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tacoma200
04-25-2008, 02:13 AM
Not having much luck with some of the cheap oil filter wrenches. Broke one today on a Kohler oil filter. Any good suggestion on what works best on ZTR's? What about the 3 prong gadgets I'm seeing advertised? I have a Lazer and a Turf Tiger. There is a little room to work bu most wrenches (cheap) that I have used just don't get a good grip. Thanks.

Cooter
04-25-2008, 02:38 AM
The strap type seems to work the best. Puts even pressure around the filter.

tacoma200
04-25-2008, 12:40 PM
Thanks cooter, my Walmart models are not working out.

Gruneich Lawn Care, Inc.
04-25-2008, 07:10 PM
I have a couple strap ones also, they seem to work way better than others that I have used.

Breezmister
04-25-2008, 08:03 PM
Not having much luck with some of the cheap oil filter wrenches. .

If you are stuck, a big pair of channel lock pliers will work. What doesn't work for me are the cap like filter wench that you use with a ratchet, many of the filters I encounter are on so tight that that style will just spin on the end of the filter. Cloth, metal or rubber straps wenches are good. Personally, I like the metal strap wenches.

Restrorob
04-25-2008, 08:39 PM
I've been using wrenches as below for years, Have three different sizes. The ratchet style is good for hard to reach places. They can be picked up at any NAPA auto parts store for less than 20 bux.....


http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m314/Restrorob/Kohler/OilFilterWrench.jpg

tacoma200
04-26-2008, 04:14 PM
Thanks guys!

grandview (2006)
04-26-2008, 04:39 PM
http://www.spydermagazine.com/files/GSBprecat8.jpg

jrc lawncare
04-26-2008, 04:57 PM
I've been using wrenches as below for years, Have three different sizes. The ratchet style is good for hard to reach places. They can be picked up at any NAPA auto parts store for less than 20 bux.....


http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m314/Restrorob/Kohler/OilFilterWrench.jpg I use one of those. Exmark tthp hydro filters are in a confined area, works good.

abclawncare
04-26-2008, 05:14 PM
don`t put the oil filter on with a wrench just hand tighten it then you will be able to get it off without a wrench. i do this all the time works great for cars and mowers, that is if you change your oil regularly

Breezmister
04-26-2008, 08:17 PM
don`t put the oil filter on with a wrench just hand tighten it then you will be able to get it off without a wrench. i do this all the time works great for cars and mowers, that is if you change your oil regularly

That's great if you have a grip like Hercules :laugh: But if you are one of those guys that can't even open a twist off cap on a bottle of Bud...Well I would still give it a 1/4 turn with a wrench :drinkup:

Tider6972
04-26-2008, 08:53 PM
I've been using wrenches as below for years, Have three different sizes. The ratchet style is good for hard to reach places. They can be picked up at any NAPA auto parts store for less than 20 bux.....


http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m314/Restrorob/Kohler/OilFilterWrench.jpg

That's the best; you can also get them with a swivel handle. KD Tools at good parts stores.

Restrorob
04-26-2008, 08:55 PM
Well I would still give it a 1/4 turn with a wrench


I do that on ALL filters, The last thing I need is a customer coming back with a leak.

AI Inc
04-27-2008, 05:49 AM
When we were doing maitanance on the ditch witchwes at the end of winter I needed 2 off size ones. Ended up with 1 pair that looks like channel locks ( adjustable) works for all sizes , grips great. Was like $35 thou. When Im at the shop next Ill look for a name on it.

smokey
04-27-2008, 08:03 PM
Try these.You don't have to buy snap on brand obviously but the plier type filter wrench are the best.
http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/item.asp?P65=&tool=all&item_ID=77461&group_ID=1535&store=snapon-store&dir=catalog

AI Inc
04-28-2008, 05:33 AM
Try these.You don't have to buy snap on brand obviously but the plier type filter wrench are the best.
http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/item.asp?P65=&tool=all&item_ID=77461&group_ID=1535&store=snapon-store&dir=catalog

Thats exactly the type I was talking about. They do work good.

LarryF
04-28-2008, 09:50 AM
What's the complaint about the cap-type oil filter wrenches such as shown on this site?

http://www.ctatools.com/catalogs/2007MasterCatalog/01-05OilFilter.PDF

I've used most of the other styles too, but I feel the cap-type are the best. The strap and plier types others are recommending can deform the filter housing if the previous guy used too much muscle installing it, and when that happens you really have a problem getting the filter off. It has happened to me, but never when I was using a cap-type. I'm not trying to start an argument, but I am curious to know why others don't prefer them, as I do. The only thing I can think of is that there are too many different sizes.

smokey
04-28-2008, 08:01 PM
Thats my main beef with the cap type.You have too many different sizes of filters which requires a whole set of filter caps.In all my years as a mechanic I have tried every type and always come back to the plier style.Yes occasionally you get a filter that was put on too tight but they always come off.If you are doing your own maintenance and installing the filters yourself you shouldn't have to deal with them being too tight again.But if you like the cap style and already have the kit ,might as well keep using it.Thats my 2 cents.

grass_cuttin_fool
04-28-2008, 08:39 PM
Try these.You don't have to buy snap on brand obviously but the plier type filter wrench are the best.
http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/item.asp?P65=&tool=all&item_ID=77461&group_ID=1535&store=snapon-store&dir=catalog


Thats what I use also

wayne

Breezmister
04-28-2008, 09:16 PM
I've used most of the other styles too, but I feel the cap-type are the best. The strap and plier types others are recommending can deform the filter housing if the previous guy used too much muscle installing it,.

So what if the band and strap filter wrench deforms the filter you are removing, you are not going to reuse it.:) My problem with the cap type is that it "will slip" when some one has over tighten the filter.

LarryF
04-28-2008, 09:36 PM
So what if the band and strap filter wrench deforms the filter you are removing, you are not going to reuse it.:) My problem with the cap type is that it "will slip" when some one has over tighten the filter.

Obviously I am not going to reuse it. But if it's all bent and still tightly attached to the engine, now there is no way to grab it. A couple of times when that happened to me, I had to use a chisel and hammer to loosen it enough to then unscrew the filter. So what? That's what. I just don't like to use a chisel and hammer to remove something that should unscrew easily using a proper tool. :)

tacoma200
04-29-2008, 04:29 AM
I wonder how well those snapon's will fit in the tight area?

LarryF
04-29-2008, 07:28 AM
I wonder how well those snapon's will fit in the tight area?

Snapon meaning the plier type? That was another grip I sometimes had with the plier and strap types. I'm surprised that some prefer those to the cap-type, but to each his own. I recognize the possibility of a slippage problem if the cap-type being used is slightly too big for the filter, but that would also happen if one were to use a 13/16" wrench or socket on a 3/4" bolt head. I doubt if many, if any, would ever try to do that. Well, I wouldn't, and I wouldn't use the wrong size cap-type filter wrench either.