Impossible grease nipples

snarling bee

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Location
Bedford
Just spent over an hour doing a fifty hour grease on a 4220 Fastrac with front linkage and pto. Still have not got grease in one UJ on front pto drive shaft, despite half an hour and OHs help cranking engine.

What other grease nipples drive you to distraction, and you walk away saying 'who the .... designed this'?
 

Campbell

Member
Location
Herefordshire
Some early Japanese pickups had impossible greasers on the prop shafts, until we discovered the grease gun extension end device, that was provided in the spare wheel tool kit. I expect they are all sealed bearings now.
 
Fastrac with front linkage and pto.
got to Grease your prop shaft, I was once coming up the A15 one Saturday night passed RAF Scampton about midnight, Shaft UJ went, within a couple of seconds, it flailed about battering the hyd tank and knocked a hole in it, at same time it knocked an air tank off, and brakes came on stopping it dead, and the heat off the yoke ignited the hyd oil, and bust into flames, I got out and was trying to put the fire out with a jacket to smother the flames while the bus driver following me was pulling me out from under the JCB by the feet, fire brigade came and put it out, had to lie under the pee wet through thing the screw the spring brakes off to get it towed off the road, funnily enough it was a bloody hard to get to grease nipple, and did get missed more than it should of, if only the nipple was in 1 of the caps, it might of been done more often
 

ColinV6

Member
There’s one nipple on our new manitou on the headstock that I cannot for the life of me get to. Have tried every possible angle and it’s always just coming out the side rather than going in. Can’t get the gun to seat on it right.
 

Chae1

Member
Location
Aberdeenshire
There's generally 2 that are difficult on 2170, the one under cab beside diesel tank, and the one on handbrake assembly. Need to lye underneath it with light and get somebody to shunt about till it lines up. Not very health and safety friendly.

Somedays you get really lucky and they're all pointing in right direction.
 

Andrew

Member
Location
Huntingdon, UK
Just spent over an hour doing a fifty hour grease on a 4220 Fastrac with front linkage and pto. Still have not got grease in one UJ on front pto drive shaft, despite half an hour and OHs help cranking engine.

What other grease nipples drive you to distraction, and you walk away saying 'who the .... designed this'?
I thought that grease nipple was a 500hr one? But I could be wrong. I agree, it’s not easy.
 

Chae1

Member
Location
Aberdeenshire
Just spent over an hour doing a fifty hour grease on a 4220 Fastrac with front linkage and pto. Still have not got grease in one UJ on front pto drive shaft, despite half an hour and OHs help cranking engine.

What other grease nipples drive you to distraction, and you walk away saying 'who the .... designed this'?
Can you not turn front pto drive shaft by hand? On our 2170 you can turn rear pto driveshaft by hand making it easy to line up.
 
The front end of the steering ram on our JCB TM220 is a pain due to the multiple hydraulic hoses in that area.
Today we got even and fitted a remote greaser pipe. Many thanks to Scot JCB who made up what actually works rather than what I asked for!
 

nick...

Member
Location
south norfolk
The grease nipples on the hub side of front axle on 531/70 I find impossible to do and I’ve never done them,bought a jcb service tool too.allways jack up whole machine and turn wheels to get at nipples but the above are impossible
Nick...
 

Andrew

Member
Location
Huntingdon, UK
The grease nipples on the hub side of front axle on 531/70 I find impossible to do and I’ve never done them,bought a jcb service tool too.allways jack up whole machine and turn wheels to get at nipples but the above are impossible
Nick...
I was told those gripples are there for the factory and shouldn’t be greased. But once greased, you have to keep greasing them.

None of ours have ever been greased there before, and never had a failure in 10,000s of hours.
 

Shovelhands

Member
Location
Sunny Essex
I was told those gripples are there for the factory and shouldn’t be greased. But once greased, you have to keep greasing them.

None of ours have ever been greased there before, and never had a failure in 10,000s of hours.
I was told the same, but only after the rep had handed me the special adapter tool and we’d greased the machine several times! :banghead:
That was on a 59plate 535-95. It was awkward, but possible to do all the nipples once you had the knack. I did however break one off once in the process! :eek:That was an adventure, and required some thinking outside the box to remove and replace it! :confused:
 

snarling bee

Member
Location
Bedford
I thought that grease nipple was a 500hr one? But I could be wrong. I agree, it’s not easy.
In the book it says 50, on the plastic panel it says 500. The machine is new to me so I wanted to get it done anyway.

Can you not turn front pto drive shaft by hand? On our 2170 you can turn rear pto driveshaft by hand making it easy to line up.
Its permanently attached to the front of the engine crank. Clutch I assume is in the gearbox on the front.
 

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