Traditional hand-operated grease guns still have their place on the farm, yet their battery-powered counterparts provide an easy and time-saving alternative. With a pull of a trigger, farmers can tackle greasing jobs in a matter of minutes. Milwaukee Tool expands its 18v line-up with the new M18 cordless grease gun. Team FIN, a group of farmers who test products for Farm Industry News, tested the new tool to see how it performed and rated it on a scale of 1 to 5.
Team FIN found the grease gun ideal for routine maintenance. The tool has a number of slick features that make it an efficient and convenient replacement to hand-operated grease guns. The new grease gun has 2 speed settings that deliver either 10,000 PSI operating pressure at a flow rate of 3.5 oz/min or 5,000 PSI at a flow rate of 10 oz/min. It also has a pre-set grease counter that allows the operator to dispense exact amounts of grease. Simply set the dial to 1-50 and it dispenses grease for a specific number of piston strokes. The gun shuts off after finishing the strokes, even as the trigger is still engaged. It was a feature that Team FIN found works great. It counts the number of strokes, dispenses grease fast and stops without any mess.
The cordless grease gun also comes equipped with a 48 in. flexible hose. It allows the operator to hold the body of the grease gun comfortably at his side while the hose stretches an arm length. Team FIN said one disadvantage was the strain relief on the discharge end of the factory hose. Although the strain relief protects the hose, the end is very stiff and makes it difficult to get square on zerks in tight-angled spots. To remedy this, the operator would have to either use a different grease gun, with a more flexible hose, or replace the zerk to accommodate the angle.
The tool loads the same as traditional grease guns and makes priming easy with a priming valve push-button that removes air from the system instantly. It also features an LED light on the body of the grease gun that provides ample lumination. However, weighing 8.5 lbs, the tool can be somewhat awkward to maneuver into tight spaces in order to utilize the LED. The grease gun has a lock-on/lock-off trigger and a plunger rod with markings to gauge how much grease is left in the barrel. It is designed to stand and comes with a shoulder strap for added convenience.
Overall, Team FIN was pleased with the design, speed and accuracy of the new M18 cordless grease gun. With its ease-of-use and time-saving capability, the tool encourages routine maintenance. The grease gun would make a great addition to any farm shop.
Rated: 4.8 out of 5
The M18 cordless grease gun (2646-20) costs $179 for the tool only. With a battery, the tool (2646-21CT) costs $269. For more information about Milwaukee Tool, visit www.milwaukeetool.com .
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