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    Any thoughts on using Shell Rotella T5 instead of Plus 50 II?

    So does Shell Rotella T5 meet the spec of Plus 50 II? Tractor Supply is about 30 miles closer than John Deere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmylh View Post
    So does Shell Rotella T5 meet the spec of Plus 50 II? Tractor Supply is about 30 miles closer than John Deere.
    Sure. Oil is oil as long as it meets John Deere's requirement for the API service classification. The most recent service classification for diesels is CK-4 (which Rotella T5 meets), but CH-4, CI-4, and CJ-4 are all also considered current, in the even that your TSC store doesn't have the most current oil (unlikely, since CK-4 has been specified since 2017). That's the oil I plan in switching to for winter operation of my 1023E. I think synthetic gives better cold starting in a typical Minnesota winter.

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    Thats what I use. Works good.
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    Should work fine, but for the minor cost difference, at least around here, Id go with the 5w40 T6.
    I much prefer synthetics over conventional, but to each their own.

    Any good oil that meets the spec will work just fine. No reason you have to buy Deere branded oil unless you want to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IndianaJim View Post
    No reason you have to buy Deere branded oil unless you want to.
    I can either mail order JD oil or make a 60 mile round trip just for three quarts worth. Or I can make a 4 mile round trip to TSC, Walmart, Autozone etc. I believe I'll shop close by. I already have a filter on hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IndianaJim View Post
    Should work fine, but for the minor cost difference, at least around here, Id go with the 5w40 T6.
    I much prefer synthetics over conventional, but to each their own.

    Any good oil that meets the spec will work just fine. No reason you have to buy Deere branded oil unless you want to.
    I use T6 5w40 in my 2025R. It starts much smoother especially when itís cold outside. Check the Shell website, Iím pretty sure there are rebates offered until the end of 2019. Makes the T6 an even better value.

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    I have been using it since the first oil change on my 2011 1026R. It hasnít blown up yet. I do use JD filters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ejb69 View Post
    I have been using it since the first oil change on my 2011 1026R. It hasn’t blown up yet. I do use JD filters.
    I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. In the past, John Deere oil filters have been reported to be made by Fram (which would be a bad thing - notoriously bad filters). I don't know if they still are (or ever were) but I think oil filters are more important to the longevity of your engine than the oil you use (assuming correct API service classification). Point being....we have a rigorous quality assurance process for the lubricating oils we use in our vehicles, but nothing certifying the quality of the all-important oil filter we use. Personally, I wouldn't use an oil filter if I didn't know who made it. All of my filters are Wix/NAPA Gold, AC Delco, or Champion (there are other good ones) -- all objectively demonstrated to be high quality.

    Fram makes a lot of filters for branded as OEM. Look carefully at your oil filter or the box it came in....if it says "Made in Canada", it's a Fram and I wouldn't use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndianaJim View Post
    Should work fine, but for the minor cost difference, at least around here, Id go with the 5w40 T6.
    I much prefer synthetics over conventional, but to each their own.

    Any good oil that meets the spec will work just fine. No reason you have to buy Deere branded oil unless you want to.
    Same here - I use T6 in all my diesels and have for many years. Available at Walmart for the best price plus you get a $7 rebate per gallon no matter where you buy it.

    Never had a reason to use T5.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacCool View Post
    I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. In the past, John Deere oil filters have been reported to be made by Fram (which would be a bad thing - notoriously bad filters). I don't know if they still are (or ever were) but I think oil filters are more important to the longevity of your engine than the oil you use (assuming correct API service classification). Point being....we have a rigorous quality assurance process for the lubricating oils we use in our vehicles, but nothing certifying the quality of the all-important oil filter we use. Personally, I wouldn't use an oil filter if I didn't know who made it. All of my filters are Wix/NAPA Gold, AC Delco, or Champion (there are other good ones) -- all objectively demonstrated to be high quality.

    Fram makes a lot of filters for branded as OEM. Look carefully at your oil filter or the box it came in....if it says "Made in Canada", it's a Fram and I wouldn't use it.
    Good points. Has anyone actually cut open any of the JD engine oil filters to see how they are constructed? There are several YouTube videos with folks cutting open various brands and comparing them. Messicks did one comparing Kubota filters to various 3rd party filters.
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