitting Extractors

Grease Gun Safety and Environment
• Rotating Components
• High-Pressure Hazards
• Eye and Hand Protection
• Proper Disposal

Best Practices for Loading the Grease Gun and Contamination Control
Filling a Grease Gun
• Filling from a Bulk Container/Filler Pump

Applying Grease to the Component
• Examining the Grease Gun
• Using the Right Grease
• Reviewing the Work Order
• Inspecting Component Seals
• Examining the Grease Fitting
• Cleaning the Fitting
• Purging the Grease Gun
• Applying the Grease
• Inspecting for Leaks
• Cleaning and Capping

Grease Gun Storage and Maintenance
• Keeping Grease Guns and Accessories Clean
• How to Store Grease Guns

Student Workbook Included

The accompanying Student Workbook was developed directly from the video script to help reinforce the information and includes:
• One Student Workbook is included with each training video
Because each workbook includes student exercises, a post-test and an area for note-taking, it is advisable to purchase a workbook for each student.

You may order additional workbooks in quantities of 5, 10 or 25:
• Student Workbook 5 Pack
• Student Workbook 10 Pack
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We get lots of questions on how to clear air locks from grease guns, get them primed, keep them primed, and generally what goes on inside the sealed metal universe of a grease dispenser. We have a few simple tips to clear the airlock from any grease gun and keep it primed.

Priming a new grease gun

When you buy a new grease gun, there’s no grease in the hose, so you’ll need to prime it to clear out all that air. The problem is that without grease already in the head of the grease gun, the piston is pumping air and you may need to help push the grease up and out of the cartridge to get things moving.

3 easy tricks to clear air locks

1) When you screw on the barrel after loading a new tube of grease, back it off a full turn to allow a little air to seep out. This gives the air bubble above the grease a place to go.

2) If loosening the barrel doesn’t work, try using the air bleeder valve if your gun has one. Keep pumping.

3) If you still can’t get the gun primed, try to apply some manual pressure. Pull the t-pull so the follower rod comes back out of the barrel. While pulling straight down, twist it 1/4-1/2 turn. You’ll feel it pop down and lock in place. you can now push up on the t-pull and it will be applying pressure to the follower plate and pushing the grease up. Leave your bleeder valve partially unscrewed, or pushed down if it’s a button style, during this process.

By forcing the air out, you’ll push grease into the chamber and allow the piston to do its job of pushing grease down the hose.

Keeping a grease gun primed forever

A common mistake is to pump grease until the cartridge is completely empty. This means that your hose is once again full of air and will need to primed again. The trick is to pump until you are almost out of grease, but there is still some in the hose and head of the gun. To check the amount of grease remaining, just pull down on the follower rod. It will stop when it hits the follower plate at the bottom of the grease, and show you how much you have left.

Here’s a simple guide on loading, operating and maintaining a Grease Gun Range

Knowing the ins and outs of your ToolPRO grease gun is important for an excellent experience. Here’s how to load, operate and maintain the ToolPRO Grease Gun Range.

Step 1 – Cartridge loading

How to Use a Grease Gun

How to Use a Grease Gun

The process for loading a grease cartridge is simple, and much the same across all four models. First, unscrew the gun head from the grease tube. Grip the grease tube firmly, and with the other hand; pull back the rod handle – and lock this into position.

Step 2

How to Use a Grease Gun

Now turn your attention to the grease cartridge. Remove the end cap, and slide the cartridge into the tube. Now remove the foil or plastic from the other end of the cartridge. At this point, the gun head can be attached to the tube again – but leave it loose one turn.

Step 3

How to Use a Grease Gun

How to Use a Grease Gun

Release the rod handle at the base and press it in. You may hear some air release. Now pull the trigger until grease comes out – after which you can fully tighten the gun head to the tube.

Bulk Loading – Bucket Technique

How to Use a Grease Gun

To bulk load your grease gun, grease can be suction loaded from a container. Remove the gun head from the tube as usual, but instead of pulling back the rod handle – dip the end of the tube into your grease, and plunge it into the bucket as you slowly pull back the rod – and lock it into position.

Bulk Loading – By Hand Technique

You can also pack the grease into the tube by hand – although this is a bit messier. The rod handle must be pulled out and locked to accomplish this – and any spent grease cartridge must be removed from the tube.

