How to grease and filter the general pump hammerhead surface cleaner

JBurd

New member
I just picked up a gp hammerhead 20" surface cleaner and unlike the display model, mine doesn't have the grease port on the top of the swivel. The instructions said to grease every 200 hrs of use. I've read on here that some recommend greasing that swivel every day its used. Anybody know what's going on? Does mine have some upgraded swivel that needs greased less? How do I grease mine since it doesn't have the port?

Another question...I want to add a filter to the sc so the nozzles don't clog, is the best spot right above the swivel? Is everyone else filtering their surface cleaners?
 

Russ Johnson

Equipment Expert
Take a pic of your swivel. They used to have a BE style swivel on them. Then again, BE has changed the swivel design on the 16" floater...maybe it carried over?

The filter is fine on the swivel inlet. You might want to think about putting a 90° street ell on the swivel first. The filter will stick up high, and may cause problems getting under benches and such. Be sure to use a hydraulic fitting if you go with the 90.
 

Kory

Member
i grease mine every month or so but i also use it everyday so it doesnt have time to lock up.
 

JBurd

New member
Here's a pic of the swivel. How do I grease this? there's no port for a grease gun like the display model had in the store. SSPX0775.jpg
 

innovativewash

New member
We run our Hamer Heads hard. I have replaced the brush skirt on 4 of ours this year. Wore them out. I love being able to grease them. I hope they dont eliminate the grease fitting or I will have to drill my own. For the money Hammer Heads are great!
 

JBurd

New member
so that's that??? I can't grease it? The instructions say to, maybe I should call and ask. James, was that "drill your own" comment tongue in cheek or can that be done? If so how?
 

Russ Johnson

Equipment Expert
Yes John, that's that. Drilling it for a grease fitting isn't a good idea. For one, the outlet for the hole has to be exactly between the two bearings. Secondly, if it's non-greaseable, the bearings are sealed instead of open sided, so the grease won't have anywhere to go.

The only thing you can do is replace it with a greaseable swivel.
 

Christopher

Moderator
Is there a swivel that you would recommend to replace the factory swivel with?

A friend has a couple of the 20" or 18" hammerheads and the swivels went out (they had the grease fittings) and he wants to replace the swivels. I was thinking of making the Whisper Wash new style swivels fit along with the aluminum spray bar. I have some of the Classics and a Big Guy so I like that brand of swivel.

What would you recommend to swap out the Hammerhead swivel with Russ?
 

WASH-IT H.B.

New member
so that's that??? I can't grease it? The instructions say to, maybe I should call and ask. James, was that "drill your own" comment tongue in cheek or can that be done? If so how?
Take it back and exchange it for one you can grease. I have a Whirl away and I grease it after every time I use it. Grease will chase out any water that may find it's way to the bearings.
 
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