Who really makes John Deere and Case tractor oil?

Who really makes John Deere oil?
So who really makes this stuff?

I get asked who makes John Deere oil and Case oil all the time, and the truth is it depends on the year, or sometimes the month. John Deere simply hires the lowest bidder that can meet the spec they specify. For most common non specialty tractor engine oils, this usually means Northland Oil in Waterloo, IA. For specialty oils it could be Chevron, Mobil, Shell, Exxon or any other of the big brands, depending on who won the low bid that month. Case is exactly the same way.

You’ve probably heard through the grapevine that John Deere doesn’t make their own oil so there is no point in paying a premium for their logo on the jug. While this seems logical, you have to understand how oils are made to make your own decision.

  1. All oils are made by blending a base oil (synthetic or conventional) with additives to change the weight of the oil and give it different properties (like detergents and anti friction molecules).
  2. Base oils are pretty much the same from company to company. If you take straight base oil from Northland and Exxon and compare them, there’s no way to tell the difference.
  3. The differences in come from the additives put in the base oil. John Deere specifies the exact additive package they want in their branded oil down to a molecular level. Case does the same, along with Cat, Kubota the list goes on. Every manufacturer thinks that the additive package they specify is the best for their engines.
  4. The companies who can meet the exact performance and additives spec that John Deere or Case requires, for the lowest price, gets the rights to put the John Deere or CNH sticker on the jug.

To summarize, we know that A. The base oils are nearly identical between companies, and B. The additives and specs are set by the tractor manufacturer. This means that just because Mobil or Shell is currently making a certain John Deere oil, it does NOT mean a jug of Mobil off the shelf at Walmart is the same oil.

Now that we have this info it makes it easier to make an informed decision on what you want to put in your tractor. The real question becomes; “Is the spec that John Deere or CNH set for their oil good enough?” In my opinion, the answer is “probably”. If probably isn’t good enough for you, then we start to look for oils that actually exceed John Deere spec.


Alternative oils that exceed John Deere spec

To get a better oil than John Deere offers, we need to look at smaller brands that offer full synthetic oils.  Smaller brands are known to use different base oil and additive packages that will boost wear protection and molecule breakdown, but they come with added cost.

John Deere oil is a good oil, and if you are happy with it by all means keep using it.  But don’t buy the dealership salesman line that there isn’t a better oil out there for your tractor.  But is the added cost of these premium oils worth it?  If you trade tractors every couple of years, absolutely not. But if you have a tractor you want to last many hours or years then it can be a wise investment.

There are 2 major brands that have oils that test as good or slightly better than John Deere oil, Rotella T6 and Mobil Delovac 1 ESP.  That being said, depending on which oil wear test result you look at, those 2 are nearly identical with JD oil.  Because of this I’d just stick to John Deere, but if you are in a pinch either would work just fine.

Royal Purple Oil for John Deere

The 2 oils that actually hold up significantly better than John Deere oil are Royal Purple Duralec 15w40 Diesel Oil and Schaeffer’s SynShield 15W-40 Diesel Oil They aren’t cheap, you will likely pay $5-10 more a gallon than John Deere oil, but the performance is unmatched.  Amsoil marketing likes to use their own testing methods to boost their own oil to higher ratings. When full independent tests are done (and there are many on the internet) you will see it doesn’t perform that great compared to Royal Purple Duralec or Schaeffer’s SynShield.

The truth is, there is a lot of smoke and mirrors in the tractor oil world.  All the major brand oils are very similar, and you have to get into the smaller labels to find a slightly better product.  The key to all this is to do your research and don’t take what the dealership oil salesman tells you as gospel. TAKEAWAYS: Is John Deere oil good? YES.  Is it better than what you can buy at Walmart? PROBABLY.  Is it the absolute best? NO, there are higher performing small label oils out there for a slightly higher price.

John Deere 1025R Oil Filter Cross Reference Info

The John Deere 1025R is quickly becoming the most widely used sub compact tractor in America. With a wide variety of available attachments and capable 1.3L Yanmar diesel engine, it’s easy to see why. This article should provide you with enough John Deere 1025R oil filter cross reference information to save some money on filters.

John Deere has used the same Yanmar engine since the first 1025R rolled off the assembly line in 2013. This makes it easy to source aftermarket filters. It doesn’t matter what year your 1025R was manufactured, they all use the same filters.

John Deere 1025R Oil Filter Cross Reference

John Deere 1025R Oil Filter Cross Reference (Every 200 hours or annually):

OEM M806418 crosses to:

The JD 1025r has an oil capacity of 2.9 quarts of 15w40 or 10w40. The best oil you can use to protect the investment in your tractor is Royal Purple. It consistently outperforms even John Deere oil (which is a great 2nd choice). Since these engines only hold about 3 quarts, it doesn’t cost too much more to upgrade to Royal Purple. Check out the reviews they speak for themselves: Royal Purple 10W-40 Synthetic Motor Oil 1 qt. (Case of 6) This case of 6 quarts will be enough for 2 oil changes. The only exception here: if you are still under 100 hours stick to the recommended JD Break-In oil.

