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Old 04-01-2013, 06:46 PM
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257b thoughts

Hey folks I'll be getting my 257b in a week or so and was just interested to read others thoughts. I know "ford versus chevy" and love it or hate it. I'm more interested in the opinons of those that actually own or operate this model not the guy that knows of his cousins best friends goats mother hating them. I believe I picked a machine that will fit my needs and is in my budget. I'd also like to know if there is a place to get cheap/free uploads on manuals and such. I'm a stickler on maintenance, have owned and own excavators dozers trucks tractors and so on..... I realize this model is not a 80-100hp machine and I didn't want that much power. I did own an 1840 case wheeled SS a few years back. It was a tough machine and sadly abused before I got hold of it. I did bring it back to shape but found it just didn't have the traction that I needed to do the work I wanted, so down the road it went. I found a decent deal on this machine and figured why not. Any helpfull hints or advice would be appreciated, anything I need to pay close attention too etc.... What type fluids would be the best I was figuring a 15-40 for engine oil but not exactly sure about hydraulics and such. Thanks for your time
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:45 PM
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It's a great machine. Take care if the undercarriage and you will have a good machine for many hours of use
I have always used rottela 15 40 in my cat machines. And always use cat filters to keep warranty.
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:43 PM
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Good size and name behind it, I wished I had bought that size years ago. Take it easy on the undercarriage though or it will eat you alive. My brother owns a 277C and he is trading it off for the 289C for that same reason.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:24 AM
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Thanks folks, the machine will be used in the woods and mostly on soft ground, possibly the occasional pond work. Any idea on what hydraulic fluid to use, more worried about the weight not so much of a brand name. I'm using an ISO 46(I believe) in my other machines, would kind of like to stay with one type fluid for everything if possible. I did use 32 for a while but felt it was to thin.
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Old 04-02-2013, 02:15 PM
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Better stay with cat hydro fluid until warranty runs out.
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Old 04-02-2013, 04:56 PM
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No warranty private deal.
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Old 04-02-2013, 06:34 PM
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I think if you stay with a good quality multi-vis you should be good.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:40 PM
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okay thanks
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:40 PM
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Dont over work it, or the undercarriage will eat you alive. Run a small bucket, I was running a 74" I think it created a lot of problems. Great machine but under carriage suck and is very expensive. I had 1500 hrs on mine and was spending 300-500 each months on parts(no labor) on the undercarriage. Be careful with tracks, they tend to tear easy and make sure you have the right tension on them or you will tear the drive lugs out. I would check the aw-46, If memory serves me right, that isnt the best fluid for the application. Just make sure it is a good quality and meets cat specs. Good luck
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:26 AM
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Thanks Treemover, it should have a fairly easy life, it'll be worked but not abused.
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