IPA Grease Fitting Cleaner
Grease fitting cleaner
Used this tool on a clogged zirc on our Komatzu 250 and it worked great, cleaned the grease channel right out.
More that worth the price.
August 12, 2014
I had a skid steer machine that we got from a used equipment sale that was part of a rental fleet. This particular machine had just come back from a long term rental. One of the joints at the bucket that has a 1 1/2" pin going through about 3" of bushing was dry. Didn't look like it had been greased in a long time, and would not take any grease from me.
I took out the grease zerk/fitting, and it was not the problem, the problem was inside the joint itself. Found this item online, had good reviews so I called up the store and they had one in stock. Guys at Northern were great. Brought this home with a small bottle of 3-in-1 oil I picked up at HEB.
First I took out the grease fitting and cleaned out as much of the old grease as I could get out of the fitting and inside the joint as good as I could, with small screwdriver and WD-40. Put the fitting back in, filled this cleaning tool with 3-in-1 oil, and slowly started tapping. It still didn't seem like it was taking the oil at first, I tapped about 30 times, about like driving a nail into wood(not hard). I then tilted the bucket 10 degrees, and went at it again about 20 times, then tilted the bucket another 10 degrees, and after about 5 hits, noticed it was starting to take the oil. Emptied the first round of 3-in-1 oil into the joint. Refilled, rotated bucket 10 degrees,and did it again. After each emptying of the tool, I would rotate the bucket all the way through it's range many times. As I did more and more old grease and oil came out of the joint.
By the time I had refilled the cleaner tool about 6 times, using a total of only about 1 1/2 ounces of 3-in-1 oil. I then picked up my grease gun, and the joint accepted grease like it was new.
Absolutely great tool, seems built very solid, it grabs onto the grease zerk tight, allowing the oil to be forced into the joint. In fact, the hardest part of the job was pulling the tool off of the zerk each time to refill.
Highly recommend, you may not need it if you always keep your tools greased, but if you run into an old dry joint that was abused from lack of cleaning and greasing, then this tool is a must. Tks Northern, and thank you ipatools for a great product.
August 8, 2014
Quality tool, easy to use. You need to find the right oil to use, I don't have many options in my area, so I have to use oil for air tools. When I can get to a better store I can get the right penetrating oil for the job.
July 29, 2014
Too far gone.
Recently purchased a used skid steer for my construction business that had 4 fittings not taking grease. This did not worked as well as I had hoped but I think they were also too far gone. I was only able to get one fitting unclogged. However it had a lot of pressure too it and I think after the initial mud removal from the lower bucket pins, the tool will work well.
June 5, 2014
I was very surprised about the quality of this tool. This is a must have if you own machine as tractor. It can save you a lot on repair!
February 4, 2014
Saved me a ton of time
Tool is easy to use and fixes a common problem with any heavy equipment. Just put a little lube in the tube, give it a few taps. Even opens up fittings that were blocked for years. Well worth the money.
September 17, 2013
Did not free up my grease joint
I have a grease joint on my backhoe that doesn't take grease. I followed the directions and did just as they said. In the end, the rubber seal in the zerk fitting head gave out and oil started squirting everywhere. If this happened after a lot of use, that would be one thing, but this happened on the first use. Might work for something lighter - but this didn't meet my needs.
June 25, 2013
Used to fix a fitting on my tractor that would not take grease. A couple of fills with oil and the flex hose and it now takes grease again. Great tool especially if the fitting is in a place that you can't use a torch with to loosen up the grease.
December 30, 2012
Worked Great on Outboards
I recommend this to anyone with outboard engines. Often as Salt water gets into steering and tilt tubes the grease hardens. I wish I had this years ago to get penetrating oil into all my zerks before regreasing. I have it now and fixed a significant stiff steering issue. It stands up as a true American Made Tool. Quality, functional and lasts.
November 8, 2012
Works as it is designed
Tool shot light weight oil into zerks just as it was designed. One zerk still did not accept grease, but after a couple days, the lightweight oil loosened the old grease and it took grease.
August 13, 2012