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ATF fluid

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by horsepowerlawns, Feb 10, 2007.

  1. horsepowerlawns

    horsepowerlawns Member
    Messages: 97

    What type of ATF are you using? I need to add some oil, but don't know what type.

    Is it Ford, Chevy, or other.

  2. SnoFarmer

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

    Don't use atf.

    Get some hydraulic fluid, not hydraulic jack fluid ether.

    You can find it at any good parts or plow store.

    When it gets cold out the atf will clog the filter and your plow will run on the slow side.

    Find a fluid that is a, multi vis 15HVI-FM and that is Zinc free.
  3. horsepowerlawns

    horsepowerlawns Member
    Messages: 97

    I got the plow used and don't know whats in it now. Its a red ATF just not sure whats type is more common.

    I will not be able to change the fluid till after the next snow & when I change it I will put in the low temp oil.
  4. horsepowerlawns

    horsepowerlawns Member
    Messages: 97

    Has anyone mixed the ATF and the low temp plow oil? It would only be for a few days but it would be used in the time.
  5. SnoFarmer

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

    Then use the cheapest atf you can find.

    The expensive stuff has a lot of friction modifiers in it that you do not need.
    I think the mercron has a lot of modifiers too.
  6. rayf268

    rayf268 Senior Member
    Messages: 117

    I use walmart brand ATF cheap and works fine for me at 0- -5 temps handy that it comes in gallon jugs also
  7. Ggg6

    Ggg6 Senior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 521

    I agree for the short time you need, and just to top off get something cheap. But I use Schaeffer's Semi synthetic ATF, it has a pour point of -52*F, another is Mobil-1 ATF it's pour point is -60*F. Works very well for me, the coldest I plowed this season was -12*F with -30*F as the windchill. I didn't notice any difference in speed or pump noise. My pump even has a sticker on it from the factory that states "use ATF".
  8. wirenut

    wirenut Senior Member
    from nh
    Messages: 529

    all i can say is everyone i ever plowed with and myself have always used atf and never had an issue... still using it
  9. LINY Rob

    LINY Rob Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    agreed, I have a 26 year old plow that has run on ATF its whole life.

    I like being able to get the fluid anywhere, even in a gas station at 3 am.
    With the amount of money saved you can change the fluid 2-3 times for the same cost, but again its a matter of convience.
  10. LD4850

    LD4850 Member
    Messages: 64

    My plow is over 26 yrs old & has always run just fine on the cheapest type F ATF I could find. It has never been changed either... just added to.
  11. SnoFarmer

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

    Fluid temp range.
    From a 2nd source.
    Meyers, Boss, Fisher etc etc fluids all have a weight/viscosity/type on the container some where. They will fall into one of thees categories.

    Recommend oils and there operating temps.

    Univis j26... -60 to +155
    Mil-5606.... -60 to +80
    SAE 5W... -20 to +100
    ISO VG22.. -0 to +125
    Sae 10W.. -0 to +150
    Atf ............. -0 to +150