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Galion T-500 Grade-o-matic

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03-22-2005 16:56:57

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Hoping someone can shed some light on this grader,, dont know the year, but its a t-500 with an auto [torque converter] transmission, need to know what oil this transmission takes,, also any insight on the pros and cons of this machine would be appreciated.Thanks

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03-25-2005 23:16:34

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 Re: Galion T-500 Grade-o-matic in reply to timbersavage, 03-22-2005 16:56:57  
Hi, Timbersavage. The whole Galion grader line were not bad machines. They just don"t exist any more because they were not up to the same standard as Caterpillar"s machines. I found the ones I operated to be fairly robust and basically better machines than quite a few others on the market at the time, just not in the same class as their Cat competition for handling, reliability (Although still way ahead of some of the others.), vision from the seat and the general "feel" of the machine.

I would just about bet that the auto transmission on your T500 is supposed to run with auto transmission fluid, just like Gatractorman said he took out of the one he serviced. A LOT of the early machinery auto transmissions used auto trans fluid.

Hope this helps. Happy grading.

You have a wonderful day.
Best wishes. Deas Plant.

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03-22-2005 17:20:23

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 Re: Galion T-500 Grade-o-matic in reply to timbersavage, 03-22-2005 16:56:57  
One of my customers has a T-500 with a 2 speed manually shifted auto., it also has a high and low range shifter so I guess its possible to get 4 forward speeds, upon the initial service I drained what looked and smelled like standard ATF but went back with the good transmission grade hydraulic oil, dont know alot of pro or cons about them, it's just a big, ugly motor grader.

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03-26-2005 17:53:14

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 Re: Galion T-500 Grade-o-matic in reply to gatractorman, 03-22-2005 17:20:23  
thanks for the replys ,, Im sure this "ol-girl" will be an adventure

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