Macnaught’s new, improved BG100 Powergun, is a compact and fully portable battery-operated grease gun which now pumps at 100gm per minute (free flow) almost twice as fast as the original model.
And Powergun buyers now get a spare battery pack, so lubrication work can continue while one battery is being replenished on the one-hour charger provided with the kit.
Each fully charged 12V NiCad 1300mAh battery enables the Powergun to dispense up to three 450gm cartridges at 34500kPa (5000psi, 345bar.).
Underground coal mining equipment specialist Juganaut Industries was one of the first to step up to the latest unit.
Graham Smith, Juganaut’s workshop supervisor, said that three Powerguns were in use at Juganaut’s Mackay, Northern Queensland, facility.
“It’s a high quality, reliable unit for servicing customers’ equipment and our own hire units, here as well as on-site,” Mr Smith said.
“They’re especially good in field servicing, where you can’t always count on having an airline available for a bulk supply grease gun.”
Another enthusiastic Powergun user is Scott Hargrave, head of maintenance at Crane Copper Tube in Penrith, western Sydney.
“It’s big advantage is speed – we’ve cut our lubricating time by around 50 percent since we started using them,” he said.
“It also helps with OH&S, which becomes an issue when you’re got 40-60 nipples to do at a time.”
Macnaught’s marketing manager, Lorenzo Gella, said that cutting servicing time in half makes the Powergun a worthwhile proposition for anyone in the machinery maintenance industry.
“Saving that much time means saving a lot of money, no matter how big or small your operation is,” he said.
The Powergun’s light weight, compact size, one-handed trigger operation, and continuous use with no need to prime make it more convenient than traditional airline or manual grease guns, Mr Gella added.
“It’s exactly what people who have to do routine lubrication are looking for.”
The Powergun is built to operate in temperatures up to 500C, and its extra-long 762mm (30in.) flexible extension is ideal for reaching hard-to-get-at grease points.
If necessary, it can be connected to a bulk refilling or J2 grease pump system.
Powergun won a 2007 Australian Technology & Innovation Award from Power Torque magazine.
The Powergun is packed in a heavy-duty moulded carry case for safe storage and transport, and is available throughout Macnaught’s nationwide network of over 2,000 resellers.