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Preventative Maintenance for your fleet Perth Australia

The Importance of Preventative Maintenance for Your Machinery!

Preventative maintenance is critical to maintaining machinery and vehicles, ensuring optimal performance, longevity, and efficiency. This approach involves taking proactive measures to prevent potential failures and breakdowns, helping to reduce costly repairs and downtime. 

The most common form of preventative maintenance is regularly changing filters and oil in your machinery. In this article, we will explore the importance of these tasks, the benefits they provide, and some tips on executing them effectively.

Why are Changing Filters and Oil is so Important?

Filters and oil play crucial roles in the proper functioning of machinery. Filters remove contaminants, such as dirt and debris, from the air, fuel, and oil. In contrast, oil provides lubrication, reducing friction between moving parts and preventing wear and tear. 

Over time, filters can become clogged, and oil can degrade, leading to decreased performance and, ultimately, machinery failure. Changing filters and oil regularly is essential for the following four reasons.

Prolonging Your Equipment Life: Regularly changing filters and oil helps to ensure that your machinery operates at peak efficiency, reducing wear on components and extending the overall life of the equipment. In Fact, following the manufacturer servicing interval instructions can give your machine or vehicle a much longer life.

Increased Efficiency: Clean filters and fresh oil help promote optimal machinery performance, leading to increased efficiency and productivity. Some studies on air filters showed that regularly changing them boosted fuel efficiency and overall running costs when compared to timed changed outs. 

Reduced Downtime and Repairs: By performing preventative maintenance tasks, such as changing filters and oil regularly, you can reduce the likelihood of equipment breakdowns and the need for costly repairs. One of the highest costs from a breakdown isn’t the repair but the cost of wages for employees that can’t work!

Improved Safety: Properly maintained machinery is less likely to experience unexpected failures or malfunctions, which can pose a risk to operators and the surrounding environment.

When to Change Filters and Oil

The frequency with which you should change filters and oil in your machinery will depend on the type of equipment and the conditions in which it operates. 

Generally, the manufacturer of the equipment will provide guidelines for maintenance intervals. However, these guidelines should be considered a starting point, as individual operating conditions may require more frequent maintenance.

Some factors that may influence the frequency of maintenance include;

Operating environment

Machines operating in extremely dusty or dirty environments may require frequent filter changes to maintain optimal performance. Unfortunately, air filters are especially susceptible in these environments and can bring a machine to its knees. Therefore, we highly recommend the installation of a high-efficiency air cleaner that can increase the life of your air filters. 

Load and usage

Equipment frequently operated at high loads or for extended periods may require more frequent oil changes to ensure adequate lubrication. Some equipment, like lighting towers, generators and welders, may need a service every week or two. High-use Hydraulic systems may also require extra filtration in order to last longer. 

Age of the equipment

As machinery ages, its components may wear and require more frequent maintenance to keep it running smoothly. In some diesel engines, adding an additive to thicken the oil or even increasing the oil weight to counteract the engine wear is typical. 

Tips for Effective Preventative Maintenance

Consider the following tips to ensure the most effective preventative maintenance. 

Follow Manufacturer Recommendations

Always refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines for recommended maintenance intervals and the type of filters and oil to use. But remember, over-servicing can increase the life of your engine further. For example, it is common for automotive applications to have their oil and oil filters changed every 10,000km, but changing this to every 5,000km has shown long-life engine benefits. 

Establish a Maintenance Schedule

Develop a maintenance schedule based on manufacturer recommendations and your specific operating conditions. This will help to ensure that maintenance tasks are performed at the appropriate intervals, and the wear and tear of your engine will be kept to a minimum. 

Use High-Quality Filters and Oil

Investing in high-quality filters and oil will ensure optimal performance and protection for your machinery. However, good-quality lubricants and filters protect your engine from failure and excess wear. So always ensure you buy quality brands to use on your fleet. 

Inspect and Monitor

Regularly inspect and monitor your equipment for signs of wear or potential issues. Doing this can help you identify and address problems early before they lead to more significant issues or failures. A great way to achieve this is by using oil sample testing bottles, which analyse your oil for metal particles indicative of engine wear. 

