Hooking up a grease gun to your equipment can be tricky. This is because you need to have an accurate reading and ensure that you apply the right amount of lubricant. Also, you need to hook the gun up in a manner that does not cause excessive friction to build up against the fitting. Grease guns that are not properly lubricated will have a hard time getting the seals around various equipment parts to work correctly. In fact, it could actually be dangerous if the gears get too hot during the process of actually using them.
There are different types of grease guns. There is the basic single action trigger type that just pumps the lubricant through a tube. This is one of the easiest to work with. There is also the double action trigger type that has a trigger mechanism that opens up when the grease gun passes through the tube. In order to activate the trigger, you must rotate the handle or move the piston in a certain direction.
For heavy duty industrial use, you will need a more powerful tool. The best grease gun that you can invest in is the multi-action pump. These are not only designed for heavy duty operation, but they are also made to fit any size or type of bearing. With this kind of lubrication tool, you can pump every bearing in your shop in a matter of seconds.
In order for the grease gun to work properly, it needs to use a small, oil-free, tube that is completely sealed. The first step to lubricating a bearing is to ensure that the grease reaches all moving parts, such as bearings, rollers and cam lobes. Forcing the grease into the narrow opening of the bearing tube can cause wear and tear to the bearing component. If grease leaks from the tube, the bearing may become clogged and damaged, forcing you to replace the bearing prematurely.
There are two methods of lubricating a rotating or sliding piece. The first method involves introducing a very small amount of grease into the fitting, turning the machine on, then wiping the excess off with a piece of cloth. This is often referred to as “over-lubeation.” Over-lubing causes the bearing to form a seal around the roller assembly. This will prevent excessive wear and create a more efficient moving surface. Over-lubing can result in poor rotating speeds and excessive slipping.
The second method of lubricating grease guns involves injecting high pressure air or oil into the fitting. High pressure air or oil expands to fill the same volume as the original volume of the grease. This causes the material to flow faster, creating more friction, and therefore, allowing the roller bearing to work more efficiently. A high-pressure air or oil also provides an increased cooling effect.
Both types of lubrication must be performed according to the manufacturer’s instructions. An over-tightening can reduce performance, increase repair times, and/or shorten the service life of your equipment. Over-lubing can create a hot spot that attracts rust and metal filings, causing excessive heat build-up. Both types of lubrication should only be performed in an experienced and fully certified grease gun mechanic’s office. Grease per stroke and pressure will determine the appropriate method based on the application needs of your particular machine. Consult your owner’s manual for the specific grease per stroke and pressure information for your particular application.
Some of the grease guns on the market today offer two or three different pumping pressures. High output per stroke industrial pumps are recommended for applications where high pressure is required, such as when coating heavy metal or wrapping sheet metal. The higher output per stroke allows for more materials to be coated at once, which helps to increase processing speed and reduce labor costs.