Press Releases   May 07, 2019

Deere lubricant Plus-50™ II engine oil gives key efficiency

John Deere cotton picker

Crestmead, Queensland (May 07, 2019) – The guaranteed 500 hours that John Deere lubricant Plus-50 II engine oil gives is a key efficiency in managing the machinery for the large cropping operation of GD Farming near Toowoomba, Farm Manager Troy Knight says.

“The main benefit is about efficiency with such a big operation and large number of machines”.  GD Farming uses Plus-50 II in all its 35 tractors, 4 cotton pickers, 4 spray rigs, 60 stationary engines and two harvester machines.

The company’s farm properties stretch over 31,000 acres, with 50 kilometres separating the farthest two farms, so its machines often have to travel some distance to the main workshop for servicing.  “If we had half that service time we would have to employ twice as many mechanics to get our machines serviced,” says Troy who adds that they’re happy with the performance of the oil since changing solely to John Deere Plus-50 II for its entire fleet 10 years ago.

“Because it’s got the Plus-50 extended services that is quite a big thing for us because of the size of the farm – to get the extra hours out of the service and get the warranty is important.”

“We also looked around at other oils but no one else will back their oil with this sort of warranty. That’s quite a big deal for us.”

Troy says during busy harvest times machines can often run 24 hours, except when they come in for an oil change.  “It’s the extra hours we get out of the oil with the size of our operation that makes a big difference. If there are longer (oil intervals) between servicing we can get more done with our machines.”

Genuine John Deere parts are also GD Farming’s go-to for all its John Deere machinery. “It is all under warranty and there is good support from John Deere if we need to work on our machines.”


500 hour drain interval applies to John Deere diesel engines when the following criteria are met: 1. Engine is equipped with an extended drain interval oil pan. 2. Machine operates with Plus-50 II engine oil API CK-4. 3. Machine uses a John Deere engine oil filter. 4. Machine uses only ultra low sulphur diesel fuel.

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