John Deere 1025R Hydraulic Filter Cross Reference (Every 200 hours):

OEM LVA16054 crosses to:

  • Believe it or not, there are no aftermarket options for the John Deere 1025R hydraulic filter. John Deere has an exclusivity agreement with whoever is making this filter for them. Fortunately, you can pick one up on Amazon if you don’t want to pay dealer price: John Deere OEM Hydraulic Filter LVA16054

John Deere 1025R Air Filter Cross Reference (Every 400 hours):

OEM M131802 crosses to:

John Deere 1025R Fuel Filter Cross Reference (Every 400 hours):

OEM M801101 crosses to:

These John Deere 1025R filter cross reference lists by no means contain every filter that crosses with the JD OEM’s. I don’t include low quality filters that can jeopardize your engines performance or lifespan. I also don’t include some car and truck filters that may technically fit on your 1025R. It’s important to stick with the filters we list, just because a Mazda B6Y1-14-302 filter crosses to a JD OEM M806418 (it really does) doesn’t mean it is a good fit for your tractor.

That being said, any time you see a cross reference to a WIX, Baldwin, Donaldson, Fleetguard, K&N or NAPA filter you can be sure it meets or exceeds OEM specs. John Deere has Donaldson and sometimes Champion make most of their filters, so OEM is kind of out the window already. The only thing extra you get by paying OEM dealer price is Donaldson painted a John Deere logo on the can of the filter.

With the exception of the hydraulic filter that you will have to get at the dealer or from Amazon, using this list to buy filters online will likely save around 50% off dealer price. If saving money on filters means you will change them more frequently, your 1025R is going to last a long time. Feel free to take these John Deere 1025R oil filter part numbers into a store or simply order off our Amazon links for the brand you prefer. Thanks for reading and supporting our site!

Kubota B7100 Oil Filter Cross Reference Info

The Kubota B7100 and B7100HST were some of the most popular utility tractors of their time, manufactured from 1976 all the way to 1997. They used the same D750-A 3 cylinder diesel engine for all 21 years of production, which makes it easy to find filters. This guide will provide Kubota B7100 oil filter cross reference information as well as air and fuel filter cross references.

Kubota B7100 Filter Cross References

Engine Oil Filter:

OEM Kubota Part # HH150-32094 Crosses to:

Kubota recommendeds 4.0 quarts of 10w30 oil in the B7100 and B7100 HST. As always, Royal Purple is the highest quality diesel oil available (check out the reviews: Royal Purple 51130 SAE 10W-30 High Performance Synthetic Motor Oil – 5 qt.), but it is slightly more expensive. A cheaper option that is highly recommended by Kubota owners is Rotella T5 Synthetic blend: Shell Rotella T5 10W-30 Diesel Engine Oil (1-Gallom)

Air Filter:

OEM Kubota Air Filter # 70000-11221 crosses to:

Fuel Filter:

OEM Kubota Fuel Filter # 1T021-43560 or 15231-43560 crosses to:

Remember to buy several of each filter, because having extra filters on hand makes it tougher to make an excuse to put off changing them when you should. As you can see from the above lists, you don’t have to buy Kubota brand filters for your B7100. WIX, Baldwin and NAPA filters are identical in performance to OEM Kubota products, and cheaper. Fram is slightly inferior to OEM but still perfectly adequate. We hope this guide provided enough Kubota B7100 oil filter cross reference information to help you keep your tractor running for years to come. Thanks for reading and feel free to contact us with any questions.

John Deere Oil Filter Cross Reference Database

Have you ever been frustrated trying to copy, paste, or write down long part numbers for tractor oil filters so you can cross reference them? Here’s a few tips to save some time AND money.

Top 5 Tips and Secrets for finding cheaper filters for your tractor

5.Use John Deere’s Filter Checklist Printouts

You can find a really handy filter checklist for any tractor on John Deere’s website, here’s a link John Deere Filter Checklist Database. Just scroll down to your category of tractor and find its filter checklist.  These checklists are really helpful to have a complete list when you are cross referencing another brand.

4. Search Ebay’s Tractor Parts Category For Great Deals

Take your filter number and type or paste it into the search bar here EBAY TRACTOR PARTS SEARCH Just for a test I typed in DZ101880 (the part number for an 8000 series oil filter) and I found an OEM (new in box) filter for 25% less than John Deere’s price, plus free expedited shipping.  Sometimes you can find filters being sold on Ebay by businesses that are going out of business for 75% off or more.

3.  Buy Filters During “Filter Days” Sales

Nearly all filter retailers have special sales days for filters.  Both NAPA and John Deere both have “Filter Days” events a few times a year where filters are heavily discounted.  It takes a little planning but buying all of your filters during these sales can save a TON of money.

2.  Buy in Bulk

If you are buying filters through an online retailer like Fleet Filter you will see the bulk discounts can be huge.  Often several tractors will use the same filters, and buying filters 6 or more at a time can save at least 25%.

