Video Answering The Most Common Grease Gun Questions

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You have probably heard the old adage that grease is cheaper than metal so use your grease gun regularly.

Keeping equipment and machinery appropriately lubricated is part and parcel of running a good business. If you don't, unnecessary wear, damage, downtime, and even failure can result. In New Zealand's often dusty, dirty, and wet operating conditions, getting the right lubrication in the right place is doubly important.

Almost since civil construction and transportation began (we are talking about building the pyramids here) people have used grease as an economical and highly effective way to take the friction out of the equation.

And, hands-down, grease guns are still the most effective way to deliver this essential product.

Mark Townsend from the TransQuip team has the answers to some of the grease gun questions we get asked most often. Along with some great tips. Check out his helpful video or read more below to get the low down.

What types of grease guns are there in New Zealand?

The most common types of New Zealand grease guns are still lever-operated ones.

As the name says, these grease guns have great leverage. They are easy to use, deliver the grease very efficiently, and usually operate at a higher psi than pistol grip options - though, you do need to use both hands to operate them. (More on this in a bit).

There is also a relatively new variation on the traditional lever grease gun most of you will be familiar with. Called a lube shuttle, it's a European innovation where the grease cartridges load from the bottom instead of the top. This effectively removes air bubbles so the gun does not need to be bled. (Tips on bleeding grease guns are further down in this post. Stick with us!)

If you're doing work where you need to have one hand free - for example when you're trying to get at hard-to-reach grease nipples - a pistol-grip grease gun could be your best option.

There are also air-operated and battery-operated grease guns.

Air-operated and rechargeable battery grease guns are easier to use as you just have to pull the trigger. However, they cost more and require compressed air on site or a battery that needs to be charged periodically.

Air pressure grease guns feature a bleeder valve and grease cartridges that give you greater control of how much lubrication you use. Handy, because it gives you peace of mind knowing the job is done right and it minimises waste.

Battery-operated guns also save you a fair bit of muscle power, and time especially if you've got a big, busy workshop. Maybe not surprisingly, with batteries getting better and better, they are becoming a really popular option.

Can you get grease gun accessories?

A wide range of grease gun accessories are available through TransQuip, along with high quality grease cartridges.

Grease gun hoses come in a range of lengths, to suit different tasks and equipment so think about which one you need for the jobs you tackle most often. Do you want a rigid extension or a flexible one to bend around and get into difficult positions?

You can also get new or replacement grease gun chucks, the needlepoint, 4 jaw chuck, and 3 jaw chuck. Consider whether you prefer one that holds onto the grease nipple tighter or a looser option that is easier to remove.

TIPS: Do you have the correct size grease cartridges? (The most common in NZ is the 450 gm and 400 gm size.) If you bulk fill do you have right corresponding connections between the pump and gun?

What should I look for in a grease gun?

Ever thought you were saving money buying a cheap grease gun? Maybe not so much!

Make sure the grease gun you choose has the unique TWIN-LOCK Piston System which eliminates the possibility of dummy lubrication - by the lever going solid if the grease nipple is blocked. (You'll find this system on the higher end grease guns.)
Using the twin locking system, you know your bearings are being effectively greased whenever you pump the handle.

Does the grease gun feel balanced and comfortable to use?
Grease guns can be used for a considerable amount of time, and often in awkward positions - check they're light and easy to hold.

Think about refilling
Refilling your gun with grease can be frustrating and messy. (And it always seems to run out part way through the job!) Check that your gun has a coarse thread to stop annoying and time consuming cross threading.

Why does my grease gun get bubbles all the time?

Does your grease gun wear out quickly or get air bubbles all the time? We can recommend some more reliable options. Remember time is money when on the work site! You may pay a little more initially, but the savings are huge in the long run.

How do I bleed a grease gun?

To bleed a grease gun, once you've put the cartridge in, make sure it's got a rounded mound of grease sticking out the top of the cartridge. (A bit like an ice cream in a cone.) Then you can screw it into the head. Don't do it right up tight at first. Next, pump it a couple of times, until there's grease coming out. Then tighten it up completely. That'll get rid of any air that's in the system.

TIP: Remember, never mix grease types! For most modern equipment and machinery, the kind of grease to use is generally specified. Stick to that. And, if you are not sure, ask one of the helpful TransQuip team, or check with the equipment manufacturer, or online.

TIP: If you're working mostly in water, or near the sea where salt is likely to cause corrosion, make sure you have the best grease for that situation. You might have to contact a specialist oil and lubrication manufacturer who may have a special product to use. Many of these companies also have an engineer available to advise you.

Whatever you need, TransQuip has grease guns, grease cartridges, and grease gun accessories for all types of commercial vehicles. Talk to the team today. Our experts will be happy to help.