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SingleGuy 03-14-2012 12:31 PM

Brands of oil in John Deere
 
Does it really matter what brand of oil you use in a John Deere? I assume as long as it's the correct weight and amount, it's all the same? I have a JD LA110 and it uses 2qts of 10W40. The place in which I bought the riding mower sells John Deere oil ( 10W 40 ) but it's rather expensive at 6 bucks a quart. An auto store has their store brand oil for 4 bucks a quart and if it doesn't matter, I'll be buying the cheaper oil.

Any thoughts before I put this in the mower?

47_47 03-14-2012 01:56 PM

Doesn't matter, use the auto supply brand as long as it has an API rating of SL.

SingleGuy 03-14-2012 02:14 PM

Thanks. I'm usually not so worrisome about stuff like this but I'm trying to think in terms of keeping my mower in better shape longer ;)

47_47 03-14-2012 03:19 PM

I hear you there. The Super UDT on my Kubota is 6.50 per quart. The problem is it takes almost 3 gallons :(. I had to bite the bullet on that one.

DrHicks 03-15-2012 09:15 AM

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Originally Posted by SingleGuy (Post 877478)
Does it really matter what brand of oil you use in a John Deere? I assume as long as it's the correct weight and amount, it's all the same? I have a JD LA110 and it uses 2qts of 10W40. The place in which I bought the riding mower sells John Deere oil ( 10W 40 ) but it's rather expensive at 6 bucks a quart. An auto store has their store brand oil for 4 bucks a quart and if it doesn't matter, I'll be buying the cheaper oil.

Any thoughts before I put this in the mower?

No, the brand of oil you use in your John Deere mower does NOT matter. For one thing, the mower does not have a John Deere engine. Second, John Deere is actually just re-branding some other brand of oil.

My sons & I used to do a lawn-care service, and had all John Deere mowers. Personally, I preferred straight 30W oil, or if 20W50 was on sale I'd use that. I also added some Lucas Synthetic Oil Stabilizer every time I changed oil.

SingleGuy 03-15-2012 10:21 AM

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Originally Posted by DrHicks (Post 878066)
No, the brand of oil you use in your John Deere mower does NOT matter. For one thing, the mower does not have a John Deere engine. Second, John Deere is actually just re-branding some other brand of oil.

My sons & I used to do a lawn-care service, and had all John Deere mowers. Personally, I preferred straight 30W oil, or if 20W50 was on sale I'd use that. I also added some Lucas Synthetic Oil Stabilizer every time I changed oil.

Good point about the engine. Mine has a Briggs & Stratton and I didn't even think of that ;) I find it ridiculous that the 'john deere' oil is 6 bucks/qt when it's nearly half that elsewhere.

Thanks again!

DrHicks 03-15-2012 02:45 PM

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Originally Posted by SingleGuy (Post 878129)
Good point about the engine. Mine has a Briggs & Stratton and I didn't even think of that ;) I find it ridiculous that the 'john deere' oil is 6 bucks/qt when it's nearly half that elsewhere.

Thanks again!

Yep.

The oil re-branding thing is a little like Harley Davidson oil. Each spring I change out the oil in my cruiser with Royal Purple Synthetic Oil. 3 quarts @ $9 per quart. Total cost, with filter, is about $35.

Then I've got these buddies of mine who won't use anything but Harley Oil in their cruisers. Costs them almost $100 for their oil & filter. "But the Harley oil is so much better!" Yeah... :huh:


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