I find that having multiple filters on hand means I am more likely to change them when I should.  Sometimes it gets put off because of not wanting to make a trip to the store or dealership.

1. Buy Your Filters From…. Amazon on their Filter Search Page

This may seem weird at first but hear me out. Amazon has everything under the sun, including OEM John Deere Oil and Air Filters. To test this I tried searched for a filter most John Deere dealers don’t even stock, an expensive activated carbon air filter for 4830 Self Propelled Sprayers, the part number is RE199682. From my dealer this is $150 plus wait time. Amazon’s price? Look for yourself (I was shocked) Amazon John Deere RE199682 Filter Type your filter number in the search bar below and check Amazon’s massive filter database:


Sample John Deere Filter Breakdown List


For years I asked myself; “Why is there not a site that I can use to look up a tractors model number and see the OEM filter numbers, along with the cross referenced aftermarket filter part numbers?” I couldn’t ever find a site like this, so I decided to create one.

If you search for ” John Deere oil filter cross reference ” you will see some links to John Deere websites, a Fram filter cross reference page, and one random cross reference page for a lawn mower filter.  This isn’t exactly helpful.

The John Deere AM125424 oil filter is without a doubt the most widely used oil filter in John Deere’s fleet of riding lawn mowers. There is a really good chance if you are looking for a John Deere lawn mower oil filter the AM125424 is the one you are looking for. This filter is used on popular mowers like the D105 and D110 or the E100 and E110 or even the X165.  Basically if your mower was made within the last 25 years and has a 15-20hp motor it uses the AM125424.  So why is it so hard to find information like this?  You will have to check prices on the links below, they change prices all the time.

AM125424 Filter Cross Data:

OEM John Deere Filter AM125424: 3″/1 lb John Deere Oil Filter AM125424

Compatible FRAM PH8170: FRAM PH8170 TRV146706

Compatible Briggs & Stratton 492932S: Briggs & Stratton 492932S Oil Filter

Compatible WIX 57035: WIX Filters – 57035 Heavy Duty Spin-On Lube Filter, Pack of 1

Compatible Stens 120-523: Stens 120-523 Oil Filter

Here’s an example of our filter guides for a John Deere 1025R: https://www.filtersfortractors.com/john-deere-1025r-oil-filter-cross-reference-info/ 

Here’s how to use our John Deere oil filter cross reference database:

  1. Navigate to your specific model of tractor through our website, you can use our search bar to quickly locate your model number
  2. In this example we will look up a popular John Deere garden tractor, the D105 (17.5hp). We use the search bar located on this website to look up “John Deere D105 oil filter”.
  3. The first result will be a page containing all the filter information for the D105, including fuel and air as well as oil
  4. Using this page we can quickly cross reference John Deere filter part numbers and see that there are a variety of aftermarket filters for this machine
  5. The chart shows that the stock John Deere oil filter is AM125424. This filter is about $14 from several stores at the time of posting. We can also see that the WIX 51056 or NAPA 1056 is a direct match for the John Deere oil filter, and is selling for around $7.
  6. Air and fuel filters are also on the chart, the John Deere air filter part number is GY21435. We see that there are many cross references for this filter like the Briggs & Stratton 102-012 available for the D105.

This is just an example of how you can use our John Deere oil filter cross reference charts to find filters that fit your specific machine.

Should I put aftermarket oil and air filters in my tractor?

This question comes up a lot when talking about filters used in tractors.  Many people simply aren’t comfortable using anything other than a John Deere, Case, New Holland etc in their expensive tractor or piece of machinery.  This is totally understandable, filters are a cheap insurance policy to keep an expensive machine running.

The question you have to ask yourself is this, “Do I believe John Deere or Case is actually manufacturing their own filters?”

It simply isn’t feasible for tractor manufacturers to make their own filters. Instead, they have companies like Champion Labs, WIX or Donaldson manufacture filters for them and place the JD or CIH logo on the filter.

Tractor manufacturers will tell you that their filters are in every way superior to aftermarket filters.  Whether or not that is true 100% of the time I’m not sure, but I have a hard time believing an air filter made by Donaldson for John Deere is any different from the same filter with Donaldson branding.

It is notoriously difficult to take an OEM tractor filter and cross reference it to more than one aftermarket manufacturer. This makes it tough to compare prices. The tougher it is to cross reference the more likely that a customer will simply pay for the expensive OEM filter.

The goal of this site is to give consumers the information they need to make their own decision on what brand of filter goes on their machine.

Here’s a quick example of how to do a filter cross reference on our site, using a John Deere 8420 for an example:

  1. Use the John Deere 8420 filter cross reference page on this website
  2. Find the outer engine air filter, which is JD part number RE164839, listed for $91.33 at GreenPartsStore http://www.greenpartstore.com/John-Deere-Outer-Engine-Air-Filter-Element–RE164839_p_23507.html
  3. Quickly see that the Donaldson P603755 is a direct cross reference to the OEM John Deere air filter, and available for almost half the price.