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Old 04-01-2012, 08:34 PM
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I was able to tilt it back further with it not touching the ground. I didn't try it, but I imagine it will tilt back to the handlebars, or very close to it.
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OK, I feel like a moron for having to ask, but I can't find ANY instructions for the use of a grease gun anywhere.

I haven't touched a grease gun in 25 years. I picked up a decent one for greasing the fittings on the Ferris and I'm at a loss as to how it actually works.

It's a "Powerbuilt" like this, but it also came with a 12" flex hose...




Loading it was no problem and it pumps grease just fine. The problem lies in getting the coupler onto the fitting and what you do to "grease" the fitting.

I tried to push it onto the wheel fitting on my Toro push mower first. It didn't want to go on, so I pushed hard and it "popped" on. Awesome - "pump, pump, pump" that should be good...
WTF? Why won't this thing come back OFF?!!! I pulled so hard it pulled the fitting right out of the Toro!
I got a pair of pliers and tried pulling the fitting out of the coupler. It was STUCK. I then noted that the coupler was knurled, so I tried turning it, and it started to turn. I pulled on the fitting and it came out.

QUESTION:
Is that how these things work? Do you have to "loosen" the coupler, insert coupler onto grease fitting, "tighten" coupler to "lock" it on, and pump grease into fitting? (Then LOOSEN coupler to get it OFF the fitting?)

I assumed you just "snapped" the coupler onto the fitting and pulled it off after filling with grease. Am I wrong? Perhaps there are different types of couplers? Maybe there are different sizes of fittings and I'm using the wrong one - I don't know.

The ONLY instructions included are for FILLING the gun and "operating" it apparently means "pumping the handle until grease flows... DUH! I guess they assume everyone already knows all about the fittings and how THAT part works. I can't even find any info online so I wouldn't have to look like an a$$ by asking on here!
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My grease gun did not come with a correct fitting. I had to go back to the store and buy a fitting that screwed into where I assumed the zerk went. Before I figured this out I had the same issue with the gun not coming loose from the zerk.

Hope that made sense.
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My grease gun did not come with a correct fitting. I had to go back to the store and buy a fitting that screwed into where I assumed the zerk went. Before I figured this out I had the same issue with the gun not coming loose from the zerk.

Hope that made sense.

So how is it SUPPOSED to work?

Push on, pull off? That's it?
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Push on, pull off? That's it?
In the past that is how it was for me. But we are in the same boat, I had not bought/ used a grease gun in years.
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So how is it SUPPOSED to work?

Push on, pull off? That's it?
yup that is how it works, not that hard to do.
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yup that is how it works, not that hard to do.
Thank you.

I THOUGHT that was how it was done. Apparently the coupler on mine is the wrong size, or maybe there's something that's supposed to go into it that goes onto the grease fitting.

At least I'm not crazy. I was thinking that it was ridiculous to have to screw on and unscrew the coupler from the fitting EACH time. Cripes, it takes 4 minutes to do one fitting.

I guess I'll go to the parts store and ask what I need to buy to make this work.
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Crap. I keep forgetting to ask someone what I need to make this grease gun work. Fortunately, the Ferris isn't seeing heavy use yet, so greasing isn't critical.


Speaking of use...


I LOVE this beast!

I love the rumbling purr of that Kawasaki when I turn the key.

I love the ease of maneuvering - especially backing up.

I love the wide (OK, so it's wider than my push mower) cut.

I love the way it devours tall grass without hesitation.




I used it on three lawns today. Two were small, flat areas. One was a fairly steep sloped backyard.

I remembered the tip to start at the bottom and work uphill, so that helped.

It's so hard to accept that I can't manhandle this machine - I control it by using the levers to make it do my bidding! You "drive" these things - you don't "push" them.

I took pics, but too tired to post. Maybe tomorrow.
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