It’s not just oil and filters. Don’t forget to keep your equipment greased!


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How do Pre-Cleaners work. Precleaner can save you a lot on air filter change outs

Pre-Cleaners – How do they work?

Should you install a Precleaner on your car, truck or machine?

Installing a Pre-Cleaner is a great way to save time and money for your business, primarily if you work in dusty environments. So what exactly is a Pre-Cleaner? As the name alludes to, the unit cleans the incoming air by removing a percentage of contaminants before it reaches the air filter.

Pre-Cleaners are used by many industries like Mining, Agricultural, Civil, Trucking, Off-Road, Industrial and more. There are many different makes and models on the market, but we will explain the three main types and how they differ.

Cyclonic Action

All Pre-Cleaners function by utilising cyclonic action. Angled vents on the intake force air to the housing wall, spinning back inside itself like a cyclone. Depending on the style of the Pre-Cleaner, the dust will either be collected or ejected.

Type 1: Simple, Cheap and Effective

The original Pre-Cleaner design was straightforward. Dust deflects via intake fins or vents, which deposited most of the dirt into a collection bowl. These Pre-Cleaners were perfected by Donaldson and are the industry standard for many machines from new.

The centrifugal force in the bowl separates up to 75% of incoming dust before it hits the air filter. At this efficiency, it can mean an increased filter life of almost four times!

Although this range of Pre-Cleaners is cheap and very useful, there are some pitfalls. Depending on the conditions you are working in, you may need to empty the bowl daily, and if left for too long, it can allow captured dust into the system.

Another drawback of this budget range is its durability. The plastic bowls last around two years in the harsh Australian sun before they need replacing. The plastic construction of the housing and bowl is also prone to breaking if a stray branch hits the bowl or base plate.

Type 2: Next Level Engineering

Although Donaldson established themselves as the gold standard for entry-level Pre-Cleaners, they recognised a gap in the market and developed the TopSpin.

The Donaldson TopSpin moved away from a bowl that required maintenance and instead has a spinning impeller that knocks the dust out of the unit altogether.

This innovative design is more efficient than the standard Pre-Cleaners, increasing to 85%, but being maintenance-free gave operators one less thing to worry about during their day.

Like anything, there is always a trade-off. The price between the TopSpin and standard Pre-Cleaners can be two or three times more, and still being constructed from plastic meant it was still vulnerable to breaking if hit.

Type 3: Cold Efficient Steel!

Not to be outdone, USA company Centri took things to a whole new level by developing the Centri Pre-Cleaner, which utilises a self ejecting impeller design like the TopSpin.

Unlike the previous two models by Donaldson mentioned above, the Centri is constructed from stainless steel. This provides the Centri with unbeatable durability, even in drop and impact testing. (Check out the video below)

The Centri also uses high-grade bearings and a larger surface area on their impeller, giving an overall 90% efficiency rating. In severe dust conditions where you would typically need to replace your air filter every week, installing a Centri would increase your change-outs to around eight-week intervals!

Why should you install a Pre-Cleaner?

There are many factors you should consider when choosing to install a Pre-Cleaner. Do you work in a high dust environment? Are you looking at prolonging the life of your air filters? Are you looking to reduce service interval times to increase productivity?

The long and the skinny of it is that any engine can take a Pre-Cleaner with enough effort. A band clamp holds on all the Pre-Cleaners as the unit sits over the air intake pipe or hose, so installing one is simple.

Selecting the correct Pre-Cleaner is a matter of your engines CFM rating and air intake size. To calculate your engine’s CFM, use the following equation.

Industrial machinery usually has a rain hat covering the air intake, so removing this to install a Pre-Cleaner is as easy as measuring the intake hole.

Another standard fitment is 4X4 snorkel’s. Just ensure to measure the connection size as some manufacturers of snorkle’s don’t use standard inch increments.

An issue you might face when installing a Pre-Cleaner on some applications that Don’t have a round air intake. You may need to make up a mount to convert it to a round connection in this circumstance.

You can maximise a Pre-Cleaners efficiency even further but mounting it above the cabin on some farm or industrial equipment. Owners achieved this with a combination of stainless steel tubing and a flexible air hose. Doing this will keep the air intake well above the average dust level, extending the life of your air filters even more.

