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What kind of oil are you guys using in your plows?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Bigrd1, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. Bigrd1

    Bigrd1 Senior Member
    Messages: 136

    When I got my first plow (used) I changed the oil and put the Blue snow plow oil in it. A couple snowfalls into the season it got really cold out and froze up in the middle of a storm:realmad:. Of course I had to take it back to the shop and heat it up and put new oil in it. Couple months later I talked to an AMSOIL dealer at the MGIA snow in Michigan. He told me I could put AMSOIL trans fluid in it and that it had a lower pour point than the blue oil. I tried it out and have been hooked ever since.

    So my question for you guys is what oil do you put in your plows?
  2. SnowMatt13

    SnowMatt13 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,559

    In my Westerns I run Western Hydraulic Oil (blue).
    They will run on standard ATF but when temps get cold they slow down a bit but no matter what you run, keep the fluid changed and the filter clean and you should be good.
    I change all mine 2 times a year, beginning and end of the season....cheap insurance.
  3. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    Boss plow oil--as stated--ATF will work in a pinch but when it gets real cold it's much more thick than a reputable plow specific hydraulic oil.
  4. Hunter9

    Hunter9 Member
    Messages: 64

    Boss branded fluid. Change it every season.
  5. superdog1

    superdog1 Senior Member
    Messages: 257

    If my memory serves me correctly, you will void your warranty on a Meyer plow unless you use THEIR brand of plow oil? I am sure that if you use another brand/type of oil in it, Meyer will be able to tell, even if it is blue?
  6. Bigrd1

    Bigrd1 Senior Member
    Messages: 136

    I've never really had a problem with my plow moving slow when its really cold out except for when I first got it and put the blue oil in it. Its never really gotten much colder than 10-15 below so that could be part of it.
  7. suzuki0702

    suzuki0702 Senior Member
    Messages: 649

    dexron 3 ATF for the last 5 years. last year it got down to -10 one night. Never ever had an issue with temperature affecting the operation of the hydros.
  8. hunt 444e

    hunt 444e Member
    Messages: 62

    i use dex atf also never had a prob in the extreme cold in nh. by rights atf is the best hydraulic fluid you could use, my reason is every year on truck service day we switch out the juice on the plows and there is always a couple spare qts kicking around. I heard a rumor that transmission fluid is the thinnest oil out there ?
  9. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,179

    I use manufacturer recommended oil. I would use the ATF in a pinch if it was needed but not as regular maintenance.
  10. Bigrd1

    Bigrd1 Senior Member
    Messages: 136

    I don't know if ATF is the thinest oil out there but in the plow world it's the colder pour point that did it for me.
  11. racer47

    racer47 Senior Member
    Messages: 381

    buyers blue in meyers pumps never had any problems...i change begining and end of season every year.... if your ram or angel cylenders are pitted up you might want to change again in middle of season

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,362

    I used Amsoil Universal ATF and sometimes Torque Drive for years then switched to Amsoil ISO 22 four or five years ago. The stuff pours like water.
  13. herb1001

    herb1001 Senior Member
    Messages: 112

    I use the Sam blue fluid.
  14. Bigrd1

    Bigrd1 Senior Member
    Messages: 136

    I've always had good luck using AMSOIL as well. Never had it freeze up on me either.
  15. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,092

    Guess I'm narrow minded but I use/suggest using the manufacture's oil for the pump.On the flipside I've been doing the Amsoil oil thing for about 15yrs.
  16. holstonsnow

    holstonsnow Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    I'm running Dex3 ATF and it has worked great, maybe a little slower on the extreme cold days, but you wouldn't notice unless you were watching specifically for that. I also clean the filter and exchange the fluid twice a season
  17. adksnowo

    adksnowo Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    I use the SAM blue stuff as well, they have it every day at NAPA. Never had a freeze up problem ever, it is much thinner than any ATF IMO. If you are having a freeze up problem it might be moisture in the fluid, you change the fluid away goes the moisture.

    BTW It does get cold here, how many times is Saranac Lake, NY the coldest spot in the in the U.S.? Saranac Lake is about 10 miles from here and I am at a higher elevation. 30 plus below last winter. Already been 15 below this season here.
  18. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,433

    Esso Univis, best there is.
  19. NFDDJS

    NFDDJS Member
    from USA, NH
    Messages: 92

  20. Bigrd1

    Bigrd1 Senior Member
    Messages: 136

    That's the same stuff I use. I liked it so much I became a dealer for AMSOILThumbs Up