Battery vs Pneumatic (Air) vs Manual Grease:
Unlike battery and air powered guns, manual grease guns have a relatively small form-factor, this allows them to be easily transported, maneuvered, and contorted into tight clearances. They are ideally suited to low-volume greasing; while they offer greater control over the amount of grease dispensed, you can quickly become tired using one on a large lubrication job.
Battery and pneumatic (air powered) grease guns are much more powerful and effective when dispensing a large volume of grease. Most importantly, they eliminate user fatigue which is an important consideration to make.
Applications to be greased:
There are spots that can be extremely tight and tricky to get into and grease, although the sizes vary across the 3 styles, even the bulkiest of grease guns can be used for tricky jobs with the use of a high quality, flexible grease hose and quick release coupler. If you are opting for a pneumatically powered system, ensure you have enough airline to reach the application point. Finally, ensure you are opting for a grease gun with an appropriate pressure rating (PSI) to tolerate both the viscosity and volume of grease, and the pressure of the greasing system being lubricated. For higher pressure applications consider a battery or air powered unit.
Average of Grease per stroke:
Grease per stroke determines how much grease is dispensed when you pull the trigger. Air grease guns can dispense a large volume of grease per stroke, but maneuverability can be restricted due to the air hose. Cordless grease guns are excellent for moving around and dispensing a decent amount of grease on the go. Meanwhile, manual grease guns won’t get as much grease per stroke, but in exchange, you have more control while dispensing.
Manual Styles - Lever vs Pistol grip:
Lever style manual guns require two hands to operate, but it is extremely versatile and popular given you can adjust the grease being released. Pistol Grip allows you to grease with one hand, freeing up your spare hand for attaching and detaching the coupler attachments to the grease nipple.
Mobility and conveniences:
Despite their strong, stable, and consistent delivery of grease, pneumatic powered greasing systems are limited by the air hose feeding power to the unit, not only do you need to stay within hose-distance to your air compressor, but it is also trickier to position the gun into tight positions. On the other hand, cordless grease guns may not offer the same power, but you would have no problem with mobility. Manual grease guns are mobile, and best of all, not at the mercy of charged batteries or air supply – you also get a nice arm workout!
Like any other product, we only recommend brands that are backed by comprehensive warranty programs and quality guarantees. It’s important to source a genuine grease gun that is backed with an Australian warranty, it will eliminate any complications that you could encounter when trying to organise a repair, or warranty replacement should the unit happen to fail. Grease guns are an important investment for any garage or workshop, do your self a favour and invest in a quality product that will look after you for years to come.