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Old 03-31-2023, 07:51 PM   #1
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Pulling the trigger on a grease gun

Iím going to need to pick up a grease gun for my skoolie soon and started doing some research from common providers to see whatís well liked. I see lots of battery operated units but that seems a bit overkill. Air powered is cool but not useful if you donít have air handy so Iím not sold on that either. Honestly the most favorable unit I found in terms of reviews was a $29 manual one at harbor freight: https://www.harborfreight.com/profes...gun-64381.html

Anyone else have opinions on whatís going to be the most reasonable choice?

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Old 03-31-2023, 09:06 PM   #2
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I bought the cheap one when I flew out to pick up my bus. Works great. I do have a lock-n-lube tip for it that makes it latch on quickly. If I was greasing stuff everyday, I would want an air or powered one, but for my annual greasing, cheap is good enough. I don't feel bad about storing it outside and throw it away if it rusts ina. Fee years.


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Old 04-01-2023, 07:33 AM   #3
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ive got a power dewalt 20 volt grease gun.. best thing ever.. crappy manual guns never wanted to work or were tiring to use.. love my power one.. easy to prime.. works every time.. greasing the chassis is a royal PITA as it is so I want it to be the easiest it can be so ill stay dilkigent about doing it
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Old 04-01-2023, 12:01 PM   #4
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ive got a power dewalt 20 volt grease gun.. best thing ever.. crappy manual guns never wanted to work or were tiring to use.. love my power one.. easy to prime.. works every time.. greasing the chassis is a royal PITA as it is so I want it to be the easiest it can be so ill stay dilkigent about doing it
Yeah Ryobi makes a power gun which would be my default choice as I have a ton of ryobi tools and batteries, but I didnít know if it was really that hard to use a manual pistol grip gun to justify getting a powered one instead.
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Old 04-01-2023, 01:11 PM   #5
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pistol grip ones will wear you out just filling one joint much less everything in one day.
the bolt cutter cylinder handle style is easier but still not as easy as a powered one.
but i do spend life with construction equipment that needs constant greasing just cause of the dirt and sand and mud.
pistol grip is for small single joint stuff not multi point stuff.
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Old 04-01-2023, 01:22 PM   #6
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pistol grip ones will wear you out just filling one joint much less everything in one day.
the bolt cutter cylinder handle style is easier but still not as easy as a powered one.
but i do spend life with construction equipment that needs constant greasing just cause of the dirt and sand and mud.
pistol grip is for small single joint stuff not multi point stuff.
Just the kind of sage wisdom I was seeking. I wondered why anyone would want one of those bolt-cutter handled guns, it seemed like it would take three hands to operate. Definitely swaying me toward the powered version.
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Old 04-01-2023, 02:36 PM   #7
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Ironic to see this thread, yesterday my 3 oz grease gun wouldn't dispense when I went to pull out what I thought was a empty tube was pulled out the rear spring hole of the gun and got grease everywhere, I think a seal went bad but I dunno.
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Old 04-01-2023, 03:51 PM   #8
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I bought a Bravex on Amazon and a locking tip. The tip seems to be at least as important as the gun. There's gotta be 50 zerks under there. Neither of these are exspensive.

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Old 04-01-2023, 03:52 PM   #9
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I'm using the lock n lube tip
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Old 04-02-2023, 12:55 PM   #10
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We have both DeWalt and Milwaukee power grease guns in the farm shop. We all prefer the Milwaukee. If you want a decent hand pump, go to tractor supply or any other farm store and get one. I buy a ton of harbor freight stuff, but I would not but a grease gun from there.
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Old 04-02-2023, 02:13 PM   #11
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We have both DeWalt and Milwaukee power grease guns in the farm shop. We all prefer the Milwaukee. If you want a decent hand pump, go to tractor supply or any other farm store and get one. I buy a ton of harbor freight stuff, but I would not but a grease gun from there.
Interesting you say that because the Tractor Supply one has more unfavorable reviews than the Harbor Freight one. Then again Tractor Supply customers are more likely to be doing tons of zerks at a time whereas Harbor Freight customers may only be doing like 4 at a time...hmm.
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Old 04-03-2023, 01:48 AM   #12
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If you will be only greasing your bus then a manual grease gun will be fine. Lincoln makes good grease guns. I have lock n lubes on most of my grease guns. They make greasing much easier.

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i think mine is a battery powered lincoln.

i like the one handed use. a coupler that stays in place and then you can use your same hand on the trigger.

laying on the ground trying to use both hands for the grease gun, sometimes is tough.
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Old 04-03-2023, 05:09 PM   #14
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I went with the Lincoln 1162 pneumatic grease gun, the middle of the road option. I also bought a lock n lube tip for it.
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Old 04-03-2023, 06:33 PM   #15
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People, those power guns are expensive!

I think I'll spring for the LocknLube tip though, thanks for that ... tip ...
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Old 04-03-2023, 07:44 PM   #16
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Make sure to grease your locknlubes..lol. I just tried mine after sitting a year and it was seized up.

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Old 04-03-2023, 07:58 PM   #17
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People, those power guns are expensive!

I think I'll spring for the LocknLube tip though, thanks for that ... tip ...
I found the Lincoln on eBay for $92. The lock n lube lever action manual gun was $69 at tractor supply and an electric ryobi gun was $169. The Lincoln seemed like a no brained because itís clearly a good brand and the price was great especially since that same tool was like $150 at oreilly auto.
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Interesting you say that because the Tractor Supply one has more unfavorable reviews than the Harbor Freight one. Then again Tractor Supply customers are more likely to be doing tons of zerks at a time whereas Harbor Freight customers may only be doing like 4 at a time...hmm.
The one we got from the farm store was going through a couple tubes a grease a day in our busy seasons. Since we got the second Milwaukee it just hangs there under the bench. lol.
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People, those power guns are expensive!

I think I'll spring for the LocknLube tip though, thanks for that ... tip ...
They are not cheap that's a fact. If you just want one to grease the bus, you don't need one. The electric ones are designed for people with multiple pieces of equipment. For my operation they save lots of time and time is money.

Right now, we have 3 tractors and payloader running 12 hours a day. The electric guns save us a good 1/2 hour to 45 minutes greasing the equipment daily.
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I have an electric because i have 3 busses and wanted to have no excuse for not greasing them.. if its a fairly quick and painless job ..;laying under the bus on a warm day.. then ill do it often.. if I knew it was goign to make my hands hurt then id never do it..
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