Hydraulic Fluid/Filter Change

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GravelyGuy, Dec 5, 2006.

  1. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 2,518

    My Gravely 34 Z has 270 hours on it and I have never changed the fluid or filter. I was cleaning it yesterday and I noticed that the filter has a minor dent in the side of it. It looks like the blade belt slapped it when it snapped a few weeks back. I called and the filter is $32.00 and they have to order it. Am I fine to use this filter with the small dent? I don't think it would restrict oil flow. How often do you guys do this maintenance? I think the book says like every 400-500 hours.

    Thanks...
     
  2. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,945

    500 hrs. is good, if you have a problem it want be because of not changing the hydraulic oil and filter before 500 hrs.
     
  3. deereman

    deereman LawnSite Senior Member
    from USA
    Posts: 518

    $32.00 FREAKING DOLLARS!!!!!!!!!!!!! are they nuts? An Hydr oil filter for a Deere 757 is only $11.50 and I know that I could cross that with a diffrent brand if I really wanted to! and save some money but it is just conveinent for us to pick them up at the Deere dealer. I would shop around a little I think if I was you. I am loyal to Deere but if they were half of that $32.00 I think that I would start shopping around.
     
  4. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 2,518

    That's what I said. The other dealer in town is $27.00. They are always a little cheaper, but I got my mower from the other guys so I feel that I should stay loyal to them for the time being. Just curious how much are the blades for your Deere? Mine are at least $35.00 a piece, I think more like $37.00. The last ones I got I ordered online for less than half the price;)
     
  5. green acres lawns

    green acres lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 362

    Thats a pretty fat mark-up. The first Donaldson air filter I replaced on my exmark was $26.00 from the dealer. I ordered the same donaldson part# from my Cat dealer where I work at night. Our dealer cost(what I pay)was $7.50, so I ordered a case of filters. I have crossed all of my oil filters to wix and donaldson numbers. Hydraulic filters are finer micro than engine oil filters and are normally more expensive, but $32.00 is a little high. But how many times would you have to replace it?
     
  6. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,988

    Cross the filter. You can probably get it from napa for 10 bucks or less.
     
  7. robbo521

    robbo521 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 601

    that is one big thing that turned me on Gravely,the cost of blades,belts and filters,and the so called dealer 45min away.
     
  8. meathead1134

    meathead1134 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 637

    You think that is bad a was quoted $100.00 to change the hydraulic fluid in my plow. I basically told the place to @#$^ themselves.
     
  9. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 2,518

    I didn't know I could get things like this from Napa. If I call and give them the # will they be able to tell me what I will need? When I replaced the deck belt it was over $50 with taxes. I don't know if this is good or bad.

    About the blades, I don't know if other companies use marbane steel, but Gravely blades are really tough. They only need replaced if you hit a rock or metal.
     
  10. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,988

    If you can give me the brand and part number off the filter you have now, I can cross it for you and give you the napa number if there is one.
     

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