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New Grease Gun Technology. …Finally!

Long time Tractor Time with Tim viewers should recognize my ongoing struggles with grease gun technology. In one instance, my grease gun ‘blew up’ on me while filming a greasing video, spilling grease all over me, my chair AND the floor. You can see that video here:

In the above video, you can likely detect that even though I got a new grease gun, I still wasn’t ‘thrilled’ with the results. Maybe this gun was better than the old one, but it still has the plunger, and the ability for grease to ‘seep’ around the seals and end up streaming out the bottom of the gun. I suppose I just accepted that this was as good as it gets. After all, grease gun technology has remained constant, at least here in the USA for my entire lifetime. The very first grease guns I used as a kid were essentially identical to the gun I purchased for the above video.

Recently, the makers of the Lube Shuttle grease system reached out to me, introducing me to a “new world” of grease technology. Finally, a grease gun with no plunger! No way to leak grease out the bottom end.

Tubes are threaded for easy attachment to the gun. If you use multiple types of grease, you can easily change tubes, even when a tube is partially used. Just put the cap back on the partially used tube and set it aside for later use.

How To Purchase

If you purchase directly from the Lube Shuttle store, you can enter coupon code TTWT to receive a 5% discount on your entire purchase. WooHoo!

There are several packages available. I would suggest considering one of the packages with a grease gun and 10 tubes of grease to start your collection.

Type of Grease

I find it difficult to know which type of grease is best for my situation. When I read the recommendations by each type of grease, they often sound just alike to me, so this becomes difficult. I asked the Lube Shuttle guys to help with this. After they attempted to explain to me repeatedly, I think I can summarize as follows:

  • G2 – Good general purpose grease. Probably the most applicable for equipment like mine
  • G200EP – Heavier grease than G2. Consider this a higher grade or premium grease.
  • MoS2 – Better yet, but likely not much benefit over the other two grades for typical small tractor usage

Overall, they suggested that our viewers select G2 or G200EP. If you have more questions on the applicability of the different grades of grease, I’ll have to refer you to Lube-Shuttle. This discussion quickly rose above my ability to comprehend. Of course that isn’t too difficult ๐Ÿ™‚

Accessories

There are a couple of accessories you might want to consider with your order. First, I find a locking coupler to be incredibly effective. Lube Shuttle offers what they call the “safeLOCK” coupler. I don’t have a lot of experience with it yet, but it seems to be effective. I find it a bit more difficult to lock on to the fitting than the competitor’s model, but I was told it would “loosen up a bit” after I used it some more.

If you already have the Lock-n-Lube coupler, there is an adapter necessary to connect it to the metric hose on the Lube-Shuttle Gun. I’m including a link here to that adapter to make it easier for you.

Another accessory, recommended by my brother Tom is an extra-long hose. Tom is a big fan of the 3 ft / 1 meter hose because it allows you plenty of flexibility with the location of the grease gun. Often there is not a lot of room for you, and the grease gun to be within arms length of the fitting. With the extended hose, you can get the grease gun out of the way.

Your Feedback

I’m interested in hearing your results with the Lube-Shuttle system in the comment section below. Have you tried it? Does it work for you? If not, what is holding you back?

If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to take a few minutes to see the Lube Shuttle in action in this video:

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19 COMMENTS

  1. Are the tubes of grease proprietary only from Lube Shuttle? or do other manufacturers make the same type of “tube of grease” to work in this gun?

    • Currently, only a few companies in the USA package grease in these tubes. Apparently, this is the ‘standard’ packaging in Europe. So, for now, getting the grease from Lube Shuttle is the most practical way.
      They have several grades and types of grease, so you should be able to get everything you need.

  2. Tim picked up both the locking grease tip and the grease needle, they work great, thanks. Also I watched one of your videos where the wife said hooking up Johnny’s loader hose was hard for her. I just ordered a new 1025R and had the dealer install BW16400 single point connector $769. If it works as people say, I’m gonna pick up another for my old 1025R that my son bought from me. I’ll let you know.

  3. Tim, I am interested in the greasing needle that has the sliding stabilizer that fits over the Lube Shuttle safeLOCK locking coupler which you used in the Lube Shuttle video. The one that is currently listed in your store does not seem to be the same thing. Where can I find it?

  4. Tim, I noticed two things on your Grease the tractor video. 1. You should always clean your grease(zerk) fittings before adding grease as it allows some of those dirt particles to enter the fitting and 2. Never allow grease to squirt out of the frontend grease fittings as this can allow dirt and water to enter the fitting as you have pushed the rubber seal out of position. Just my 2 cents.

  5. Grease gun operate is very hard. It’s often a matter of long time practice.

    This article is very easy to understand.

    My one question : How do I stop a grease gun from leaking?\

    Hope that you answer this question.

    Either way keep up the awesome work timmarks.

  6. I just received my Lube Shuttle and think it is going to work well. I do have an issue getting the SafeLock to connect. Have not been able to get a solid connection no matter what I try. Not sure how long I need work work with it for it to loosen up.
    I watched a video where it said the Safe Lock does not work on all zerks. Is that true? Does the Lock and Lube work better out of the box? Thinking about returning the SafeLock and getting the Lock and Lube with adaptor. Has anyone had this same issue and what did you do. Thanks for the help. Love the Lube Shuttle and want to make it work better.

  7. I have the same problem with the zerks with the 120R loader arms on my JD 1025R.
    There are about 3 zerks that the SafeLock won’t lock on to. I think it has to do with the fact that the zerks are in a recessed bore, and a “short” zerk won’t let the SafeLock get pushed on far enough to lock. Evidently, it has to do with low quality zerks being used during the assembly of the tractor. “Ask Tractor Mike” told me that Lube Shuttle will send you new zerks to replace the ones that won’t connect to the SafeLock tip. I can still grease them by just pushing firmly against the bad zerks, but that still is not a real solution to the problem, and kind of defeats the whole purpose of having a lock on grease nozzle.

    • Correct. The safeLOCK does not work for me either. I have stated in my videos repeatedly to avoid it, and get the lock n lube coupler.

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