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Alltrade Compressor Oil – Choosing Oil, How Much Oil To Use & Changing Oil

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It can be quite a daunting task trying to figure out how to change your Alltrade compressor oil, how much to use, and what is correct Alltrade oil to use right? Well, fear no more, I will answer all these questions in relation to Alltrade compressor oil for you.

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What kind of Oil goes in a Alltrade Compressor?

It is extremely important to refer to your compressor manual before purchasing Alltrade oil for your Alltrade compressor. We have numerous Alltrade compressor manuals available on our brand page so please visit here first!

The manual will tell you what Alltrade oil is compatible with your air compressor, if you cannot locate your manual, please contact Alltrade directly or visit their website to download a manual for your compressor.

Alltrade Compressor Oils

Though Alltrade does not appear to directly produce their own compressor oil, nor do they provide you with any when you purchase your compressor from them or one of their brands. They typically recommend SAE 30 weight non-detergent air compressor oil!

Please check your manual or contact them directly to confirm this before using it!

The Valvoline Daily Protection Non-Detergent SAE 30 Conventional Motor Oil 1 QT below, readily available on Amazon, meets and exceeds requirements for many Air Compressors.

Alternative Compressor Oils Available on Amazon

A few alternatives to the Alltrade advised 30W compressor oils are produced by Mobil. Again, it is very important to ensure the oil is compatible with your air compressor before putting it into the system, so please check first!

The first is the Mobil 101016 Rarus which is suitable for reciprocating air compressors whether they’re single or multistage. This oil lubricant boasts excellent water separability, protection against rust and corrosion, long life for extended oil drain and provides your compressor with very clean air valves.

The second is the Mobil 100870, boasting similar benefits as the previous oil but the potential to work with reciprocating, rotary screw,s and rotary vane compressors.

How Much Alltrade Oil to Use in a Alltrade Compressor?

It’s very difficult to determine how much Alltrade oil a specific compressor pump requires without having the manual at hand.

If you cannot find your specific manual, I would recommend that you contact Alltrade directly or conduct a simple internet search on the specifications of your Alltrade compressor and its model!

Obtaining the manual will help you with the exact amount of oil lubricant that you should put into your Alltrade compressor.

It is hard to gauge the exact number on how much you need, so instead, I will provide you tips on how to check the Alltrade oil amount inside your compressor, and afterward, I’ll present a step-by-step guide on how you can change it.

Alltrade Oil Sight Glass

The Alltrade oil is shown below at the desirable level inside the sight glass. This is approximately halfway up the red dot inside the glass. This glass allows you to look inside the compressor pump and observe how much Alltrade oil is there.

Sight Glass
Typical Air Compressor Oil Sight Glass

Alltrade Oil Dipstick

An Alltrade air compressor pump does not always have a sight glass, however, and so they use a dipstick. These can commonly be found as part of the Alltrade oil fill tube cap and extend down into the sump and Alltrade oil.

You should first, be sure to take the dipstick out and give it a wipe before dipping it back into the sump and checking the marking on it which will tell you the Alltrade oil level.

Typical oil fill dipstick
Typical oil fill dipstick

Alternative Method for Checking Alltrade Oil

If you don’t have a sight glass or dip-stick, an alternative method you could look to use is draining the Alltrade oil from the tank into a reservoir as such.

How to Drain Alltrade Oil from the Sump

First of all, locate your Alltrade oil drain. This will be a plug located underneath the compressor pump housing itself. Then, drain the Alltrade oil into a reservoir which will enable you to gauge the correct amount of Alltrade oil in your sump so you can put the same amount back in.

Be careful when draining the Alltrade in case you get an oil spill. A good idea may be laying something out on the floor below the compressor to avoid this and catch any spillages.

How to Change Alltrade Compressor Oil

Changing Alltrade oil on each model of the compressor can be slightly different from one to another. First, ask yourself if your compressor is definitely oil-lubricated and make sure you have an answer to this. If you need, check the model manual or contact Alltrade directly to find out.

Changing Alltrade Compressor Oil Process

After following the previous steps and draining the Alltrade oil from the compressor, fit the plug back into the bottom of the sump and securely tighten it. Now, at the top of the Alltrade oil sump, there will be a port into which you can add the replacement Alltrade oil. It’s quite difficult to be any more specific than that as I do not know your model and as I said, the process can vary slightly.

Add about as much Alltrade oil as you’ve removed or gauge it using the sight glass or dipstick if you can. Be cautious as you do not want to overfill the sump.

Note: when filling the compressor with Alltrade oil, do not fill the air intake on the pump.


The above methodology is simplified for ease into the following steps:

  1. Check Alltrade oil level
  2. Locate plug beneath sump
  3. Drain Alltrade oil into reservoir
  4. Tighten plug back into sump
  5. Locate Alltrade oil port
  6. Replenish the compressor with the same amount of Alltrade oil as removed (do not overfill)

Without having access to every air compressor model manual, and assuming that the manual tells the reader what the Alltrade oil volume is, there is no way to be anything but vague when providing advice about changing Alltrade compressor oil.

If you have any questions about Alltrade compressor oil, changing it, which to use and how to use it then please leave a comment below with photos if applicable to help others respond to you!

By Aidan Weeks

A passionate Mechanical Engineer with endless enthusiasm for fluid power - building off the back of over 18 years of high quality contribution and discussion stimulated by Bill Wade here at About Air Compressors. With both practical and theoretical experience in pneumatics and hydraulics, I'm putting my knowledge to work - and working my grey-matter through my research, assistance and publishing work here at About Air Compressors. Feel free to reach out any time! P.S. A HUGE shout out to Doug who really offers such great value to all visitors to About Air Compressors - once again, feeling like I'm standing on the shoulders of GIANTS by getting to work alongside such a great community

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