So if you’re replacing your air filter often, you should consider installing a Pre-Cleaner. Not only will it save you valuable time but also money on excess filter changes. We stock and distribute both Donaldson and Centri Pre-Cleaners in our Perth based warehouse, shipping Australia wide.

Need Help Finding the correct pre-cleaner? Contact us today

Five Best Practice Tips When Doing an Oil Change

The ability to change your car, truck or machine’s oil use to be taught over every generation, handed down from father to son like a right of passage, but we stopped teaching this vital skill somewhere along the line.

But with the right tools and a little bit of knowledge, vehicle servicing can be done by anyone, man, woman or child (I taught both my son and daughter to do a car from about ten onwards).

Some of you might be apprehensive too, scared you might do some damage to your vehicle, but it isn’t something that you should fear, so we’ve written this simple guide with more common mistakes that even seasoned professionals sometimes make.

First things first, flush your engine.

A lot has changed since the good old days of dropping your oil, changing your filter and filling your car up with an old oil you had lying around in your shed. Modern car tolerances are so tight that using the wrong oil can cause some severe issues over time.

An often-overlooked process when servicing is flushing the engine with Penrite Engine Flush before servicing your car at EVERY service. After just 5000km of travel, harmful contaminants and sludge begin to build up over the surface areas of your engine components. Left unchecked, these can cause undue wear and tear on your vehicle, and lost efficiencies will cost you a lot over the life of a car, truck or machine. 

Penrite’s Engine Flush’s unique formulation of cleaning agents cleans oil galleries, oil sludge and engine contaminants that affect the engine’s lubrication. The pollutants get broken down by the Engine Flush and drained away with the oil service.

ADEF375 Penrite Engine Flush Perth Melbourne Sydney Australia 375ml

Drop it like it’s hot

If you’ve treated your engine to a good flush like you should have, the first mistake people regularly make is not letting the engine cool down before dropping the oil. Unless you like the feeling of searing your flesh, it’s essential to wait. You will, and I repeat, will get engine oil on yourself when you drop the drain plug, so let it cool down. 

Stop Tooling around

The second tip is not having the correct tools for the job, and this is very important to sort out before you start the job. From my experience (and frustration!), there is nothing worse than starting a service and realising you can’t get the sump plug out because it has a specialised fitting. Older cars won’t be a problem, but some newer and imported vehicles don’t have a standard drain plug, and you might need a hex or Torx bit to get your drain plug out.

The third tip is checking you have the correct oil filter before you start. If I had a dollar for every disgruntled man I’ve seen in our shop with a screwdriver through it and a story about getting the wrong filter from another shop and borrowing the neighbour’s car to get here, I would be up there with Elon and Bezos.

Get the part number off your filter on the vehicle or parts manual and double-check it against the filter you’ve bought for the service. If it is a different brand, that’s ok, run it through our cross-reference database or message us and we can double-check for you.

While we are talking about correct tools for the job, let’s talk about filter removal tools and the old screwdriver. I get the appeal of smashing a screwdriver through your filter; it’s almost cathartic if you’ve had a rough week, but I’ve seen people sheer a filter in half when trying to get it off in this manner. So trust me, trying to remove the sharp bend remnants of a filter is a whole different kettle of fish. So invest in a filter removal tool; they are cheap, effective and will make your next service a breeze. Check out our range here.

RT6632 Teng Tools Automotive Oil Filter removal kit Perth Sydney Melbounre

Get your lube on

The fourth tip is choosing the correct oil for your car, truck or machine. As alluded to earlier, selecting the right oil is very important in modern engines. In the old days, if you had a diesel engine, you would always put 15W40, and everything would be fine, but engine design has come a long way since then, and some cars use oils as light as 0W16!

Getting the wrong oil can not only make your car run worse, affecting fuel economy and increasing wear and tear but in rare circumstances can kill an engine. 

Companies like Penrite have made it simple to find the right oil using their vehicle lookup system or, even more accessible, their new Rego Lookup! 

Use it now to find the right oil for your car, and check out the full Penrite range.

King Kong Tight!

