Originally Posted by JLawrence08648
How do you tell if the auger gear box takes grease or oil?
Do you look in the manual?
Read the manual and use what it recommends?
This is always the best thing to do first-read the manual.
If you find grease in a gearbox that's supposed to have oil in it according the manufacturer,it's usually because the seals started to leak and putting "00" grease(or ANYTHING they had on hand) in the box is a quicker,cheaper fix.It's not necessarily the best because if that gearbox has ball or roller bearings,grease is not going to lubricate them well at low temps.
A lot of people just assume that blower gearboxes use oil, when they don't-gears=gear oil.A lot Toros use grease,specifically Lubriplate Mag-1.This is very expensive stuff and many choose not to buy it and dump oil in .Again,OK if your seals are in excellent shape.A good NLGI 1 synthetic EP grease is as good as the Mag-1,though.
I use Valvoline full-synthetic 75w-90 in my Allis which specifies gear oil.According the them,it IS yellow metal safe.
I use a Synthetic NLGI-1 grease made by Schaeffer in my Toro 521.
I may have to finish out the winter with "00" grease or the synthetic in the Allis,as I noticed the other day one seal is leaking pretty bad.No ball or roller bearings to worry about in that machine.
Do not use just any old NLGI-2 chassis grease that you have hanging around-it won't do the job at low temperatures.