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Filter Cleaner Pays For Itself
“The 2015 harvest season was one of the driest and dustiest ever,” says contributing editor Lorn Manthey, who raises corn, soybeans and alfalfa on his Minnesota farm. “The combine engine and cab filters would fill up with dust in 3 to 4 hours, so we were really glad to have a Filter Blaster to clean them out.”
  Manthey has used the device for 3 seasons and say it’s one of the handiest preventive maintenance tools on the farm. “We can blow out the 2 engine filters and the cab filters in about 10 min. A typical clean-out will leave a 1/2-in. high pile of dust around each filter.”
  The Filter Blaster (www.airfilterblaster.com; ph 855 341-4677) is a patented device that requires a strong source of compressed air. The air supply hose connects to the adaptor on the top end of an aluminum shaft, above the on/off valve. When the valve is opened, air moves through the metal shaft and out the tiny rotor head on the bottom. Air pressure activates the rotor so it rotates rapidly and sends tiny streams of air through the inside of the filter, forcing dust out. As the shaft is raised up and down through the plastic cover, the filter is thoroughly cleaned.
  “It’s amazing how much dust is forced out the first time you raise the cleaning head,” says Manthey. “Raising and lowering it 2 or 3 times completely cleans the filters. The 6-in. rotor head is used for the biggest filters. There’s a smaller head for other filters.”
  He says using the Filter Blaster every day and sometimes twice a day reduces fuel consumption and keeps the inside of the cab cleaner. Another benefit of using the Filter Blaster is that high pressure air isn’t concentrated in one area like it is through a wand, which can rip or damage filter membranes. “We’ve never seen ripped filter membranes in 3 years using 140 psi air pressure, and we’ve probably used the Filter Blaster 30 to 40 times on each filter,” says Flom.
  Filter Blasters are available from dealers or online and typically sell for $349 with one rotor head. Rotor heads from 3 to 9 in. in dia. are available for about $65 each.
   Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Lorn Manthey, Northfield, Minn. 55057 (redoakridge@mac.com).

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