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  1. #11
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    John Deere X728SE

    Default Re: Oil type for small engine

    The only reason the JD dealer says to not run synthetic is because he knows you won't be buying it from him. The JD dealer only recommends what makes him money. He wants a monopoly on what you buy for your John Deere.

    I run my 2010 X728SE with the Kawasaki V-Twin for 5 hrs and changed it over to AMSOIL HDD 5W-30 and AMSOIL oil Filter. Runs perfect, not a drop of oil used in about 90 hrs, 2 yrs on same oil. The only reason they say to change oil once a year is so they can sell you more oil. They make the most money on parts and service.
    Mike
    2012 GMC AWD Sierra Denali 6.2L
    2010 J D X728SE w/47" snow blower
    2009 Cadillac CTS4 3.6L
    2006 Honda Rincon 680

  2. #12
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    Ford 3930

    Default Re: Oil type for small engine

    Matters the most for "brass monkey" type of Cold, but I've always liked Synth for Low Temperature performance.

    I don't know that particular motor, but I find that many small engine starters are just torquey enough for the job. For winter use, the slight cost adder needed to put a decent synth into a small engine sump is a no-brainer, IMO.

    Rgds, D.

  3. #13
    Platinum Member DEWFPO's Avatar
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    Default Re: Oil type for small engine

    I've run nothing but synthetic in all my engines, large and small after the first oil change. Since I don't use the small engines that much I change the oil every 3-4 years and have never had any issues whatsoever.

    DEWFPO
    2009 Toolcat 5600 "D-Series", Hi-Flow, 29's, 72" SB-200, 84" Snowblade, 62" Lo-Pro Bucket

    SOLD - 2006 MF GC2300, 2350 FEL, 2315 MMM, 2360 SB, KingKutter CarryAll

  4. #14
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    T300 cat

    Default Re: Oil type for small engine

    I have T300 cab, I'm using synthetic oil with wix filter since i bought it. It is great oil because when engine run at high speed then oil keep it smoothly and cool.
    Otherwise, you can use caltex oil for better performance.

  5. #15
    Platinum Member JD 4520's Avatar
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    John Deere 4520

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarryN View Post
    If the tractor is new, let it break in first. At the next change or two, go with your favorite synthetic. No problem.
    Agree with this but make sure you leave the break in oil in for the recommended time.
    Gary

    JD 4520, 400X FEL, Frontier Front Blade, Box Blade, Rotary Cutter, Landscape Rake, 48" Wildkat Grapple and PHD

  6. #16
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    Default Re: Oil type for small engine

    Quote Originally Posted by JD 4520 View Post
    Agree with this but make sure you leave the break in oil in for the recommended time.
    Ya that is true, new tractor need look-after in terms of break oil and other parts.

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