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    So I picked up hydro and engine oil to do the 200 hour service and noticed that the hydro oil is regular viscosity and I have about a gallon on the shelf that is low viscosity. Does anyone see a problem mixing the two together?

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    I wouldn't worry about mixing them.
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    OK, they will mix without a problem but why would you. Return the oil and get low viscosity. These tractors are supposed to have low viscosity hydraulic oil in them so that is what I would use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Panhead View Post
    So I picked up hydro and engine oil to do the 200 hour service and noticed that the hydro oil is regular viscosity and I have about a gallon on the shelf that is low viscosity. Does anyone see a problem mixing the two together?
    The difference between Low Viscosity and "regular" is the temperature of the operating environment for the equipment. Either is fine in most climates in the country. The Low Viscosity is designed for the colder climates as in the cold of winter, the hydro fluid can get pretty thick. Seeing you are in California, unless you are in an area with high elevation and low temps, the regular viscosity hydro fluid is probably the better choice.

    In your tractors owners manual, there is a chart which shows the operating temps and suggested fluid vicosities. No issue mixing the two and unless your area gets very low temps (near zero degrees) you likely won't notice any difference. If you do have the very cold weather, just allow the tractor to warm up a little more before use. Also, you might notice the hydro pedals and the hydraulic control lever seem "stiffer" when first using them when it's cooler outside. Otherwise, no concerns............

    There is a lot of fluid in a hydro change so make sure you have a catch container that can hold at least 5 gallons of fluid. Otherwise, it's going to be tough to handle and empty into another container........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray_PA View Post
    OK, they will mix without a problem but why would you. Return the oil and get low viscosity. These tractors are supposed to have low viscosity hydraulic oil in them so that is what I would use.
    Thanks to all for the replies. I would return the oil and get low vis, but, it's an 80 mile round trip to the nearest dealer. I didn't think it would be a problem but thought I'd tap into the collective wisdom here. I will put the low vis in the front axle and the regular in the transmission. I have experienced the steering getting a bit harder in long mowing sessions when mowing around a lot of trees and doing lots of turning so maybe the low vis would be better up there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panhead View Post
    Thanks to all for the replies. I would return the oil and get low vis, but, it's an 80 mile round trip to the nearest dealer. I didn't think it would be a problem but thought I'd tap into the collective wisdom here. I will put the low vis in the front axle and the regular in the transmission. I have experienced the steering getting a bit harder in long mowing sessions when mowing around a lot of trees and doing lots of turning so maybe the low vis would be better up there.

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    Hiya,

    I would do the opposite, regular vis in the front axle and low-vis in the hydrostat.

    The steering issue you note is not related to viscosity of the differential fluid, it's that your tractor may not have a separate power steering hydraulic pump like larger tractors do. Turning quickly around obstacles while mowing may be demanding more flow than a single pump system can provide while operating all the other functions while mowing. (I have noticed this type issue on smaller tractors in the past)
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomd999 View Post
    Hiya,

    I would do the opposite, regular vis in the front axle and low-vis in the hydrostat.

    The steering issue you note is not related to viscosity of the differential fluid, it's that your tractor may not have a separate power steering hydraulic pump like larger tractors do. Turning quickly around obstacles while mowing may be demanding more flow than a single pump system can provide while operating all the other functions while mowing. (I have noticed this type issue on smaller tractors in the past)
    Interesting, I thought that since the steering doesn't show up until I've been running for a fairly long while that it was perhaps due to heating the fluid in the axle. I didn't think that the power steering function used the fluid in the main system, shows you how little I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panhead View Post
    Interesting, I thought that since the steering doesn't show up until I've been running for a fairly long while that it was perhaps due to heating the fluid in the axle. I didn't think that the power steering function used the fluid in the main system, shows you how little I know.

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    90 miles, what part of CA do you live in?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray_PA View Post
    90 miles, what part of CA do you live in?
    Northern Ca in the foothills a little southeast of Sacramento.
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