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Case TCH fluid alternative??

Discussion in 'Lubrication' started by chuckiecage, Mar 23, 2019.

  1. chuckiecage

    chuckiecage Member

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    Been trying to find a reasonably priced alternative for Case TCH fluid, traveler premium at Tractor Supply claims to meet TCH specs but cant find any data to back it up.
    In the PDF below that lists Case specs on fluid this now confuses me even more, Case recommends
    LOW TEMPERATURE HY-TRAN ULTRA (MS1209) as a TCH alternative (second fluid down on the page)
    but if you look at the specs for CASE TCH FLUID (MS1210) (fifth fluid down)
    it more matches the first fluid CASE IH HY-TRAN ULTRA (MS1209) specs (first on the page) but is not recommended either on this sheet or by the local dealer as a replacement and conveniently the low temp stuff is more $$$ too, can anyone with more smarts than me weigh in on this??
    also from my extensive research I seem to have found about a 50/50 success rate vs horror stories from people that switched to HY-TRAN ULTRA (MS1209) in TCH required machines
     

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  2. Tinkerer

    Tinkerer Senior Member

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    The traveler premium should be ok to use. It is a multi grade (10w30). I prefer a iso /aw 32.
    But don't even consider a 303 grade oil, ever.
     
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  3. Delmer

    Delmer Senior Member

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    Mobil is running a rebate right now on their universal tractor hydraulic fluid, making it cheaper than tractor supply. If you can find it locally. WI has Fleet Farm, it may be in similar farm supply chains.

    Nige, who should know if anybody would, says don't buy "bob's gas and groceries" brand, and Mobil is definitely not.

    303 was an inadequate oil that was specified for the first generation of wet brakes and clutches, I'd only use it in farm tractors without wet brakes or clutches, nothing wrong with it for that application.
     
  4. Nige

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    "Joe Blow's Gas & Groceries" actually, but you got the idea. With a name like Tractor Supply it gives me the impression they built their business selling to farmers, and that in itself would be enough to put me off buying anything like oil from them. "Never mind the quality, feel the width....."

    Mobil used to produce Cat-branded oils, I'm not sure if they still do
     
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    Numbfingers Well-Known Member

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    Compare the specs of the TCH against Chevron THF 1000, or MobileDTE 424 and see if they're close.
     
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    Mobil 424 meets Volvo specs for hydro and wet brake oil. Not "super" though, so you'd have to stick with regular maintenance vs extended drain. I kinda lean on 424 as my 'everything' fluid
     
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  7. Delmer

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    That's good to know, Mobil 424 is the one that Fleet Farm and others have started carrying recently. Hopefully that will cut down on the use of 303 fluid... Kinda like Rotella T became much more widely available before that.