You may have just read all the above point and been like, Duh! But this next one is the one that most people, even some professionals, get wrong. Any reputable brand filter will have a picogram (Instructions) on them with instructions on fitting the filter, which we will run through now.

  1. Clean the filter head with a clean rag
  2. Apply a thin film of clean oil to the filter gasket
  3. Spin on the filter until the gasket touches
  4. Tighten the filter one complete turn by hand (Or as the instructions tells you)

Over tightening a filter can compress the gasket to a point where there is no longer shock absorption capacity. Once this happens, excess vibration from the engine, especially a diesel, can cause the filter to spin backwards and leak. In some scarce circumstances, a filter can even spin its self off to a point where you will lose all the oil and cook your engine!

Thanks for reading, and remember we’ve been in the filter game for 20+ years and are at the forefront of everything filtration. If you need advice on setting up everything from a pre-filter on your car to an industrial water processing plant, we can help. 

Will Non-Genuine or Aftermarket Filters Void my car warranty

Will Aftermarket Brand Filters Void My New Vehicle Warranty?

In our modern times, it is easy to take comfort in the knowledge that we are all protected by consumer laws which are designed to give retail and wholesale customers like yourself the safety and peace of mind that you won’t be taken advantage of by less than scrupulous businesses. But it wasn’t always like this and modern consumer protections are a relatively recent thing, only being enacted in the early 1970s.  The laws surrounding New vehicle warranties are forever being changed and re-written to keep up with changing practices and technologies too, so how do you know what is fact and fiction when so many people and businesses have a vested interest? Simple, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

New Car Warranty and Servicing

When you take into consideration that the car market has been around for some 50+ years before the inceptions of the Australian consumer law it is easy to see how so many insidious practices like overcharging, OEM brand enforcement and voiding warranties on a whim could happen in the wild west of the old days. But in some circumstances, these bad practices still bleed into our current times when some business owners chase a better bottom line rather than what is fair for the customer.

There have been countless cases that have gone before the ACCC over the last 30 years regarding poor behaviour from the OEM dealers in the Australian market and the ACCC chairman Rod Sims officially put the New Car Industry on notice in 2017 stating “The ACCC is deeply concerned about the level of non-compliance with the Australian Consumer Law in the new car industry. We will continue to take action to address failures by car manufacturers and retailers to provide the remedies to which consumers are entitled. Complaints to the ACCC about new car manufacturers have risen to more than 10,000 over the past two years. Our draft report highlights the urgent need to address widespread issues in the industry.”

12 years earlier the ACCC had already ruled on new vehicle warranty and car servicing in the April 2005 issue of the Consumer Express (Issue 1445-9671) which starts on page 3 under the heading “Car need a service?”. The ACCC lays out the laws on Aftermarket parts and your new vehicle warranty. “The issue here is not who manufactured the part/s, it is whether the part/s are fit or appropriate for the purpose intended. If a part is non-genuine but is interchangeable with the genuine part, it could be seen as being fit or appropriate for the purpose and would therefore not void the manufacturer’s warranty. However, it must also be noted that should the part/s installed fail or not perform satisfactorily, the consumer then has rights against the fitter and/or manufacturer of those replacement parts. If the non-genuine part fails and causes some other damage to the vehicle, the dealer and vehicle manufacturer will not be liable for damage caused by the failure of that part.”

The long and the short of it is, you can use aftermarket parts to service and repair your vehicle as long as the manufacturer of the aftermarket part specifics that that part is for your vehicle which can save you a lot of money! For example, at the time of writing this article (07/09/2020), a common Toyota Fuel Filter 23390-78280 retails from a Perth based Toyota Dealer for $76.90. This particular filter fits many Toyota applications but for this example, we will use the Toyota Prado KDJ150 and as you can see from the below image taken from the aftermarket Brand Wesfil’s catalogue, it is specified to fit our application. The current price of the Wesfil WCF104NM is $15.84 which is a saving of over $60!

You can quickly see how over the lifetime of a vehicle that using quality aftermarket parts can save you literally thousands of dollars over using OEM and to really punctuate this point for you an Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association report found that “Spare parts are subject to dramatic mark-ups that help fatten a dealer’s or manufacturer’s bottom line. Industry research obtained by Drive found that building a $21,000 hatch from parts bought at retail would cost $114,081 – more than five times its original cost”.

