Last updated: 25 Jul 2022
Are you tired of your jammed mechanical tools? If yes, they, of course, need proper lubrication with grease. However, for this purpose, you need a handy grease gun. Grease guns are widely used in workshops and garages to provide viscous lubrication to moving mechanical components. Lubricating moving metal components properly extends the life of the equipment and prevents bumps.
Grease guns deserve to be respected because of their widespread usage, and they should be operated in compliance with the product’s safety instructions to avoid damage. Loading a grease gun correctly is more difficult than you would imagine. Our personal experience says that doing it improperly results in grease all over the place and a (former) decent grease cartridge in the garbage.
Do you struggle every time you have to change a grease cartridge in your grease gun? Its a quick guide will tell you how to do it nice and easy without making a big mess, let’s get started.
What You Will Need To Follow This Tutorial
There is no long list of things you need to follow in this tutorial, but of course, you need some basic things for it
How to Load Grease Gun: Step-by-Step Guide
If you want to watch the process of loading a grease gun, this video can help you.
I like to change mine over a garbage can so I can just push the old cartridge out into the trash and I don’t have to handle it. I don’t like to get grease all over me if I can avoid it.
- Separate the Grease Gun Head From the Barrel
First, unscrew the end cap from the grease gun and remove the empty cartridge. The end cap is the part with the handle and applicator tube attached. Unscrew the two pieces of the grease gun and separate them.
Install the end cap and retract the spring by pulling the plunger-rod handle and twisting and locking it in place.
- Load New Grease Cartridge
Remove the grease gun’s body by unscrewing it. Take off the new grease cartridge’s plastic lid. Firstly, put this side into the gun’s body. To fully place the cartridge, rotate it slightly.
- Take Out Seal
Now take out the seal from the grease cartridge’s opposite end. This will usually be an aluminum tab that you snap and pull off on most cartridges. A foil seal may be included on some smaller cartridges. Make sure it’s gone entirely, and no tiny pieces remain.
- Set Up Grease Gun Body
Attach the body of the grease gun onto the grease gun’s head with the cartridge filled. But don’t completely compress it; grab a few threads and keep it slack for now. Remove the spring by twisting the plunger-rod lever. Thrust the plunger-rod handle into a grease gun all the way. You may now totally lock the grease-gun body. Holding till then to fully tighten it effectively eliminates trapped air, which can obstruct the capability of the gun to pump grease.
- Lubricate the Grease Gun
Using a cloth, lubricate the grease gun by pumping the handle till the grease starts flowing. Be diligent as it may take multiple handle-pumps to expel all of the air from the pistol.
- If Necessary, Remove the Plug and Resume Priming
Due to the trapped air in the system, the grease gun frequently fails to lubricate. If this occurs, you should remove the plug from the grease-gun head’s tip and resume priming.
How To Use Grease Gun
Place the end of the nozzle over a grease nipple and pump the trigger or lever to lubricate a point after properly filling the grease gun. If your grease gun did not appear to work at any time, it was most likely due to an air pocket in the system.
This may be discharged by pumping the guns a few times and pushing the air release valve on the bigger guns. Continue doing so until the grease begins to flow again. Loosen the cartridge tuber a few turns on the smaller 120 mil pistol to release the air. Then retighten the tube after pumping till the grease comes out.
So do you enjoy the tutorial? We hope it was helpful. It is really important to learn the proper use of a tool before using it. And this is how to correctly load and operate a grease gun without becoming frustrated.
Moreover, to avoid any harmful situation, it is advised to use personal protective equipment such as protective eyewear, gloves, and non-skid shoes or sneakers. Wearing jewelry or loose or damaged clothing that might get trapped in moving parts is not a good idea. While using a grease gun, stay attentive.
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