Question for Bob Cat owners

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by SUPRASPORT, Apr 4, 2005.


    SUPRASPORT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    I bought a '04 ZT219 and my manual says to change the hydro oil & filter at 5 hours. Is this correct. It does seem alittle soon since the next change should be at 500 hours.---Thanks Todd
  2. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,899

    I guess its kinda like a new vehicle. Your break-in period is the first 500 miles. No excessive spped, get on a country road and dddrive at 35, the 40, then 45, then 50, & back down again, etc. After the first 500 miles, change your oil & filter. Any contaminates and/or extra metal pieces, etc that can come free usually do & you change the oil & filter. I guess this is the manufactirer's idea for break-in period.

    SUPRASPORT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    Where's all the Bob Cat owners?
  4. llama

    llama LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    changing their oil
  5. grassmanvt

    grassmanvt LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 906

    I have buntons, they are the same as bobcat. They have the same recommendations, as turfdude says it is to get out any contaminants that might have gotten into the system when the unit is manufactured. It is a good idea to do it but I admit I have been to busy to do it on a few units, they are still going great. The major item is to follow the recommended changes from there on. I'm no mechanic so don't take my word for it.
  6. Mowerboy04

    Mowerboy04 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,446

    yes this is correct. you are suppose to change the oil at 5 hours because if there is any meatal shaveings in the motor when u change the oil they will be taken out. hope this helps.
    don't mind the bad spelling
  7. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
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  8. Mack77

    Mack77 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 212

    Should you change the hydraulic oil at 5 hours along with the engine oil?

  9. Eddie B

    Eddie B LawnSite Senior Member
    from gone
    Messages: 859

    yup yup
  10. BobcatZT

    BobcatZT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    When you pull the drain plug on the hydro tank, you will see all the metal shavings stuck on the magnetic plug. We did the 5 hour thing after replacing one of the hydro pumps and was amazed at the amount of metal shavings it collected.

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