How to Select the RIGHT Grease Gun for Your Needs?

One Hand Grease gun? Lever Handle? Electric grease gun?

With so many types of grease guns out there, it can be hard to know how to select the right grease gun for your needs. This article will walk you through the types of grease guns, how to use a grease gun, and the best grease gun for your needs.

Lets figure out which is right for you!

How To Select The Right Grease Gun

Ever wonder how to select the right grease gun for your needs?

Maybe you are searching for the best grease gun or a no-mess grease gun. Well, if you are looking for information on how to select the best grease gun system, then you have come to the right place!

Selecting the best grease gun for your project or shop is crucial to how well the equipment will perform. Without the right grease gun, your machinery risks being damaged or not working at its best.

The best grease gun for your needs will depend on how often you need to use it, what type of grease you’re using, and how much pressure you need. If you only need to use it occasionally, a manual pump grease gun should be sufficient. For more frequent use, an electric or lever-handle grease gun would be a better choice.

How Grease Guns Work

Grease guns work on a piston-type system that delivers grease directly into an object. They are often used on machinery, but have other uses as well, such as filling tires or lubricating farm equipment.

When looking for the best grease gun, it’s important to consider the output per stroke of a grease gun. Knowing this metric will help you understand how much grease is added each time a piece of machinery is lubricated. Different grease guns will deliver differing amounts of grease pumped per stroke, ranging from around one gram to three grams of grease, or higher.

The best way to know if you are using the right kind of grease gun is to first understand the project you are using it on. For example, how much grease do you want to be applied and what kind of machinery are you lubricating? As well, it’s important to understand how much pressure you will be exerting on the tool and if this means that you need to have a lever handle grease gun, electric, or manual.

Once you know how much grease you will need, how much pressure you need to exert, and how often you think you will be using the grease gun it should be easier to decide on the best grease gun for your needs.

If this is going to be a regular job that requires frequent lubrication, then it’s probably best to go with an electric or pistol grip grease gun device that’s going to be more heavy duty and optimal for daily use. Those who have a need for periodically lubricating machinery will do best with a manual pump grease gun.

Types of Grease Guns

There are three main types of grease guns: one-handed, electric, and lever handle grease guns.

One-handed grease guns are small and lightweight, making them easy to carry around. Lever-handle grease guns are best for construction jobs that need a lot of grease applied. Electric grease guns are great for big greasing jobs or small jobs where push button ease is desired.

We’ll explore all three below. 

Pistol Grip Grease Gun (One hand)

The AirTec Lube-Shuttle® one-handed pistol grip grease gun is a favorite among hobby farmers, homeowners, and small businesses where light greasing is required. The main benefit of the pistol grip grease gun is ease of ease. The user can operate the grease gun with one hand while holding the coupler or hose with the other hand.

Drawback: When a lot of greasing is required single hand grease guns can be tiring for the hand that is pumping the grease gun. For this reason, pistol grip grease guns are best suited for people who do routine maintenance or only have a few zerks to grease at a time.

Specifications: Zinc Coated for maximum protection. Generates over 4,000 PSI. Made in Germany.

Applications: Farms, Hobby Farms, Lawnmowers, Travel Trailers, RVs, Boat Trailers. Great for Compact Tractor and Lawnmower owners!

Lever Handle Grease Gun

The AirTec Lube-Shuttle® Lever handle grease gun is primarily used in the construction industry and other industries where a high pressure grease gun is required.

The long handle allows for maximum pressure while not requiring a lot of force on the handle. This high pressure grease gun is ideal for applications where a lot of greasing is required or the grease is under a high pressure.

The long lever allows the user to use a full arm motion to pump grease, making it easier on hand and arm muscles when greasing.

Drawback. Lever handle grease guns require a rigid pipe or locking grease coupler, as two hands are required to use this style of grease gun.

Specifications: Zinc Coated for maximum protection. Generates over 11,000 PSI. Made in Germany.

Applications: Construction and mining companies for greasing loaders, bulldozers, backhoes and other industrial machines.

The Lever Handle Grease gun is great for users who struggle with hand strength due to age, arthritis, or disabilities. In this situation, be sure to use a lever handle grease gun in combination with a safeLOCK grease coupler.

18v Electric Grease Gun

The AirTec Lube-Shuttle® 18 volt Electric Grease Gun takes all the work out of greasing — Couple on to the zerk and pull the trigger.

Using a powerful 18v Lithium battery, these grease guns can pump 7 to 10 tubes of grease per each charge! Ideal for those who do a lot of greasing or are just looking for the easiest greasing option on the market.

Drawback. Cost. The main drawback of an electric grease gun is the cost, however, these grease guns are built to last and are the best option when a lot of greasing is involved or when looking for the easiest way to grease.

Specifications: Zinc Coated for maximum protection. Generates over 10,000 PSI. Made in Germany.

Applications: Mines and Construction, Farms, Hobby Farms, Trailers, RVs, Boat Trailers.

Pneumatic Spray Grease Gun

The AirTec Lube-Shuttle® LubeJET-Eco is a highly specialized pneumatic grease gun that is able to spray grease in a variety of patterns, eliminating the need for aerosol lubricant cans.

The LubeJET is perfect for greasing crane booms, jib ways, and slide ways not need to apply grease with a brush, simply spray it on and get uniform coverage!

Drawback.   Not for use on zerk fittings. The LubeJET-Eco is designed for spraying grease, not pumping it into zerk fittings.

Specifications: Zinc Coated for maximum protection.  Stainless steel spray components.  Made in Germany.

Applications:  Greasing crane booms, extending lifts, slide ways, and gibs.