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    Elite Member RalphVa's Avatar
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    Default Re: Oil change for diesel lawn tractor

    Both JD and VW allow 0w-5w30 oils in their diesels.

    In my old Gravely, I switched it to synthetic. After about the 3rd change, it actually quit using oil. In it, I used the Mobil 1 15w50.

    If you use your diesel for snow blowing plus summer stuff, I'd use the Mobil 1 0w30 like I use in my JD 4010. The local JD dealer doesn't seem to carry the 0w40; so, I'll probably stick with the 0w30 or maybe go to the 0w or 5w30 Mobil 1 ESP that I'll need for my VW TDI.

    Any modern 0w-5w or even 15w30 oil would be better than a straight 20w oil.

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    Default Re: Oil change for diesel lawn tractor

    I use syn. in everything.Zero issues with the 5w40 everthing starts good up here in the frozen north country,just my thoughtsDave

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    Default Re: Oil change for diesel lawn tractor

    Got a reply from Lombardini this morning. They said that 15w-40 or 10w-30 (depending on temprature) is OK. Now I'm off to the auto store....Nick

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    Default Re: Oil change for diesel lawn tractor

    Walmart has Rotella Diesel HDEO 10w30 for a good price,it's actually a blend very good oil.

    stick with a HDEO

    - Shell Rotella T5 Synthetic Blend Technology
    1975 FORD 4500 TLB(740/755)Industrial 201 ci Diesel 2236 original hrs.

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    Default Re: Oil change for diesel lawn tractor

    Quote Originally Posted by bp fick View Post
    I sure wouldn't run that common 15w-40 in the winter, though. That's a bit much for cold morning starts when you need to plow/snow blow.
    Not true. 15W-40 is a multi-grade oil that acts like 40 weight once it's heated up. The "W" after the 15 stands for "Winter", which means it's is the relative cold weather starting weight. If your motor was designed for 20W, it'll start even easier with 15W in there. The multi-grade oil will be thicker than designed once up to temp, but that'll be fine too.

    Personally, I run Rotella 15W-40 diesel oil in everything - tractors, mowers, dirtbikes, ATVs, generator, etc.

    JayC

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    Default Re: Oil change for diesel lawn tractor

    Quote Originally Posted by nfzara View Post
    Got a reply from Lombardini this morning. They said that 15w-40 or 10w-30 (depending on temprature) is OK. Now I'm off to the auto store....Nick
    Just make sure the 10w30 is rated for diesels (i have not seen a 15w40 that wasnt diesel rated)


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    Default Re: Oil change for diesel lawn tractor

    I also checked with my dealer. My new B3200 kubota will be used year round, mowing in the summer and snow blowing in the winter. My dealer said that he likes 15W-40 year round. I guess since Mobil Delvac has a current rebate, I'll pick up three gallons. I also bought a block heater and will be storing my tractor in my garage.

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    Default Re: Oil change for diesel lawn tractor

    Quote Originally Posted by MW66 View Post
    I also bought a block heater and will be storing my tractor in my garage.
    That would be acceptable but with out the above i would go with a lighter oil in the winter for sure.

    and your dealer shouldn't be making recommendations like that out side of what the manufacture list for temp/oil viscosity operations.

    For year around use i'd use a HDEO 5w40 or 10w30
    1975 FORD 4500 TLB(740/755)Industrial 201 ci Diesel 2236 original hrs.

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    Default Re: Oil change for diesel lawn tractor

    He's not. In my kubota manual is states that 15W-40 is acceptable for all temperature ranges.

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    Default Re: Oil change for diesel lawn tractor

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay4200 View Post
    Not true. 15W-40 is a multi-grade oil that acts like 40 weight once it's heated up. The "W" after the 15 stands for "Winter", which means it's is the relative cold weather starting weight. If your motor was designed for 20W, it'll start even easier with 15W in there. The multi-grade oil will be thicker than designed once up to temp, but that'll be fine too.

    Personally, I run Rotella 15W-40 diesel oil in everything - tractors, mowers, dirtbikes, ATVs, generator, etc.

    JayC
    I pour lots of different weights of oils in my shop, which is sort of the neighborhood "get it fixed and maintained place".

    You took exception to my displeasure with 15w-40 in brutal cold, winter start ups. "Not true", you called it. That's OK. Differing thoughts, but 15w-40 cannot and will not flow as quickly as a 5w-40 nor a 10w-30, not by a long shot, in my experience. Yes, it is a true statement. It is true that there's no way 15w-40 is in my machines at -10 degrees.
    BP


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