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« on: December 21, 2017, 06:00:48 PM »
Was curious if any of you guys change to a lower viscosity hydraulic oil in the cold months , or do you stay with the same year around ?

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Re: Hydraulic oil
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2017, 06:17:07 PM »
change to 32 oil in winter and run 68 oil in summer is what I do

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Re: Hydraulic oil
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2017, 08:06:38 PM »
We run 46 all year long here in the PNW.

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Re: Hydraulic oil
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2017, 08:36:17 PM »
I run 303 in the skidders year round. I've been running 46 in the buncher cause that's what it calls for but I'm gonna find out how it works in the cold I may have to switch to 32
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Re: Hydraulic oil
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2017, 08:59:12 PM »
What do you mean by "cold months"?  It was in the 60's today, so a bit nippy, but back to the 70's on Saturday - no sense in changing the oil for only a day.... :D
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« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2017, 09:02:36 PM »
What do you mean by "cold months"?  It was in the 60's today, so a bit nippy, but back to the 70's on Saturday - no sense in changing the oil for only a day.... :D
Well you don't have to be mean to those of us in the north... lol
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« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2017, 09:06:43 PM »
Well said Mainelogger88  :D

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Re: Hydraulic oil
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2017, 09:10:22 PM »
32 in the winter and 46 or 68 in the summer.

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« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2017, 09:12:32 PM »

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Well you don't have to be mean to those of us in the north... lol
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I grew up in The County, worked west of the gates for a while.  You ain't in the north!!!  But I have to say - I don't miss it, so I had to have fun with it!!  ;D
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« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2017, 09:51:13 PM »
What part of the county where you in?
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Re: Hydraulic oil
« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2017, 10:19:17 PM »
Mapleton was home, but I worked around Daquaam, St Pamphillie, and in The Valley for a while.
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« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2017, 10:20:10 PM »
The previous owner ran ATF in my 1978 TJ 230. Not sure how common that is? Anyone use ATF? I guess 32 would be cheaper. I do have a few leaks and you know how much you are losing with the red ATF on the snow  :D Mountain.
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« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2017, 10:26:39 PM »
I have used ATF and even two cycle in my fuel for added lubrication and my buncher calls for it in the brake resovoir of all places.
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Re: Hydraulic oil
« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2017, 10:32:10 PM »
Never hurts to throw a little dye into your hydraulic oil, we actually dye ours red for leak detection. Atf is about 15 weight from memory to give you an idea.

To where atf is used heck the Fabtek 2000 4 roller heads used atf in the measuring wheel for the bearings if you can keep it sealed up.

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« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2017, 11:18:11 PM »
Mapleton was home, but I worked around Daquaam, St Pamphillie, and in The Valley for a while.
I know that area fairly well I've spent a lot of time hunting snowmobileing and tractorpulling in the county and just across the boarder in NB
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« Reply #15 on: December 22, 2017, 12:06:21 PM »
I run 303 in the skidders year round. I've been running 46 in the buncher cause that's what it calls for but I'm gonna find out how it works in the cold I may have to switch to 32
303 that's all I run in every thing but my 518 tranny I run the cat drive train oil 30wt year round it takes a little while to move when its cold but about 15min and shes ready to go 

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Re: Hydraulic oil
« Reply #16 on: December 22, 2017, 08:00:17 PM »
I run a multi-vis year round.  10-20w hyd/trans oil.

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« Reply #17 on: December 22, 2017, 08:43:32 PM »
 :D That brings a good laugh .I worked for a rich electrical contractor who could squeeze blood from a buffalo nickle .His line truck broke a main hose,one inch and dumped about 40 gallons of all weather fluid on the ground .When he had it repaired he insisted on general purpose hydraulic oil .It gets or got cold in Ohio during the 80's and he had three journeyman,one apprentice and a crew foreman waiting a half an hour before it warmed up enough to even move the boom .He soon realized the error of his ways. 8)

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Re: Hydraulic oil
« Reply #18 on: December 23, 2017, 07:49:59 PM »
ya I have seen cylinders bend the ram from to thick on oil in say 30 below weather , the relief valve does not always work  8)

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Re: Hydraulic oil
« Reply #19 on: December 23, 2017, 09:14:09 PM »
We stick with 46 year round.   Don't have a long enough stretch of cold to bother changing over the whole system.


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