Makita cordless grease gun XPG01 review
The Makita cordless grease gun makes the tedious maintenance of devices child’s play
Makita’s 18V LXT range is expanded to include the first wireless grease gun. The Makita cordless grease gun is a big upgrade over the more traditional hand pumps. To quote Will Smith from Men In Black II, “Old and busted… new hotness”.
- Long hose provides better access to hard-to-reach areas
- The auto-speed mode provides a precise flow rate
- Shortens the maintenance time
- 10,000 PSI maximum pressure
- 10 ounces per minute maximum output
- Slightly heavier than other 18V grease guns
- No piston markings to indicate the remaining grease level
Makita cordless grease gun performance
Anyone who has experience working with heavy machinery knows that it is foolish to do without the grease can. In my previous life, I worked as a drill rig operator for a geotechnical company. Due to the nature of the machines we use, it was crucial to grease all moving parts on a daily basis to avoid any metal-to-metal contact. Even so, applying grease to 25 or 30 grease nipples is torture for your hands.
Automatic grease guns are nothing new to the market and we are seeing more and more companies joining. The first used a pneumatic system, but newer wireless options leave out the air hose and compressor, which makes them incredibly convenient.
We reached out to our trusted rancher Eli Mosley to see how Makita’s cordless grease gun affects the maintenance of his equipment. He is responsible for several large tractors, a bulldozer and a front loader, as well as some smaller equipment. Each part has numerous fittings (pins, sockets, etc.) that must be greased daily to function properly. If you think this isn’t a big deal, you find that some of these machines have literally dozens of connections!
He was stuck in the dark ages using a hand grease, so using batteries saved valuable time from his maintenance schedule. The high pressure of 10,000 PSI and the impressive maximum grease delivery of 10 oz had no problem keeping up with the number of connections and the amount of grease needed. When the timer says sunrise to sunset, whatever saves you time means you can do more work to keep the ranch running like clockwork.
Makita Cordless Grease Gun Performance Design Notes
The Makita XPG01 has a two-speed motor that allows you to adjust the pace of your lubrication. Low is perfect for hitting bearings, small lubrication points and rounding off your daily checklist.
Auto-speed mode is great if you have a large amount of fat as the pump can handle up to 10 fl-oz of fat per minute. The automatic part of this mode varies the flow rate to match the resistance of the grease absorbing part.
Should the internal pressure exceed a critical value, grease will automatically flow out of the pressure relief valve until a safe level is reached. This can happen if you work in a particularly hot area or if you expose the device to direct sunlight for a long period of time.
As with most grease guns, the Makita cordless grease gun picks up both standard grease and loose grease, if you have some on hand. The vent valve on the front makes priming incredibly easy. After releasing the plunger, simply loosen the valve to vent any trapped air and tighten when all of the air has escaped. They know that when a small amount of grease comes out of the valve, you’re good to go.
This is the first Makita cordless grease gun, it hits the nail on the head ergonomically. The straight handle is very similar to that of a top-handle jigsaw and is comfortable to hold. In order to cope with the weight of the tool of 11.3 (with 2.0 Ah battery), there is a removable shoulder strap and a locking button for large-volume work.
A front-mounted LED light eliminates the need for a flashlight or headlamp when working in low light. Unlike many other power tools, the LED light doesn’t just come on when you pull the trigger. Instead, you have to press the on / off button whenever you want the light. It glows for about 60 seconds after you release the shutter button.
What is unusual is that you have to go through the process every time you want the light, whether or not you used it on the previous print.
A detachable clip attaches to the hose on either side of the canister when not in use. I think it’s good that you can hook it on both sides. The hose is just over 47 inches long, so accessing hard-to-reach zerks is not a problem for the Makita. Regardless of whether you are left-handed or right-handed, you can run the hose opposite your carrying hand and avoid additional grease stains on your pants.
Makita 18V cordless grease gun performance price
The Makita XPG01 costs $ 239 as a mere tool or $ 299 with a 2.0 Ah battery and charger. Both options come with a 3-year limited warranty. Compared to the other cordless grease guns on the market, this is rather expensive.
The bottom line
The Makita cordless grease gun has the flow rate, hose length, and maximum PSI output to rival any other option available, but with better construction than most. While it’s available at a higher price than many other brands, it’s a huge time saver that complements your other 18V LXT device maintenance tools well.
Performance data of the Makita cordless grease gun
- Model: Makita XPG01
- Power source: Makita 18V battery system
- Max. Flow rate: 10 fl-oz. per minute
- Lock-on button: Yes
- 2-speed motor
- LED work lights
- Hose length: 47.25 inches.
- Variable speed trigger
- Weight: 10.5 lbs (bare), 11.31 lbs (with 2.0 Ah battery)
- Max outlet pressure: 10,000 PSI
- Guarantee: limited 3 years
- Price: $ 239.00 (naked), $ 299.00 (kit with battery and charger)