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Anybody have any tips on a better way to cut open an oil fliter? Obviously you can't use the cutoff wheel, my 4" plumber's rolling pipe cutter just collapsed it without cutting it, the ol' beat a hole with a screwdriver and use tinsnips is a long slow laborius and somewhat dangerous way which mangles it pretty badly too.

Any ideas which will make me slap my head and say "Duh!"?

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I open them to inspect for metal filings inside to make sure I'm not eating up my XE cam or anything else. The first couple oil changes after the rebuild were scary while it was breaking in, silver dust in the bottom of the filter cannister. All is OK now, but it got me paranoid enough that I still like to check it.
So you see, you don't want to use a saw or grinder to cut it open because you would be producing metal filings and you'd have no idea if they were from the engine or the opening of the filter.

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10-4. I'll be no help to you on this but I'll say hi anyway.:laughing:


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Anybody have any tips on a better way to cut open an oil fliter? Obviously you can't use the cutoff wheel, my 4" plumber's rolling pipe cutter just collapsed it without cutting it, the ol' beat a hole with a screwdriver and use tinsnips is a long slow laborius and somewhat dangerous way which mangles it pretty badly too.

Any ideas which will make me slap my head and say "Duh!"?

John


Moroso makes one and you should find it in a Jegs or Summit book also.
 

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Any avaition tool company will have a filter cutter. SOP on airplanes to inspect the filter element. Try Aircraft Spruce or do a google thing for aircraft tools.
 

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Anybody have any tips on a better way to cut open an oil fliter? Obviously you can't use the cutoff wheel, my 4" plumber's rolling pipe cutter just collapsed it without cutting it, the ol' beat a hole with a screwdriver and use tinsnips is a long slow laborius and somewhat dangerous way which mangles it pretty badly too.

Any ideas which will make me slap my head and say "Duh!"?

John

Just put a magnet on the oil pan and be done with it, the garbage you'll find will be quit alarming!:devil:
 

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How have you cut them before? You say you do this to check for filings, so you must have done this before???
 

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avation snips start the hole withe a screw driver:thumbsup:
 

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What I have always done is use the tip of the snips to bore a starting hole, or lay a newer sharper edged screwdriver on the cannister at a 45* angle and smack it with a hammer to cut/bust through. (Uh, sometimes though, if you're not holding it securely enough, that method sends the filter flying across the shop spewing oil.) Then go around it with snips, which make a really ratty-assed jagged nasty cut.
I use K&N filters, and they are thicker wall than most others--a lot harder to cut.

That Summit unit looks nice---and something just occured to me while looking at it: It's pretty much the same thing as my 4" plumbing pipe cutter, but I still have a plastic cutting wheel in it. Perhaps if I put a wheel for copper in it, it will work better....I'll try that.

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I have used this tool before to cut them open, its actually for cutting exhaust on welded systems, but works great on oil filters also. Here is the link for it. You can get them at most parts or tool places.

http://www.sjdiscounttools.com/kd2031.html
 

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OOOOOH a chain cutter! I used to use a small version of that to cut glass site tubes of boilers....Yeah that would be a nice addition to the tool box!
 

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That's the one!! Easy, not much mess and a clean cut so the innards will slide right out. Then you can spread the paper out and have a good look.
 

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how about an OLD can opner like your grandmother used ,it has a blade on it,,not a new one,,hope your old enough to remember..
You mean like the one I use everyday for my pork-n-beans? :laughing: 'Cause I know the p38 on my keyring won't do it!

Think I'll get me one of them purty ones pictured above, that'll be nice.
Thanks, guys :thumbsup:

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You mean like the one I use everyday for my pork-n-beans? :laughing: 'Cause I know the p38 on my keyring won't do it!

Think I'll get me one of them purty ones pictured above, that'll be nice.
Thanks, guys :thumbsup:

John
When you find it, could you post a link to it with a price tag also. Thanks.
 
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