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.