Step 4 – Trouble Shooting A Grease Gun

If the grease gun is loaded correctly, just press the end of the nozzle over a grease nipple, and pump the trigger or lever to lubricate a point.

However, if at any point your grease gun doesn’t appear to function; it’s most likely due to an air pocket in the system. On the larger guns, this can be released by pumping the gun a few times and pressing the air release valve. Continue this until grease starts flowing again.

On the smaller 120mm gun, just loosen the cartridge tube a turn or two. This should release the air – then pump until the grease comes out; and re-tighten the tube.

With this know-how under your belt, you’ll get years of trouble free service from your ToolPRO Grease Gun.

A favorite gun cleaning point of debate: use gun grease or gun oil for best results?

Gun greases and gun oils both work decently as lubricants for firearms, and many gun owners swear by one or the other, with rare agreement on both. In either case, the terms grease and oil are too general. Not only is it important to know what your gun grease or oil is actually made of, it’s important to consider what actual brands are representing themselves to be selling.

How to Use a Grease Gun

Most other PTFE lubes only have trace amounts of particles in their product and are often manufactured with inferior-grade PTFE. Beyond that, a mix of other chemical ingredients make up the final product. So don’t assume that all PTFE lubricants are the same thing. And avoid petroleum-based gun oils or gun greases in favor of all-synthetic gun care products.

When you consider gun grease vs. gun oil for your firearms cleaning you are choosing between a lubricant that leaves an oil finish versus one that leaves a drier, grease-coat finish. But even this distinction blurs, depending on the grease or oil products you are using.

For example, TW25B synthetic gun grease is chemically different than other gun greases because of its synthetic base materials and because it is such a light (Grade-1 grease) formulation with the consistency of cold cream. It’s meant to be polished into the metal not globbed on, and the effect is a drier finish than oil, which attracts less firing debris. And the most effective gun grease or gun oil lubricants don’t just sit on top of the metal — you want a lube product that actually penetrates and treats the metal’s microscopic imperfections.

So grease vs. oil? Think of them as complementary products, different tools for different application needs. What’s your preference? How come?

Here’s a simple guide on loading, operating and maintaining a Grease Gun Range

Knowing the ins and outs of your ToolPRO grease gun is important for an excellent experience. Here’s how to load, operate and maintain the ToolPRO Grease Gun Range.

Step 1 – Cartridge loading

How to Use a Grease Gun

How to Use a Grease Gun

The process for loading a grease cartridge is simple, and much the same across all four models. First, unscrew the gun head from the grease tube. Grip the grease tube firmly, and with the other hand; pull back the rod handle – and lock this into position.

Step 2

How to Use a Grease Gun

Now turn your attention to the grease cartridge. Remove the end cap, and slide the cartridge into the tube. Now remove the foil or plastic from the other end of the cartridge. At this point, the gun head can be attached to the tube again – but leave it loose one turn.

Step 3

How to Use a Grease Gun

How to Use a Grease Gun

Release the rod handle at the base and press it in. You may hear some air release. Now pull the trigger until grease comes out – after which you can fully tighten the gun head to the tube.

Bulk Loading – Bucket Technique

How to Use a Grease Gun

How to Use a Grease Gun

To bulk load your grease gun, grease can be suction loaded from a container. Remove the gun head from the tube as usual, but instead of pulling back the rod handle – dip the end of the tube into your grease, and plunge it into the bucket as you slowly pull back the rod – and lock it into position.

Bulk Loading – By Hand Technique

How to Use a Grease Gun

You can also pack the grease into the tube by hand – although this is a bit messier. The rod handle must be pulled out and locked to accomplish this – and any spent grease cartridge must be removed from the tube.

Step 4 – Trouble Shooting A Grease Gun

How to Use a Grease Gun

If the grease gun is loaded correctly, just press the end of the nozzle over a grease nipple, and pump the trigger or lever to lubricate a point.

However, if at any point your grease gun doesn’t appear to function; it’s most likely due to an air pocket in the system. On the larger guns, this can be released by pumping the gun a few times and pressing the air release valve. Continue this until grease starts flowing again.

On the smaller 120mm gun, just loosen the cartridge tube a turn or two. This should release the air – then pump until the grease comes out; and re-tighten the tube.

With this know-how under your belt, you’ll get years of trouble free service from your ToolPRO Grease Gun.

