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Old 04-15-2005, 03:52:04 PM
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Will grease cartridges work in the older guns? I have lever type, a Lincoln and a Alemite.

The person at the grease store said he never heard of stuffing grease in a gun with a paddle. Have cartridges been out that long?
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Default Old grease guns

Ralph,
When I was a kid the only grease guns that I had seen was the type you are describing. Then when I was a teenager I went to work for a large grass seed producer in 1967. The old MM combines that we were using had over 100 zerks to grease on a daily basis. The owner wanted those bearings pumped full of grease. That was my first introduction to grease guns that took cartridges. So there is nearly 40 years that I know that they have been around.
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Old 04-16-2005, 12:41:39 AM
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Default Re: Old grease guns

I have been in several auto parts stores, where the counter people do not know what an Alemite fitting is!
Most of the real old guns are a different diameter than the cartridge type. I own several piston type grease guns that are about 1" diameter - there is no cartridge made for them.
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Default Re: Old grease guns

Well, I found a little history of lubrication and why we don't have to fill those messy grease cups anymore. This is from Machinery Lubrication Magazine website.

"Backtracking Through History
Arthur Gulborg was a son of a co-owner of a small die-casting plant in Chicago. His job was to relubricate the die casting machines by refilling their oil cups several times a day. This labor-intensive task led him to invent the grease gun (screw type) and grease fitting in 1916. He invented the fitting, a braided metal hose having a special end connection, and screw-type grease gun. Arthur Gulborg and his father named it “The Alemite High-Pressure Lubricating System” after the Alemite Die Casting and Manufacturing Company where the idea was first formed.

In 1918, the Gulborgs approached the U.S. Army with this invention. Several test installations were made on white trucks in army service. Gulborg’s invention vastly simplified the task of lubricating army trucks. On July 10 of that year, it became standard equipment.

By 1922, Alemite introduced the “Button-Head” system to serve on a more rugged, heavy-duty lubricating system for many industrial applications. The “Junior Button-Head” system was used to lubricate motorcycles and “Standard” and “Giant” versions of the button-heads were used in a wide range of industry including heavy construction equipment. The automobile industry, however, was the greatest immediate potential for sales. Within five years of Gulborg’s patent, the passenger car became equipped with an Alemite hand grease gun and hose assembly. Grease guns became familiar to the general public, and most automobile lubrication was performed by the car owners. In 1924, the Allyne-Zerk Company of Cleveland, Ohio was purchased by Alemite, and the Zerk line of lubrication fittings and hand grease guns was added to the Alemite line. The Zerk design, named after Oscar Zerk, used a fitting much smaller than the Alemite pin-type and did not lock the hose coupler or hand gun and fitting together. Instead, the seal between them was maintained by the pressure of a pushing action when the operator applied the coupler to the fitting. This became known as a push-type system".

This brings on another question, What is the "Button-Head" system?
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Default Re: Old grease guns

Button Head??

Here ya go...used on industrial equipment..like dozers:

http://www.ajfittings.com/hi-pressur...ngs.htm#GBH_hp

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Very interesting Rick, looks like the past is still present.

Thanks for posting the address
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