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First Transaxle Service on Toro Timecutter HD54 #5192133 08/20/19 02:52 PM
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My Toro Timecutter HD 54 now has a little over 50 hours on it and I decided it was time to service the transaxles. The mower has the Hydro-Gear ZT-3100s. Yesterday, I bought 5qt of Super Tech 20W50 and 2 NAPA 400102 filters. The first time is a learning experience. It will be easier from now on. The performance is improved.


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Re: First Transaxle Service on Toro Timecutter HD54 [Re: MParr] #5192242 08/20/19 04:47 PM
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Originally Posted by MParr
My Toro Timecutter HD 54 now has a little over 50 hours on it and I decided it was time to service the transaxles. The mower has the Hydro-Gear ZT-3100s. Yesterday, I bought 5qt of Super Tech 20W50 and 2 NAPA 400102 filters. The first time is a learning experience. It will be easier from now on. The performance is improved.

What sort of improvement in performance did you notice after only 50 hours? It’s basically still new. I first serviced my 1998 John Deere lx188 with a Tuff Torq K61 at 10 years with Mobil1 15w50. Just serviced it again a month ago with Mobil1 15w50. The oil was a light amber color and probably could have went a lot longer.

Re: First Transaxle Service on Toro Timecutter HD54 [Re: gman2304] #5192274 08/20/19 05:20 PM
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Originally Posted by gman2304
Originally Posted by MParr
My Toro Timecutter HD 54 now has a little over 50 hours on it and I decided it was time to service the transaxles. The mower has the Hydro-Gear ZT-3100s. Yesterday, I bought 5qt of Super Tech 20W50 and 2 NAPA 400102 filters. The first time is a learning experience. It will be easier from now on. The performance is improved.

What sort of improvement in performance did you notice after only 50 hours? It’s basically still new. I first serviced my 1998 John Deere lx188 with a Tuff Torq K61 at 10 years with Mobil1 15w50. Just serviced it again a month ago with Mobil1 15w50. The oil was a light amber color and probably could have went a lot longer.

It’s not jerky like it was before the change. More oil went in than I took out. There are no leaks. It may have been a little low from the factory. That’s not unusual. Hydro-Gear recommends the first change between 75 hours and 100 hours and changes every 400 hours after that.

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Re: First Transaxle Service on Toro Timecutter HD54 [Re: MParr] #5192320 08/20/19 06:33 PM
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You can get those filters at RockAuto for ten and change...

https://www.rockauto.com/en/parts/wix,WL10102,filter,8600


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Re: First Transaxle Service on Toro Timecutter HD54 [Re: mattwithcats] #5192373 08/20/19 07:35 PM
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Yep, that’s a good price. The OE Hydro-Gear 52114 look exactly like the WIX/NAPA filter, the only difference being the paint color. Stens has their version and Rotary has their version. I’ll probably buy online next time. I will check my local Toro dealer, he may carry the Rotary branded filter at a good price. I still came out cheaper than buying the Hydro-Gear service kit.


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Re: First Transaxle Service on Toro Timecutter HD54 [Re: MParr] #5192640 08/21/19 06:06 AM
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Nothing wrong with oil choices I guess but wondering why not use the he popular M1 15w50 or any other synthetic.

Re: First Transaxle Service on Toro Timecutter HD54 [Re: dave123] #5192734 08/21/19 08:44 AM
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Originally Posted by dave123
Nothing wrong with oil choices I guess but wondering why not use the he popular M1 15w50 or any other synthetic.

Availability and cost. The Mobil 1 15W50 isn’t something readily available at my local Walmart. I had two choices, Super Tech and Castrol GTX. The Hydro-Gear service manual only requires 20W50 SL rated automotive oil. Sure you can spend a lot of money buying the Toro, Exmark, Bad Boy or Hydro-Gear oil but it’s not necessary.

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