Why tractor hydraulic fluids are the right choice for your off-highway operations

by on July 14, 2015 0 Comments

Why tractor hydraulic fluids are the right choicePeople often ask us why they can’t use hydraulic oil in their off-highway equipment. They’re interested in saving money, and this seems like a logical choice.


In short, hydraulic oil and tractor hydraulic fluids are not created equally. Hydraulic oil is not designed to offer the benefits of a multifunctional, high quality tractor hydraulic fluid. Tractor hydraulic fluid is specifically designed to protect your equipment and your operations.


Off-highway agriculture and construction equipment requires a tractor hydraulic fluid specifically formulated for use in transmissions, final drives, wet brakes and other hydraulic systems.


Sometimes referred to as “multifunctional” lubricants, tractor hydraulic fluids are formulated with highly refined base stocks, viscosity index improvers, oxidation and corrosion inhibitors, anti-wear additives, antifoaming agents, and pour point depressants.


What does this mean?


Tractor hydraulic fluids help protect metal surfaces against wear, even under severe operating conditions, and help keep metal parts clean and free of varnish and sludge deposits, maximizing equipment life. These advanced formulations protect against corrosion when operating in humid conditions and during seasonal shutdown periods.


Tractor hydraulic fluids also offer excellent compatibility with seals, O-rings and packing materials to maintain their condition and help prevent leakage. These formulations help suppress brake “chatter” and transmission “slip” for quiet, efficient and safe operation of brakes and transmissions, promoting smooth shifting action and operation of clutch packs and wet brakes.


Tractor hydraulic fluids’ advanced formulations make them an effective multifunctional choice with the exception of engine oil and coolant applications. By meeting the needs of the full range of hydraulic systems in farming and construction equipment, these fluids can lower inventory costs and replace multiple products, also reducing the potential for cross-contamination.


As a best practice, confirm that the tractor hydraulic fluid you select meets or exceeds original equipment manufacturer (OEM) fluid performance requirements for your specific equipment and the conditions in which it operates. Ask your equipment manager for the latest specifications when choosing your tractor hydraulic fluid.


Unlike engine oils, tractor hydraulic fluid performance requirements are not determined by third party industry organizations. This makes OEM standard tests the essential source for determining specifications and maintenance practices, especially for newer makes and models.


When deployed correctly, tractor hydraulic fluids offer overall long-term value: longer equipment life resulting in lower operating costs. By maintaining efficiency and reliability, these fluids maximize equipment life in tractors and many other types of equipment.


Do you have additional questions about tractor hydraulic fluid? Contact us at 1-800-LUBE-TEK.


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