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Deere Variator lube: where to get?


 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2021 6:19 am    Post subject: Deere Variator lube: where to get? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My Deere 212 Variator needs a dry lubricant. Do the Deere stores carry it? I don't know if Variators have been made in recent years. Would this be similar to speedometer cable lube? Maybe lock-ease?

Dennis M. in W. Tenn.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2021 7:55 am    Post subject: Re: Deere Variator lube: where to get? Reply to specific post Reply with quote


According to the official service manual there's a "pocket" inside the center sheave that is permanently lubricated with "special grease" at the factory, no service required.

I believe the "bearing" pressed into the sheave is "oillite/powdered metal" and allows some of that lube to slowly pass through.

Any lube you apply to the visible part of the sleeve the center sheave moves on will be quickly scuffed/thrown off into the belt area.

Rather than trying to LUBE it, it may be time to remove the variator and disassemble it and clean off the sticky residue that's causing the center sheave to not want to move side-to-side.

Possibly just taking the belts off and cleaning things up with aerosol spray BrakeKleen while moving the center sheave would loosen it up.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2021 3:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Deere Variator lube: where to get? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Clean with solvent and then use powdered
graphite dry lube available through your
John Deere dealer.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2021 12:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Deere Variator lube: where to get? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Good afternoon: I did buy a spray can with straw from O'Rielley, if I recall correctly it is graphite. I will try to remember to post a gain on a new thread as to my results. Thanks to those who responded!

Dennis M. in W. Tenn.
 
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