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If this is your first tractor, you may not have much experience with the concept of greasing. So, we’ll look into what is necessary to grease your subcompact tractor. Obviously if you have a different brand, or model, your grease fittings will be in different locations. However, the concepts are the same.
First, you’ll need a grease gun. Viewer feedback has recommended a Lincoln brand grease gun such as the one shown to the left. This is the ‘go to’ brand. …and from my experience, this isn’t a place to go cheap!
The pistol grip makes it a one-handed operation to dispense the grease, and it is much more cost effective than the battery powered grease guns.
Next, you’ll need grease. There is lots of debate about brands and types of grease. For this particular purpose, it probably doesn’t matter too much. The grease should be ‘multi-purpose’ grease. I’ve added a link to a suitable tube of grease from Amazon.
One more item which I highly recommend is the “Lock-n-lube” grease coupler. This makes greasing MUCH less frustrating. Just lock it to the grease zerk and lube!
You’ll see the Lock n Lube used extensively in the 1025R lubrication video. In this video we visit every fitting on the tractor. This includes the steering cylinder, the MFWD shaft, the main drive shaft, and the mid-PTO.
We actually show two different approaches to access the difficult “front u-joint” on the main drive shaft. First, we show how to access it from the bottom of the tractor, then we show how to access it from the top. The access from the top takes a bit more time, but provides much better access to the universal joint.
Update: Several experienced tractor owners replied in the comments section with a better method of greasing the main rear drive shaft u-joint. They mentioned that by using a ‘needle grease tip’ that this fitting can be greased from below. Makes perfect sense to me. I will provide a video update on this when I next grease the tractor (after I get MY needle tip).
Here is a link to a needle tip.
If you use this one, I would suggest a second grease gun so that you don’t have to change the tip.
Another viewer recommended a longer hose which allows the grease gun to be placed on the floor. Here is a link to such a hose:
I hope you enjoy the video.