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    Rotella?

    I've got a 2007 4010 MCUT that I put a lot more hours on than I thought I would. Mos t of my tractor owning friends tell me use Rotella instead of the JD oil. Sure would be cheaper to be able to get it by the gallon.

    What say the peanut gallery?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnf View Post
    I've got a 2007 4010 MCUT that I put a lot more hours on than I thought I would. Mos t of my tractor owning friends tell me use Rotella instead of the JD oil. Sure would be cheaper to be able to get it by the gallon.

    What say the peanut gallery?

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    There isn't a thing wrong with Rotella! I wouldn't hesitate using it in my 3520, it's served us well on many tractors for MANY hours. I sure wouldn't skimp on hydraulic fluid though, if you have an hydrostatic transmission the JD fluid is the best option IMO. Considering I'm strict on using the manufactures filters and hydraulic fluids it's just easier to run JD engine oil as well considering I'm already at the dealer buying everything else for a service, but I am not afraid of running Rotella a bit.
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    Oh boy....yet another oil thread......

    I use Rotella T6 synthetic in my diesels and have for years. With no Deere dealers around here it’s my only way to go. And you can’t beat the price with their rebates.

    Better Fuel Economy Meets Better Wallet Economy | Shell ROTELLA®

    I can get it locally for around $22 per gallon minus the $7 rebate comes to $15.
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    There are lots of good oils out there, including Rotella. As long as you are using an oil that meets the requirements, go for it. You don't have to stick with JD oil, or limit yourself to Rotella.
    My opinion, and approach, is that the maintenance schedule is much more important than which brand of oil I use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    Oh boy....yet another oil thread......

    I use Rotella T6 synthetic in my diesels and have for years. With no Deere dealers around here it’s my only way to go. And you can’t beat the price with their rebates.

    Better Fuel Economy Meets Better Wallet Economy | Shell ROTELLA®

    I can get it locally for around $22 per gallon minus the $7 rebate comes to $15.
    Deere dealer? What's that? So far in 5 years I've purchased all of my JD engine and transmission oil via mail order - free shipping no less.

    I also recently purchased a couple 2 1/2 gallon containers of Mobil 1 0W-30 Synthetic via WalMart mail order - again free shipping. It was less expensive than any of the local places I checked.
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    I'm pretty strict on maintenance. I bought the tractor with 392 hours and did an oil change and hyro-fluid change at 400 and just did my 3rd oil change at 500. Can't believe I've put 100 hours on her in just over a year. Last 2 changes were much cleaner than the first one. I fear the previous owner wasn't so diligent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ky_shawn View Post
    There isn't a thing wrong with Rotella! I wouldn't hesitate using it in my 3520, it's served us well on many tractors for MANY hours. I sure wouldn't skimp on hydraulic fluid though, if you have an hydrostatic transmission the JD fluid is the best option IMO. Considering I'm strict on using the manufactures filters and hydraulic fluids it's just easier to run JD engine oil as well considering I'm already at the dealer buying everything else for a service, but I am not afraid of running Rotella a bit.
    I agree, not worth the small savings IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    I agree, not worth the small savings IMO.
    Same here, it's a John Deere so it gets John Deere fluids

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    Quote Originally Posted by PJR832 View Post
    Same here, it's a John Deere so it gets John Deere fluids

    I do the same with all my Stihl equipment. I've never hard a problem with JD or Stihl equipment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    Deere dealer? What's that? So far in 5 years I've purchased all of my JD engine and transmission oil via mail order - free shipping no less.

    I also recently purchased a couple 2 1/2 gallon containers of Mobil 1 0W-30 Synthetic via WalMart mail order - again free shipping. It was less expensive than any of the local places I checked.
    I buy most everything besides groceries on-line. I don't know why but I never think of having fluids shipped. In fact I had 6 gallons of hydro fluid shipped from GFP last summer for free.

    I use Rotella in the Beetle Bug anyway so have just always used it in my tractor also.

    One reason I started with Rotella - when I bought my tractor, reading the manual, it calls for 5W30 oil. So when due for my first change I went to my then local dealer. He didn't have any - in fact Deere didn't make it. He said they just put 15W40 in everything.

    While that may be OK it wasn't OK with me. So I ended up using Rotella T6 since it was 5W40 and synthetic and just never changed.
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