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post #1 of 11 Old 12-05-2015, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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Auger Gear Oil or Grease?

Hey folks, another question from me as I continue to learn from you. JD 826, mid-80s vintage. The manual online (from 1981) states to use 5W20 for the gear case. Some Augers use the grease (like the JD TRS27) and some use oil, and I suppose some can use both? I'm guessing for this one I have to use oil, but given that the manual is from 1981, I am sure times have changed. Do I still want to try to find 5W20 oil or can I go with a 70 or 80W90 gear oil? Or should I go ahead and put grease in there?

I'd do some more searching but I am mobile at the moment and don't have the time while I work on this machine remotely. Thanks!
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That is a light weight oil (5w20). The tolerances in the gearbox must have been close. I would go with the recommended lube. MH

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try 5w30 if it leaks switch to sae30
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If it says to use 5W20 I'd stick with the 5W20. It's easy to find as a lot of Fords specified that weight for their engines.

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Ok thank you. I can only find manuals online for the 826 that are for the early 80s/late 70s versions of the 826 so thus why I am somewhat concerned if JD changes things around in the Auger gearbox somewhere along the line and switched it over to a true gear lube/grease vs regular motor oil. Do any of you out there own any 1984-1988 826s and still have the manual that came with that machine?
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If this makes sense let me know because it doesn't to me. This is from the operators manual for a 1986 JD 1026 .
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Says 'Add grease', Note: Use oil...


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EXACTLY. Big difference between oil and grease! Well- In the Auger case of the JD 826 I've put in Valvoline synthetic 80W90 (or something like that) at the recommendation of a trusted repair facility, even though the manual calls for that 5W20 engine oil. And so far it hasn't leaked out. Yet the TRS27 calls for grease. One has to wonder.. was there that big of a difference in the cases between 1984 and 1989? They look the same on the outside.
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