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#1 Bigfoot OFFLINE  

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Posted September 19, 2012 - 08:05 PM

Just recenly bought a 1990 John Deere 318 Garden tractor with a LX790 Linamar 20hp engine on it. I guess it's originial to the 318, I don't know?
From what I have found out, it's basicly Onan engine, as Onan licenced Linamar to manufacture Onan engines using their tooling. The early engines still had the Onan name and then Linamar produced engines with their name on them. Since 1972.
I went to my local lawn mower repair shop, which has been around for 15-20 years and the owner, operator said, he never heard of them when I tried to buy a oil filter for it, and he sells Cub Cadet garden tractors. Go figure! :confuse:
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Posted September 19, 2012 - 08:48 PM

It isn't the engine that the 318 came with, but it is an exact replica of the Onan P220, just different stickers on it.
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Posted September 19, 2012 - 09:07 PM

Compatible filters:

Baldwin B243
Amsoil ASF34
Auto Value or Autolite 1- (or AL) 3600
Champion OF11
Fleetguard LF16212
Hastings LF134
Kohler 277233
Mobil M1-209
Napa 1516, 1762, 1764, or 7301

or (the best for last)

Wix 51516, 51764, or 57301
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Posted September 20, 2012 - 04:22 AM

Linamar (Canada) made the later P218G (LX770) and P220G (LX790). To the best of my knowledge, they are part for part compatible with the later spec Onan engines.

Also, as far as I know, Onan built Onans were standard in all the 318/420s but the dealerships did replacements with Linamars after manufacture moved to Canada.

Don't fault your local shop for not knowing about Linamars - unless he is an Onan guy, he would have no occasion to have learned that.

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Posted September 20, 2012 - 05:40 AM

When the engine went in my 1983 318 I bought a replacement one from a truck garage because they use Onans in generators and other uses on large trucks he was a dealer , using the serial # he got me one as close as was made ( JD used a 1 7/16 shaft no longer made ) when I got it it was marked 20HP Linamar on it , Al

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Posted September 20, 2012 - 06:09 AM

i worked at the Onan engine plant in Huntsville Alabama in 1998 when it closed and turned all over to Linamar. They offered me a Job in Canada but I being brought up an Alabama country boy I could not see myself in the great white north. So it is true that Lanimar make replacement Onan engines for a few years. Onan engines could not meet EPA emisson ratings for 2001. In my opinion the Onan engines were a fine engine in its days. I have a P220G in a John Deere with over 1500 hours and still going strong.
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Posted September 20, 2012 - 06:36 AM

This was very interesting information, Thanks, you guys know your engines, and the compatable oil filters are realy going to be handy. This is the first garden tractor I've had with a spin on oil filter.
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Posted September 20, 2012 - 07:56 AM

Not too well informed on the Linamar, but in looking at Skid loaders have noticed that a lot of them were used in Skidloaders.

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Posted September 20, 2012 - 08:13 AM

I have heard of them,but don't know much about them.

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Posted September 20, 2012 - 08:20 AM

It's an interesting story and one that I had not heard before. Sounds like these engines may be a good re power option for 318's and other opposed twins.

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Posted September 20, 2012 - 09:56 PM

Here's the decal from my replacement engine , Al

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Posted September 21, 2012 - 12:10 AM

I have a 420 with a blown onan, that is beyond repair. Block is cracked... Its hard to find a good running onan for less than $500. So I am trying to find a replacement, anyone ever replace the onan or linamar with something else?

Sorry to steal the thread

Thanks,
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Posted September 21, 2012 - 10:22 AM

I had not heard of Linamar. After reading this thread I am more educated. Thank you. I will have to keep it in mind for my 318.
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