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Post by Stan Disbrow » Wed Jun 01, 2016 4:43 am

Hi,

Oh, and oil guns also come from Alemite if anyone would wish to use the Cotton Picker oil instead of the Corn Head grease.

Alemite makes all sorts of grease and oil guns. Even the gun filling drum pumps if you want to go for guns that hold more. :)

The Alemite oil gun is model 4035 and has the same 1 oz per 7 strokes at 1800 PSI as the 4015 grease guns.

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Post by Stan Disbrow » Wed Jun 01, 2016 6:32 am

Hi,

One other point about all this....you go thru the lube pretty quickly.

Buy several tubes of Corn Head grease while you are there. One tube hardly lasts any time at all! ;)

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Post by Stan Disbrow » Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:23 am

mapaduke@yahoo.com wrote:
Sun May 29, 2016 4:46 am
What do you guys use to grease Lindeman role's?
Hi,

Oh. Yes. I forgot that the earlier rollers hadn't any seals. The MC and, I think, the 40c 3-roller track rollers need a thick grease or it just all flows right on out. You don't need a low pressure gun, but they do take a lot, so a high volume gun would be a help. Expect to go thru at least a tube per side.

I would suggest using at least a number 3 grease. That means shopping at industrial lubricant suppliers and not any tractor places or auto parts stores. I don't ever see anything thicker than number 2 at those places. And, when looking try to find a grease containing fiber material, like the old Kendall S-831. The fibers in the grease will keep it in place longer than a non-fiber grease. Of course, a number 2 would be better than something even thinner. And, of course, better than no grease at all.

The kind of lubricants that were used back in the day were usually made from coal tar, sodium soap, and asbestos fibers. Thick and stickier than glue, and perfect for the application. But, of course, all such are long gone due to the fact that such stuff scared everyone off due to possible health risks. I still have some around from back when and it requires a kerosene bath to get it off of my hands.....

The Kendall stuff was safe enough, but then the Kendall brand name was bought out in the 80s. I bring it up as that was the brand we carried in our family dealership back in the 70s, and so I know what was used for what.

As to the size of the button head fittings, the later ones are 5/8, and all I can dig up is that the earlier ones are larger. Anyone know the size?

Stan
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Re: Roller grease and guns

Post by Lavoy » Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:43 am

If they are larger, they would be 7/8", but the 5/8" is probably all you are going to find. The threads on the zerk got bigger, but still the small head.
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Re: Roller grease and guns

Post by Stan Disbrow » Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:17 pm

Hi,

So that is what those posts were referring to. The thread size and not the button head size......

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Re: Roller grease and guns

Post by Lavoy » Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:32 am

No, head size, but I have seen zerks with the large threads like an MC with the bigger head too. These zerks were used on lots of crawler of all brands, so you will see different stuff from what came factory.
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