Precision is very important when applying industrial grease. Too much grease volume can cause problems like high operating temperatures, seal ruptures and collapsed shields of bearings. This can also increase energy consumption and mechanical failures. Too little lubricant and bearing components wear out very quickly and eventually lead to failure.
The grease guns are the unsung heroes of industrial grease application. These tools make it possible to apply precise amount of grease and deliver the lubricant to hard-to-reach lubrication points. Using a grease gun is very straightforward. However, one must still pay attention to safety guidelines when using a grease gun to avoid injuries.
There are 4 main types of grease guns: manual, battery-operated, electric, and air-powered. Manual grease guns are the most commonly used type of grease guns. These are affordable and are easy to maintain. Manual grease guns include pistol-grip models that are easy to hold. These grease guns can produce pressures up to around 10,000 kPa.
Also known as pneumatic grease guns, the air-powered grease guns rely on compressed air to force out the grease and into the lube point. The electric grease guns are used as an alternative to pneumatic variants and creates a consistent flow of grease. A corded electric grease gun is not ideal for applications that requires moving from one are to another.
The battery-operated grease guns perform similarly to an electric grease gun but are more handy. These can speed up lubrication applications and help minimize fatigue to lube technicians.