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Re: Grease Gun Recommendation
Those little refills are expensive as crud, and hard to find a good assortment of greases locally to fit them for instance when I run out of grease my local hardware store has about 5 different greases in 14 oz tubes for about 4 bucks a tube, or one type of 3oz 3 pack refills for about 10 bucks, 9 ounces for 10 bucks. Then every 3 ounces of grease used I am opening up my grease gun, cramming a new cartridge in, scraping the excess out of the old tube (.5 ounce or so) trying to pack that into the head of it, then bleeding it out. Its a mess.
If he truely only has 5 zerks I'd be surprised, garage door spring mechanism, wheelbarrow, trailers, driveshafts under the truck, suspension zerks, any boats? Lower units, pivots on steering mechanisms, suspensions, tongue etc. Motorcycles? How about a drill press, check the spindle on that?
I really understand what you are saying old sarge, I have a pistol grip with a rubber hose, I love it for when I am under a car and need to grease something where I couldn't pivot the lever on my bigger main guns, but the minute I can use the bigger ones I do just because I hate loading grease guns, particularly mid project when I have to stop and get gloves on and fiddle, then it has an air bubble that isn't clearing etc.
Anyhow its a judgement call, I really do think if you have old stuff around you end up with a good number of grease guns. I've bought additional ones just because they were on sale with refill cartridges included for about the price of the grease itself.