To view the Arlube range of grease guns and lubrication equipment that Josco offers, please click here. This content regarding grease gun care and maintenance applies to all brands of grease guns. If any of your grease gun care questions aren’t answered in this article, please submit an enquiry form to speak to one of our friendly customer service team members.

Issue: The grease gun won’t pump grease.

The most common cause is an air lock. This can be fixed by continuously pumping to see if the air will pump out. Secondly by unscrewing the barrel one turn and continuously pumping, then tightening the barrel when the grease pumps. If these methods are not successful, use a clean rag on your fingers and push the grease up inside the cartridge from the plunger end so there is a small dome of grease on the opposite end of the cartridge. Install the cartridge with the dome of grease filling the space under the grease gun head and eliminating air locks. All types of grease guns can have air locks – manual, electric, air and mini grease guns.

Issue: When pumping grease, there is no pressure and the grease is coming out around the coupler.

This is a common occurrence when a coupler fails. A coupler is designed to fit over a standard sized grease nipple. Unfortunately, the are many oversized grease nipples and the coupler can be stretched past its elasticity to fit an oversize grease nipple. After this it will no longer hug the nipple enough to create the seal needed to push the grease into the nipple and the result is grease squeezes out the edges of the coupler. This gives the perception that the gun is faulty whereas it may be a damaged coupler at fault. Remove and replace the coupler. (ArLube grease nipples are the correct size and hardened for long life).

Issue: The grease gun plunger is too big for the cartridge and won’t go in.

This is a common misconception in a new grease gun. This is caused by the plunger being new and stiff. To remedy, pull the plunger back and before putting the cartridge in, smear some grease around the inside of the barrel, as far as you can reach. Slide the plunger up and down several times for the plunger to pick up the grease and lubricate itself. This will help the plunger enter the cartridge easily.
After doing the above, the main reason a plunger still won’t enter the cartridge is it has an air lock and because it is pumping air, the plunger will not move forward after compressing the air into the air lock.

Issue: Grease won’t pump through the needle point coupler.

Many of the cheaper needle point couplers are not case hardened so if they are dropped and the point is damaged, grease won’t pump through. Arlube have a case hardened needle point which tends to avoid this problem.

Issue: The flexible hose appears to sag and bend over a period of time.

This is due to the hose being continually fully primed with grease and the weight of the hose causes a bend at the grease gun end. Arlube grease guns have a flexibe hose with a spiral wire protector at the gun end to help take the load and stops the hose developing a bend. There are 4 lengths available in 200mm, 300mm, 450mm and 700mm.

Issue: Grease Contamination

Over a period of time, couplers and flexible extensions may collect dirt. There is a risk the dust and grit contamination can then be transferred to whatever you are greasing. Replacing your coupler and flexible extension periodically helps prevent this problem and is always good practice.

Issue: It appears the grease gun won’t pump and is locked over the nipple.

This could be a blocked nipple and is particularly a problem with battery powered grease guns. People tend to keep their finger on the trigger and run the battery power down quickly, not solving the problem. Replace the blocked grease nipple. To release a grease coupler from a nipple, tip it to the side of the nipple.

Issue: While under pressure, the barrel comes away from the head of the grease gun.

This is often due to cross-threading. If your grease gun has a fine thread on the barrel and head, care needs to be taken when screwing the barrel into the head. To avoid cross-threading, always ensure the barrel is square to the head before screwing the barrel into the head. If there is a lot of grease in the head, this also can lead to cross-threading the barrel.

A garage or workshop is not complete until you have a pneumatic grease gun added to your arsenal. A pneumatic grease gun does not have to be limited to a commercial garage, as there are smaller ones for the hobbyist. The principle behind a pneumatic grease gun is that it uses compressed air and pistons to force grease from the nozzle to the desired location. Previously, you would have to use battery operated grease guns or grease cans, which get messy and are ineffective. The following article will share with you several distinct advantages you have when using a pneumatic grease gun.

1. Prevents Waste

Using grease, oil or lube around the garage with your vehicles is something any tinkerer has to do. If you are rebuilding a classic automobile or fixing up and lawn mower there is always a need to use lubricant. A pneumatic grease gun allows you to precisely measure out how much oil you will use on each pull of the trigger. This is important for one major reason: waste. The pneumatic grease gun will prevent it. Trying to lube a ball bearing by hand will undoubtedly cause you to use much more grease than you need to. On the other hand, you may not use enough, in which case the bearing could seize. The pneumatic grease gun will stop waste and provide an accurate amount of grease every time.

