What do you think if this hydro filter

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by exmarkking, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Please explain how this is risky? Believe me, I understand the importance of filters in oil and hydro systems, hence the reason for the research. Hell for all you know this filter is better at filtering than the manufactures.
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  2. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Exmark even states that its not mandatory to use their brand filters. I'm willing to bet they are both made by the same company, in the same plant. so the question is, if I cut both of them open and take pics of the insides being identical, how many of you would still spend triple the amount for the same filter with the companies logo on it?
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  3. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
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    You'd prolly lose that bet....Napa does not build filters for Exmark...
    Gambling with aftermarket hydro filters is an expensive game....
    Did you ever wonder why OEM filters are priced higher..????
    If it can be proven that their filter caused or contributed to a hydralic failure...
    They have to eat the repair job....Think Napa will replace your 400 hr hydros...gonna be a long wait...
    There is a cost in warrantying a product and it is included in the price..
     
  4. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    ill keep my bet, when I cut them in half ill post pictures and you can guess which one is which.
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  5. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    And napa doesn't didn't make this filter, it's a wix.
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  6. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm sure y'all don't use factory oil filters on your card and trucks, and they are way more expensive to repair than a hydro system on a mower. It's a filter guys. As long as the micron size is the same and it's a suction not pressure filter, the thread size is the same, it doesn't matter. I really wish exmark or another manufacture would chime in and prove me wrong but they won't because they live the profits off a 2.00 filter. You'll be surprised to see the insides of the two filters. At the end of the day your going to run whatever filter you want and ill do the same. I just got tired of getting ripped off by the 30 dollar filter price.
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  7. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Go ahead and send them off to a research lab for testing....then post the data sheets..
    People can do some amazing hocus pocus with pics anymore...
    Id hate to have to gamble if you were right...
     
  8. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    No hocus pocus here buddy. We need to just look at the pleats, how loose or tightly packed they are, type of material, by pass springs, cases, ect. The thing is everyone is scared to gamble on filters for hydros, and I get that, I was once too. But people post on here their opinions which is not the same as scientific facts. I'm looking at this from a fact based view not opinion. Lets really find out if the 30 filter is better than the wix. If it is then we will use them since the mowers I use daily earns my living. But let's say that we find out that they are in fact, so closely the same that either one will provide full perfection of the hydro system. Then why would you spend 30 when you could get them sane filter for 10? Unless you want to support your mower company I guess.
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  9. ricky86

    ricky86 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It can't be a bi-directional filter for $10.00. BUT, there is no reason to use a bi-directional filter in a suction only application. They are usually used in the pressure side.
     
  10. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Ricky,
    Good question. So it depends on the hydro system and location of the filter in the system. Since we are talking about exmark, does anyone know how their systems are setup?
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