First, this isn''t a USA made product, but an assembled in USA with foreign (Chinese?) parts. It is SEVENTY bucks for a device that should have been twenty-five to thirty bucks . Why? Read on. The assembly quality of this gun I received is awful. The threads taps...
First, this isn''t a USA made product, but an assembled in USA with foreign (Chinese?) parts. It is SEVENTY bucks for a device that should have been twenty-five to thirty bucks . Why? Read on.
The assembly quality of this gun I received is awful. The threads taps for the hose to the guns in-line swivel and lock-N-Lube head are made with worn out tooling and don''t seat past maybe half-way into the treads. A quality part should GLIDE into place. I took this apart several times thinking it is cross threads as the threads were JUST getting started before it would bind on ALL the fittings. Awful feeling assembly wise. The threads and/or tap holes aren''t made right for a proper fit.
The lock-n-lube head is a good idea, but it is LARGE and many, many zerk fittings won''t allow clearances for such a large head piece. If you have wide open space around all your zerks, OK, But DO NOT get rid of your standard zerk fitting gun, you''ll need it as the lock-n-lube zerk head novelty won''t be too useful everywhere except to skin you knuckles in tight places.
The thumb lever is STIFF. In a tight fit, where you barely get your finger on it, it takes the strength of Connan do depress it enough to fit the connector. I can do 50 push-ups, so I''m not terrible feeble. It is very course in feel, not like a quality part that glides when used, so it BINDS and sticks making it even harder to use. Yes, even with grease all over it.
The Lock-N-Lube head does work well where it fits, but not any better than my forty year old 100% USA made 3 Oz mini gun''s zerk fitting. It never leaks or pops off either. I wanted a 14 oz gun as the mower uses lots of grease and those 3 oz tubes are $$$.
OK, I have a gun that SHOULD have been applicable everywhere but marketing sold an idea that isn''t really done yet, it is too big and too hard to use the lock-n-lube in tight quarters. So now what? I''m in the market to REMOVE and REPLACE this so called "advantage" for even more money. When I get the proper ZERK head, this lock-n-lub will go into the novelty drawer never to be used again.
I can drill and tap a silly zerk fitting on ANY grease gun to loop the hose around to package when not in use. That storage feature and the lock-n-lube head aren''t worth the $40.00 premium over the $25.00 to $30.00 guns on the market...made with Chinese made worn out tooling, same, same as they say on quality. WHERE is the premium that I paid for in this tool? It isn''t there when any Chinese knock-off is as good, better even as the tool will FIT in all the places a zerk is installed, not the lock-n-lube.
Would I buy again? NEVER EVER as it fails on nearly ALL counts to be so expensive. It is as CHEAPLY as the Chinese knock-offs I looked at (worse to be honest, those threaded fittings!), it assembles CHEAP and the main "features" that is left to consider is a problem more often that not. OK, the handy zerk fitting to store the tube is OK but you can buy and install a storage zerk on any grease gun and do that for 75 cents.
I get REALLY pissed when USA made isn''t. This is just a front product at a high price to appear to be USA made. Who ever made the foreign parts needs to be talked to. Worse, lock-n-lube needs to QC the stuff they are getting for a superior fit and finish to charge seventy bucks for this gun. It works when I de-content it to a standard thirty dollar gun.
The lock-n-lube fitting is a rough work in progress and isn''t where it needs to be in so many zerk locations that it is more of a, "do you feel lucky punk, well do you" kind of thing. Not the best single tool to have and too expensive after you REMOVE this guns so called feature.
If you like poor quality that still manages to work, and like to replace the zerk head on many locations, well, the lock-n-lube head does "work" when it can be used. I''ll give it that, but that''s it.
Buy a CHEAP Chinese gun and TRY the zerk head if you want to that can be bought separately and if room allows. The rest of the gun is a no go as it is a cheap Chinese equivalent product.
Not real thrilled about what made, or even QC''ed, in America means today.