Perilously Obsolete: The Dangers of 303 Tractor Hydraulic Fluids

This article originally appeared in the May 2018 issue of Compoundings, a monthly magazine published by the Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association (ILMA), www.ILMA.org. by Ramnath Kuthoore For decades, the tractor hydraulic fluid (THF) market has been riddled...

State of Georgia becomes 2nd State to Ban 303 Fluids

Following in Missouri’s footsteps, Georgia recently announced its ban on 303 fluids. Missouri was the first state to take action against low-quality, 303 fluids being marketed as legitimated tractor hydraulic fluids. These fluids claim to meet John Deere’s 303...

State of Missouri Bans Sale of All “Yellow Bucket” Fluids

Effective immediately, the State of Missouri has banned all tractor hydraulic fluids labeled solely as “303.” These products, also commonly known as “yellow bucket,” are low quality yet represent a significant portion of the US tractor hydraulic fluid market. The...

Cetane Helps Prevent Poor Engine Performance

When making a decision about which diesel fuel is best for your engines, consider the many fuel characteristics that can affect the way your engines perform. One characteristic that is commonly overlooked is cetane. In the U.S., the minimum cetane number is 40, which...

Standards Ensure Tractor Oils Flow Properly in All Seasons 

Tractors are the workhorses of farm machinery, so when they break down, work doesn’t get done. They are also expensive investments that can be costly to repair and replace if not maintained properly. Even in well-kept tractors, a hidden risk can lie in the type of...

How to Select the Right Fluids to Protect Your Equipment

Over the past 50 years, better design and construction have made tractors more powerful and durable. Tractors are the lifeblood of many businesses, and farmers increasingly depend on them to maintain day-to-day productivity. Proper maintenance is critical. Failure to...