2. Better Saturation

Being able to get grease where it is needed is incredibly important to maintain the life of the vehicle and its components. Most other devices that disperse grease will spray a shot of it over the area. A pneumatic grease gun allows you to get right into the area where it is required. When you squeeze the trigger the grease is forced from the nozzle and directly at the area, instead of in its general direction.

3. Longevity

If you own a shop or are constantly rebuilding machinery you look for products that will last for years to come. The cost will typically be more, but in the end you will save money by buying quality from the start and not having to replace the equipment often. A pneumatic grease gun, if properly cared for and maintained, can last for over a decade.

4. Speed and Accuracy

In a shop environment where you are paid by quantity as much as quality you need to be able to get the little things out of the way quickly. Rebuilding engines and transmissions take time, so you do not want to waste what little time you have greasing up the moving components. A pneumatic grease gun affords you the ability to grease an entire underside of a car or truck in under a minute. If you have more than one vehicle on a lift to get greased you can have them all finished in a handful of minutes. Using battery operated or push cans will take several minutes per vehicle, and that is assuming you can accurately squirt oil in the needed areas.

How to Use a Grease Gun to Get the Grouting

You may use dirt firearms to wash the boards, the windows, and also the outlines. But you will find plenty of ways you could accomplish it all on your own ownpersonal. Browse through the tips below about the way exactly to use a spray gun and really have a fun time in your store.

Cleanup the windows and cleaning the skirting really are just two activities you may not perform by your self, so obtaining the grease gun is a great action to do. Because it’s so suitable, it will help you.

In the event you know the way to make use of a broomstick, then a most important focus is really to wash all of the dust and dirt from the curtains, the rugs, and also the flooring. When it has to do with cleansing the windows, you are able to just implement the cleaner into the outside and permit it to sit for about 15 minutes just before cleaning it all. This way, you will have the ability to relish viewing the vapor and smell the warmth.

Moreover, a normal basis of cleaning and wiping should likewise be part of their maintenance for the windows and also also the lines. Easy and simple way to do so is by simply adhering to instructions that come with this and investing in a vacuum. The moment you purchase the vacuum, then wait for this to perform its own magic and you want to place it.

You’ve got to take away the air-holes on the ground and also the surface of the window while using a fantastic vacuum cleaner. In addition you need to be certain you wash everything the way towards the cover of the window and remove before putting the hose inside the broom handle.

Lastly, you also have to take out the wiper and take out the blade out of the motor. You will want to let the nozzle and also the mind cool down, When you’re finished. Then you are prepared to apply the cleaner to this tote.

Whenever you apply the cleaner and also the cloth Though this might sound like a lot of attempt and time, you can enjoy a breeze. Plus, it may help you save you whilst cleaning your windows that you can encounter.

You need to become careful not to leave a residue that is gentle, when using a grease gun. You may wind up destroying the machines, In the event you apply a lot of cleaner.

You need to be familiarized with how it works, In order be able to use a spray gun out. Then you will even need to know exactly how much cleaner you will likely use and what.

This really is the reason it is important to have a whole guide about what steps to take to to use a spray weapon. There are various models of those spyware guns and you also need to find out that suits you the best.

Many pros and specialists advise that you use a model with a big rotary drum also that is powered with a small electric engine. That really is because a small motor will allow you to continue to keep an watch also know as soon as the dust gun is workingout.

An window spray-gun is fantastic for locations where there are humidity, such as in Bestguns the shower room, or perhaps your bath. Once you are finished, you may wipe it off using a dry cloth.

Do you know the way to use a grease gun? A lot of individuals don’t know the way touse them and end up wasting their dollars Whilst they may seem like standard loved ones. Stick to these guidelines and you’re going to be in the way to reaping the rewards of with them.

Just before you begin outside, it’s really a fantastic concept. cimarron 1878 for sale It is simple to overlook which one is the automobile lubricant gun and that is your dirt gun. There are a number of variations, although some will also believe that they truly are the same thing. For those who have trouble getting familiarized with your gun, consider asking someone who has used.

