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Hydraulics and the cold

Postby Johnny Lindqvist » Sun Dec 30, 2012 8:05 am

I've notice while snow plowing that my hydraulics seems slightly stiffer than usual. Is this do to the cold or is there something I should be looking into? Other than that and the fact that I froze my butt off plowing last night trying to stay ahead of the game my Lil girl kicked butt plowing. I noticed a little chugging a lugging when letting my foot of the clutch to fast but it's probably over due for a tune up.
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Re: Hydraulics and the cold

Postby Denny Clayton » Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:07 am

That's normal when the hydraulic fluid is cold. The touch control and engine will both work better once everything warms up. And when it's cold out that takes forever.
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Re: Hydraulics and the cold

Postby Johnny Lindqvist » Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:51 am

Thanks Denny
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Re: Hydraulics and the cold

Postby ricky racer » Sun Dec 30, 2012 4:08 pm

Johnny, what are you using for hydraulic fluid?
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Re: Hydraulics and the cold

Postby Johnny Lindqvist » Sun Dec 30, 2012 7:35 pm

I'd have to run out and check but it's to cold out :) . What do you recommend?
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Re: Hydraulics and the cold

Postby Rudi » Sun Dec 30, 2012 7:38 pm

Johnny:

Hy-Tran or Hy-Tran Ultra is the best, however I now use Perma-Tran - the Massey equivalent. Any Hydraulic fluid that meets or exceeds MS1209 specifications will do the job but Hy-Tran is my favourite.
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Re: Hydraulics and the cold

Postby ricky racer » Sun Dec 30, 2012 8:30 pm

:Dito:

What Rudi said.

If you have industrial hydraulic oil in the unit, it lacks pour point additives that you'd want for use in cold weather. Hy-Tran or equivalent is the ticket.
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Re: Hydraulics and the cold

Postby DanR » Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:17 am

Will going back to Hi-Tran help my knees?
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Re: Hydraulics and the cold

Postby Boss Hog » Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:41 am

DanR wrote:Will going back to Hi-Tran help my knees?



No, but you touch control will thank you for it :lol: :lol:
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Re: Hydraulics and the cold

Postby Clark Thompson » Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:47 am

I have found that in my loader cub the hydraulics were real slow in the cold weather. I found that the hytran or eqivilent in 0 weather was too thick to the point that the internal screen filter collapsed and blocked the inlet to the pump. I since fixed the filter and have been using automatic transmission fluid. have had no problems. that was 10 years ago.
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