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How the Zerk fitting changed the automobile forever

The advancement of the automobile has always been a steady stream of small, incremental improvements. Sure, there were revolutionary moments along the way, but the vast majority of what shifted the car from a novelty to this country’s primary form of transportation came in the form of steady progress. One such step was how to keep moving parts lubricated easy and clean. You can thank Oscar Zerk and his 1923 patent for a special fitting for that.


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Nice read of history. I think farmers are another group that should be celebrating Mr Zerk. Doesn’t take long to empty a quart grease-gun walking around an old tractor...even a new one, along with all the different implements that still use the fittings.

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