A grease gun (pneumatic), also known as a ‘grease gun’ or a ‘spill’ gun, is a device used in workshops and garages for lubricating various fittings. The application of grease typically occurs when something gets hot and seals or clamps together a piece of metal. There are two types of lubricants: oil and grease. Oil lubricates by penetrating and moving with a low-pressure stream. Grease on the other hand, attracts a high-pressure stream because it has a higher volume of moving grease. Grease guns can be either pneumatic, which uses compressed air to propel grease along the gun barrel and low-pressure sprout guns, which use a high-pressure jet of oil to seal and plug fittings.
To answer how to load a grease gun with a cartridge, the first step is to get an appropriate sized cartridge. For example, if you are using a 18-inch grease gun, you would probably want to use a cartridge that measures about two inches long. Using the wrong size cartridge in your grease gun can cause damage to your equipment or even cause it to malfunction. So, before you even pick up the tool, make sure you get the right tool.
You can use either an oil or a grease gun with a bulk filler pump. If you are going to use an oil-loaded gun, you need to have a compatible grease gun nozzle; if you choose to use a grease gun with a bulk filler pump, you will need a compatible bulk filler pump. It is very important that you follow the manufacturer’s specifications for both your gun and the filler pump. If they are not compatible, you can void the gun’s warranty.
Before you even start cleaning out the gun, you should make sure all the hoppers are fully loaded with lubricant. All the hoppers should be completely empty, as grease guns work with constant pressure. This means that a great amount of air pressure is required to push all the lubricant into the hopper and out of the gun. If you don’t have enough lubricant in the hopper, it will only be partially effective. You should always make sure all the hoppers are completely filled and the gun is ready to go before you even start to lubricate the gun.
Next, you need to know at least the general layout of your equipment so you can properly load your grease gun with it. First of all, your gun will have one screw that holds the coupling to the oil system, and a coupling that is connected to the oil pump. Next there are the bulk filler nozzle, a suction tube and a compression screw that work together to regulate the amount of oil in your machine.
After you have this general information down pat, you can move on to actually learning about the various parts of your machine. The first thing you should learn about your grease gun anatomy is how the coupler fits into the machine. If you’re like most gun owners, you probably think it attaches by the handle. This is actually one of the oldest and easiest ways to do it. Couplings have been developed and designed for decades, and until they stop working the way they were meant to, they will remain in place.
A newer type of electric-powered gun makes use of a different approach to how the coupler is inserted into the machine. Instead of having the spring clip at the front of the gun and inserting it manually through the oil pump and the compressor, modern electric-powered manuals use an electrical spring that pushes a rubber button to seal the coupler in place. Electric-powered grease guns work much better than the manual ones because you can keep changing the batteries as needed without ever recharging the unit. If you want to change batteries, however, you have to take the unit out of its charger, insert the battery into the unit and then plug the unit back in.
The other thing you have to be aware of as you learn about your gun’s internal mechanisms is where the power and resistance come from. Power comes from the motor that is driving the rotating shaft and resistance comes from the moving parts themselves. As you learn more about how they work, you will find it easier to predict where they might go wrong and how to correct them. As you learn more about your moving parts and lubrication, the only thing left to know is just how well your new gun works!