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#1 backwoods OFFLINE  

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Posted February 25, 2016 - 08:43 AM

Ok im rebuild my 8hp kohler for my 110 jd  this weekend an I was wondering what oil I should use in it I know factory it says non detergent 30w . But after the rebuild could I use a 10w30 or should I stick with what the factory used.

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Posted February 25, 2016 - 08:47 AM

Either one should work fine

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Posted February 25, 2016 - 09:34 AM

Either will work, but you may want to stick with the non detergent. It should have an oil slinger and non detergent keeps it from foaming up, also the dirt doesn't stay suspended in the oil in non detergent. Which is good because you don't have an oil filter. It sticks to the bottom. It also keeps ash,deposits from clogging the ports and exhaust . Like can happen with detergent oils
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Posted February 25, 2016 - 10:54 AM

I use 10W-30 in both winter and summer

I use Genuine Kohler oil as it has zinc added to it which really is crucial in these older engines.

Not bad in price either, $4.95 a quart when I sell it and almost any L&G shop should have it

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Posted February 25, 2016 - 04:33 PM

Non-detergent would never go in anything I have, WAY out of date.  I use good old striaight 30 in my stuff and it is sometimes the good Rotella brand, has some additives not in regular other brands.  I'm suprised NON-Det was wanted in any JD?? That new of engine?? 

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Posted February 25, 2016 - 05:24 PM

The way I look at is --the splash lube system has been around forever and is still used today in many small engines---years ago they said to use non detergent oil --newer engines now use detergent oil--Now the splash lube system hasn't really changed much has it ?  No not really.

what has changed is motor oil has improved tremendously from  Grandpappys days except for the elimination of zinc.

Open up a 1960 car engine and it's so full of sludge and crap your lucky if you can see the push rods ,then look inside an engine from the 70s and you'll see how much cleaner it is--Then engine didn't change   The oil did ! and for the better.

I use the same 10 w 30 oil in my engines that I put in my cars. But like grumpy said rotella  is a good oil or the oil that Dr bolens mentioned is an good oil-zinc helps with cam and tappet wear.

The oil debate has gone on for years and will I am sure will continue for years------------Just my .02 cents on the matter.        

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Posted February 25, 2016 - 06:44 PM

The jd is a 1972 model 110

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Posted February 25, 2016 - 09:21 PM

I second that oil has come a long way, I still use SAE30 in everything, preferably Rottella, the truck (which I don't change myself) runs 5W-30 synthetic blend.