Loading up a grease gun

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 19:36
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I've got a small handyman size grease gun and always manage to end up with more grease on my hands and on the outside of the cartridge than I do on the inside, is there a knack to it or am I missing something?

I bought a tube of grease and found the first load up easy, using the plunger like a syringe sucking the grease out of the tube and into the cartridge, but since then I dont seem to be able to load it up again and am lucky if I get an eighth of a tube full.

The gun I have is called a Groz and its kind of pistol shaped and the cartridge is around half to a third of the size of the larger industrial size grease guns.

Am I correct in thinking that with the larger ones the tube of grease is loaded into the grease gun and thats it? If so, whats the secret with loading the smaller ones - hopefully not buying a larger one?
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Reply By: ZUKSCOOTERX90(QLD-MEMBER) - Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 20:09

Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 20:09
Surf i would have thougt if you've got a cartridge for you're gun it would have on one end a ring pull tab you pull that off to expose the grease then you load it (the cartridge ) into the gun ie. unsrcew the trigger end insert the cartridge open end in first then screw the trigger back on then start pumping the trigger till the grease starts to come out. Sometimes you may have to bleed to let air out. Cheer's Bob.
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Reply By: Sarg - Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 21:05

Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 21:05
Chuck it in the bin & buy a decent one like an Alminite or McNaught that take the commonly available larger cartridges. Unscrew the top, retract the plunger,take off the cap & ''ring pull" of the cartridge, place in gun with the large end towards the top ,screw top back on, release plunger -too easy & no mess.
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Follow Up By: Ted (Cairns) - Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 22:20

Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 22:20
I'll second that - it's not worth it loading "by hand" with all the mess, air bubbles and grease everywhere. Unless it accepts coomonly available grease cartriges chuck it away.

Option2: I suppose you could install a grease nipple on it and ask any garage to fill it up for you? May be more expensive than option1
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Follow Up By: Ted (Cairns) - Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 22:27

Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 22:27
Okay, if you REALLY want to keep it:

Unscrew. Pull plunger out some 5cm. Hold plunger rod end with foot, with body of grase gun vertically. Fill those 5cm with grease, by hand. Avoid air bubbles. Pull plunger another 5cm. Push some more grease in. Repeat until plunger fully retracted. DO NOT LET PLUNGER GO - otherwise all grease will come out and you're back to step one. Screw pump part back on - 2-3 turns, not tight. Release plunger. Push it back in. Screw pump part on tight. Press handle and grease gun should be ready to go.

I'd buy another grease gun any day rather than do this again :-)

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Reply By: Member No 1- Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 21:39

Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 21:39
bloody useless..... all grease guns leak
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Follow Up By: Nick R - Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 22:48

Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 22:48
so true, wear gloves if you are worried about getting your hands dirty
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Reply By: Peter 2 - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 08:41

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 08:41
If you are really worried go and buy a Macnaught mini lube, uses the bigger tins, never have to fill it just change tins.
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Reply By: armbrup - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 11:22

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 11:22
I like to use a small one hand grease gun so I can use a flexible couplling, so that I do not tediously have to shift the car to get to the UJs.
Recently when faced with refilling the thing, had a brainwave. Got a 100cc syringe like the one I use to drain excess brake fluid with new pads, and cut the bottom out.

Dipped syringe into grease can, suck up 100CC , then insert into gun and empty. Repeat a few times and she is full without too much mess.
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Reply By: Max - Sydney - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 17:16

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 17:16
A gun you can fit a cartridge into is worth the cost. I went through several cheapies till I got McNaught about 20 years ago and it STILL works.

However in any case wear cheap disposable gloves. I get through three or four pairs in a grease and oil change and chuck them in the bin when loaded up with the gunk you inevitably get on your hands.

Soft? Yep - but saves heaps of time.

Max
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Reply By: MP - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 22:43

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 22:43
I also keep a 10ml syringe minus needle full of grease for the small jobs without nipples. Load from tub or cartridge with icecream stick reduces mess. Small nozzle on syringe gets into some tight spots.

Mark
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