Correct grease gun usage isn’t happenstance. You must ensure that you are familiar with the internal working of the gun and how to load and unload it correctly. Additionally, you also must wear suitable protective gear when operating such a grease gun.
The grease gun is used to dispense grease from a standard drum or other container to a specific location. There are typically two types of brushes that you can use when dealing with greasing barrels; the round brush and the rotating brush. The type you choose will depend on the grease that needs to be shot out the barrel. In general, you should avoid using a pointed-pointed-bore gun as it will produce a lot of friction and heat, damaging both the barrel and the fittings.
If you intend to shoot large amounts of grease at once, then you’ll want to invest in a gun that features a canister port. These types of guns allow you to pump your grease gun quickly, without having to wait to switch the gun onto a fresh canister. They are much easier to work with in terms of maintaining your equipment. However, be careful with these canisters because they are very easy to break and cause harm to your hands. It’s usually best to only use canister port guns on small jobs, like polishing furniture or working on single parts of machinery.
Another important aspect to consider is how you intend to load your grease gun with the finished product. Sometimes it’s necessary to have more than one cartridge. If you have more than one cartridge, then you have a double-charging station. Some users have suggested putting each separate cartridge into their own receptacle canister (these are referred to as “feeders”). This makes it incredibly easy to maintain your equipment and clean both feeders at once.
There are many different ways to load your gun. Some guns will allow you to load your oil into the “safe” cartridge, then pump your gun and run the “gun-oil” (or grease) through the feeder and cartridge. This is an excellent method for getting the maximum amount of grease into each cartridge, but it can introduce some contaminants into your oil. Some people have suggested using a syringe to push excess oil through the cartridge and into the feeder.
Over the years, I’ve also tried to speed up the process by using tap water to rinse the gun. While this worked for some of my quick projects, it introduced contaminants into my oil. I would then have to dispose of the contaminated oil by extracting it from the tank. It was also very difficult to start the process again if I needed to go back to fastening a new cartridge. Grease guns with a lever grease gun allow you to do things properly.
Lever action grease guns are ideal for loading in an automatic manner without requiring you to remove the old cartridge and load a new one. The grease gun is held between the nozzle and the oil feeder. By running a small amount of oil through the feeder, you can load your gun with just a little bit of gun-grease. Once you’ve loaded the gun, you don’t have to remove the old cartridge or even load the new one. Your gun-grease will remain until the new cartridge is finished or until the machine gets an oil break (which will probably not be soon enough to warrant re-starting the process).
Leverage is the key to the operation of these machines. You simply cannot get the same results with a traditional bulk container or a screwdriver and wrench. With a grease gun and a little bit of practice, you can accomplish all sorts of jobs quickly. However, there are also certain situations when these tools are a bad idea. For example, if you should accidentally start the gun while the filler pump is engaged, you could very well ruin the unit.