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Tecalemit mini grease gun questions
#821762 08/30/20 6:24 am
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Hi all,

I've acquired a tecalemit mini grease gun for the bike.
https://flic.kr/p/2jBqhTG
It seems in good shape, I just had a question about the cork 'plunger' inside.
It doesn't fit closely with the bore, is that how it is supposed to be?
https://flic.kr/p/2jBuzeZ

Does any one have tips on how to fill it? I seem to recall that being critical to the function.

Thanks,

Luke

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Re: Tecalemit mini grease gun questions
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Some tubs of grease have a plastic doughnut in them. The bottom of the gun with the cap removed pressed down on the doughnut will force grease into the gun. If you don’t have that luxury just pack it with a spoon or spatula etc. The extended nose of the gun doesn’t come back out as far as the gun is emptied, it sticks out a good way when it’s full. HTH


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Re: Tecalemit mini grease gun questions
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Keep it as a decoration, they are one step up from completely useless, very difficult to fill, very messy, and very prone to air locking. They do look lovely though.


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Hopefully Howley wont mind this minor and relevant hijack.

I agree the Tecalemit guns are not great. In a former life I did a lot of work around heavy plant and machinery and so a grease gun was a daily ritual. Obviously they were large ones and since then I have never found a small one (preferably small enough for a toolkit) that I was entirely happy with.

So does anyone have any recommendations for a small and effective grease gun?

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Re: Tecalemit mini grease gun questions
George Kaplan #822201 09/03/20 10:10 am
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Originally Posted by George Kaplan
Hopefully Howley wont mind this minor and relevant hijack.

I agree the Tecalemit guns are not great. In a former life I did a lot of work around heavy plant and machinery and so a grease gun was a daily ritual. Obviously they were large ones and since then I have never found a small one (preferably small enough for a toolkit) that I was entirely happy with.

So does anyone have any recommendations for a small and effective grease gun?


See the link below, the smallest cartridge types of grease gun are ideal for bike use, a flexible hose is a good idea . I have the type with a rigid pipe so flexy not too important.
https://www.grainger.com/category/lubrication/grease-guns?attrs=Cartridge+Capacity|3+oz.&filters=attrs
A good grease gun will have a bleed screw to help purge air after a refill.
Hot tip, when applying the gun female end to the nipple put a scrap of cotton cloth over the nipple first, this helps more than you would think, engagemnet is more positive with less leakage around the nipple.
Buy a couple of types of grease, regular LM , and the black stuff with moly.

Be very careful lubing brake pivot points, less is better than more here.These small guns can still deliver too much in certain areas.

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Of the 5 grease nipples BSA fitted to my bike none are of any use.
Middle of headstock tube - No bearings there
Middle of front hub - No bearings there
Middle of rear hub - No bearings there
Front break cam - I'm not forcing grease into a brake for nobody
Clutch arm pivot - The gearbox oil does a splendid job of lubricating this


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Re: Tecalemit mini grease gun questions
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My canam had one in middle of the headstock tube. You’d keep pumping until all the shitty grease was pushed out and the clean grease Was visible at the bearings.


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Re: Tecalemit mini grease gun questions
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Originally Posted by Andy Higham
Of the 5 grease nipples BSA fitted to my bike none are of any use.
Middle of headstock tube - No bearings there
Middle of front hub - No bearings there
Middle of rear hub - No bearings there
Front break cam - I'm not forcing grease into a brake for nobody
Clutch arm pivot - The gearbox oil does a splendid job of lubricating this


Fair point, a good friend once bought a very well looked after 1960 A10, the whole of the rear number plate housing was filled with grease!

On my 71 the main grease points are the swinging arm bearings, thats all I use the gun on.


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