Which oiler for a Ransomes Marquis, Minor and Mercury?
I need to obtain an oiler for my Ransomes machines. I understand that Tecalemit produced some for the Ransomes machines but can't find a model number anywhere or a close up picture of what I should be looking for.
Does anyone have a model number or even a close up picture of the oiler end that fits onto the oil nipples?
Ebay has many on offer but they are all referred to as grease guns - either because they are grease guns or the seller isn't aware that they could be oilers.
Time for a thesis on the N word, or lubricators, if you wish.
In many cases on classic Ransomes machines the original straight nipples will have been replaced with the more current snap-on nipples - except those in the rear rollers, which , I believe are pressed into the roller hubs and not screwed. I have never tried to remove or do the swap which would also involve enlarging the access holes through the roller shell to allow entry of the later snap-on type connector.
Modern UK snap-n (small S! )
Typical of those on older Ransomes and others
Selection of grease and oil applicators.
From left to right. A Swiss made Wanner, with a snap-on connector, the R-R of grease guns in its day.
Then a Tecalamit with a push connector for older style "straight" nipples. Not sure of their correct name but as yet I have failed to find a source of supply. Even the so called Nipple Shop is unable to help. This gun came with the tool kit for a Boss fork truck , has plenty of capacity and fits through the access holes in Ransomes rollers. No identifying script on the cap other than Tecalamit.
Then a Wanner oil gun. Brilliant but the nozzle is too large for the access holes in Ransomes rear rollers.
Then a Tecalamit that came with a Ransomes Ajax. It has an alloy screw on cap with labelled Tecalamit, a patent number 729915 and a Cat No GB2802. it will do Ransomes rear rollers.
Finally another Tecalamit or copy of. Plastic cap and no script.
The business end of a gun for the Ransomes pattern straight nipples
A very helpful post there Angus - I too am currently trying to source a suitable oil gun for my Ransomes Marquis machines.
In your picture 'Selection of grease and oil applicators' - the second one from the left, the Tecalemit that fits the Ransomes pattern oil nipples - although nothing other than the brand name on the cap, are there any markings at all on the nozzle? I ask because I bought a Tecalemit advertised as a grease gun, in the hope of using it for oil. Although the nozzle on the end is concave and fits the newer style snap-on lubricators, it's no good for the Ransomes shape as it's far too big. If the nozzle on yours has a part number I could try to source a nozzle, which would allow me so swap nozzles to cover both types of lubricator. It's not very good at retaining SAE30 oil and leaks quite a bit, so I keep it upright in a tall jar, but would hopefully be up to the job if i could find an alternative nozzle for the end
I’ll have a look in the morning. I also have another Wanner trigger gun type that I fitted with a Ransomes Type nipple connector. I haven’t used it for ages so it will take some digging out of the surplus tools box. There was a guy who used to have a stall at the village classic car show and would nearly always have a Wanner or two , most with something broken or missing but he was always good for a deal .
The Wanner that I’ve never seen either new or used was the trigger gun version with a larger reservoir. Remember seeing the advertisement for it in Motor or Autocar back in the late 50s but never seen one in the metal.
Thank you Wristpin for the detailed reply. I will need to look at my Ransomes machines to see what n's I've got.
I have two Wanner grease guns as in your photo - I had no idea they were considered the RR of grease guns, both mine came via local Freecycle!