John Deere 4020 Oil Filter Cross Reference Info

The John Deere 4020 is one of John Deere’s all-time most popular tractors, and is still highly regarded as a workhorse around the farm. Manufactured from 1964 to 1972, a staggering (especially for the time) 184,000 4020’s were built. What is even more impressive is the thousands and thousands of these 4020’s still running like the day they left the factory. This article will (hopefully) provide you with the John Deere 4020 oil filter cross reference information you need to save some time and money on filters.

John Deere 4020 Oil Filter Cross Reference

There were several engine options available on the 4020 but fortunately they all used basically the same filters. There are many filters for 4020’s that will cross reference to the OEM John Deere filters, but the ones we list are easy to find and affordable. Since the filters for this tractor are so affordable it’s a good idea to keep several on hand. That 50+ year old machine just might make 50 more with timely oil and filter changes. Let’s get into the John Deere 4020 oil filter cross reference info:

John Deere 4020 Oil Filter Cross Reference (Every 200 hours or annually):

OEM AR26350 or AT15088 crosses to:

John Deere 4020’s manufactured between 1963 and 1968 hold 8 quarts of 15W40 oil. Starting in 1969 (after serial number 200001) the oil pan was redesigned to hold 12 quarts. The standard John Deere 15w40 oil you can get from the dealership is pretty good, but pricey. Shell Rotella T5 Synthetic Blend performs just as well or better than the John Deere oil, and it is easier to find and more affordable. In newer engines we normally recommend using Royal Purple oil, but I think ultra premium oils are a bit of overkill in a 4020. Here is a link to a 3 pack of gallon jugs of Rotella T5, which is enough for a change on both the 8qt and 12qt 4020 engines: Shell Rotella T5 Synthetic Blend 15W-40 Diesel Engine Oil (1 Gallon, Case of 3)

John Deere 4020 Air Filter Cross Reference (Every 200 hours or annually):

OEM AT33363 crosses to:

John Deere 4020 Fuel Filter Cross Reference (Every 400 hours or annually):

OEM AR21627R or AR45098 or AR45097 crosses to:

John Deere 4020 Hydro Filter Cross Reference (Every 200 hours or annually):

OEM AR75603 crosses to:


It’s important to note this list does not cover every possible John Deere 4020 filter cross reference possible for these filters (there are likely hundreds of crosses). We only listed filters that have proven to be reliable and are readily available. Using filters from Wix, Baldwin, Donaldson or Fleetguard ensure that you are putting on a filter that has been tested to meet and actually usually exceed John Deere specs.

A John Deere 4020 is one of the most reliable tractors ever built, and proper and timely maintenance will keep it that way. When you can get filters for a reasonable price, you usually will change them at regular intervals (instead of putting it off). I encourage you to check the prices on our filter links, Amazon changes prices regularly, and the best deal today might not be the best deal tomorrow. We hope this article gives you enough John Deere 4020 oil filter cross reference information to save money while maintaining your tractor. Thanks for supporting our website!

John Deere 318 Oil Filter Cross Reference Info

The John Deere 318 is one of the most popular garden tractors of all time, and undoubtedly one of the best that’s ever been built. The 318 was manufactured from 1983 to 1992, and there is still many thousands of them out there working perfectly. They are bulletproof and easy to work on, which makes the JD 318 a sought after machine even today. This article will provide you with John Deere 318 oil filter cross reference information to save money on filters.

John Deere 318 Oil Filter Cross Reference Information

The JD 318 is equipped with a capable 18hp Onan engine, coupled with an extremely reliable shaft driven Sundstrand hydrostatic transmission. This combo proved to be one of the most reliable power and drivetrains ever for lawn mowers. Since this machine was so popular, it is really easy to find affordable aftermarket filters and parts, so let’s get into the John Deere 318 oil filter cross reference data:

John Deere 318 Oil Filter Cross Reference (Every 50 to 100 hours or annually):

OEM AM101207 crosses to:

The John Deere 318 holds 1.75 quarts of 15w40 oil. The standard John Deere 15w40 oil you can get from the dealership isn’t bad. That being said, you can get a gallon jug (which will do 2 oil changes) of Royal Purple oil for about the same cost (check current price: Royal Purple 15W40 Oil One Gallon) as buying quarts from John Deere. Royal Purple is consistently at the top of most oil comparison tests. Shell Rotella T4 or T5 are also very comparable in performance to John Deere oil and are usually a bit cheaper.

