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Hi,

I am new to the forum, and am a new owner of a John Deere X370. I have already racked up 15 miles and am supposed to change the transmission oil. The nearest J Deere dealer is more than 20 miles away.


What Deere alternative oil/grease devices can I use to maintain this X370? Or, do I have to go with J Deere's products?

Would appreciate any pearl of wisdom.
 

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Hi anthill, I also am a new owner of the X370, great mower isn't it? I just read the owners Manuel and according to page 37 we do not have to change the transmission oil and filter until we reach 50 hours. Oil and filter change after 100 hours. Now that seems like a lot of hours to me but that is what the book says. I have 11 hours on mine. Are you planning on using it for snow removal also?
 

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I’m saying this as nicely as possible - if 20 miles is too far, I’m concerned what you might consider to be too expensive to properly maintain. It wasn’t a secret how “far” away the dealer is when you bought it.

With out of the way, just buy the JD supplies and have them shipped to you. Local dealer, any of the multitude of online dealers, and even Amazon will accommodate. This is presuming you were planning on doing the maintenance yourself. If you were hoping to take it elsewhere, then good luck.
 

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anthill, I also read here that an alternative to the regular John Deere Low Viscosity Hy-Gard transmission oil in the K57 tranny a synthetic oil would help the K57 run cooler which would help it last longer. You might use the search feature to locate the conversation about this.

demonspeed, I wonder if he meant 15 hours instead of miles?
 

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Hi,

What Deere alternative oil/grease devices can I use to maintain this X370? Or, do I have to go with J Deere's products?
Oil threads will never provide you the answers you seek. Some use the manufacturer branded oils and greases and swear by them, and others use whatever is lying around. In this day and age, either choice works. The most important thing is to timely service the machine. My dealer is a bit farther than yours, but I just plan to stop if I need something when I am through the area. I'll never make a dedicate trip up there unless I need something unexpected.

Personally, I use 10w-30 motor syn oil, so I get whatever quality branded oil is on sale and just keep that on hand. With the rebates that happen a couple times a year with pennzoil and mobil, you can pick up a 5qt jug for $12. For the transaxle, I have a jug of the hygard stuff from JD since that was sold to me awhile ago picking up filters and such. When it's empty, I'll just buy it again since everyone carries it. As for grease, I just have a tube of the lithium grease, I think its the WD40 branded stuff. As long as the grease is compatible with whats being used now, then you're fine. Just google a grease compatibility chart if you're unsure. If you buy name brand oils and grease, you can't go wrong sticking with the annual servicing requirements. If you really want to know about the oil, check out bobstheoilguy.
 

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demonspeed, I wonder if he meant 15 hours instead of miles?
I inferred he meant hours instead of miles when he mentions “15” in the context of it being “on” the tractor. It was the statement that the dealer is 20 miles away that raised my eyebrow. If the OP meant 20 hours away, then I don’t think he lives on this continent.
 

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I inferred he meant hours instead of miles when he mentions “15” in the context of it being “on” the tractor. It was the statement that the dealer is 20 miles away that raised my eyebrow. If the OP meant 20 hours away, then I don’t think he lives on this continent.
Yes, 20 hours away is a long way to go for oil! LOL
 

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Hi All,

Sorry for the mistake.

Meant to say 50 hours.

I am here in West/mid WA state - not in HI or AK, LOL

Dealer is more than 20 congested (bumper to bumper) highway (mostly) miles away.:tango_face_crying:


Wormslick

Yes, hoping to use it to remove snow if it graces us with visits. Got toy-like shovel installed.
 

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@anthill

I think you’d be best to just order the stuff online.
 

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@anthill

I think you’d be best to just order the stuff online.
And I would most defiantly use Deere product for the transaxle while in warranty. It's not overly expensive and you will not be able to point to an equivalency spec, as you can with motor oil, if there is an issue with the transaxle during warranty.
 

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Hi,

I am new to the forum, and am a new owner of a John Deere X370. I have already racked up 15 miles and am supposed to change the transmission oil. The nearest J Deere dealer is more than 20 miles away.


What Deere alternative oil/grease devices can I use to maintain this X370? Or, do I have to go with J Deere's products?

Would appreciate any pearl of wisdom.
John Deere usually specifies what to look for from alternatives. From your JD's Manual ...

Engine Oil
The following John Deere oils are preferred:

John DeereTurf-Gard™
John DeerePlus-4™
John DeerePlus-50™ II

Other oils may be used if above John Deere oils are not available, provided they meet the following specification:

API Service Classification SJ or higher
 
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