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    I bought a Makita battery powered grease gun. It is my favorite tool in the shop. It has taken over from my belt grinder and fixturing table. We have a lot of machines on the farm that needed greasing. Lots of the locations of the grease zerts are hard to get to and then require and octopus to hold this and pump that. With this $300 grease gun my life just got exponentially better and also my machines. We go through cases of grease cartridges in the course of a year. Between the forest equipment, farm equipment and lawn maintenance equipment we spend a lot of time greasing machines. This cuts the time down by at least half and is actually fun to do. Maybe now my operators will grease their equipment more often.

    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...tail&FORM=VIRE
    Last edited by Black Forest; 07-28-2021, 06:57 AM. Reason: post a video link
    Location: The Black Forest in Germany

    How to become a millionaire: Start out with 10 million and take up machining as a hobby!

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    I grease the loader on my tractor about every time I use it.
    As you imagine, the joints are steel pins running in steel bushings.
    Grease every time is an absolute must in my thinking.
    Advantage of a battery powered unit is one hand is free to hold the
    coupler on the fitting, while the other squeezes the trigger / button.
    I am all about keeping it simple, as you know, but if you own equipment
    and having a battery powered grease gun makes the chore of greasing
    easier, you end up just using it instead of fighting a regular grease gun,
    and your equipment ends up getting greased more often.
    Huge benefit. So I am absolutely FOR buying a battery powered grease
    gun. I know it is expensive, but no one likes worn out pins and bushings
    which really re-values equipment, and makes clink-clank noise of operating
    it totally annoying. Grease your stuff.

    -Doozer
    DZER

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    • #3
      For years I had an old grease gun that had the long arm on it where I had to use one hand to hold the grease gun and the other hand to pump it. I bought a new one years ago that has a pistol grip type of pump handle on it where I can now use one hand to hold the end of the hose on the grease zerk and the other to pump it. Much easier than the old way. I also just purchased a 90 degree angle attachment that goes on the end of the hose to reach hard to get at places like the steering on some vehicles.
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      • #4
        At my work, they use Liebherr cranes
        https://www.liebherr.com/en/usa/prod...ils/68070.html

        and Kenworth trucks:
        https://www.kenworth.com/trucks/t880/#

        I told the mechanic's helper that "The man holding the grease gun is the most important man in the company"
        He felt a bit better about his job after that.

        Company could lose a *lot* of $$$ if any of those machines goes down unexpectedly, for lack of grease
        25 miles north of Buffalo NY, USA

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        • #5
          Originally posted by bborr01 View Post
          For years I had an old grease gun that had the long arm on it where I had to use one hand to hold the grease gun and the other hand to pump it. I bought a new one years ago that has a pistol grip type of pump handle on it where I can now use one hand to hold the end of the hose on the grease zerk and the other to pump it. Much easier than the old way. I also just purchased a 90 degree angle attachment that goes on the end of the hose to reach hard to get at places like the steering on some vehicles.
          Do the pistol grip type grease guns develop as much pressure as the lever type? How hard are they to squeeze?
          Location: The Black Forest in Germany

          How to become a millionaire: Start out with 10 million and take up machining as a hobby!

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          • #6
            Something that comes in handy are these LockNLube grease couplers. They work a treat for hand pump grease guns. I don't think they would be as effective with the battery powered gun. A draw back to using them is the added length for them to clip on so they don't work in tight places.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Black Forest View Post

              Do the pistol grip type grease guns develop as much pressure as the lever type? How hard are they to squeeze?
              Black Forest: I love my pistol grip grease gun and my hands are 80 years old. Never had any problem with lack of pressure.
              Sarge41

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              • #8
                I can certainly appreciate the appeal of a battery powered grease gun, especially when one has good open access and lots of room for these units since they do have considerable bulk to them. Not important in a lot of situations but a deal breaker for those that must work in very confined spaces.

                Personally I've always fallen into the last group so I've always leaned towards a lever gun with a good long hose of at least 3 ft..I've not found that one needs two hands, but technique and some good tongue English is certainly helpful. I find the lever guns put out way more pressure than the pistol grip. The pistol grip option would appeal to me more if it wasn't for that deficiency. Not an issue when servicing your own equipment on a regular basis but every PSI counts when when servicing a dog's breakfast of everything under the sun, often with a checkered past in regards to regular greasing intervals.

                But yeah as long as it works for your particular application any grease gun is the right one as long as it gets used.

                This may be of some interest to those that would like to see a comparison of some of the popular battery powered guns.

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KKMmOcPULM

                Originally posted by nickel-city-fab View Post
                At my work, they use Liebherr cranes
                https://www.liebherr.com/en/usa/prod...ils/68070.html

                and Kenworth trucks:
                https://www.kenworth.com/trucks/t880/#

                I told the mechanic's helper that "The man holding the grease gun is the most important man in the company"
                He felt a bit better about his job after that.

                Company could lose a *lot* of $$$ if any of those machines goes down unexpectedly, for lack of grease
                I couldn't have said it better!
                Folks think they are somehow saving a buck by not taking the time to implement a regular service routine but they always find time and money to put a machine down for a few days and spend big coin on labor and expensive parts.

                Home, down in the valley behind the Red Angus
                Bad Decisions Make Good Stories​

                Location: British Columbia

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                • #9
                  A manual foot powered grease gun with a 6 foot hose would be nice.
                  Stomp and go !

                  -Doozer
                  DZER

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                  • #10


                    I just have to shake my head at people who think "oil is oil" and "grease is grease" and buy the cheapest stuff they can find.
                    Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Doozer View Post
                      A manual foot powered grease gun with a 6 foot hose would be nice.
                      Stomp and go !

                      -Doozer
                      I got one of these at work a few months ago and it is really handy. I bulk fill from a 5 gal pail and it holds a lot of grease. I also am a big fan of the locking tip for my use.

                      https://locknlube.com/collections/gr...gun-grease-gun

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Michael Edwards View Post

                        I got one of these at work a few months ago and it is really handy. I bulk fill from a 5 gal pail and it holds a lot of grease. I also am a big fan of the locking tip for my use.

                        https://locknlube.com/collections/gr...gun-grease-gun
                        Well shoot ! There goes that good idea. I be dammed !

                        -Doozer
                        DZER

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Arcane View Post

                          I just have to shake my head at people who think "oil is oil" and "grease is grease" and buy the cheapest stuff they can find.
                          I use Mobil 1 synthetic red grease on many of my things.
                          Before I discovered Kluber grease, I used Mobil 1 synthetic
                          grease on my lathe spindle bearings.

                          -Doozer
                          DZER

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Doozer View Post

                            I use Mobil 1 synthetic red grease on many of my things.
                            Before I discovered Kluber grease, I used Mobil 1 synthetic
                            grease on my lathe spindle bearings.

                            -Doozer
                            That Kluber is good stuff. I like it on electric motors and hi-speed precision brgs.
                            Everything else, I like red and tacky stuff.
                            25 miles north of Buffalo NY, USA

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Doozer View Post

                              I use Mobil 1 synthetic red grease on many of my things.
                              Before I discovered Kluber grease, I used Mobil 1 synthetic
                              grease on my lathe spindle bearings.

                              -Doozer
                              I use the Mobile 1 red grease for almost everything now too. I've been consolidating. At one time I had about a dozen different types of grease in the shop and couldn't keep track of what grease I used on what machine / mower etc. +1 on the Kluber for the spindles. I have two different types of that stuff.

                              JL..............

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