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#1 Mike O. OFFLINE  

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Posted June 19, 2014 - 11:21 PM

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I'm sure the info I seek is on here somewhere but I cant find it with the site search engine.  So what are all you Ariens guys using in your rotary mower gearboxes(831012) and also the Sno-Thro(831010) worm drive for lubricant?  I have the original manuals and the lube that is being specified for each is proving to be either quite elusive or quite expensive.  I do have some Ariens Semi-Fluid '00' grease Extreme Pressure that came with my GT16 that the previous owner had.  Not sure if its compatible.  Sorry in advance if this topic has been beat to death before.  Your input is appreciated.

 

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Posted June 20, 2014 - 04:01 AM

Hello All-

I'm sure the info I seek is on here somewhere but I cant find it with the site search engine. So what are all you Ariens guys using in your rotary mower gearboxes(831012) and also the Sno-Thro(831010) worm drive for lubricant? I have the original manuals and the lube that is being specified for each is proving to be either quite elusive or quite expensive. I do have some Ariens Semi-Fluid '00' grease Extreme Pressure that came with my GT16 that the previous owner had. Not sure if its compatible. Sorry in advance if this topic has been beat to death before. Your input is appreciated.

-Mike

No 2 grease in the mower box (I like Mystic) and Ariens L3 (replaces obsolete L2) in the thrower. The Ariens thrower oil is ridiculously expensive but, to their credit, they did tell me last year their oil was synthetic 75W-140 GL5 which can be used temporarily. I was in the middle of rebuilding the gear box so I called to ask about the oil. Without even asking for it, they sent me a free bottle of L3 oil.  Ariens says do not use non-synthetic auto gear oil.

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Edited by artbuc, June 20, 2014 - 05:46 AM.

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Posted June 20, 2014 - 05:32 AM

Thanks for posting this. I am going over my Ariens walk behind which uses that same cast iron gearbox on the auger. I have some Amsoil GL5 synthetic oil that will go in mine.



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Posted June 20, 2014 - 05:42 AM

Update: I checked my chat transcript with Ariens. They approved synthetic 75W-140 GL5 for temporary use only. They claim the L3 does have a special EP formulation. I read on another forum that the L3 is 75W-140 GL5 MT1 with a special EP formulation. Perhaps someone can verify this. The MT1 designates for manual transmission service which contains extreme pressure additives.


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Posted June 20, 2014 - 10:14 AM

A good source for small amounts of Type 0 grease is John Deere Corn Head Grease, part number AN102562.  $5.25 for 14 oz tube.



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Posted June 20, 2014 - 10:37 AM

I would say this is perfect for the thrower box:

http://www.mobil.com...90_80W-140.aspx

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Posted June 21, 2014 - 03:37 AM

A good source for small amounts of Type 0 grease is John Deere Corn Head Grease, part number AN102562.  $5.25 for 14 oz tube.


Not suitable for either of OP's applications.




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