There is another big secret that OEM companies don’t want you to know either, especially when they are trying to convince you of the ‘Better Quality’ of their OEM Filters. They don’t make Filters! They make cars. Let that sink in for a moment. The OEM dealers, who charge unfairly high prices are selling you the same Filters made by the aftermarket factories and claiming they are of better quality when the aftermarket factories are the ones who make them in the first place.

Now let’s deal with the elephant in the room by looking at the second part of the ACCC ruling from 2005, “If the non-genuine part fails and causes some other damage to the vehicle, the dealer and vehicle manufacturer will not be liable for damage caused by the failure of that part.” Put simply instead of being covered by the OEM warranty by itself you are now covered by the aftermarket manufacturers warranty too.

For example, in the unlikely event of a product failure, your registered mechanic or the OEM would identify the problem and report it back to you. If they identify the aftermarket part as faulty you would need to contact the company you purchased the product from, then on your behalf, they would contact the manufacturer who would appoint an independent engineer to access the claim. If the engineer agrees that the part caused the fault then the aftermarket company would pay for the repairs to fix your vehicle back to the state before the failure. If the engineer finds that the part did not cause the failure then your OEM warranty would kick into effect again and they would be responsible for the repairs.

Now we aren’t going to sugar coat things for you here and knowing how unscrupulous some of the OEM dealers can be and considering the ACCC has already put them on notice, going through this process probably isn’t going to be a pleasant experience, regardless if you used OEM parts or not. As long as you report any poor behaviour to the ACCC and you are buying reputable aftermarket brands then you shouldn’t have an issue.

Reputable Aftermarket Brand?

Ok, so what do we mean by reputable aftermarket brands? Put simply this means any brand that follows the following criteria

In regards to filters there are many trustworthy brands out there but here are a few that we know are reputable with great warranty backup and support; Baldwin Filters, Fleetguard, Donaldson, Wesfil, Ryco, Mann, Wix, Hengst, Mahle, JS Filter, HIFI Filters. This is not a definitive list by any means but if you are unsure of a brand use our criteria above and do some research.

Does the Brand of Filter Matter?

Like with everything, yes and no. As mentioned above using a reputable brand is very important and buying a no-name brand filter from eBay for $2 and having it delivered from some company with no warranty backup is going to land you in hot water if a failure occurs. A reputable brand will ensure you are covered warranty but also so the filters are made to OEM or higher specifications but if you are comparing a good brand with a good brand the answer gets a bit grey.

We sell a lot of filters all around Australia in multiple brands and we sometimes get customers that want only a specific brand, like Fleetguard for example which is fine, Fleetguard is one of the good brands but it doesn’t make them better. In the picture below you can see 3 aftermarket brands (Baldwin Filters, Fleetguard Filters and Donaldson Filters) and 1 OEM Brand (Caterpillar), all of these brands (except Cat) make filters to very high quality and are made above and beyond OEM specifications but they all came out of one factory.

How do we know this? Well, the drain tap design is patented by Baldwin Filters, so all of these filters were manufactured by Baldwin. We are not saying for a moment that Baldwin is superior to these other brands, quite the contrary, we are saying that all these brand manufactures for each other. For manufacturers like Baldwin, Donaldson and Fleetguard it is a numbers game, by which we mean that if it works out cheaper for a competitor brand to make the filters than it is to pay for all the tooling and make it themselves they will simply order in bulk and have it painted and branded to themselves. The only one that doesn’t is Caterpillar as again, being an OEM they don’t make filters, they make machines. But this one photo is a perfect example of why OEM branded filters are not better than aftermarket and also why competitor reputable brands don’t matter either.

What if they insist I have to use OEM parts?

If an OEM dealer is sticking to their guns and telling you that your warranty will be voided if you use aftermarket parts, ask for it in writing with company letterhead. I can almost guarantee you that they won’t give it to you as they know they will be in breach of the ACCC ruling but as with everything we have discussed today there is a grey area that you need to be wary of. According to the ACCC “, Some extended warranties contain restrictive terms and conditions, such as excluding certain parts, setting caps on claims or requiring you to use a nominated repairer.”

