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snoway hydrulic fluid

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Big Nate's Plowing, Jan 11, 2001.

  1. Big Nate's Plowing

    Big Nate's Plowing PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    is there a certin type of hydro fluid in the snoway system, my buddy said to use fisher fluid because he hasnt had a problem using it, i just want to change the fluid as a prevenitive maintnence thanks for the replies in advance
  2. Alan

    Alan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,393

    Sno-Way has some special, low temp fluid that they use. VERY expensive! I use synthetic ATF in all three of our Sno-Way power units. Might be a bit slow for the first few minutes but after that it works fine.

    [Edited by plowking35 on 01-14-2001 at 08:54 AM]
  3. 9FT.PILES

    9FT.PILES Banned
    Messages: 48

    meyer has fluid w/ anti freeze

    pick up a qt. today,youll love it , smooth!

    [Edited by plowking35 on 01-14-2001 at 08:55 AM]
  4. Alan

    Alan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,393

    Moderators,, please help!

    In my last post in this thread I got a typo in there and missed it when I proofread. Just realized it and the time limit is WAY expired for me to edit it. Could one of you fellows change that "ATC" to read "ATF"? Thanks a bunch.
  5. SlimJim Z71

    SlimJim Z71 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,031

    I was told to "ABSOLUTELY DO NOT USE ATF" in my SnoWay. They are meant to use type 5606 hydraulic fluid. I picked up an extra quart from our local dealer for about $7.

    The fluid for SnoWay's is clear, as opposed to ATF which is red. Maybe on some of the other (or older) models, ATF is used or "okay" to use, but I was told not to on mine. I would check with SnoWay if you're unsure.

  6. Alan

    Alan PlowSite.com Addict
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    ATF in Sno-Way

    Yeah,, they told me the same thing. I used their stuff until the warranty ran out, then I switched to ATF. Not regular ATF,, Amsoil Synthetic ATF, which seems to work just fine. They use a Fenner hydraulic unit, same as is used on power tailgates and other 12V hydraulic packs. ATF seems to work in all those, so why not on the plow as well.
  7. Big Nate's Plowing

    Big Nate's Plowing PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    thanks for all the replies!, i have the amsoil atf in my trucks, sence the plow that came with my truck is well out of warranty i will just use that, thanks again, nate
  8. Hubjeep

    Hubjeep Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    I just picked up some today for $6.60 / qt. Synthetic ATF would only be a dollar less.

  9. 04superduty

    04superduty PlowSite.com Addict
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    hubjeep that post is a little old. :D
  10. Big Nate's Plowing

    Big Nate's Plowing PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    a little?:sleeping: :drinkup:

    3 years, lol I sold that plow a long time ago
  11. Hubjeep

    Hubjeep Senior Member
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    I changed the fluid in mine today. What a job. After all that, I would not use anything but the Sno-way fluid.

    (I had to do some things twice since I forgot to put the damn magnet back in the housing after cleaning it out) :realmad:

    The fluid that came out looked green :eek:

    BTW, after removing the hoses from the left/right cylinders I used a come-along to angle the plow back and forth to get all the fluid out.

    -John :cool:
  12. dmontgomery

    dmontgomery PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,238

    I'm not going to have to change the fluid in my Snoway since it has been sitting in the garage all year with little use.......

  13. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,322

    The Snoway dealer in my area sells the Blue plow fluid. Not sure what it is named, but if comes in a blue bottle and it is blue. I also changed my fluid last fall and the snoway fluid does come out green, and it was a major pain in the ass to change. Good Luck.
  14. tacraven

    tacraven Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    I had hydraulics on a 83 Chevy Monte Carlo. It had nine switches. Hop hop. I bought a used snoway plow and to my suprise the snoway also uses a Fenner pump system. I still have some of the heavy duty motors that I never had a chance to install. Sold car during college years.

    I used to go in with my friends and buy a 5 gallon bucket of hydraulic fluid. It always worked great, even in the winter. I just bought a 5 gallon bucket at Sam's Club ($14.50) and will be able to change the fluid twice a year for cheap.

    The only problems I ever had with the Fenner pumps were seals blowing out (rarely). There are two attached to the main block. One large and one small joinming the pump from the block. I found them easily at Home Depot, advised by the installers. Motors lasted many months and would eventually die due to the small magnets wearing thin around the end furthest from the pump.

    It's too bad snoway does not use aluminum blocks, they transfer heat much better.
  15. mylawn03

    mylawn03 Senior Member
    Messages: 229

    I've put Boss Hyd. fluid in my Sno-Way for 2 seasons now.... No problems yet.
  16. Hubjeep

    Hubjeep Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    More than likely any ATF or hydraulic fluid would work in a Sno-way plow.

    But <$14 for two quarts is not asking too much to use the "OE" fluid.

    -John :cool:
  17. mylawn03

    mylawn03 Senior Member
    Messages: 229

    Good Point! :waving:
  18. tacraven

    tacraven Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    I just used half of the 5 gallon bucket to flush the entire system, including the cylinders. The snoway plow I bought used was a few years old with the origional green fluid. :alien:
  19. tacraven

    tacraven Junior Member
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  20. Mebes

    Mebes Senior Member
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