There are different sizes of dirt guns, plus so they arrive in various prices ranges. You need to know what type of spyware you are on the lookout for. Some professional vehicle cleaning firms specialize so it is sensible to acquire recommendations from some one who is aware of these.

Remove any additives or oils that you might have added into the rifle and the first action is to start out the container. When you’ve away the gun from goods and your chemicals which you might have sprayed it, it’s the right time to start the practice. It is the right time for at work after the rifle is sterile.

You always need to try a tiny quantity of oil or toothpick to make sure that it can flow. Until you’re prepared to utilize it, you might need to add a little more oil into the rifle. You can go by means of this process several times to get the perfect consistency, however do not proceed too far and find yourself.

After you’ve checked that you’ve added oil, you also can start to spray on your cleaner. You need to perform your way and be patient, but when you’re ready get going spraying. Start with spraying in a circular movement, and then employ tension because possible go.

You shouldn’t be tempted to spray big glob of cleaner on the rifle and instantly proceed into the second area. People fail to realize there is a learning curve to using a grease gun, plus so they have to practice a lot to understand the practice. You can not simply shoot the rifle down the street and assume it to perform perfectly every moment; point.

Most people never bother to wash out the gun. The rifle is intended to find filthy, and therefore this really is part of the deal. Provided that you keep your rifle clean, you’ll be helpful to go.

Pick out the opportunity to wash out the gun very well in between applications. This not only makes it look more and better such as new, but it also allows you to get rid of several. It is possible to also work with a cloth should you feel like that to wash a number of these gunk away.

Use the areas of the rifle to clean also, For those who have a brush attachment. Then you can try using exactly the very same plan as clarified above, When you haven’t any attachment. Do just a bit of clean up while you go along.

When you’ve washed the rifle repeat the process till you’ve gotten all the gunk off of it. In the event you locate the rifle remains sticky, you can always take a fabric and wash it down, however , do your best never to use drinking water and try to avoid becoming the gun so wet which it dries up. Make certain that you always stick to these instructions to earn certain that to get the maximum out of your dirt gunsafe.

Keep in mind you never need to make use of household products as a way to get the task finished. There are several many other choices available in the event you’d like to try those. Don’t forget to inquire into the different cleaning and purifying solutions which are readily available in keeping your cars and trucks hunting their best to help you out.

Whether you work in the most laborious industry, engage in sports or even practice in a lab, you must be familiar with the mantra, safety first. Similar to any other workplace, lubricating can be quite a risky endeavour. How could lubricating go wrong? Whether you are a professional or a hobbyist in mechanical works, you will accept that various tools come in handy. Among the various devices that aid in the field is a grease gun. If you are using a grease gun, multiple things will expose you to harm. To ensure that you are on the safer side of things as you go around your daily activities, we prepared this article to guide you in safely using your grease gun.

Wear protective clothing

To avoid harm from reaching you, having gloves, non-slip shoes and eye protection in place is highly advised. By having this at your service, you not only avoid losing grip of the gun as you work on various equipment but also get to ensure that you don’t spill on grease that may have dropped in the process.

Ensure that your workspace is spacious, clean and well lit

Out of all the accidents that occur in a garage, most occur due to crumped up workspaces or workspaces being untidy hence leading to people tripping and injuring themselves. To avoid accidents of this nature, consider wiping any spills that you may notice and keeping your place well-lit thus being able to apply grease where needed without causing spillages over the workplace.

Ensure proper storage of your cordless grease gun and battery

While a cordless grease gun would be the best thing that you would ever invest in, poor storage would end up costing you a right amount of cash for repairing your grease gun. To avoid this, ensure that you place your grease gun in an area without metal filling that may connect the two terminals thus damaging your battery.

Ensure that the cord is well situated to avoid any harm

While using a corded grease gun, ensure that the wire does not cover an area that people frequently pass through as it may lead to tripping hence leading to injury. Similarly, ensure that the cable is not on the wet ground as in the case of bare wire, you risk getting electrocuted or short-circuiting the machine.

Avoid any fire from your workplace

If you are using flammable grease in your workplace, the introduction of fire may lead to results that may be quite devastating. To prevent having a fire, ensure that you don’t do as much as lighting a cigar else you risk having the whole place up in flames.

