Hydraulic fluid for MTD/TB gas splitter

Jay H Posted By Jay H, May 10, 2007 at 11:36 AM

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  1. Jay H

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    From the manual"

    So I can actually use ATF? The unit has hydraulic fluid in it, but I don't know if the dealer bled the pump yet which is self-bleeding so the manual says run the wedge 12 times with a full cycle and then check the hyd. fluid reservoir level and top off so I plan on doing this afterwork after picking up some hydraulic oil or ATF....

    Jay
     
  2. velvetfoot

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    The consensus at Habor Freight was that it didn't make that much of a difference.
    Auto trans fluid might be good if you'll use it in winter, but I imagine it'll warm up at some point.
    I've read not to overfill, cause the fluid expands and could spill out.
    I guess I'll have to "top up" too on mine, but mine does not have a dipstick.
    The literature just said to fill up with xx quarts (I forget).
    I'd try to match the fluid though.
     
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    Do not mix them !!!!
     
  4. Jay H

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    I bought the Pro-Mix AW 32 from Lowes, I have a feeling they are related anyway since Lowes carries the Troy/Bilt and Pro-Mix stuff and that's the only hydraulic fluid I could find there anyway and it's mentioned by name in the TB manual...

    Topped it off and split about a cord of wood on sunday... busy busy busy... I will finish off the rounds I have today and then I start cutting more!

    Jay
     
  5. snowfreak

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    I ran Dexron III in mine all last year (about 10 full cord) and the fluid looked and smelled good when I replaced it. I think this year I'll just replace the filter if the fluid looks that good again.
     
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