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PLO NW MN
Posted 12/13/2010 12:28 (#1483590)
Subject: Remote grease zerk



NW MN
Looking to put an extension tube to a couple of grease zerks. Anybody have a source for fittings or hose for this sort of job? 1/8" fitting i think then need 20 ft of tubing, then second zerk would be 15' of tubing.
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WTW
Posted 12/13/2010 12:57 (#1483619 - in reply to #1483590)
Subject: Re: Remote grease zerk


R.M. of Stanley, Manitoba Canada
1/4" hydraulic hose works if you can not find anything cheaper.
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bmac4020
Posted 12/13/2010 13:16 (#1483654 - in reply to #1483590)
Subject: Re: Remote grease zerk


Medora, IL
Maybe some air line they use for truck brakes would work? Should be good for pressure and the fittings might be close to what you need. Just an idea, i haven't tried it myself.
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illinifarmer1
Posted 12/13/2010 13:37 (#1483686 - in reply to #1483654)
Subject: Re: Remote grease zerk


Illinois
Hyd. hose is the way to go, have done it for years, is flexible for mounting too.

Edited by illinifarmer1 12/13/2010 13:38
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a of jag
Posted 12/13/2010 13:57 (#1483725 - in reply to #1483590)
Subject: Re: Remote grease zerk


Airline works really good also as the one post says. I have done it with very good success. 1/4 inch hydralic hose is also very easy to use it is just more costly, so it probaly depends on the application as to which one to use. Good luck.
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t-boss
Posted 12/13/2010 14:06 (#1483736 - in reply to #1483590)
Subject: Re: Remote grease zerk



sc ia
Steel brake line is another option.
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Virginia Veg.
Posted 12/13/2010 14:19 (#1483751 - in reply to #1483736)
Subject: We like steel brake line too



Eastern VA. No such thing as too many Magnums.
Steel lines are better than hoses unless you have some mean turns that you can't deal with. It's cheaper and will handle higher pressure. But sometimes you're stuck with hose if the path won't allow steel lines.
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Rawleigh
Posted 12/13/2010 14:27 (#1483765 - in reply to #1483751)
Subject: Re: Remote grease zerk



White Stone, Virginia
Soft copper lines will work too if you aren't putting too much pressure on it.
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tooth and nail
Posted 12/13/2010 16:09 (#1483873 - in reply to #1483590)
Subject: Re: Remote grease zerk


Don't most grease guns put out over 6000 PSI ?

I don't think air tubing is rated much over 250 PSI is it?
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a of jag
Posted 12/13/2010 17:38 (#1484003 - in reply to #1483873)
Subject: Re: Remote grease zerk


no it is not but it does work. I am not sure why it does not blow out given the pressures, but very seldom does it.
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cowhater
Posted 12/13/2010 17:41 (#1484008 - in reply to #1483590)
Subject: RE: Remote grease zerk


DE
definitely use something that will handle the pressures. If the line breaks you may think you're greasing the bearing but you're not. I've run into that problem before. Manufacturer used cheap low pressure plastic line. Plastics can become brittle over time especially if not uv resistant. Course I have also seen steel lines rub in to if vibration is a factor (NH forage harvester head)

Edited by cowhater 12/13/2010 17:44
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lylefarm
Posted 12/13/2010 18:05 (#1484048 - in reply to #1483590)
Subject: Re: Remote grease zerk



East of Dowagiac Michigan
Just remember to fill the tube before you connect it.....20 ft of 1/4" line will take a fair amount of grease to fill.
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Hay Hud Ohio
Posted 12/13/2010 18:25 (#1484076 - in reply to #1483590)
Subject: RE: Remote grease zerk



SW Ohio
Auto lubers use some small high pressure stuff, but it is made of unobtainium and takes special fittings, does it need to be that long? I would use brake line as far as I could. A lot of the hoes and dozers that have auto systems use steel part of the way.
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dondozer
Posted 12/13/2010 18:54 (#1484116 - in reply to #1483590)
Subject: Re: Remote grease zerk


