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Re: Hydraulic fluid choice?

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11-16-2012 09:25:11

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Mr. T. Minnesota said: (quoted from post at 11:05:06 11/16/12) Forum members,

I have chosen a 10 weight hydraulic fluid for use in my 8N Ford. I know this seems light but in the cold temps of Minnesota it works a lot faster than heavier weights. My question is, is this weight hydraulic fluid a good fit for the gear components of the tractor? The tractor does not get extremely hard use nor prolonged use-snowplowing and hauling wood with a FEL. Any thoughts are appreciated.

Mr. T. Minnesota

It would be helpful if you told us exactly what oil you purchased and why you think it is SAE 10. In any event:
  1. Regardless of viscosity whatever you use it should be a combination type oil designed for common sump use in a manual transmission, drive axle, and hydraulic system. Do not use a conventional hydraulic oil.
  2. My recommendation for general all season use is a good Universal Tractor Transmission Fluid. There are a number of different brands and they are all similar with only minor differences. Most claim to be suitable for use in applications specifying M2C-134D (and a host of other OEM specifications).
  3. The viscosity of most UTTF type oils is somewhere bettween 9 and 11 cSt @ 100C and they typically have a viscosity index in the 130-140 range makiing them excelllent cold weather performers. For those that insist on speaking in SAE gear and motor oil grades I'll leave looking up the the equivalency to them.

This post was edited by TheOldHokie at 09:33:00 11/16/12 2 times.

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11-16-2012 10:18:06

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 Re: Hydraulic fluid choice? in reply to TheOldHokie, 11-16-2012 09:25:11  

Forum Members,
The label says, AW 32 Hydraulic Fluid. It is farm rated. Fleet Farm said it is equivalent to a 10 weight oil. Like I said, the tractor does not get extreme use. Any other thoughts are welcome!
Mr. T. Minnesota

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11-16-2012 13:17:04

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 Re: Hydraulic fluid choice? in reply to Mr. T. Minnesota, 11-16-2012 10:18:06  
assuming you don't mind replacing the tranny and rear end.. go for it.

that is a dedicated hyd oil.. not a rear end lube.. or tranny lube.


get a cheap utf...

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11-16-2012 12:02:04

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 Re: Hydraulic fluid choice? in reply to Mr. T. Minnesota, 11-16-2012 10:18:06  
That oil is not meant to be used in a transmission. It does not lubricate like the recommended oil. I would not use it unless I wanted to replace the bearings in my transmission and rear end in a couple of years.

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