Grease Guns

The grease gun is an effective tool for moving grease to a point of application, though it is often taken for granted. The most common styles of grease guns include the lever, pistol-grip, hand grip, air-powered and battery-powered. The lever style is the most economic and widely used of all the grease guns. Lubrication technicians need to know the output per stroke of the grease gun in order to know how much grease is added each time a piece of equipment is lubricated. Grease guns vary in the amount of grease pumped per stroke, from one to three grams of grease or higher. The actual output can vary depending on the age of the grease gun. Some factors to consider when establishing standard grease guns for your facility include:

 

How are you going to load the grease gun - suction fill, cartridge or bulk?

What are your common lubrication quantities? You do not want a high-volume grease gun for areas requiring only a few grams of grease for lubrication tasks.

Where is the lubrication task being performed? Some lubrication points are easier to reach with a pistol or hand-grip grease gun than a lever and vice versa. This will also help determine where rigid extension and flexible extensions are needed.

Another factor to consider is the type of grease fittings used in the facility. Most fittings have a ball check in the head of the fitting, which prevents dirt from getting to the bearing. The spherical contour of the fitting head provides a ball-and-socket joint between the fitting and the hydraulic coupler of the grease gun. The most common fitting is the hydraulic fitting, available in standard and metric sizes.

The grease gun is an effective tool for moving grease to a point of application, though it is often taken for granted. The most common styles of grease guns include the lever, pistol-grip, hand grip, air-powered and battery-powered. The lever style is the most economic and widely used of all the grease guns. Lubrication technicians need to know the output per stroke of the grease gun in order to know how much grease is added each time a piece of equipment is lubricated. Grease guns vary in the amount of grease pumped per stroke, from one to three grams of grease or higher. The actual output can vary depending on the age of the grease gun. Some factors to consider when establishing standard grease guns for your facility include:

How are you going to load the grease gun - suction fill, cartridge or bulk?
What are your common lubrication quantities? You do not want a high-volume grease gun for areas requiring only a few grams of grease for lubrication tasks.
Where is the lubrication task being performed? Some lubrication points are easier to reach with a pistol or hand-grip grease gun than a lever and vice versa. This will also help determine where rigid extension and flexible extensions are needed.
Another factor to consider is the type of grease fittings used in the facility. Most fittings have a ball check in the head of the fitting, which prevents dirt from getting to the bearing. The spherical contour of the fitting head provides a ball-and-socket joint between the fitting and the hydraulic coupler of the grease gun. The most common fitting is the hydraulic fitting, available in standard and metric sizes.
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