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Alternate Blizzard Hydraulic Oil

Discussion in 'Blizzard Plows Discussion' started by ed salvatore, Nov 15, 2005.

  1. ed salvatore

    ed salvatore Member
    from boston
    Messages: 71

    Anyone know of an alternate oil that can be used? Nearest Blizzard dealer is a bit of a journey and I didn't know if there was an alternative that wouldn't foul the system with an incompatible oil. I know there are all sorts of "additives and enhancements" to particular oils, but again, didn't want to foul my new plow.

    Thanks, Ed
  2. Joe D

    Joe D Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    I was told by blizzard that any plow brand fluid will be fine and is compatable.
  3. ed salvatore

    ed salvatore Member
    from boston
    Messages: 71

    Blizzard oil

    Thanks Joe.

    That's what'll keep handy if needed.

  4. butters

    butters Member
    Messages: 79

    I think it is best to use the manufactures brand, but I would agree that any HIGH QUALITY plow oil should be fine.
  5. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    my Blizzard manual says automatic transmission fluid.
  6. echovalley

    echovalley Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 456

    I am looking in my manual and i don't see anything about atf.It does say do not mix different types of fluid.Also what i don't understand is why you would want to use a different fluid?You only have to change the fluid once a year,order it online and have it sent to your house.
  7. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    you can buy hyd fluid, get a fluid like aw 32 hyd fluid and it won't freeze..

    you can get it any where they sell heavy equipment, truck stops, northern tool, large lumber stores etc etc..

    AFT gets thick when it's cold and will clog the filter when the temps fall.(starving your pump)
    I have noticed that when some one has used AFT and there servicing there plow the filter it covered with a whitish Gooo and after they change to aw 32 or use boss hyd fluid there is no longer a White goo it the filter.
  8. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    The whitish goo is an indicator of water present. I have used ATF as well as hydraulic oil, and I have mixed them by accident, and I have never had a hydraulic failure on a plow. I only posted the part about my manual because I just read it and I was surprised they said ATF, instead of their own relabeled hydraulic oil. Maybe when my manual was printed they hadnt started selling it yet. I disagree with the ATF gets thick when its cold statement. ATF is 5 weight, same as most cold viscosity on engine oils. Certainly not too thick for auto trans and transfer cases, maybe if you get below -30 or so, but then everything is going to give you trouble. And once you start working it it will warm up enough to function well, as long as it is circulating.
  9. ahaycoman

    ahaycoman Member
    from Montana
    Messages: 78

    I ran into this last weekend when all the autoparts stores were closed (and don't even imagine the Blizzard dealer would consider opening up). I went to the local Chevron distributor and bought a gallon of aircraft hydraulic fluid for $24.50. It says on the can it's good to -80 degrees. So far--so good, it's working fine. And I did mix it with what little was left of the Blizzard oil which was against what it said in the manual to do.
  10. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    Detroitdan< I would agree with you if it was winter (cold outside) but, I service my plows in the summer and the water should have melted by then. LoL I still had goo, so I drained and flushed the system and changed fluid. Just relaying what happend to me.:waving: