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#2860610 - 01/06/13 06:28 PM Cutting Open an Oil Filter
The Critic Offline


Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 19106
Loc: Walnut Creek, CA
I just removed a very overdue oil filter from a car and would like to cut-it apart.

I don't have any tools from collection which could be used to cut it open, what do you folks recommend?

As an alternative, I would not mind mailing the filter to someone who is willing to cut it open and post pictures for everyone.

Thanks.
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#2860619 - 01/06/13 06:32 PM Re: Cutting Open an Oil Filter [Re: The Critic]
daman Offline


Registered: 09/23/06
Posts: 11084
Loc: Bad Axe, MI
You got a hack saw?
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#2860620 - 01/06/13 06:33 PM Re: Cutting Open an Oil Filter [Re: The Critic]
KCJeep Offline


Registered: 06/30/11
Posts: 6727
Loc: Mahzurrah!
Yep, even a hack saw and some determination will get it done.
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#2860623 - 01/06/13 06:36 PM Re: Cutting Open an Oil Filter [Re: The Critic]
DuckRyder Offline


Registered: 10/20/05
Posts: 3380
Loc: Atlanta
Get Longacre Racing Oil Filter Cutter I believe they can be had from Amazon.
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#2860635 - 01/06/13 06:44 PM Re: Cutting Open an Oil Filter [Re: The Critic]
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 39789
Loc: New Jersey
Id imagine a dremel tool with the right wheel would work easily. I wonder if a good old can opener, latched around the flange end would work?

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#2860645 - 01/06/13 06:51 PM Re: Cutting Open an Oil Filter [Re: The Critic]
mikered30 Offline


Registered: 09/10/05
Posts: 1445
Loc: PA
Exhaust pipe cutter?

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#2860646 - 01/06/13 06:53 PM Re: Cutting Open an Oil Filter [Re: DuckRyder]
Sayjac Offline


Registered: 10/13/08
Posts: 10986
Loc: The Old North State
Quote:
Get Longacre Racing Oil Filter Cutter I believe they can be had from Amazon.

That's a sweet one for sure, but more than I'm willing to pay to cut a filter open. The Harbor Freight Exhaust pipe cutter with 4 cutting wheels works fairly well in my experience for most oil filters and can be had for ~$16 with 20% off coupon. It can only be purchased in a b&m HF store though. Looks identical to one below. Hacksaw in pinch should get the job done.



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#2860655 - 01/06/13 06:59 PM Re: Cutting Open an Oil Filter [Re: The Critic]
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Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 30830
Loc: ME
No reciprocating saw? Angle grinder?

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#2860678 - 01/06/13 07:24 PM Re: Cutting Open an Oil Filter [Re: The Critic]
MinamiKotaro Offline


Registered: 08/01/12
Posts: 1241
Loc: TN
Cheap cutting wheel and a drill.
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#2860681 - 01/06/13 07:25 PM Re: Cutting Open an Oil Filter [Re: The Critic]
Barkleymut Offline


Registered: 01/27/04
Posts: 2670
Loc: Richmond, VA
A vice and a hacksaw is my vote.
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#2860691 - 01/06/13 07:32 PM Re: Cutting Open an Oil Filter [Re: Barkleymut]
DuckRyder Offline


Registered: 10/20/05
Posts: 3380
Loc: Atlanta
What are you hoping to accomplish by getting a look inside?

If you're not worried about contaminating it hacksaw or any one of a number of implements of destruction will do it.

I have one of those exhaust cutters too, it is not a very good oil filter cutter and it is marginal on exhaust pipes.

Right tool for the job I say, but whatever works for you... wink
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#2860713 - 01/06/13 07:47 PM Re: Cutting Open an Oil Filter [Re: The Critic]
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Registered: 12/08/06
Posts: 3387
Loc: USA
I've used a hacksaw, Dremel and Sawzall. All were used when the filter was clamped in a vise.

I've wanted a better cutter. I like the HF exhaust cutter, I'll take a look at it next time I'm there.

I'm also not willing to spend that much on something that will only be used to cut open filters.

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#2860740 - 01/06/13 08:13 PM Re: Cutting Open an Oil Filter [Re: The Critic]
JTK Offline


Registered: 08/14/03
Posts: 9511
Loc: Buffalo, NY
Got mine from eBay about 8yrs ago. Dunno if this is a one-off or something commercially available, but the thing is awesome. Only draw-back is it won't do huge filters like a PH8A (or equiv) unless you wanted to modify the travel on it. I've cut open countless filters with it.



Joel


Edited by JTK (01/06/13 08:14 PM)
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#2860746 - 01/06/13 08:19 PM Re: Cutting Open an Oil Filter [Re: The Critic]
Jim Allen Offline


Registered: 08/12/05
Posts: 4480
Loc: NW Ohio
Summit Racing has a low cost filter cutter. When I toured the Fram labs recently, I asked them to show me what they used to cut filters... they just buy pipe cutters. I tried my exhaust pipe cutter and it worked well on small filters. Unfortunately many of my filters were too large in diameter for it. I suppose they make larger ones but after getting the Summit too, I quit looking.

I don't like grinders, hack saws, etc, because it spoils the view. Part of why I'm looking is to spot an excess of metallic debris. Can't see much if you covered everything with swarf and grinding debris.

I autopsy every filter and if I see NOS ones at thift stores or yard sales, I'll gut them too just to see. Great fun... for a Bitoger with no "life." ( : < )
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#2860750 - 01/06/13 08:24 PM Re: Cutting Open an Oil Filter [Re: The Critic]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 18518
Loc: Upstate NY
If you mail it I will cut it open and post pictures. I have a filter cutter. PM me and I will give you address.
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