Tractorlife.com Authenticated Fluids
One of the biggest issues facing the industry today, is the use of low-quality tractor hydraulic fluids that don’t meet current OEM credentials and performance claims. The long-term use of low-quality tractor hydraulic fluids (THFs) can lead to erratic or sluggish hydraulic response due to fluid thickening and deposit formation, severe wear and ridging of gear parts, reduced pump output and, ultimately, potential hydraulic system failure.
So why would farmers/harvesters/equipment owners use a low-quality tractor hydraulic fluid considering all the potential issues they could cause to expensive equipment? They often don’t even know they’re doing it. Purchasers are led to believe that “yellow bucket fluids” (Fluids sold in attention-grabbing, yellow five-gallon pails) are legitimate THFs when they are anything but. Others might be aware of what they are purchasing but believe that the fluid is not in the equipment long enough to make an impact. Whatever the reason, using out-of-spec THFs can be extremely harmful to critical equipment.
Quick Reference Guide
What can you do to be certain you’re not being misled or duped into purchasing low-quality THFs? Look for the Tractorlife.com Authenticated Fluid logo on all high-quality THFs and download our handy High-Quality Tractor Hydraulic Fluid Quick Reference Guide.
Maintain consistent equipment performance and efficiency under varying load conditions.
TractorLife.com continues to educate consumers about the consequences of low-quality fluids and advocate for higher-quality lubricants through the TractorLife.com Authenticated Fluid Program. The program was created to educate the industry and help consumers clearly identify certified lubricants that have been proven to perform and protect. Participants of the program are required to meet or exceed performance requirements outlined by OEMs.