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Oil for pump

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by eric_mc, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. eric_mc

    eric_mc Member
    Messages: 63

    Just bought a used Unimount Standard 7.5, Going to change the oil - I don't have the original manual or anything. There is a sticker on the pump that states use ATF....but I have read others say hydraulic oil only....is it the same thing?

    Don't have a Western dealer near by - and would rather not spend $30 for a quart of oil x 2 plus shipping....
  2. graycenphil

    graycenphil Member
    Messages: 82

    You can get all the Western manuals on line - download for free.

    It does say ATF is okay, and that's what I've always used.
  3. rofoth6

    rofoth6 Member
    from iowa
    Messages: 67

    I got a old conventional ( 30 yrs) All i have ever used is Type F atf.
    No problems yet.:D
  4. eric_mc

    eric_mc Member
    Messages: 63

    nice - thanks guys.
  5. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,137

    ATF all the way.
  6. MarkG

    MarkG Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    Just want to clarify - your using 'Automatic Transmission Fluid' ????? Not hydraulic?
  7. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,990

    ATF was fine in the older cable controlled pumps, and will work in the uni-mount. For faster performance, less drain on the battery, increased pump longevity flush the system with Hyra-flush and refill with a premium plow fluid.

    There are many posts on this subject. Do a search, I think you 'll find the Pro techs all agree, ATF is for transmissions.
  8. no lead

    no lead PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,308

    atf will work just fine. as basher stated, it runs slow and gets thick in low temps. western oil part no 49311 is less than $11 per quart. aircraft grade and good to -25 deg.

    any napa store should have an equal rated "plow" oil. aviod atf if possible, but in most plows it will work fine.
  9. JDMJR

    JDMJR Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    Eric Mc - Here in Gloucester we use fish oil. Plenty of it and ther'll be no mistaking the various types of ATF out there, you can tell by the smell.