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Old 09-17-2002, 13:29   #1 (permalink)
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Question Oil Filter Cutter

Does anybody know where I can buy an oil filter cutter. It is like a big tube cutter, cut the top off the oil filter and see how much of the engine is floating around in the oil. They are available in the good ole USA, but that ain't Australia.

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ah... yet another example of the language divide between Oz and the States - here we call the device an "Axe", or for the pro's, a "Hacksaw"

but seriously - never heard of them...

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You can buy one from a Cat machinery dealer, bout $100 though.
I know what you mean, cause i use them all the time.
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Old 09-18-2002, 05:35   #4 (permalink)
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The can openers that cut below the top rim rather than around the top will do the job if its not something you do a lot. Have you been here http://www.frankhunt.com/FRANK/corve...lterstudy.htmlhttp://and <a href="http://www.angel...rstudy.htm</a> and http://ntpog.server101.com/reviews/f.../filters.shtml and here http://www.shotimes.com/SHO3oilfilter.html and here http://mr2.com/TEXT/oil_filter_test.html these page started me cutting filters open. All the Australian made filters seem to be made by Ryco.
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Thanks Bret,

Will be down the Cat dealar pronto.

Blue,

Thanks for the sites, I have read them already, that is why I am after a filter cutter. About these filters, Ford recommend having the pressure relief valve near the top (screw end) of the filter to prevent crap from the bottom of the filter washing back into the engine. I notice Ryco have this valve in the bottom, I bought a Motorcraft filter and it looks exactly the same as a Ryco. Another reason to pull things to bits.

I also have a magnet sitting on top of the filter, so I want to see if this works also, but I don't mind if I don't find any metal.

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I think you'll find the standard Ford ones are made by Ryco. Ryco was after all establsihed in the 50's to service the then new Oz car manufacturing industry. I couldn't see any difference after my can opener explorations.
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Thanks Blue,

that was a Ford America spec, the Motorcraft filters in America have a top valve. Oh well, just have to change the filter more often, the idea of all that crap being dumped straight on the bearings doesn't bear thinking about.
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