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  1. #11
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    Kioti DK35 SE HST (2011)

    Default Re: How Do You Determine When to Change Your Air Filter?

    Quote Originally Posted by SSdoxie View Post
    No, the Kioti does not have the inner saftey element, but bobcat had it installed as part of their desing changes. If you want one see a Bobcat dealer.
    $60 for the air filter? Bobcat sells the outer filter for less than $25. It is same one used on most of their excavators and smaller loaders.
    Please, do not blow out an air filter with compressed air. The force of the air can easily blow a pin hole in the element allowing dirt to go through and destroy and engine. If you need blow one out, ues a low pressure blower such as a leave blower or shop vac with hose on the discharge side. Tapping them on the wheel or ground can cause the glue at the end of the element to break loose and provide a passage for dirt around the filter, so is just as risky as using compressed air.
    When do you know when to change it? Watch for tell tell signs of exhaust smoke or engine seems to be slightly under powered than normal.
    I checked my bill from May of 2012, the air filter price was actually $69.12.

    It looks like the Bobcat two filter system is better.

    But from posts on this thread and my conditions, I think my best solution is to be more thorough in evaluating when to change the filter. I imagine it will last a few years.

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    Deere 110tlb, 4520, x749, L130

    Default Re: How Do You Determine When to Change Your Air Filter?

    Quote Originally Posted by kco View Post
    I checked my bill from May of 2012, the air filter price was actually $69.12.

    It looks like the Bobcat two filter system is better.

    But from posts on this thread and my conditions, I think my best solution is to be more thorough in evaluating when to change the filter. I imagine it will last a few years.

    I suspect you are right in that you live in an area with enough rain to reduce the amount of airborne dust and particulate. In some areas such as the desert southwest we have to clean the air filter more frequently and this cleaning can reduce the life of the elements. It is a judgement call imo, you do wan't to make sure you protect the engine at any rate.

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