Types of Grease Guns
There are centrally four different types that most people will come to know when it comes to grease guns, lever grip manual types, pistol grip manual types, pneumatic types, and battery-operated types.
What are the Main Differences Between the Four Types of Grease Gun?
Each different type is ideal for different tasks and has a range of advantages and disadvantages; we will briefly run through them each and the key differences between these four types:
1. Lever Grip Grease Gun (Manual)
This was the first and is often still the most common type of grease gun on the market. It is hand-operated and ideal for smaller, low-volume jobs. These guns provide grease to the specific area, and grease is forced through and out of the gun’s aperture by hand pumps. While simple, this method often leads to a great deal of fatigue due to its physical nature.
2. Pistol Grip Grease Gun (Manual)
This type of gun is a variation of the original lever-type grease gun. However, pistol grease guns allow for a one-handed pumping process, which is preferable to many people. While it dispenses grease slower than its lever grip competitors, its one-handed design and less energy-consuming operation make these types still popular today, even against electric models.
3. Pneumatic Grease Gun
This type of gun utilizes compressed air directed into the gun by a flex air hose. A trigger operates this hose that the operator can pull. A favorite of many, pneumatic guns is ideal for larger jobs that require a high volume of grease. As opposed to manual guns, operator fatigue with this type is practically unheard of.
4. Battery-operated Grease Gun
This is a low-voltage battery-powered grease gun type that works similarly to the previous type, pneumatic grease guns. However, on top of this, battery-operated guns offer the additional benefit of being cordless, adding convenience and portability to the tool.