How do you cut open an oil filter?

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Hello everyone. My new Amsoil 5w-30 OE oil and Amsoil oil filter are coming tomorrow. I will be replacing Smitty's Super S 5w-30 and a Puralator Pure One. How do I cut open the Pure One? I have never done that before. I do not have any power tools. Just a Kobalt hack saw and Leatherman Wave multitool. I have a B&D workmate I can use as a vise. Thanks for the help.
 
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lots of folks like the exhaust cutter tool @ Harbor Freight. I've had Decent luck with a regular manual crank can opener. pull the gasket, put the Cutting wheel in the groove along the outside of the can, and get to crankin'
 
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I just did a PL20195 with a hacksaw. The can is really thin. Just cut a groove all the way around and all the way through on one side about 1/4" from the crimp ring. Use a screwdriver to pry the base away. The can will tear along the groove. Before you start make sure you get the old oil out of the filter or you will have a mess. The ADBV works well.
 
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I use a Hammer & Chisel (chisel for metal, not wood). I cut around the Filter Base, then use screw-driver & pliers to remove innerds. Ideally, I'd like to have the Longacre Filter Cutter. But I only maintain (1) vehicle so it's not worth buying. Edit: And drain filter of any oil first.
 
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If you want other BITOG members to evaluate your cut open filter then get a true oil filter cutter. Don't show us pictures that look like a metal eating beaver chewed it open. grin
 
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I have one that can easily be made out of aluminum stock if you can get it milled somewhere. Can't remember where I got it, I suppose someone was making them up. Works great. It's a 1/2" thick.
 
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Would a handsaw suffice? Or a can opener? Next oil change I get, I will ask the shop if they can cut it open for me, but in case they don't...
 
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Originally Posted By: earlyre
I bought a pipe Cutter similar to that second one, from HF...cans either slip out, or Crush as i try to apply the cutting force.
Your tool from HF would be similar to the Ridgid 40 if it cost $130. Mine was made in Virginia, not China. The Ridgid cutting blade (the size of a quarter) alone costs $12.
 

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Originally Posted By: NormanBuntz
Originally Posted By: earlyre
I bought a pipe Cutter similar to that second one, from HF...cans either slip out, or Crush as i try to apply the cutting force.
Your tool from HF would be similar to the Ridgid 40 if it cost $130. Mine was made in Virginia, not China. The Ridgid cutting blade (the size of a quarter) alone costs $12.
I have a set like these in FL. (31662-#156 E2558) My son uses them every now and then. I would install a steel cutting wheel in them to cut oil filters open. They are over 20 years old. https://www.ridgid.com/us/en/quick-acting-tubing-cutters
 
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Originally Posted By: another Todd
Today I used my tin snips/ metal cutter. I was surprised at how well they did. Just needed a starter hole and was done in 15 seconds.
I like this idea. I have metal shears lying around so I'll use these. Wish I thought of that sooner
 
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