John Deere 318 Air Filter Cross Reference (Every 100 hours or annually):

OEM HE1402628 or AM106953 crosses to:

John Deere 318 Fuel Filter Cross Reference (Every 200 hours):

OEM AM104639 or AM116178 or AM116304 crosses to:

John Deere 318 Hydro Filter Cross Reference (Every 200 hours):

OEM AM39653 crosses to:


This list does not contain every John Deere 318 filter cross reference that is possible, there are hundreds of crosses for these filters. But the filters we list here are proven reliable for years and readily available. Through years of using aftermarket filters on John Deere machines; I trust WIX, Baldwin, K&N and Donaldson just as much as any OEM filter.

I included some Fram listings because I understand, sometimes it’s a Sunday night and you need a filter and Walmart is the only place open. I get it. In my opinion a clean Fram is infinitely better than an overdue OEM filter, but if you can, plan ahead and get a higher quality filter.

A John Deere 318 with consistent oil and filter changes will last a long time. I’ve found that if you can save money on filters, you don’t put off changing them. Be sure to check the prices on our links, Amazon changes prices frequently and sometimes you can get discounts on buying packs of multiple filters at once. We hope this article provides you with enough John Deere 318 filter cross reference information to save money, whether that’s through Amazon or your local store. Thanks for reading and supporting our site!

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.

Rating the Top 5 Lawn Mower Tire Chains

Lawn mower tire chains are just about essential if you want to plow snow with a riding lawn tractor. You might have heard stories about chains tearing up and ruining tires. Fortunately, this only happens when 1. You use one of the many terrible lawn mower tire chains on the market right now or 2. Your chains aren’t tensioned well. The good thing is the high-quality chains aren’t much more expensive than the bad ones. The hard part is knowing what to avoid. You can’t go wrong with the 5 we rate in this article.

5. Stens 180-136 Lawn Mower Tire Chains

These Stens lawn mower tire chains are a great no-frills option. They are priced as a pair and fit 23″ down to 21″ rear tires on garden tractors. These are a great value for medium-duty use. There are cheaper chains (like Tirechains.com brand) but don’t waste your time with them, in my experience, they last a season at best. Chinese junk chains with overwhelmingly negative reviews have been showing up everywhere lately. These Stens lawn tractor chains are the ONLY ones we recommend for under $50 a pair. The prices on all the chains we rated fluctuate pretty significantly so it’s important to check multiple options before making a purchase.

Check Price and Availability: Stens 180-136 Lawn Tractor Tire Chain

Our rating: B

4. Peerless Prime 20″ Tire Chains

Peerless tire chains are about the best brand of chain you can buy from trucks to tractors and anything in between. Their lawn mower chains are no exception. These are heavy-duty chains, and will likely outlast the vehicle they are on. That being said they can be a bear to get on and off. With the extreme amount of traction these lawn mower tire chains provide, it is essential to use chain tensioners like these Quik Grip Chain Tighteners: QG20030 Quik Grip Small Tire Chain Rubber Tightener Using these tighteners will keep the Peerless tire chains from slipping on the tire, due to the high amount of traction on the chain. This set fits most popular John Deere, Cub Cadet and Craftsman riders with 20″ rear tires.

Check Price and Availability: Peerless Lawn Tractor Tire Chain Set

Our rating: B+, but an A+ for traction

3. Terra Grips Tire Chains by TerraKing

These chains can only loosely be called chains since the traction component is actually rubber bars. These are perfect when you need garden tractor tire chains that won’t mark up driveways or sidewalks like conventional chains. They are also fantastic for dirt and wet grass on hillsides. Where Terra Grips struggle is on ice. The rubber bars seem to struggle to get bite on sheet ice, but excel in snow and especially deep snow. The rubber bars act as paddles and tend to do as well or better than conventional chains in snow. Conventional tire chain sizing is pretty forgiving but Terra Grips need to be sized correctly for your tire. Fortunately, they make a ton of different sizes, here’s a few of the more common sizes available:

