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corsair23
08-24-2010, 05:30 PM
Ok...Something simple :)

What grease guns do you guys have/use that seem to work well? I'm tired of an oil change turning into a 3 hour adventure because it takes me 2+ hours to grease the drive line. Why does it take 2+ hours? Because I spend most of that fighting the stupid grease guns because they'll pump a squirt of two of grease and then lose all "pressure" until I take them apart and fight with the spring etc. to get them back together :rant:

Surely there are grease guns out there that don't cost 3 figures and will pump grease long enough to grease the 6 fittings on an 80 :confused:

wesintl
08-24-2010, 06:04 PM
I use the pistol grip style so you can use the gun in one hand and pump and the other hand hold the hose on the nipple.. I know, sound kinky. You know how we roll in the ranch :rolleyes:

subzali
08-25-2010, 08:09 AM
Jeff, I had to go to the auto parts store and buy three grease guns in order to get two that worked - one for my moly joints and one for my lithium joints. I think the OEM brand that Autozone sells is what worked for me, but the NAPA one that I had was doing what you described.

HTH,

rover67
08-25-2010, 09:26 AM
I've been through a handful of them also. The one I have now is the pistol grip type and is the first one out of like 3 that works reliably. I have no idea where I got it, but it sounds like some just don't work well.

I think it's an Automoan one as well.

SteveH
08-25-2010, 09:43 AM
The pistol-grip ones (~$26-30 at NAPA or chain joints) work well. They also work in tight areas where the big lever kind don't work (where you don't have access to fully pull the lever away from the barrel to start a pumping stroke).

I have an old 'big lever' kind that is a dedicated 'knuckle filler' grease gun, since clearance isn't an issue. The pistol grip ones are well worth it. Be sure it has an air bleed screw near the very top.

Dr. Schlegs
08-25-2010, 10:01 AM
I have a heavy grease from my Dad. The gun itself weights about 5lbs empty and I have not had any issues, with it other than it is a beast to control. I have to use one hand to hold the nipple and than do this thigh master thing with the tube and the pump handle. Also it does not accept a tube you need to load it, which can be messy.

The other thing I have noticed is that the grease tubes have different sizes. Some manufactures don't make the grease in a tube that will fit a larger gun.

AxleIke
08-25-2010, 10:12 AM
I've got a Napa one. Its great.

Better still is my dad's craftsman pneumatic. I think they run 50 ish.

TIMZTOY
08-25-2010, 10:17 AM
I've got a tiny mini tube pistol grip, don't really like it but it's easier to maneuver. I prefer the numatic ones.

corsair23
08-25-2010, 01:28 PM
:hill:

Glad to know it isn't just me...I was starting to doubt my skills to master a stupid grease gun :)

Seems that all of the hand operated ones have mixed to poor reviews...The pneumatic ones get slightly better reviews. Not sure I want to get out and fire up the air compressor everytime I want to grease some zirc fitting though :rolleyes:

Apparently the battery operated grease guns (http://www.mysears.com/Lincoln-Grease-Gun-14-4-Volt-Battery-Operated-with-One-Battery-reviews?tab=details) get the best reviews in general but are :eek: price wise...

I've got both a pistol grip style with air bleeder at the top (with Mobil 1 red) and the Dr. Schlegs "thigh master" type (with moly grease) and neither of them are worth a $%^&

Maybe I'll give the Napa version a try :thumb:

Dr. Schlegs
08-25-2010, 01:38 PM
I helps if you're smarter than the grease gun. :lmao:

ScaldedDog
08-25-2010, 03:27 PM
I finally gave up and bought a Lincoln pneumatic. Kind of expensive, but when you hit the trigger, grease comes out. Every time.

Mark

corsair23
08-25-2010, 06:05 PM
I helps if you're smarter than the grease gun. :lmao:

Well there you go...That rules me out :hill:

PabloCruise
08-25-2010, 06:51 PM
I bought a pistol grip at the local farm and ranch - I like it.

I debated spending the extra few dollars on the pistol grip, but now that I read here it sounds like it is $ well spent to not have to try and do the thigh master with a greasy, slippery piece of equipment!

