A grease gun (plastic-type) is an essential tool used in workshops and garages everywhere. It’s one of those things that you either know you need or don’t think you actually need – until you need it! It’s not something that you can just keep on top of your toolbox, however, because once you use one it starts to become one of those’must haves’. A grease gun (or a plastic-type nozzle) is used for smooth frictionless friction application of lubricant to various fittings, parts and surfaces. The principle is quite the same as that of a spray gun, meaning that a cone-shaped piece of compressed air or oil is released and applied to the surface with the nozzle. The principle difference is in the application of the lubricant.
A grease gun consists of a tube and a hand-powered nozzle assembly. The tube is fitted into an open-ended crank, which rotates in a circular orbit around a stationary ‘feed plate’ – much like a drill bit. This rotary feed plate is fitted into an appropriate aperture of a hand-powered gun. The feed plate and the aperture are selected according to the type of equipment being lubricated. In this case, the aperture is the internal limit of the hand-powered aperture.
The two main types of hand-powered grease guns are the gravity fed gun and the rotary vane gun. In the gravity fed gun, gravity feed pump forces oil into the gun’s tube and the reciprocating screw-driven pump rotate the tube around a fixed axis. The rotary vane gun has a similar principle to the gravity fed gun but uses a vane (that rotating element) instead of a spring to force oil into the gun’s tube. This type of gun usually comes with a manual hand crank for the purpose of manually pumping oil into the gun.
In terms of performance, both the rotary and gravity fed machines are similar. They both work by directing a stream of grease from the nozzle onto a fixed surface. There are a few differences between the two machines, however. A gravity fed gun works more quickly than the rotary variety and puts out greater quantities of gun spray per cartridge. In addition, the user can adjust the reciprocating screw to allow for varying levels of flow and air pressure.
In comparison, a conventional pistol grip may not be able to provide the kind of reach that a grease gun can. A conventional bulk smelting machine would have to be used in tandem with a hand-operated gun smelter or press. Further, a conventional bulk smelting machine can only accommodate a limited number of materials. In terms of materials, a small-sized pouch machine is more suitable than a heavy duty pouch machine. In addition, the pouch machine has a shorter lifetime than a heavy duty one. Lastly, the cost and technical aspects associated with using a bulk smelting machine can often outweigh the benefits.
The rotary and gravity fed gun are both available with a variety of different accessories. A grease gun can come complete with a pump, air cleaner, and an air compression system. A normal gun can come complete with a pump, air filter, and a plastic magazine. Grease cartridges can range from three pounds to seventy pounds. A normal gun can be used to suction up to thirty gallons of oil, and a heavy duty gun can suction up to fifty gallons. Suction gun users can also choose to purchase a quick-fill kit, which is designed to plug into an air compressor.
The installation process for each type of equipment is different. However, most hand-lever grease guns and most high-end hand-lever machines are both dishwasher safe and microwave safe. If you choose to purchase a grease gun online, it is important that you follow the directions carefully and install the grease gun according to the package directions. Grease can be very messy and there is always a danger of damaging the machinery if it is not installed properly.
After purchasing a grease gun, it is important that you read the owner’s manual carefully before beginning to use it. You should familiarize yourself with the different features available on the model you have chosen. In particular, you should learn how to change the air compressor, oil container, and nozzle. Many users recommend having an air hose extending device and a wrench with you whenever you purchase a grease gun so that you have the necessary tools to change the parts without having to pull the toolbox out of your vehicle.