TerraGrips Tire Chains 20×8-8 [ST90001]

TerraGrips Tire Chains 22×9.5-12, 20×10-8 Carlisle Turf Saver/Turf Master [ST90003]

TerraGrips Tire Chains 20×9-8, 20×10-8, 20x10x10 [ST90002]

Our rating: B+

2. John Deere Lawn Tractor Tire Chains

John Deere chains are great all-around chains. They will last forever, are easy to install and provide an adequate amount of traction. The best way to find these chains is to head to your local John Deere dealer and let them know what size of tire you have. They will find the chains that will fit your specific tire. The downside to these chains is they are pretty pricey.

Our rating: A

1. Arnold 490 Lawn Mower Tire Chains

Our final pick is easy. The only chains we’ve tested that provide more traction than these is the Peerless chains, and these are close. These Arnold chains are true 2 link chains, not the China 2 link chains which just use bigger outer links to fake a true 2 link chain. The retainer system for clasping the chain together is the easiest to use of all the chains we tested. Pairing these chains with the Quik Grip chain tensioners we linked to earlier will transform your rider to a snow pushing tank. The best part? You can pick up a pair for around $50, about half price of the John Deere mower tire chains. We can’t recommend these enough, check out the reviews on Amazon: Arnold 490-241-0025 Lawn Tractor Rear Tire Chains

Our rating: A+

Who makes filters for Case and New Holland?

Just like John Deere, Case tractor filters (and likewise New Holland) are manufactured by aftermarket companies.  Fleetguard (owned by Cummins), has been manufacturing filters for Case IH/CNH for years. Unlike John Deere, they do not go out of their way to advertise that their CIH branded filters are superior to the identical Fleetguard filters.  This tells me that we can cross reference Case filters and save some money, without sacrificing performance.

It can be rather difficult to find and cross reference tractor filters, and CNH filters are no exception. There is little to no information out there on many CNH filters, which is why this site was created.  One issue I’ve found when trying to cross reference CNH filters is the newest Case tractors have some proprietary filters.  From what I can tell Case and New Holland are trying to tweak their filters (or maybe just the part numbers) so that there aren’t any aftermarket crosses for them.

Case Filter Cross Reference Example:

For this example, I’ll use a Case IH Magnum 215 tractor, which is pretty popular. This is another one of those examples where Case has made it impossible to find crosses for some filters. The engine oil filter on this tractor is unfortunately only available through Case.  That’s OK because we can cross all of the other filters on this machine.  You will find Amazon has better prices than any dealership on filters, its kind of a little known secret.  You can access Amazon’s filter database here: Amazon Filter Search Page Just change the filter number to whatever number you have.  Amazon’s Filter Search is smart enough it does the cross reference automatically.

  1. Navigate to our Case Magnum 215 filters page using either the search bar or going through the menus above.
  2. Type the case part number into the Amazon Filter Search Page, Case part # 1971728-C1
  3. Use the chart to cross reference the OEM filter to Fleetguard, NAPA or Baldwin and see the prices of both
  4. Case IH filter price: $127
  5. Baldwin Part # BT8870-MPG (Amazon Baldwin BT8870 Cross to Case IH)
  6. Fleetguard Part # HF6684 (Amazon Fleetguard HF6684 Cross to Case IH)
  7. WIX Part # 51729 (Amazon WIX 51729 Cross to Case IH)

As you can see there is a huge variation of price on this hydraulic filter. The WIX filter over the OEM CIH/CNH would save almost $50, and looks like a no brainer. You can get WIX filters at NAPA under the NAPA Gold label for a similar price.

You can also use our tractor filter cross reference database to find matches for the OEM air and fuel filters for this tractor. Just by shopping around you can save hundreds over the manufacturer’s prices. You can often save even more by purchasing multiple filters at once, especially retailers like SimplyFilter. John Deere also uses this hydraulic filter, JD part # RE174130. If you have multiple tractors, even different brands, using the same filter stocking up and getting a volume discount can save you a substantial amount.

 

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.