Grease guns are used to place long lasting sticky oil onto moving mechanical parts. Parts that may abrade by rubbing against each other need this type of lubrication. Proper lubrication also will increase the service life of mechanical parts. Lubricants are applied with grease guns, which are available at hardware & auto parts stores. Follow these tips to learn how to load a grease gun.
Load a Cartridge Loading Grease Gun
Unscrew the head cap of the grease gun. This is the part of the grease
gun with the dispensing head attached. Separate it from the rest of the
grease gun, which is the cartridge holding barrel.
2 Pull back on
the metal handle on the other end of the cartridge holding barrel.
Continue to pull until the plunger rod is withdrawn fully from the
3 Pull back on the metal handle on the other end of the
cartridge holding barrel. Continue to pull until the plunger rod is
withdrawn fully from the barrel.
4 Shake the spent grease cartridge out of the barrel. Discard the spent grease cartridge.
Obtain a grease gun replacement cartridge suitable for the grease gun.
These cartridges are available at hardware and auto parts stores.
Typical sizes are 14 oz. (414 ml) and 16 oz. (473 ml) cartridges. Wipe
the end of the barrel with a cloth or rag. This will remove excess
grease that may have leaked out during removal of the spent grease
6 Prepare the new grease cartridge for loading. Remove the plastic cap from one end of the cartridge and discard it.
Insert the cartridge into the barrel. Insert the end of the cartridge
that had the plastic cap on it first. Push it fully in, so that the end
of the cartridge seals with the end of the barrel.
8 Remove the metal seal from the exposed end of the cartridge. Discard the metal seal.
Reattach the barrel to the head of the grease gun. Do not reattach it
fully at this time. Only give the threads of the 2 parts 2 turns to
10 Release the piston rod from the retracted position. Push
it into the barrel while simultaneously pumping the handle of the
11 Stop when grease begins to appear at the dispensing head nozzle. Complete screwing together the head and barrel.
Push on the piston rod to ensure that it is fully engaged in the
replacement grease cartridge. Pump the handle make sure that grease is
13 Wipe excess grease from the grease gun nozzle with a cloth or rag.
Load a Reservoir Filling Grease Gun
Separate the grease gun head from the barrel of the grease gun. The
head is the part with the handle and applicator tube attached. Make sure
that the handle on the back of the barrel, which is the handle of the
piston rod, is fully depressed into the barrel. Unscrew the two pieces
of the grease gun and separate them.
2 Prepare to fill the barrel
with grease. Insert the open end of the barrel into a container of
grease. These containers are available at hardware stores and auto parts
3 Fill the barrel. Hold the open end of the barrel down
into the container of grease and slowly draw back on the plunger rod.
This will draw grease into the barrel.
4 Remove the barrel from
the grease. When the plunger rod has been fully withdrawn, lift the open
end of the barrel out of the container of grease. Rotate the barrel to
break it free from grease that may cling to the barrel. Use a cloth or
rag to wipe excess grease from the end of the barrel.
the barrel of the grease gun to the head of the grease gun. Engage the
threads and turn until the joint is fully seated.
6 Test the
dispensing of the grease. Press on the handle of the piston rod and
squeeze the trigger of the grease gun until delivery of grease is seen
at the end of the grease gun applicator tube.
7 Wipe excess grease from the dispensing tip and the body of the grease gun. Use a cloth or rag to wipe the gun.
After removing the metal seal from the finish of the replacement grease
cartridge, the finish of the cartridge and the removed metal seal will
have exposed sharp edges.
.If the grease gun is that latches the
piston rod in to the retracted position, be sure not to press the
release tab until the grease gun head and barrel are reattached. The
piston rod is spring loaded, and will snap forward quickly.
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