Best Tractor Hydraulic Fluid


Modern farm equipment not only requires a huge capital investment, but it is also, in fact, the lifeblood of your livelihood. The biggest fear would be downtime, which directly impacts your bottom line or profits. Today’s farm tractors utilize extremely complex engineered hydraulic systems that utilize microcomputer processors that operate precision valves and pumps. These microcomputers process and deliver commands quicker than the brain can even process them. It is a critical decision when trying to decide which is the best tractor fluid to protect these complex hydraulic systems. We’d like to make an important statement, and that is it is important to know that all farm tractor lubricants are not engineered equally.

Many conventional or traditional tractor fluids found on the market today are formulated with bare minimum basic additive packages. These inferior performing farm tractor lubricants which barely meet tractor specifications when used daily may create equipment issues leading to breakage, which will result in increased downtime and much shorter equipment service. A well-known farm industry magazine called has created a program to investigate and find the best hydraulic tractor fluids that meet and exceed OEM specifications. believes this campaign will provide a much-needed service to help the farmer in finding and utilizing the best possible farm hydraulic fluids so that they will be able to protect their equipment better and for longer periods of time. We are proud to say that Best Tractor Hydraulic Fluid is the first tractor fluid in the United States to be selected by as an authenticated tractor fluid. In addition, we can also say that Best Tractor Hydraulic Fluid is formulated with much more additive chemistry than is specified by farm equipment manufacturers. This extra additive chemistry also was a factor in earning’s authentication credentials.

Best Tractor Hydraulic Fluid is formulated with a dual system wear protection concept. It offers protection for bearings, helical, spur, and spiral bevel gears and bearings, as well as the soft yellow metals in hydraulic and hydro-static farm equipment. For the well known agricultural farm equipment test called John Deere JDQ-95 Wear Test, Best Tractor Hydraulic Fluid offered superior protection and performance. Test results illustrated very little to no wear for the ring gear and pinion. This hydraulic fluid also has a unique characteristic in that is has a slightly sticky or tacky nature. This tackiness characteristic allows it to cling to gears quite effectively and helps to absorb shock load. Lesser quality fluids did not stack up in this test, thus leading to high wear scoring and ridging of the gears.

One major issue typically caused in utilizing lesser quality tractor hydraulic fluids is fluid oxidation. What is fluid oxidation? It is a chemical reaction that happens between fluid and oxygen. When a fluid oxidizes, it causes the viscosity to increase, it leads to additive degradation, and harmful varnish and sludge formations. Additionally, fluid oxidation leads to foaming, which leads to higher temperatures, and also the forming of dangerous acidic deposits. This will weaken the fluid’s ability to transfer heat. This reduces the operational efficiency of the hydraulic system. This tractor fluid is a high-performance tractor fluid that was engineered to withstand very high operating temperatures. Due to its utilization of the best possible base fluids and extra amounts of antioxidant chemistry, it has an outstanding ability to withstand the possibility of oxidation. Best Tractor Hydraulic Fluid offers an impressive 485-degree flashpoint. Because of this high flash point, it offers superior protection against the possibility of thermal breakdown and oxidation. It far exceeds what conventional tractor fluids offer.

Many farm tractor manufacturers design farm tractors with wet brake systems. These brake systems are housed within the tractor’s axle housing. Wet brakes utilize hydraulic farm tractor fluids to cool them during heavy loads and usage. Having the brake system housed within the axle housing allows them to be exposed to extreme conditions such as dirt, mud, dust, and water. It is critical that tractor hydraulic fluids offer superior friction characteristics so as to reduce brake chatter or noise while simultaneously having superior braking abilities. If a wet brake system when operating emits squeaky loud noises and also vibrates, this means that the farm tractor hydraulic fluid does not offer sufficient and correct additive chemistry. Best Tractor Hydraulic Fluid was designed for maximum cooling of the wet brake systems and formulated to eliminate brake chatter and noise. With this tractor fluid’s proprietary robust additive chemistry, and with authentication from, you can be assured of getting maximum protection and performance from your tractor’s wet brake system.

Moisture and water can be very destructive to a farm tractor’s yellow-colored metal parts and components found within the valves and pumps. With the presence of water or moisture, there is a high possibility of corrosion taking place, which leads to inefficient performance and the real potential of hydraulic pump breakage or failure. Conventional or lower quality tractor fluids do not contain the type of chemistry that can combat or eliminate water contamination or corrosive issues that will erode and degrade the yellow metal and hydraulic pumps. This corrosion causes scratches on the pump’s brass piston shoes. Best Tractor Hydraulic Fluid, with its abundant and higher levels of additive chemistry, effectively will protect yellow metals from any water or corrosive erosion. It effectively protects brass piston shoes so much so that they are over extended periods of time of operation scratch and erosion free.

Best Tractor Hydraulic Fluid, with its generous levels of additive chemistry, exceeds and outperforms all traditional and standard HTF fluids, delivers resistance to oxidation, will eliminate varnish and sludge deposits, protects seals, vastly reduces foaming and fluid temperature, provides amazing anti-wear protection, improves hydraulic system performance and efficiency, and eliminates wet brake chatter and noise.

With over 90 years of lubricant engineering and manufacturing, Best Tractor Hydraulic Fluid offers you the farmer the ultimate in farm tractor hydraulic fluid that will protect the considerable investment you have in your equipment, keeping downtime to a minimum and helping you maximize profits.

Comes in a 6-pound pail.

Universal Tractor Fluid is a high-performance tractor hydraulic fluid formulated to exceed the chemical
and physical requirements of the following current specifications and can be used in transmissions, final drives,
clutches, wet brakes, and hydraulic systems:
Best Tractor Hydraulic Fluid
APPLICATION: Used in systems having a common oil for Hydraulic Systems, Wet Clutch, Transmission and/or Wet Brakes where
squeak or chatter is a problem.
John Deere J20C Specifications
Percent weight of:
Zinc — .20 Minimum
Phosphorous — .11 Minimum
Calcium — .42 Minimum
Viscosity Index — 170 Minimum
Base Number 14
Kinematic Viscosity, cSt at 40°C — 55.0
Kinematic Viscosity, cSt at 100°C (212 F) – 9.1 min. 9.5
(ISO 3104)
Brookfield Viscosity @ -35°C, cSt <70,000 – 37,500
(ASTM D2983)
Flash Point, °F – 392 min. 485
Pour Point, °F – -32 -40
Copper Strip Corrosion __ 1A

John Deere Oxidation Stability Test (JDQ23)
Viscosity Increase @ 100°C – 10% Max 1.3%
Evaporation loss @ 100°C – 5 % Max .9 %
Sludge Formation – None
Additive Separation – None

John Deere Gear Wear Test (JDQ95)
Spiral Bevel Rating –  Pass
Sun Pinion Wear Pass – Passes at <0.018mm
Gear Surface Condition – Pass
John Deere Transmission Test (JDQ94)
Total Cycles – 2,000
Initial Coefficient of friction – 0.15 max 0.089
Final Coefficient of friction during stalls – 0.08 min 0.083
Stall Times – 5.00 max 1.82

John Deere Water Sensitivity Test (JDQ19)
Solids % Volume – 0.1 max 0.0
Additive loss, % mass – 15% max 0.0

John Deere Rust Protection (JDQ22)
Rust protection, hours – 100
FZG Gear Scuff Test __ 10

Handling Information: For safe handling of the product, read the Safety Data Sheet (SDS).
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