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Posted November 20, 2012 - 07:48 AM

I was wondering if anyone has used an alternative to low vis hygard and what their experience was, good or bad. I wouldn't think Deere makes Hygard, it would have to be sold by someone under some other name right? Thanks in advance for any help. Bill.

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Posted November 20, 2012 - 08:51 AM

I know this doesn't directly answer your question as to who provides oil to JD, However the following products seem to meet the John Deere specs.

Citgo Lo-Temp Trans Gard.
Texas Refinery Corp's Special Low Temp Universal Torque Fluid
Chevron Synthetic All-Weather THF.
Shell's Donax TDL.
Also my local Napa has a universal trans/hyd fluid that meets the specs.
I would think that companies like Amsoil would also have something that would meet the proper specs.
I had an LX series tractor and the manual said that you Can use a SAE 5W or 10W30 Oil (Synthetic or Mineral)
With a little looking there should be others but that is what is easily available in my area.

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Posted November 20, 2012 - 10:57 AM

Amsoil makes a synthetic hydro fluid that meets both JD specs (20d and 20c). It's more expensive of course. I am using it in my JD2320 compact and it seems to improve cold weather performance and I really believe that the transmission/ hydraulics run noticably cooler. It would be a good choice for a tractor where the trans. tends to run hot. For 5 quarts it will run you 25-30$ more than hygard.

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Posted November 20, 2012 - 09:48 PM

I use Low vis hydraulic tramission and wet brake fluid from FS. Meets J20D specs and is about half the price of Low vis from JD. My salesman says that FS will back me 100% in the event of a failure. Works great, no problems.


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Posted December 07, 2012 - 10:36 AM

I feel safe with just about any of the brand name oil companies. There is nothing that says you have to use JD products unless it is under warranty then I would use there products. For engine oil I am using Mobil I and the transaxle I am using Shell Rotella.


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Posted December 07, 2012 - 10:57 AM

Most of JD Oils are made by Chevron to JD specs. :watch_over_fence:
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