NW Ohio,near Findlay
Go to combine salvage yard, MF410 510 has lots of them under hood. Fittings and all on block, never broke one in 30 years
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Ron..NE ILL..10/48
Posted 12/13/2010 18:59 (#1484124 - in reply to #1483765)
Subject: Re: Remote grease zerk



Chebanse, IL

I once built a "grease bank" for a DMI field cultivator. I tried the plastic air lines that someone suggested here in another reply. The grease will soften the plastic & then it will "blister" & pop eventually. I thought it was a good solution at first, until the lines softened in a couple of days.

The "soft copper" tubing turned out to be the best & most economical solution. You can cut it, route it, & use compression fittings & get the job done. The copper held the pressure for me. My experience showed me that the zerk would give up & leak past the jaws first if grease flow was hindered. Probably the only downside I saw to the copper might be accidental crimping of the line. You might not realize it & prevent grease flow & blame the wrong target.

Soft copper is what you buy @ plumbing supply in rolls & has corresponding compression fittings. Hard copper could be used for long straight runs, but you have to solder the hard copper normally.

Good luck.

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Ron..NE ILL..10/48
Posted 12/13/2010 19:03 (#1484129 - in reply to #1484048)
Subject: Re: Remote grease zerk



Chebanse, IL
1/4" line would be big. When I did the soft copper runs, I used 1/8" like supplies ice makers in refrigerators. To me, even 1/4" hydraulic line would be overkill on size. Look at that little-bitty hole in the zerk (either end!) & realize you first cram the grease thru that. My thoughts anyway.
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jj4910
Posted 12/13/2010 19:22 (#1484168 - in reply to #1483590)
Subject: Re: Remote grease zerk



SE Wyoming
Go to the closest Hesston dealer and buy the Lincoln tubing for a large square baler. About $150 per roll, but it will handle grease gun pressure. The fittings are available for almost any type of grease fitting. Most are 1/4" quick connect, but also some compression types too.
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Ray (ecks)
Posted 12/13/2010 19:41 (#1484215 - in reply to #1483590)
Subject: RE: Remote grease zerk



Find a company that custom builds hoses. Most of them have a plastic tubing that is made for grease zerks and for remote applications. In Kansas City we use Clarkson Power Flow, but I am sure there are some closer to you. It's cheaper than hydraulic hose and you won't have the problems like you do with air lines. Simple compression fittings, just screw in an adapter, slip the nut and a compression ring on the tubing and screw it down. Works great. You will find yourself making grease banks on other machines once you get started.
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PLO NW MN
Posted 12/13/2010 19:50 (#1484243 - in reply to #1483590)
Subject: RE: Remote grease zerk



NW MN
Went with brake airline, but I over shoot my original length post. First zerk 15', second zerk around 8'. This on top of a 12 row sugarbeet rotobeeter, zerks are in the middle of machine that grease hanger bearings. Ran the lines to front of machine so a guy would not have climb up and grease zerks. Thanks for all the ideas the lines are visible so if it fails should be able to see grease coming out, only 10 months till we field test it.
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nevinstobbe
Posted 12/13/2010 21:40 (#1484581 - in reply to #1483590)
Subject: Re: Remote grease zerk


Manitoba, Canada
anyone know of a source for 1/4 inch bulkheads so you can mount them nice to a bracket?
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Big Ben
Posted 12/13/2010 23:13 (#1484840 - in reply to #1483590)
Subject: Rubber brake line hose = works perfect


Columbia Basin, Moses Lake, WA
The local hydraulic shop here has a giant roll (like 4,000', the guy that ordered it got an earfull from the owners) of rubber brake line hose. It is small diameter, easy to bend and route, and made to safely handle VERY high pressures. I would not call it cheap, but I plan to use it for some remote grease lines.
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