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I bought this model in May and recently tried to grease the various joints. I bought a grease gun and flexible extension for hard to reach areas. When I tried to put the extension on one of the wheel fittings I had a fit getting it on and an even harder time getting it off. I greased one of the spindles and could not get the grease gun extension off of the fitting, and unfortunately pulled on the gun hard enough to pull the fitting off. Then, I had an extremely hard time getting the fitting out of the gun. I gave up on the other spindle to avoid breaking it.

The Tractor Supply kid said I didn't need any particular size gun-fitting in order to lube. Is there a correct size or adapter for these larger fittings? Can the grease gun end be adjusted to fit larger fittings? I noticed smaller fittings which the gun worked on fine.
 

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I just cursed myself through a thorough greasing of my 2544 yesterday.:duh: As much as I love tinkering, I loathe greasing this particular machine. You do want the gun fitting to fit snug over the zerk. I've got an extended hose on my gun (I couldn't imagine using a gun with a straight pipe on it). Usually just by swiveling the fitting to the side allows it to easily pop off. What I hate is; It's a royal pain to get many of the zerks to accept grease. You waste a bunch and make a mess.

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Most grease gun tips are adjustable. Just screw it one way or another to loosen it up.
 

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Ditto on the adjustible tips!--Or get a "needlepoint" tip for the gun,then you poke the needle into the ball to grease them,but you'll have to hold it in firmly while pumping the grease in,which can require 3 hands at times..those tips are a must on many 4WD CV driveshafts that use weird "inverted cup" style grease fittings on the u-joints..they are handy for injecting grease into ball bearings and timken bearings too..
 

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Great, thanks. I think I removed the fitting that I pulled out by loosening the gun tip, then tried it in the loose position on the other spindle and grease oozed out a bit. I guess I should have tightened it back up on the fitting?

So these are press-in fittings? Anyone able to buy a new fitting and tap it back into place? Is this possible?
 

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Crockett,

Welcome to MTF! I thought our fittings are screw-in, but I'm not certain.

Those adjustable nozzles can be a pain to fine-tune the tension for easy removal yet maintaining pressure. And greasy fingers don't help the cause.

My biggest problem is priming my grease gun when I change the cartridge. I just can't get the hang of it!!!!
 

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Thanks Chad.

The fitting that I pulled out appears to be the press fit type. I was able to buy some about the same size at Tractor Supply and tapped one into place. Seems tight enough and did accept grease at the spindle. If it comes out, I will try J.B. Weld.
 

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I did the exact same thing. Had a tough time getting the nozzle on and pulled it out trying to pull it off.

Mine was threaded and I was able to find one that looked like the right thread size and screwed it in. So far it's been holding fine.

Also got a different nozzle that doesn't fight with me.
 

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Usually the simplest way to determine whether you have threaded or push-in is that the larger outer shell diameter just below the zerk's nipple will have hex flats for a wrench if it's threaded while the push-in types will just be round in that area... a good wipe with a grease rag, a flashlite if needed and you should see the difference.
 

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Kinghardcor,

I did discover that the nozzle adjusts to fit various zerk sizes. Not that I am mechanically disinclined, but I have never had the need for a grease gun. I can generally fix anything that comes my way.
 

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It takes all day to use those grease guns, after replacing the cartridge............????


anybody got a tip?????
 

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On the press-in zerks that hole should be close to the tap drill size needed to run 1/8 NPT tap. I believe that zerks are 1/8 NPT. Don;t have my machinists reference in front of me but if I remember right that is a standard for zerks. There are some that are also 1/4-28 fine thread but I think most are the NPT because it is a tapered thread and doesn;t require a bottoming tapin a blind hole.
 

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Kinghardcor,

I did discover that the nozzle adjusts to fit various zerk sizes. Not that I am mechanically disinclined, but I have never had the need for a grease gun. I can generally fix anything that comes my way.
I'll have to look to see if the one I got is adjustable. I've used grease guns before and never even thought about different sized fitting as they were all the same size!

When it got stuck on, and then pulled the zerk right out, I was so seriously ticked! But if it's adjustable I might forgive it.
 
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