Is that media synthetic or a synthetic/cellulose mix like the OCOD?
It certainly doesn't look like a $12 filter.
It is a blended media.
And no, I would not have spent $11 on one of these, probably why they were clearanced, nobody else would either.
I'm more impressed by how you were able to cut the filter element square all the way around and so cleanly. The can looks like a super clean cut too. What did you use to cut everything ?
I used a filter cutter I got off e-bay to open the can.
Here is the filter cutter I got, a Glennco Filter Cutter that was $43 shipped on e-bay.
Works well, takes maybe a minute to cut open a filter.
Much easier, faster, and cleaner than using a Dremel.
Can easily handle large size filters. The ST6607 size is the smallest size I can open with it
Decent tool, could be designed a little better (adjusting bolt just presses against the center post, should be threaded through it).
The slot could also be cut to do even smaller filters, but for my needs, it works fine.
If I had to do it again, I would probably spend a little more and get the Longacre cutter, seems a little better design.
For the media, I used a new snap blade type knife, it slices through any media (except wire backed) very easily. One the media is off, the end caps just pull off.