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General Grease Guns and BSF Nipples

minivin

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Firstly, I have been having major issues getting a modern grease gun to seal on a BSF nipple, all I seem to achieve is grease all over the outside rather than inside. Has there been a change in the profile of nipples over the years?

Secondly, I want to buy a decent grease gun as I seem to keep purchasing grease guns that are meant to be the bees knees, but turn out to be the frozen monkeys nuts. Any suggestions on what is the best model to purchase?
 

Tnecniv Edipar

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There are 2 basic styles of grease nipple , the more modern type where the grease gun clicks onto the nipple to seal and the older type where the seal is created by the pressure of the push stroke on a hand, spring loaded push to grease type gun. Try to use a later gun on an earlier nipple and the grease will just squeeze out before it gets into the nipple.
 

Howard

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See T.E. reply, grease nipples may be different.

The BSF part only refers to the thread, not the nipple, so you can buy a modern pattern grease nipple with a BSF thread and use a modern clip-on grease gun.

I'm not an expert on Vincent cycle parts, but I've heard that there isn't always a good clearance between grease nipples and tank (for instance) so be careful, new nipples may be longer.
 

minivin

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Thanks for the responses, I also had this conversation with ET43 who has kindly given me an old style pump grease gun so that I can now pump away as Trev recommends :D Now for some sunshine so I can drag the bike out :rolleyes:
 

Tnecniv Edipar

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Would agree with that. I inherited a '60's Wanner from my Father and it still operates as I remember it when using it as a kid to maintain the family car and other equipment. Doubtful whether anything could be bought now to equal the quality.
 

roy the mechanic

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grease gun

Whilst the name Wanner is synonymous with quality, you will need to sit behind you rocking horse to find one! Snap-on sell a good one-had mine for 30+years. Speak to the guys at your local service station to find-out when the van arrives. Roy.
 

stumpy lord

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HI,
sorry but you have got it wrong, Wanner grease guns are still manufactured, and are still available, their small hand filled gun retailing at about £60. No body could dispute the quality or warrenty of snap on tools, for which you will pay premium prices, espeacily, if buy of the vans. How ever there are far better buys , if you look on e bay at item no 280381523130 you will find wanner grease guns that at the moment are sat at £2.
good luck.
stumpy lord.
 

Howard

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Being the current owner of an Egli, a Fireblade and two cars with no grease nipples between them ( none that I grease anyway) I find this thread fascinating.

Do you really need a £60 grease gun that will last for ever?
How many times a day do you guys with real frames have to grease the spindles?

While I was reading back that last para, I just had a vision - I think I've actually got one of these grease guns. If I can find it in the scrapheap challenge I call a garage, I'll post it on here for a good home - don't hold your breath my memory and my garage are each daunting challenges, nevermind remembering something in my garage.

H
 

minivin

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Some of us also have Land Rovers and other such vehicle that have prop' shafts, these need greasing regularly otherwise the UJ's seize. Invest and life becomes easy :)
 

Howard

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Some of us also have Land Rovers and other such vehicle that have prop' shafts, these need greasing regularly otherwise the UJ's seize. Invest and life becomes easy :)

Ok that's a good enough reason, but I'd use modern clip-on nipples on a Land Rover if it was that critical.

Found the grease gun. It's a cheap pressed steel 60s (I think) version but it works and its 3/4 full of vintage 60s grease (I obviously didn't use it much). Drop me a PM and I'll post it if anyone wants one. In the unlikely event of a stampede - first come, first served.

H
 

Tnecniv Edipar

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Greasing is almost redundant maintenance on modern machinery , which is a pity. Just good to use quality equipment when I do need to grease swing arm pivots , motor bearings etc. My Lister CS diesel engine has a nice little greaser on the rocker shaft , you just give one turn as required and the correct amount of grease is delivered to the bearing.
 

clevtrev

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Greasing is almost redundant maintenance on modern machinery , which is a pity. Just good to use quality equipment when I do need to grease swing arm pivots , motor bearings etc. My Lister CS diesel engine has a nice little greaser on the rocker shaft , you just give one turn as required and the correct amount of grease is delivered to the bearing.
Your comment about almost redundant, tells me that you know nothing about modern machinery. I have a recently purchased new CNC mill that requires its slideways greasing. It`s made by Haas in California, and is as modern as you can get.
 

Howard

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Now, now boys! I think "almost redundant" means you can still find grease lube in some cases.

I know a few buyers who still need their palms greased to keep orders flowing. Does that count? ;)

H
 

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