Some of the OEM dealers offering free servicing are also being disingenuous with the ACCC finding that “In our experience, consumers are experiencing a great deal of frustration – they are often of the view that they will have their vehicle serviced annually for three years at no cost. The reality is that there is always a cost: oil and filters are changed at every scheduled service and the cost of all parts that are replaced as a result of normal wear and tear are passed to the consumer. It is common to hear stories of car owners receiving an invoice of $750 for their “free” service.

Regardless of whether you decide to use aftermarket Filters you now have the information to make a better decision and remember that if you ever run into issues with an OEM, also refer to the ACCC if you believe your consumer rights are being impinged.

To learn more in-depth about the OEM car industry and where you stand, you can read the following ACCC Documents

New Car Retailing Industry – Market Study Issues Paper
Just Bought a New Car
New Car Industry Put on Notice

Toyota DPF Class Action Filters News Perth Australia

Toyota DPF Class Action

A class action has been filed in the Federal Court yesterday that could possibly affect 250,000 Toyota owners who purchased the Hilux, Fortuner or Prado cars from October 2015 to July 2019

Bannister Law and Gilbert and Tobin lawyers allege the faulty vehicles have dramatically worst fuel efficiency than advertised, potentially costing consumers up to $70 extra a week and smoke to billow from the exhausts as well as increased wear and tear on engines.

“We believe consumers are entitled to compensation for the defect we allege is in the vehicles,” Charles Bannister from Bannister Law told the ABC.

“The issue is that [in] the past few years, the operation of these vehicles has cost many people time off work in returning the vehicle to the dealership [to be fixed], and the excess fuel consumption has hit their hip pocket.

“People return to have the problem fixed. It’s not fixed, its fuel consumption is poor and they return again.”

The case will claim drivers have suffered a “reduction in value” of their vehicles.

The issue has been emerging since around 2017 when new owners of the 2.8L engines started complaining and taking their cars to mechanics and dealers. As well as toxic exhaust and fuel efficiency problems, Hilux, Fortuner, and Prado drivers were complaining about sudden power loss.

According to mechanics that the ABC spoke to it all has to do with the DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter). The DPF is supposed to trap and burn soot from diesel emissions but the DPF’s on the new 2.8L Toyota engines are getting blocked and creating unnecessary wear and tear on engines whilst emitting toxic fumes.

One Diesel expert has gone on record as saying “burn cycle was not working correctly. They end up with raw diesel coming out the tailpipe with steam, and a mixture of sulphuric acid and that’s of course very polluting, very hard on the eyes,” he said.

Berrimah Diesel’s Facebook page has been inundated with complaints from Toyota owners. “The story they’re telling us is they’ve had numerous attempts by the dealer to rectify the problem and now they’re exercising their consumer rights to get further advice,” Mr Leimroth said.

“It’s a difficult one because it’s a manufacturer’s issue and it’s all under warranty and we certainly only advise them to go back to the manufacturer and give them hell. Give them a hard time and pressure them because, by law, they have to fix it.”

How do I tell if my Toyota is affected?

It all depends on the model and its build date but the below is a good first indicator
Toyota Hilux 2.8L T/Diesel – June 2015 to June 2018
Toyota Prado 2.8L T/Diesel – June 2015 to June 2018
Toyota Fortuner 2.8L T/Diesel – June 2015 to June 2018

In October 2018, the carmaker launched a Customer Service Campaign offering to clean, replace, or retro-fit a switch for Hilux, Fortuna and Prado vehicles sold between June 2015 and June 2018.

All customers with potentially affected vehicles were asked to contact their Toyota dealer for testing and repair free of charge. The company offered a customer service campaign rather than recall But the company stopped short of a full recall.

When talk of a potential class-action emerged at the end of last year, Toyota Australia told the ABC it was “aware” of the DPF issues.

At the time, Toyota said it was working with customers to fix the issue.

“Toyota dealers will reprogram the engine control module, ensure the DPF has been regenerated and conduct a smoke test,” it said in a statement.

“If the smoke test is negative, the DPF will be replaced. All inspection work and replacement, if required, will be completed free of charge to the customer.