Observe the pressure in the case of a pneumatic grease gun

If you are using a pneumatic grease gun, you may be at risk of excess pressure building and thus ending up causing harm to oneself or even destroying the machine. To avoid this, ensure that you don’t apply excess air in the grease gun.

Avoid mixing up grease in your grease gun

To avoid any damages, ensure that you don’t mix old and new grease in your grease gun. To do so, label your grease accordingly thus ensuring that you add grease that is of same kind and age thus avoiding any friction from the grease hence optimal service from the machine you are applying grease into.

Additionally, ensure that you get an engineer to fix your grease gun rather than doing it by yourself thus avoiding any damages. Also, ensure that you place your grease gun in a clean place thus avoiding any dirt from getting into the grease gun hence causing clogging. To avoid any damages, ensure that you don’t mix old and new grease in your grease gun. To do so, label your grease accordingly thus ensuring that you add grease that is of same kind and age thus avoiding any friction from the grease hence optimal service from the machine you are applying grease into.

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How to Use a Grease Gun

A Grease gun is a much effective and valuable tool which is used for some of the basic purposes in order to keep the mechanical part of a machine continue to move and have their service life increased in a very good manner. Grease guns are used to apply the viscous fluid on a part or some organs of a machine. A Grease gun is a very common tool for garage and workshops which can be easily available at most of the hardware stores. You can get them at any of the auto parts stores as well. It is very safe to use.

A Grease gun is one of the necessary garage tools, performs some of the crucial and vital functions in a machine. A Grease gun works on the core of any machine part. It reduces the friction by the greasing. One of the most significant uses of a Grease gun is that it allows the part or an organ of a machine getting viscous Grease into the places and areas where greasing is very difficult, inside the machine. Well working of a Grease gun is not a hard process to understand. It is rather an easy and smooth process once you get the hang of how to use a Grease gun. Before getting ready to use it, you must be able to know to load it as it is one of the essential parts in the beginning before using the same.

As we all know that Grease guns have different kinds, thus they may differ in the way they function. There are two ways or methods of using a Grease gun.
Here are the methods to use the Grease gun:

● To start using a Grease gun, it is very important to take necessary steps and being a little careful. The first thing you need to do is removing the head of that Grease gun from the barrel of the same. Now you have to pull back the handle of the rod. And, lock the handle of that rod.

● Secondly, as the step to perform, you have to open the new cartridge of grease. Inserting the same into the Barrel is mandatory. It aspires the further step in order to use the Grease gun. From the end of that new cartridge. Note pull tag. You now need to get assured that enough force has been applied to the cartridge so that grease gun rim is in contact with that rim.

● Nextly, from the ending up again install the barrel of the grease gun but make sure to keep it a little loose as it is necessary. Now release the handle of the rod by making it turn out. This announces this method of using a Grease gun. Now you have to be a little focused and careful with this. Now you need to depress the handle of the rod. This will result in forcing the grease into the grease gun head.

● This step enquired to pump some of the grease through dispenser all that nozzle to Grease gun. Then put the cap tight and push it down on air bleeder to force the rest air out. A Grease gun comes equipped with various crucial parts such as needles and nipples to carry the grease in small and smaller openings.

● Finally place the coupler of the grease gun at the ending of extension directly onto the greasing area. Now come the hand of lever enough times till the time the grease starts begin to flow.

​Method two requires loading by function

● As the above way of using a Grease gun, firstly you need the removal of the head from the barrel of the grease gun and put a good and enough Grease amount inside the head of the same and make sure to pack it. Now place the grease gun barrel over a grease tube.

● Now you need to insert the barrel in down up to almost 2 inches or 5.1 centimeters into the grease. And, push the barrel down at the time of pulling up the handle of the rod or the Plunger. Eventually, lock the handle once it is properly extended.

● Move the barrel of the grease gun from edges to edges in order to remove the extra or unused Grease after the barrel gets full. No, clean all the parts off with the help of some rag. Paper towel or a stiff piece of paper and join the same barrel of the gun to the remaining part or unit.

● Now you need to get your hands tight in order to unlock the handle of the rod and pump the handle of Grease gun to start the grease flow. As the first method said, place the coupler of the grease gun at that extension hose and directly on to the greasing area.

Few Points to remember

1. If you are using the grease gun for the first time, create a seal all, or partly around the Plunger assembly.

2. In case your grease gun does not have an air relief valve, which is used to release air to maintain the equilibrium, try not to tighten the head fully.