Rezarf
08-25-2010, 10:35 PM
I bought some of that grease-a-goop Slee was pedaling a month or so ago... never have to grease anything again ;)

Hulk
08-26-2010, 01:14 AM
I have a pistol grip with a flexible hose that I got from Napa. You're welcome to borrow it to see if it works for you.

corsair23
08-26-2010, 12:21 PM
I have a pistol grip with a flexible hose that I got from Napa. You're welcome to borrow it to see if it works for you.

Thanks :thumb:

I have the same thing but not from Napa...It has worked ok for awhile but now, not so much :rolleyes: - I've been doing some digging on the interweb and it seems that the battery operated ones get rave reviews and tend to just work all the time...Found one that didn't break the bank and got a good review so I'm going to give it a try. I'll post up how well it works, or doesn't, once I get my hands on it. It was similar in price to a pneumatic gun or the highest priced manual guns so "you get what you pay for" may apply :o

Dr. Schlegs
08-26-2010, 12:50 PM
Don't look at me if your thighs start chafing.

FJBRADY
09-04-2010, 01:54 PM
Thanks :thumb:

I have the same thing but not from Napa...It has worked ok for awhile but now, not so much :rolleyes: - I've been doing some digging on the interweb and it seems that the battery operated ones get rave reviews and tend to just work all the time...Found one that didn't break the bank and got a good review so I'm going to give it a try. I'll post up how well it works, or doesn't, once I get my hands on it. It was similar in price to a pneumatic gun or the highest priced manual guns so "you get what you pay for" may apply :o

Let me know how that works, because I just wrestled with my POS gun and I just threw it in the trash.

pramjockey
09-07-2010, 07:07 PM
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002NYDZ8/ref=oss_product

Have one of these. Very pleased with it - but only with the cartridge grease. I tried manually packing it, and that sucked.

A lot.

Fortunately, Amazon also sells these:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CPAEJA/ref=oss_product

L43dean
09-08-2010, 12:32 PM
I have seen these at Havana machine/NAPA. There is also a mid-grade red grease gun that I have been satisfied with. This also from NAPA and appears to be made by/for Lincoln.

corsair23
09-21-2010, 06:14 PM
Let me know how that works, because I just wrestled with my POS gun and I just threw it in the trash.

I picked up 2 of these:

Neiko 12-volt Grease Gun (http://www.amazon.com/Neiko-12-volt-Rechargeable-Cordless-6500PSI/dp/B000H5FXL4/ref=sr_1_cc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1285109730&sr=1-1-catcorr)

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One is loaded with moly grease and the other with wheel bearing grease. My thoughts after using them:

Pros: 2 batteries, carrying case, easy to use load, cordless, long enough flex hose to reach the zirks with the gun sitting on the ground, and NO leg presses or funky positioning of the gun needed to hold the fitting to the zirk while squeezing the grease in :hill:

Cons: heavy, sort of bulky/big and the trigger is (at least for me) to easy to accidentally hit when moving the gun around. It is at the perfect spot for how you want to grab the gun when moving it around and more than once I left a trail of grease behind :doh:

I've used them one time. The one I loaded with moly started pumping grease right away. The one I loaded with wheel bearing grease was a little harder to get pumping, I'm guessing due to the thicker consistency of the grease. But, once I got it going it didn't stop pumping grease after just a few pumps unlike my others.

I figured out a few things...First, apparently grease guns ARE smarter than me. I guess I never really knew the "right" way to load a grease gun :rolleyes: - i.e. from the top vs bottom where the spring and load handle is. My manual grease guns' loading bar/handle/deal don't really stay pulled out like the ones on these new guns do which makes loading the tubes much easier :hill:. The new guns have air vents to help purge air pockets but the trick with thicker oils still seems to be pushing the grease up to fill up the space.

These new guns put out 6500 psi. I saw some for sale that are more powerful (and a lot more money), some less powerful. I couldn't find anywhere what a manual gun's rating is so I'm not sure if 6500 is good, mediocre, or whatever. But, it seems to have no problems pushing the wheel bearing grease into the u-joints. I never heard of this tool manufacturer before so hopefully they last. I won't be using them a ton, just to lube the driveline of the 80 and LX every so often so we'll see.

Not sure I can recommend others buy this particular model yet as I don't know how long it will last but so far I'm happy with them...I was a little bummed with the effort required to get the wheel bearing grease going but super happy that once it started, it didn't stop 1/2 way.