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    Cartridge stuck in grease gun

    Took both ends of a grease gun and cartridge gun and could not get the cartridge gun. Tried to pull it out with a pair of locking pliers. Still won't come out. Anybody face this problem before and how did you get the cartridge out. Not a cheap gun, the other one went in the trash. Thanks for any assist you can give me. Thought about getting really long screwdriver between the cylinder and the cartridge and break the bond. Frank

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    The cartridge is paper.
    One end has a metal ring on it.
    On the other end you can collapse it, and push it out.
    Happened to me a few times.

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    Sliding a screwdriver down the side from the bottom to the top, and pry it around.

    That should collapse the tube and let it come on out.
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    Sounds like wrong cartridge used or gun not a cartridge gun. Mine just pull out easy when top removed, I would try what you said or drive a sharp narrow blade down and split the cartridge assuming it is not metal. Regards Stephen

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    I need more coffee, i thought the OP had a 45 stuck in the chamber of a machine pistol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerbeans View Post
    I need more coffee, i thought the OP had a 45 stuck in the chamber of a machine pistol.

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    Lol.... that's what I was thinking too!

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    We used to have that happen once in a while - follow what's been described. Once I had a side of the cartridge tube collapsed, I would reach in with a large pair of needle nose pliers and was able to pull it out. When you do get it out, clean the inside of your grease gun tube well. And trust me . . . you aren't the first one this has happened too . .. usually when you are pressed for time.

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    Do NOT stick you fingers in there. That cheap metal ring on the end of the old grease cartridge is a sharp sucker.

    If you can get both ends of the grease gun off, just do what abunaitoo suggested, collapse the cardboard end and push the tube out.

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    I had one stuck like that, put in vice gently and with long all thread or similar rod used as punch tap out from opposite end hit the metal ring from inside popped right out. Prepare for grease all over everything tho. Just be careful not to damage the end threads on your cartridge container.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petrol & Powder View Post
    Do NOT stick you fingers in there. That cheap metal ring on the end of the old grease cartridge is a sharp sucker.
    I got a really nasty cut doing just that! That ring is every bit as sharp as a razor blade and that's not just a figure of speech, it really is that sharp and often hidden under grease. It will not only slice like a razor but it will obviously leave grease in the cut which can cause some serious pain. In my case I not only had to deal with the grease contaminated wound but also some nerve damage that left the end of one finger almost completely numb.
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    No additional help on the OP as all of the usual methods have been posted, just wanted to add though that are also a few older and better quality grease guns that there where the piston is reversible for either bulk load or cartridge feed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thumbcocker View Post
    Read manual and follow all safety procedures

    Oh heck no. This is blasphemy!! That statement is a direct violation of Man Law.


    The first rule of Man Law clearly states:

    "Throw away the instructions, and disconnect or otherwise bypass all safety devices".
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    hahaha....ain't it the truth.

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    45acp stuck in a M3.
    Now that is a problem.

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    Some of your answers were priceless. Tried to grab the metal ring and that came off with a pair of vice grips. Then tried to grab whatever parts of the cartridge with said vise grips and twisted it almost closed and stuck a shovel handle against the vise grips and ram it out. All I got was a greasy shovel handle. So will stick in the vice and try to cut it length wise and split it open. You really cannot get a good grip with gloves on and moly grease is really slippery. And very messy. Thanks for all your comments and suggestions. All this because I wanted to lube all the grease points on my tractor. And not a cheap grease gun, that one is in the trash. Lever keeps sticking. Thanks again,Frank

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    Quote Originally Posted by abunaitoo View Post
    45acp stuck in a M3.
    Now that is a problem.
    I had the answer until I read the post.
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    stupid question but are you sure it has a cartridge in it, some grease guns you fill by hand or suck the grease in like a syringe.
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    Grease guns are like toilets. A seemingly simple device that can drive you nuts when they don't work right. I feel your pain; hay season is here.

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    Definitely is a cartridge gun,grease that is. Frank

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