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Old 09-20-10, 07:48 AM   #1
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recommended grease applicator for shop use?

Grease gun? Tubes of grease? Buckets of grease and a brush?

What do you guys use for every day application in the shop?"
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Old 09-20-10, 08:40 AM   #2
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Tube and finger.
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most shops I have been around just have a can of grease with a cut-out in the lid and a small painters brush.
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I have a couple of Dualco refillable grease guns (http://www.biketoolsetc.com/index.cg...item_id=DU-LG1) and refill them from a 22 oz tub of Phil grease. They meter the grease accuratly reducing waste and keep the grease remaining in the tub clean and uncontaminated.
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I have a couple of Dualco refillable grease guns (http://www.biketoolsetc.com/index.cg...item_id=DU-LG1) and refill them from a 22 oz tub of Phil grease. They meter the grease accuratly reducing waste and keep the grease remaining in the tub clean and uncontaminated.
Does this gun leak/ooze for a while after each use? I have a Lubrimatic grease gun with this problem. There is always some cleanup on my bench the next day.

I also have a Finish Line grease gun that threads onto squeeze tubes of Finish Line grease (or Phil Wood with adapter). I really, really like the FL gun but it may be more suitable for home use because it's not compatible with bulk tubs of grease.
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I've got the Harbor Freight grease gun that looks like the one Hillrider linked to. I drilled out the tip a bit as I wanted a bit more flow but for $5, it works great. I use marine bearing grease ($5 for a tub at Walmart) and it doesn't ooze or leak.
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Does this gun leak/ooze for a while after each use? I have a Lubrimatic grease gun with this problem. There is always some cleanup on my bench the next day.
No, when I put it down the grease stays put. I have one of the Dualcos with the short tip that I use to inject grease into my Speedplay Frog pedals and another with a longer tip I use for everthing else as it reaches into hub and headset races easier.

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I also have a Finish Line grease gun that threads onto squeeze tubes of Finish Line grease (or Phil Wood with adapter). I really, really like the FL gun but it may be more suitable for home use because it's not compatible with bulk tubs of grease.
Dualco makes a version of their gun that does screw onto a 3-oz plastic squeeze tube and it may be the same as the FL tool. I don't bother with them because grease in the small tubes is so overpriced per oz.
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Thanks guys. We generally use a can and brush but it can be wasteful and the grease is very easily contaminated.

Agreed that tubes are way WAY overpriced. Fine for occasional use but a total no-go for daily shop use.
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need no grease gun without Zirks, packing the gun without cartridges is a PIA
Boat trailer wheel bearing grease tub, and a stiff, cheap Flux brush or my finger,
[cover the tub with the cap included ] stick the tub in a plastic bag between uses
in the house..
works for me.


Back Pack shops used to have tubes to fill with your favorite goo and close.

and you can use disposable hypodermic plungers too and pack them,
to be really OCD tidy.

Magura brake Bleed and Rohloff oil change kits,
include Plastic plungers , disposable medical stuff.

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I use a tub and a brush and a grease gun for the hard to reach areas ,like pedals .
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16oz tub and a artists brush. small dualco grease gun for hubs, bb, headset etc. the tub on the bench gets the most use and it is mostly for greasing threads, qr skewers and other corrosion related things
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Well worth it. Lets me inject grease into bearings without disassembling the whole works. No muss, no fuss.
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...... packing the gun without cartridges is a PIA.
Boy, your time must really be valuable. It takes me maybe 5 minutes to refill the Dualco if I take my time and really pack it down to be sure there are no voids or air pockets.

BTW, I do keep a small can with a bit of grease in it to grease things like bolt threads, seatposts, etc. that the grease gun isn't needed for.
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Flashback.... I was thinking Zirks , under the car, the big garage greasegun..
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I also have a Finish Line grease gun that threads onto squeeze tubes of Finish Line grease (or Phil Wood with adapter). I really, really like the FL gun but it may be more suitable for home use because it's not compatible with bulk tubs of grease.
I have one of those (forget the brand) and it is great for taking care of the family bikes in my garage.
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I use a 3 ounce grease gun with marine grease. I wish Park or somone else would make bicycle grease in 3 or 14 ounce cartridges.
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I use both a gun and a can with a brush. Like above, I use the can/brush for non bearing applications and the gun for bearings. The can will get contaminated but that is fine for seatposts, braze-on bolts, kickstands and other threads. The gun will keep the grease clean for the bearings.

At home, I don't go through much grease, so I just have a tube of grease. The tube keeps the grease clean for bearings. One tube will last me a very very long time. It is more expensive per ounce than the can but one tube is cheaper than a can. I would probably never use a full can.
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Tube and finger.
Latex finger cot. Much easier to keep things clean.
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I use a 3 ounce grease gun with marine grease. I wish Park or somone else would make bicycle grease in 3 or 14 ounce cartridges.
Your wish is our command. Look here:

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http://www.biketoolsetc.com/index.cg...item_id=PW-WG2
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my little thumb operated grease gun has a zerk fitting for refilling. If I remember right, it had a bleeder for getting the air out, and I just unscrewed it and fit a zerk, and so I just put the big gun on it, and pump a few times. Works just fine, fast, and as mess free as grease guns get.
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Well worth it. Lets me inject grease into bearings without disassembling the whole works. No muss, no fuss.
Drill the top and you can insert a self-tapping Zerk to refill the gun from a full-sized grease gun or a bulk grease dispenser at your local auto shop.

The tip is available in a longer version, about 4", that's handy for reaching inside of hubs or down inside a seat tube.

The tip is also good for GreaseGuard-style fittings (still running some SunTour GreaseGuard XC Pro components -- never seem to wear out). And for the DIY crowd, you can get GreaseGuard type fittings to install yourself, my winter pedals have flush grease fittings in the bearing caps so I can just inject fresh grease and expel the dirty grease back out the seals.
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I have one of those (forget the brand) and it is great for taking care of the family bikes in my garage.
Those guns are also from Dualco, see http://www.dualco-inc.com/images/Squ...%20Catalog.pdf
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