5 Types of Grease Guns Explained

If you are keen on do it yourself tasks, you may have found that grease guns were necessary in the course of various projects. Being aware of the different types of gun available will help you determine which one is best for a particular task.

1. Lever

One of the most popular varieties of grease guns is the lever operated type. It is widely available and convenient for use during a range of different projects. Simply pulling the lever will create enough pressure to force the grease from the gun so that it can be applied to the relevant areas. Varying the length of the lever stroke will enable you to adjust the amount of grease that is dispensed. The nozzles of this type of grease gun will need to positioned and fastened into the correct place before it is operated, as two hands are required when using this type.

2. Cordless

Battery powered grease guns are available when a cordless tool will make the job easier to complete, as there will not be any cord to hinder you as you work. A tool that is battery powered will also ensure that it is easier to use since the power source will provide the energy needed to dispense the grease, rather than the exertion falling solely to your hand. This option brings with it the need to replace or recharge the battery when it loses charge.

3. Hand Pump

Using hand pump grease guns will involve operating a pump on the top of the gun. This will create a buildup of air within the tool, which will create the pressure necessary to force the grease from within the gun. This manner of operation means that it may not be the easiest type to use. It is also known as a hand grip gun.

4. Pistol Grip

Grease guns that are operated by way of a pistol grip will enable you to use it with only one hand. This can make the tool easier to handle and allow you to continue to work even in awkward situations. They are available with grip handles of different sizes so that you can find one that is comfortable to hold and operate. The grease is dispensed as and when necessary by applying pressure to the trigger, making it easy to complete the job cleanly by positioning the grease gun correctly.      

5. Air Powered

An air powered grease gun is a type that is mainly used on large commercial projects due to the force with which the grease is dispensed. These types of gun are powerful because they are attached to an air compressor by a hose, which creates the pressure to force the grease from the gun. This type of gun is best avoided by do it yourself enthusiasts not only because it is expensive, but also because it can be dangerous if not used properly. It is also more than is necessary for domestic projects, as other types of grease gun will do the job just as well.