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srsu99
Posted 7/17/2013 20:49 (#3214290)
Subject: 18volt millwalkee grease gun wont prime


Central / West Texas

well after a month of waiting our 18 volt greasegun arived today.  Put a tube of grease in.  Pushed rod forward, bled air from bleeder and pumped a little grease.  Seemed to work well for a few zerks and then no grease.  I know I am not out of grease in the tube from just a few zerks.  Any tricks to this thing.  Never had this trouble with lincoln pistol grip manual guns. 

Thanks in advance. 

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P.P.Inc.
Posted 7/17/2013 20:54 (#3214303 - in reply to #3214290)
Subject: Re: 18volt millwalkee grease gun wont prime


Quincy, IL
I have several of the milwaukee grease guns and sometimes it will pump some then loose prime. I just push the primer again, sometime pump while pushing the prime button. It seems to be just the tubes that I store laying on there side. If I store them standing up I have alot better luck. Hope this helps.
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srsu99
Posted 7/17/2013 21:04 (#3214323 - in reply to #3214303)
Subject: Re: 18volt millwalkee grease gun wont prime


Central / West Texas
Thanks, I will have to look at the way we have the cases of tubes stored. As hot as it is here it wont take long for the grease to find it's way to the other side of the tube if they are indeed stacked wrong.
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poor loser
Posted 7/17/2013 21:56 (#3214484 - in reply to #3214323)
Subject: Re: 18volt millwalkee grease gun wont prime



north central ky
Our Lincoln's do that a lot. I usually hold the trigger in and start unscrewing the cartridge and it will prime up. Worth a try.
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stripfarmer
Posted 7/17/2013 22:20 (#3214544 - in reply to #3214484)
Subject: Re: 18volt millwalkee grease gun wont prime


west central wisconsin
We have better luck with moly than our synthetic priming correctly. We prime as you say, pushing in plunger and holding prime button, and can usually hear some air escape. but sometimes we have to fidget with unscrewing the barrel also. There is more discussions here on this issue. I have been thinking about the heat lately and how all grease should be soft and prime easily. We have not had great luck with the standard tips locking on very well. I will still never go back to manual guns.
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OLfarms
Posted 7/17/2013 22:32 (#3214590 - in reply to #3214303)
Subject: Re: 18volt millwalkee grease gun wont prime


Sw Mn
We have had Lincoln's for awhile it takes some getting used to when u prime them . I thread it a couple turns hit the trigger and rod at the same time , u will hear it prime and screw together away u go.hope this helps
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mkurkowski
Posted 7/17/2013 22:46 (#3214620 - in reply to #3214290)
Subject: RE: 18volt millwalkee grease gun wont prime



Ogallala,NE
i've had an 18V milwaukee for a month or so and no troubles thus far. once you're sure there's grease in the tube, try 'pumping' the bleeder (press it multiple times rapidly). this seems to work the best for me. if that still doesn't work, unscrew the tube until it is almost to disengage from the gun and wriggle it side to side until you no longer hear air excaping.

fyi, when in high gear the 18V gun gets rid of grease IN A HURRY. the first time i used mine i couldn't believe how fast i emptied a tube of grease. i guess my point is double check to make sure you're not out of grease.
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3weeksbehind
Posted 7/18/2013 00:57 (#3214739 - in reply to #3214620)
Subject: Re: 18volt millwalkee grease gun wont prime


NESD
Had some trouble priming the first tube but since has worked well. Good luck.
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Larry NCKS
Posted 7/18/2013 01:06 (#3214743 - in reply to #3214290)
Subject: RE: 18volt millwalkee grease gun wont prime


Washington, Kansas & Lincoln, Nebraska
I've never had trouble with prime on my 14.4v Lincoln electric. I think it may be partially in the way the grease tubes are stored. I also think greases differ. If your Milwaukee started well, then lost prime, I'd guess one of these is more likely to be the culprit.
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IowaMark
Posted 7/18/2013 02:58 (#3214761 - in reply to #3214290)
Subject: RE: 18volt millwalkee grease gun wont prime



NW Iowa. / SW Arizona
Did you give your rod a 1/4 to 1/2 turn when it is fully extracted before pushing it back in? If that doesn't work as a last resort I take off the hose where it hooks up to gun and keep trying until it gets primed. I don't have the 18v Milwaukee but do have the Milwaukee 12v and so far but haven't had this issue but have this issue with previous guns. Frustrating to say the least when this happens.
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dairyman78
Posted 7/18/2013 06:58 (#3214880 - in reply to #3214290)
Subject: RE: 18volt millwalkee grease gun wont prime


S.C. Wisconsin
Did you take the cap off of the grease tube? Don't laugh I have left one on and cursed the gun!
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centexchris
Posted 7/18/2013 07:42 (#3214971 - in reply to #3214880)
Subject: RE: 18volt millwalkee grease gun wont prime


Dublin,TX

dairyman78 - 7/18/2013 06:58 Did you take the cap off of the grease tube? Don't laugh I have left one on and cursed the gun!

This is what I came here to say.  Last week I did this for the first time in my life.  To make matters worse, I did it twice.  I think I must have had a stroke.

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centexchris
Posted 7/18/2013 07:43 (#3214975 - in reply to #3214290)
Subject: RE: 18volt millwalkee grease gun wont prime


Dublin,TX

BTW, my hat comes off for general Ross.

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stripfarmer
Posted 7/18/2013 09:11 (#3215121 - in reply to #3214290)
Subject: Re: 18volt millwalkee grease gun wont prime


west central wisconsin
When you say you pushed the rod forward, I assume you gave it a quarter turn so when pushed forward it actually compressed the grease and forced air out the bleed hole. Not trying to poke fun here, it can be a bit fidgety to get the rod to actually engage the plunger
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mdnelson86
Posted 7/18/2013 09:36 (#3215156 - in reply to #3214290)
Subject: Re: 18volt millwalkee grease gun wont prime


Paxton, IL
Assuming all the other suggestions have been checked and you're still having problems, I had trouble on my Milwaukee M12 grease gun where it would work for a while, then loose prime, then work for a while, then quit. I ended up contacting Milwaukee about it. They sent me to my local service center where they replaced the whole grease barrel assembly. After that it has worked great. Not sure what was wrong with the first one, but it was defiantly not right.

I would assume the 18v version uses a similar (if not the same) barrel as the 12v gun.
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