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Thinning hydraulic fluid...............

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by poncho62, Jan 23, 2005.

  1. poncho62

    poncho62 Senior Member
    Messages: 431

    Anybody out there know what I would use to thin down hydraulic fluid. Here is my problem. I have a Meyers snowplow (E-47), which supposedly uses their "special" fluid, which is thinner than the regular fluid. It also comes with an inlflated price ($9.00/litre). The local Meyers dealer is also out of town.

    Today, I was at Canadian Tire and saw their hydraulic fluid, grade ISO AW32, whatever that means, is $8.00/gal....a little more my style, price wise.

    Any of you oil experts know how I can thin this stuff............................?
     
  2. jbrow1

    jbrow1 Member
    Messages: 76

    I just use dexron III tranny fluid in my myers. I don't think it'll take as cold of temps as the meyer oil though. But works fine for me.
     
  3. Ken1zk

    Ken1zk Senior Member
    Messages: 192

    I use the dexron in my meyer 47, works fine and we get some real cold weather here in Buffalo. I do change it every season. I definitely would not add anything to "thin" the oil since any other chemical could adversely affect seals, hoses and the like.
     
  4. poncho62

    poncho62 Senior Member
    Messages: 431

    That's what another person told me too............will give it a shot.

    thanks
     
  5. Ken1zk

    Ken1zk Senior Member
    Messages: 192

    let us know how it works out for you ... good luck
    Ken
     
  6. jbrow1

    jbrow1 Member
    Messages: 76

    Mine worked well this morning. -10 degrees farenheight. Dexron good, cheap, and readily available. And I thought I'd get flamed for my first post. :p
     
  7. echovalley

    echovalley Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 456

    The way i look at is if my trucks are out making thousands of dollars,i NEVER SKIMP on parts or service.I don't want to be in a blizzard at 3am with a propane torch because my plow pump is frozen :dizzy:
     
  8. poncho62

    poncho62 Senior Member
    Messages: 431


    Thing is, this plow is mainly for my personal use....plus a couple of friends driveways.
     
  9. jbrow1

    jbrow1 Member
    Messages: 76

    Echovalley has a point. I just never have had a problem using dexron. Change the fluid every year, and it's been good to me. I do mostly personal stuff now also. But when I used to do alot of plowing I still used it.
     
  10. 4speed

    4speed Member
    Messages: 93

    My old meyer would always freeze up with dexron (bad seals and rust on the rams). Started buying hydraulic plow oil at napa and rarely had a problem after that. IMO If you have confidence that your plow has been well maintained, then go ahead and use ATF. But if there is any chance that you might get water in the system I would stick with the plow oil.