3. Release the air pressure before storing the grease gun. Remember to store the same away from moisture and heat.

4. All the parts of the grease gun such as nipples, dispensers or nozzles and needles are prescribed to clean with something in order to prevent clogs.

5. You must remember this that before loading the grease gun, and while using the same, the grease gun should be free from any kind of dust, lint or metal shaving contaminations.

6. Be careful while using the grease gun. Grease, if somehow injected or get into the skin, it may certainly cause severe infections and medical problems. This is why being cautious using a Grease gun is a very necessary step.

No matter what machines you run, there are fittings that cause problems. Maybe they’re buried deep behind a metal shield, so gunked up you can’t even find them, or it’s a U-joint that you can’t get into without endless shifting and shuffling to get that angle just right.

We’ve been there too and have some ideas for taking the frustration out of greasing.

The LockNLube ® Grease Coupler XL

This coupler is built for recessed grease fittings. With almost 4 inches of reach, this will get at even the deepest fittings in axles, U joints, harvester heads and shielded PTO shafts. While it won’t solve the problem of fittings that require a 90-degree adaptor to reach, it will give you the same confidence that grease is going in, not on, your machine. It’s the same confidence that you get from the original LockNLube ® Grease Coupler. In addition, the XL will release easily from recessed fittings, even under extreme pressures. This means no more fighting to crack the coupler off to the side to get it to release from a fitting in a hole somewhere. Simply push down on the thumb lever and move on to the next grease fitting.

The Quick Connect

The LockNLube ® Quick Connect is our solution to getting into those tight spots. We build ours with top-quality mater ials: an Alemite narrow coupler, a Umeta hose rated to more than 10,000 PSI, and a high-quality grease fittings. The LockNLube ® Grease Coupler grabs onto the grease fittings and leaves you with both hands to get the narrow coupler into those tight spots. When you’re done, push the trigger on your LockNLube ® Grease Coupler, release the Quick Connect, and you’re ready to grease the rest of the machine. Learn more on the product page .

If you’d rather build than buy: grab a spare grease fitting, grease hose, and coupler and put them together. If you’re using a LockNLube ® Grease Coupler, it’s not going to pop off under pressure, so make sure your hose can handle whatever PSI your grease gun puts out.

The Angled Grease Fitting

How to Use a Grease Gun

We’ve all been through greasing those tough fittings without questioning if it’s the grease fitting, and not the greasing equipment, that should change. Oftentimes the easiest and cheapest solution is to swap out a straight grease fitting for a 45° or 90° grease fitting to make those tight spots easier to reach. We stock high quality products from Alemite in our store if you are ready to add angled fittings to your machine.

The Remote Access Hose

If an angled grease fitting isn’t enough of a change to make a fitting easy to reach, we create our own hose adaptors to bring the grease fitting away from the machine and out from behind metal shields or tight angles. Remove the existing grease fitting, screw in a length of grease hose to the fitting, and add a female grease fitting on the other end of the grease hose. Now you have an easy-to-reach grease fitting that feeds into those tight spots. Check out our relocation kit product page for more information.

The Grease Injector NeedleHow to Use a Grease Gun

We’re all about leak-free options for greasing, so the injector needle isn’t our first choice. However, some of our customers prefer needles to get at really tight fittings. If you know how to use them, you can do pretty clean work too. We like Alemite’s needle adaptor and stock it in our store. To see the needle adaptor being used well, check out a pro at work .

How to Use a Grease Gun

Airsoft guns are the replica guns which are primarily used in airsoft sports.

They are a low powered version of airguns and shoot a spherical pellet. The bullets used in airsoft guns are known as ball bullets or BBs.

The ball bullets used in these guns are made from plastic and biodegradable resins to make these guns as less damaging as possible.

Airsoft guns usually have low penetration and stopping power. These are mostly used for sporting activities and combat training.

Many gun owners like collecting these low powered guns. Buying an airsoft gun isn’t enough, one must learn to maintain an airsoft gun.

Without the right maintenance, the airsoft guns won’t function properly and wouldn’t last long.

For the best bang for one’s buck, you must learn how to keep your airsoft gun in a pristine condition.

One of the most important things that come under the maintenance of the airsoft guns is the lubrication.

