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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:05 am    Post subject: Hydraulic fluid choice? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

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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.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:17 am    Post subject: Re: Hydraulic fluid choice? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

" is this weight hydraulic fluid a good fit for the gear components of the tractor? "

10w? Isn't that called WD-40? :)

Don't take my word for it; just read the label. If it says 'meets Ford spec mc-134d' then you are good to go.

And I doubt seriously if it does.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:59 am    Post subject: Re: Hydraulic fluid choice? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

WalMart sells a hydraulic oil that meets fords 134d specs.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:25 am    Post subject: Re: Hydraulic fluid choice? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Mr. T. Minnesota wrote:
(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.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:18 am    Post subject: Re: Hydraulic fluid choice? Reply to specific post Reply with quote




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!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:17 am    Post subject: Re: Hydraulic fluid choice? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Mr. T. Minnesota wrote:
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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


My thoughts: don't use that oil. It is a hydraulic oil intended for use in a dedicated hydraulic system. It is not meant for use in a gearbox or drive axle and does not have the type of lubricating properties needed to protect the gearing. Go back to Fleet and Farm and buy 5 gallons of whatever brand of Universal Tractor Transmission Fluid they carry. It will protect the gears and is actually a better performing hydraulic oil in extreme cold than your AW 32.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Hydraulic fluid choice? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Hydraulic fluid choice? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

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.

BAD CHOICE

get a cheap utf...
 
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:11 am    Post subject: Re: Hydraulic fluid choice? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Go back to F&F and buy their universal transmission and hydraulic fluid. I know they have it as it is what is in my 2N. Works fine in the cold of winter and in the heat of summer.
 
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