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Fordson F, What weight oil goes in Differential?


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Default Fordson F, What weight oil goes in Differential?

How much oil goes into the Differential of a Fordson F and what weight is it ?
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Default Re: Fordson F, What weight oil goes in Differential?

Hello, I just recently purchased a Fordson F myself. My research shows that it takes around three (3) gallons of Mobile 600w cylinder oil in the transmission/differential. Note that it is not 600 weight, I think the 600w is just a type. This oil is made for worm gears and is compatible with yellow metals. This is what I am putting in mine but I am sure that more experienced people will soon chime in.
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Default Re: Fordson F, What weight oil goes in Differential?

600W is also steam cylinder oil. Mobil still makes 600W. Your Mobil dealer can get it for you. If you can find some old style steam cylinder oil it will work just fine. When you open the bucket you will think it is grease! But with a worm gear you MUST use this.
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Default Re: Fordson F, What weight oil goes in Differential?

600W steam cylinder oil is what goes in Model A Ford (cars) trans and differential as well. I understand that it is about 250 weight oil on the SAE scale, may or may not be so.

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Default Re: Fordson F, What weight oil goes in Differential?

Here's a link to another thread that discusses this in detail. In short,
about any gear oil will work, but heavier weight is best if you're going to work it and also make sure you choose one that is chemically compatible with the bronze gear in the trans. Mobil 600W and Mobil 600W Super check the box on both issues. https://www.smokstak.com/forum/showthread.php?t=167675

I run Mobil 600W super steam cylinder oil, which is ISO Viscosity Grade 460. The attached viscosity chart (provided by Steve) is very useful. 600W super is easy to find - Amazon carries it. I think it took 3 to 3 1/2 gallons. Fill it to the top of the filler neck (left side where you rest your foot).
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Default Re: Fordson F, What weight oil goes in Differential?

I run GL-4 in anything that has brass or bronze in it. My Tulsa winches are all worm gear and run very well with it. They say newer GL-5 is not corrosive to bronze but GL-4 was around when these materials were commonplace in transmissions, (manual and automatic) so I've stayed with this product in mostly 85-90wt.
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Default Re: Fordson F, What weight oil goes in Differential?

I had bad exiperence using 80/90 wt gl5 in my Farmall C's with bronze sleeve bearing . Changing them out to gl1 sae 90 wt mineral oil.
I didn't know about the additives ( high sulphur) causing the bronze to tear away when get hot under load . The photo the chips of bronze on a blue shop towel from the bottom of the differential, these chips were all over the transmission to.
That's why asking what to put into the Fordsons , got to much at stake to mess up again .❓
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