Be it an airsoft gun or a real gun; all these devices need period lubrication for hassle-free operation and long life.

Why Lubrication is Necessary

Lubrication is necessary for any device that has moving parts. Every device with moving parts has friction.

To reduce the friction and thereby reduce the wear and tear, we must practice lubrication.

There has been an ongoing debate in the gun owners community about how over lubricating comes with devastating downsides; there is one thing to note—one must never run his or her gun ‘dry,’ i.e., without lubrication.

Here’s an excellent article that discusses lubrication of firearms in depth. The cons of not lubricating and the technicalities of lubrication are clearly explained in it.

The bottom line about lubrication is this; you can always work with a dirty gun which is sufficiently lubricated. However, you can never work with a dirty unlubed gun. Lubrication is the key here.

In combination with lubrication, one must put equal effort in cleaning their guns as well.

Well cleaned and well lubricated Airsoft guns perform excellently and have a long lifespan.

Understanding Airsoft Guns

By understanding the different types of Airsoft guns available, you can further understand the model specific lubricating instruction.

There are three types of airsoft guns—Spring Powered Airsoft Guns, AEGs, and Gas Powered Airsoft Guns.

Spring Powered Airsoft guns make use of the spring to shoot the BBs and need to be clocked each time one has to shoot.

These guns are incapable of semi-automatic and automatic fire. These are not commonly used in Airsoft games.

AEGs are Electrical Airsoft guns that relatively more powerful than the spring powered airsoft guns.

The electric motor in these guns helps in shooting the BBs. Both automatic and semi-automatic fire is possible in these guns.

Gas guns are the most popular on the market and are widely used in the games and other activities.

These make use of compressed gas like Carbon Dioxide as the power source. Refillable gas cartridges are used. Both semi-automatic and automatic models are available as well.

Lubricating Your Airsoft Gun

There is a common misconception among the gun owners that these airsoft guns need to be lubricated with the standard WD-40 gun oil.

These guns need to be lubricated with high-grade silicone oil. If you prefer using any other gun oil apart from high-grade silicon oils, your gun will be undergoing extensive corrosive damage which is highly undesirable.

The gearbox and the hop up are the components of your airsoft guns that need to be lubricated.

Lubrication of the airsoft guns will be different for the AEGs and Gas Airsoft guns.

As the most widely used types of airsoft guns are the AEGs and Gas guns, we will be discussing lubricating these both guns in specific.

Before you begin lubricating your airsoft guns, you must do two important things.

Remove the magazine from your gun and fire it a couple of times to ensure that the hop of your gun is free of BBs.

Afterward, you must check your cleaning rod. The gun barrels need to be cleaned in cases where the flight of your BBs deviates vertically.

Therefore, check the cleaning rod and barrel before you start lubricating your gun.

This article about lubricating AEGs and Gas guns with pictures is a helpful visual guide.

Lubricating AEG Guns

As discussed above, your AEGs must be fired three to four times in semi-automatic mode after removing the gun’s magazine to make sure that the gun is free of BBs.

Once you’re done doing so, place the gun upside down in your lap and spray the silicone oil one to two times in the hop up.

Don’t use too much of oil and use it in sparing amounts. Over lubricated guns with their evils.

In most of the cases, the gearboxes are sufficiently lubricated. But if your gun is whining, then remove the motor and spray the oil into the hole underneath the gearbox.

Spray three to four times and leave the gun upside down for a few moments so the oil will do its work.

Lubricating Gas Guns

The mags of these guns need to be occasionally lubricated. With the right amount of lubrication, you prevent the premature aging of the gas cartridge or any leakage.

To lubricate the mag, you must spray silicone oil into the port existing on the top of the mag.

For lubricating the fill port, the magazine must be held upside down, and the tip of the spray tube must be inserted into the fill port, and it must be sprayed one or two times.

Leaving the gun upside down for a few moments will allow in spreading the oil and settling it down.

In few cases, the mag’s gaskets need to be lubricated as well. One has to spray at the point where the gasket comes in contact with the gas cylinder.

Bottom Line

Once you’re done lubricating, you have to wait for a minimum of fifteen minutes before testing your gun.

For a smooth, long-lasting and perfectly working firearm, one has to clean and lubricate the firearm periodically.

Basic maintenance is a must. This YouTube video is an excellent source for understanding how to lubricate your airsoft gun.