“Any Toyota customers who are concerned about the DPF in their HiLux, Fortuner or Prado should contact the Guest Experience Centre on 1800 869 682 (Monday-Friday 8.30am – 5.30pm AEST) or their closest/preferred Toyota dealer.”

On Thursday, Toyota Australia told the ABC it was unable to comment on the case “as this matter is before the courts”.

Fleet Cataloging Service Filters Plus WA

Fleet Cataloging

We understand that time is a major cost to every business, whether that be in machine downtime or your employees time searching for parts. That’s why we have a Fleet Cataloging service

What is a Fleet Cataloging service I hear you ask?

Well, to save you time and money we can come to your premises can create a custom worksheet that will catalogue your entire fleet and the filters that each machine uses.

No more climbing over your equipment searching for part numbers each time you need to conduct a service.

No more wasting precious time calling around OEM dealers to get part number and best of all we can list off of your equipment via fleet number and can even link the Fleet Cataloging service with our Custom Kitting Service!

Imagine just ringing or emailing your order through with simple part numbers like WC42-250 (That’s water cart 42, 250-hour service kit) and it being ready the same or next day.

Don’t think for a second that its just filters either! Thanks to our global supply chain we can pretty much source and put any parts you like in your kits too

So if you would like to discuss Fleet Cataloging or Custom Kitting contact us today!

Special Procurement

Here at Filters Plus WA, we get that not everything is simple and sometimes getting the right part can be a nightmare, especially if your machine is a rare import that even the distributor doesn’t bring parts in for! That’s why we have a Special Procurement Service

So how can our Special Procurement Service help?

Well through our global supply chain and manufacturing network we can not only find very difficult to locate parts but we can even have filters or parts manufactured to your specifications.

We import from all over the world regularly via Slow Air, Express Air and Good old sea freight, so locating your filter and getting it in quickly is our main focus.

To give you an example of the weird and wonderful things we can achieve, just check out this doozy that we got in for one of our clients.

Our client had an old Komatsu digger that needed a new hydraulic strainer that not even genuine could supply. We sized up his old damaged one and went to town trying to find an equivalent. There wasn’t one, but we did find one that was very close (Pictured Above) the only problem was that the connection ID was too small. So rather than admitting defeat, we offered a solution to our client that would allow him to use the filter and has a billet aluminium adapter made up.

Our client was thrilled, he gave us the order and in 3 weeks we had the adapter made and the filter landed from Europe. Our client said he had wasted at least 12 hours over a week trying to find a replacement and couldn’t be happier.

We have hundreds of examples just like this one where our clients get the solutions they need to keep their machines running.

So next time your having trouble, contact us first because 9 times out of 10 we can help.

Understanding Micron Rating

A micron is a unit of measure in the metric system equal to 1 millionth of a meter in length (about 39 millionths of an inch). The average cross-section of a human hair is 50 microns. The human eye cannot see anything smaller than 40 microns in size.
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Got a filter that is hard to find?

Let us do the hard work

Do these problems sound familiar?

  • A hard to find filter
  • An old machine that no one stocks filters for anymore
  • An Obsolete filter
  • A Custom filter
  • No part number on the filter
  • Something that’s a filter but not like anything you’ve seen before
  • There is no filter where there should be one

We can help with these or any other filter problems you might be having. Our global supply chain network means we have access to filters and brand most other people don’t and we can even have filters custom made to your specification. So rest assured we can find that hard to get filter or offer you a solution that will mean you can get back up and running again.

Simply call us or contact us today.

If possible please send the following information with your enquiry

  • The make and model of machine
  • The application of the filter (oil, fuel, Hydraulic, etc.)
  • The dimensions of the filter (Height, Outside Diameter – both ends, Inside Diameter – both ends, Thread size if known, Inlet, Outlet)
  • Any other information that may be useful
  • Pictures from various angles and the housing if applicable

Washing Air Filters – The Facts

Washing air filters is a common practice in Australia and around the world but there are some myths surrounding the practice which we would like to dispel.

Note – We are discussing normal paper air filters in this blog post and not ‘K&N’ / BMC style washable filters. We will have another blog post about these kinds of filters soon.
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