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Greasing Machinery

Discussion in 'General Industry Questions' started by d4dozer, Jan 4, 2015.

  1. buckfever

    buckfever Senior Member

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    We have 4-5 lock-and-lube fittings. One is on our air greaser and the rest we have regular Lincoln pump guns. We love them and our local hose shop can make flex hose as long as you want for your gun. Get a hose about 2 feet long and clip it to the fitting and stand back and pump. The ones we got also came with one rebuild kit. So if it wears out ( which after 4 months of daily use it has not) you can just rebuild it and be back to new.
     
  2. Landclearer

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    Thats a good point. We might have to put up with changing tips on a regular basis.
     
  3. Landclearer

    Landclearer Senior Member

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    So you do not have any trouble getting the tip on any fittings?
     
  4. Shimmy1

    Shimmy1 Senior Member

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    Is this what everyone is talking about? http://locknlube.com

    This one is different I think than some others I've seen. This one might work.
     
  5. buckfever

    buckfever Senior Member

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    I can only think of a couple that it won't work on and they are the ones sandwhiched between a bunch of hydrolic hoses.

    Shimmy1 those are the same ones we have.
     
  6. willie59

    willie59 Super Moderator

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    Yes, that's it. They're a little spendy, but worth every penny. I use them exclusively on my service truck grease pump and the shop grease barrel, I WILL NOT EVER go back to using conventional grease couplers, I'd pour gasoline on my head, set it on fire, and have a helper put the fire out with a sledge hammer before I did that. :yup
     
  7. Landclearer

    Landclearer Senior Member

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    Just ordered one.
     
  8. Shimmy1

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    I'm going to give one a try, too.
     
  9. willie59

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    They're excellent for grease zerks that are fitted into a recessed hole, no more fighting to get the coupler loose for lack of side movement required to release the coupler because no wiggle room allowed by the hole.

    The only problem you'll find with the lock n lube is when you run across a joint that won't take grease, that will lock that thing down so tight that you can't get the sleeve to pull back and release the coupler. The more grease pressure you have on the line, the tighter it grips. A grease locked fitting will lock it down until you relieve the pressure. My remedy was to install a high pressure needle valve on the grease gun hose. If I run across a locked down fitting, I simply open the needle valve and relieve the pressure. The 1/8" brass plug on the bottom of the valve has a 1/8" hole drilled in it, makes it easy to wipe away the grease I just released.



    grease hose pressure release.jpg
     
  10. buckfever

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    Willie that is a great idea. Had one lock up tight once and had to unthread the hose from the gun, what a mess.
     
  11. clintm

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    willie engineering at it's finest! they tell you in the package to take your old end and screw a grease fitting in it and you have a handy adapter to fit in those tight places
     
  12. willie59

    willie59 Super Moderator

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    Had the same happen to me buckfever, and yes, mess, not to mention the PITA part, hence the remedy. And I used steel hydraulic pipe fittings, not brass, because of the pressure involved, wouldn't want it to burst from the pressure. The only thing that's brass is the 1/8" pipe plug with the hole on the end.
     
  13. farmerlund

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    Hey pondo,

    I have added extension hoses to many zerks that are hard to get at. Most equipment dealers or parts stores have or can make a little hose for it. I like to make a little bracket out if angle iron or flat iron to hold the new end.

    Really saves time for hard to get at fittings.
     
  14. pondo

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    Cool thxs guys. I will look at those locking grease gun fitting.
     
  15. alaskaforby4

    alaskaforby4 Senior Member

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    Always a greasy nightmare servicing these machines. I bought a 18v Lincoln grease gun and it changed my life! I am finally able to hold pressure on the zerk and fitting and just pull the trigger!

    I then purchased a Dewalt 20v greaser and it is even more amazing yet! I can pump around 5 tubes depending on the temperature with 1 battery. It was cheaper than the lincoln and in my opinion its a better gun. even has a little light on it for "night greasing" :)
    Good luck and keep fighting the good fight!