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Old 01-23-2020, 08:32 AM   #1
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Where are you folks buying your Corn Head grease? JD Dealer? Tractor Supply? ????
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Old 01-23-2020, 08:37 AM   #2
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Old 01-23-2020, 10:32 AM   #4
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Old 01-23-2020, 10:58 AM   #5
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Are you guys just using the Corn Head grease for the steering boxes?
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Old 01-23-2020, 11:02 AM   #6
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Tractor Supply has it labeled as cotton picker spindle grease.According to the bottler it is the same product,just used in a different application.Interestingly enough it is only five bucks a bottle at Tractor Supply.
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Old 01-23-2020, 11:37 AM   #7
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Corn Head grease from JD comes in a cartridge and is about 3 bucks.
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Old 01-23-2020, 01:43 PM   #8
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I Have a JD #45 combine with a #234 2 row corn head and I get my corn head grease at the local JD dealer.
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Old 01-23-2020, 01:46 PM   #9
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600 wt oil in steering box, if in good shape with no leaks
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Old 01-23-2020, 02:09 PM   #10
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Tractor supply has it in quart squeeze bottles, and it is the same as "OO" grease. I use it in all Snapper equipment that calls for "OO" grease which is practically everything. I also put in my A steering box, and the U joint. Good stuff for lots of applications that need something heavier than gear oil and lighter than grease.
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Old 01-23-2020, 03:45 PM   #11
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It is the same stuff.When I worked at the JD dealer we used it for everything but cornheads.We just didn't have any in my area.We could get it in tubes or squeeze bottles.If you get it in tubes you will need a real tight grease gun,or,take the tube out of your gun and slide the runny grease tube in.What is left of the real grease will help seal the plunger while pumping the juicy stuff out.If the gun is new,worn,or a cheapo the thin grease will start to run out of the hole in the back for the plunger.We used it mostly for steering boxes in the old two cylinders.The Ford tractor boys insist you do NOT use it in the steering boxes in the old two pitman arm boxes.I don't know if that has some factual reason behind it,or if it is one of those forum fairy tales that somebody writes and a hundred others chime in to hear themselves talk.
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Old 01-24-2020, 10:47 AM   #12
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600 wt oil in steering box, if in good shape with no leaks
I know what you're saying because that's the original spec. BTW, it's not 600 wt, it's 600W which is a part number. Most steering boxes, even rebuilt will leak 600W, hence the cornhead, and other thicker fluid lubricants. The 600W has been argued to be 250 or 140, etc. wt.
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Old 01-24-2020, 08:06 PM   #14
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Cotton picker spindle grease is 00 grease. Corn head grease is 0 grease. Any implement dealer such as John Deere or Case IHC would have corn head grease. John Deere was not the only company that built corn headers. Tractor supply places should have a brand of 0 grease as well. The Super S 00 cotton picker spindle grease is the same lithium based grease Penrite sells for steering boxes. Super S is less than $6 a quart at TSC.
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Old 01-24-2020, 08:11 PM   #15
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The JD cornhead in the green tube is much thicker than modern SAE 250wt. oil but it appears to become more fluid when agitated or warm. I found it thins out in the universal and leaks out the clambshells easier than chassis grease, better in the steering box..
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Old 01-25-2020, 11:15 AM   #16
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U joint.
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Old 01-25-2020, 11:49 AM   #17
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The JD grease is a thixotropic or semi-fluid grease and it is NGLI #0 but it's not the only product of the type. Cenex and Agco also market a very similar product in the same rating. The NGLI grease rating can be used for non-thixotropic greases as well. A person has to look for Semi-Fluid type grease.

Chassis grease will be pushed out of the way by the u-joint and create a cavity where no lubrication can happen. At least a semi-fluid grease can flow into the U-joint bushings when the vehicle is operational. It's about as close as you can get to the old gear oil and soda soap mix that was used back in the day.

I think folks worry about leakage too much on these old technology vehicles. They certainly seeped fluids when they were new so trying to stop that is not all that practical. Keep the car maintained per the factory schedule and replace seals when they go bad is about as good as it gets. Put a catch tray under the car when parked. We did that on the old round motored airplanes since they leaked no matter how well you maintained them.
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