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what fluid to put in your plow?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by FurFishGame, Oct 21, 2013.

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  1. FurFishGame

    FurFishGame Member
    Messages: 35

    I've always been told if ya run low put a little ATF in there, is that normal or what are you supposed to use?
     
  2. FurFishGame

    FurFishGame Member
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    I have a (I think) 5 year old plow set up, fisher plow.
     
  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
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    Why not pick up 5 or 6 qts and keep it in the truck?
     
  4. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
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    are we talking about a snow plow here
     
  5. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I'd say a case, but you would give the same reply
     
  6. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
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    Grandview is right. Stop at your dealer and buy a gallon. I guess in a pinch atf might be ok but I wouldn't put it in my plow but that's just me.
     
  7. jmac5058

    jmac5058 Senior Member
    Messages: 429

    You put ATF in your AT , put plow juice in your plow . Pretty simple.
     
  8. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
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    ATF is for plows at least 10 years old. Now they have their own plow fluid. A gallon is a good idea but hard to pour, make sure you have a funnel or pour some into a smaller container.
     
  9. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,295

    Why carry a gallon, most hydraulic plow pumps take about 2 quarts completely fill the system. I carry 2quarts and use screw on pour spouts so not to spill instead of using a funnel.
     
  10. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
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    :nono: Any plow with electric/hydraulic valves should run true snowplow hydraulic fluid (multi vis 15 HVI-FM or equivalent) you will have better performance at lower amp draws at all temps. The Old Cable operated Hydraulic had HUGE gates compared to the Elec/Hyd, it didn't matter that ATF is MUCH more viscous than Premium Snowplow fluid at any temp.

    Carry the same fluid that is in the pump. dissimilar fluids can create MAJOR problems. I've seen it come out as the same consistency as a really nasty jello.

    If you are having to replace fluid at a regular basis I'd find and fix the leak rather than refill continuously even if it appears while plowing. IMO trying to nurse it though the night will just lead to catastrophic failure and even worse issues.
     
  11. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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    Really. What kinda plow you running that only takes 2 qts
     
  12. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
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    Snoway, Meyer, Western, Fisher, Arctic, Curtis (Sno-Pro,) Blizzard, Boss, Northman, probably a few others will operate of of two quarts. They may require 2.25 or 2.375 qts to be perfect but two quarts of the right fluid will get you home or if it's a field repair keep you going.

    Takes a pretty poor operator to not notice a leak until the system's bone dry. Even if they don't notice until it won't function properly rarely do we see them totally drained.
     
  13. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,295

    I'm currently running Meyer Plows with E-60 Pumps with 1.5"X10" Angle Cylinders on the "A" Frame. Below is a screen shot start from Meyer's online manuel. It's not a typo, every year when I drain/clean and flush the system I put about 2quarts in to fill it.
    I can't personally speak for the other brands.

    As Basher said it’s pretty hard to completely drain a system, most of the time a hose or fitting goes which is obvious and an operator should notice the problem. If they don’t they’re not who you want running your equipment.

    I may be odd but I periodically get out of the truck and do a quick walk around inspection to check things out: look for leaks, tires inflated, plow still attached etc……especially when I may have hit something hard, like a curb.

    meyer oil cap.jpg
     
  14. FurFishGame

    FurFishGame Member
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    sorry i didn't make my self clear.... I ment, is there a actual plow fluid, or what do you run? Idid some research and found there are a few different types of plow fluid. thanks
     
  15. TMLGC

    TMLGC Senior Member
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    I used to use ATF in the old fishers with the belts connected to the motor and the resovoir under the hood. Mid-early1990's models. I got out of plowing for a couple of years. Figured nothing had changed when I got a newer model after that a Sno Way. Noticed the fluid was low threw some ATF in the results were not good now my plow was dead in the water, had to bring it to the dealer they bled and refilled the system.
     
  16. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,977

    if we are talking "get you home" sure 2 qts will prob do it. I thought we were talking filling it up to operating range. western wideouts take more, ph1 blizzards take more. not starting a match here just misunderstood.
    As far as operators not noticing, well I can tell you stories of things operators haven't noticed, leaking fluid out of a plow is one of them.
     
  17. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    yeah I understand and stand by my comment " takes a pretty poor operator":waving:
     
  18. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
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    I put a hand pump my western jugs easier then a funnel less mess
     
  19. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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    Lol. Maybe you guys get better operators then we do. In the infamous words. Can't fix stupid
     
  20. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    No I don't think they're better and when they try to fix it themselves:dizzy:

    Trouble with stupid is it doesn't want to learn:realmad:

    It's a shame because as Dean Wormer said "lazy, drunk and stupid isn't any way to live your life"
     
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