Hydraulic fluid for Bobcat
I jsut ordered the service manual for my (new to me) 743B so I can get into it a bit more. Changed the oil, and that was in shti shape, IMO. Replaced it w/ Amsoil, and it seems to run a bit happier already. Judging from the shape the motor oil was in, I'm betting I want to change the hydraulic fluid, again likely to a synthetic so that it will pump happily in teh dead of winter.
I'm getting closer to my question. My Western plow was my first real experience w/ hydraulic fluid. When I was growing up on the farm, it was out of mind, out of sight to me. My dad and the hired man handled the maintenance, I was just an operator. Everybody here said to use ATF for the pump fluid for my plow. OK, I used synthetic ATF fluid, so I'm golden to pump up and down down to -80f, and it's not gonna cook or breakdown as fast as normal stuff. So, would I just do the same thing for my Bobcat? I'm guessing it's a few gallons (manual will tell me that) but is that a viable option, or is there a difference between Bobcat hydraulics and snowplow hydraulics?
"Hmm, interesting. Maybe someday UNICEF will get into the snow removal business. Until then, I'm the guy to see."
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