IPA Grease Fitting Cleaner
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
IPA Grease Fitting Cleaner
The tool worked mostly as advertised but the flexible hose is pretty well useless. Additionally, I found that even using this tool I still needed to go buy a good pneumatic powered grease gun to complete the job. I still ended up with one difficult fitting that I could not lube. The tool needs solid angled extensions for awkward locations.
August 13, 2012
I take this tool on every job
I first used this on a old skid steer for a new customer that was never greased and had most likely 1 or 2 fittings that actually took grease. It cleared up every fitting on the entire machine. I use trans fluid and find that it works better then motor oil. Most of the fittings just needed a few taps and were cleared right up. Two fittings initially did not clear up. I unscrewed the zerk fitting cleaned out as much old solid grease as possible, put the zerk fitting back on and with a slightly bigger hammer cleared them out. This is another tool I should have bought a long time ago.
April 15, 2012
I have a backhoe swing post bearing that I hadn't been able to get grease into for since I bought the backhoe used a few years ago. I had been thinking of making something similar to this when I tripped over it on Northern Tools.
I filled it with 30W oil. Get the air out - any 'bounce' means you still have some - taking off the zerk coupler makes it easy to fill and easy to 'burp; the coupler only needs to be screwed on hand-tight. I put it on the fitting which for me happened to be straight up with a clear shot for the hammer and I started hitting it with a 24oz hammer. It took probably 30-40 hits and a 2nd load of oil before oil started to spray out of the bearing joints.
I doubt I could have gotten this kind of force on the oil if I had to use the flex hose and certainly would have sheared off an angle zerk fitting - getting broken ones out ain't fun.
Since zerk fittings are usually easy to unscrew, it would be nice to have had adaptors to the standard zerk threads and then use them instead of the zerk coupler.
The zerk coupler showed some signs of damage to the rubber gasket inside after my whacking. For occasional use this shouldn't be a problem (you will remember to grease your equipment regularly now, eh?) but you may need to replace the coupler eventually.
June 13, 2011