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Filter Wrenches - Explained

Filter Wrenches - Explained
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Ever wonder if you’re using the right tool for the right job? Below we’re explaining everything you ever wanted to know about oil filter wrenches and pliers. Keep reading to find out the different types available as well as how and when to use each one.




Metal Band Filter Wrench


These metal bands fasten around the barrel of an oil filter, and then, with a simple maneuver of the wrench, will tighten their grip, creating enough tension to allow you to turn the filter and easily remove or install it.


This particular filter wrench can vary in size, and the smaller of the two shown here also has a unique handle that allows for further control in potentially sticky situations when removing or installing a filter.




Oil Filter Pliers


Intended for larger-scale equipment filters, these pliers are generally too large to fit into smaller spaces but are ideal for working with large filters that are located on the outside of a machine. Because of their shape and similarity to lockjaw pliers, this tool works perfectly when paired with larger hydraulic filters, like the one shown here.




Oil Filter Cap Wrench


When working with most lawnmower filters, the cap wrench is usually a good tool to have on hand. It comes in multiple sizes and is relatively inexpensive and simple to use.


This wrench will easily slip onto the end of your mower filter, and the grooves inside will help to grip the sides and keep it from slipping while in use. Once the wrench is fitted to the filter, you can turn it using a 3/8-inch ratchet, as shown here.




Nylon Strap Wrench


Admittedly somewhat less popular than other options (but just as good to have on hand), the next item on our list is the nylon strap wrench. The way this tool works is by creating tension and using it to secure the filter and turn it around. To use it, wrap the strap around the filter and roll the slack up tightly to create that aforementioned tension. Then, using that as an anchor to the filter, attach a half-inch ratchet to the end of the metal portion of the strap, as shown here. The ratchet will act as a handle and allow you to turn the filter.


While doing this, keep in mind that with every turn, the strap is tightening and creating more and more tension. When you finally have the filter removed or installed and the strap wrench is removed, you may find that the filter is slightly dented. Don’t be alarmed. This is only due to the tension from the strap which was needed to loosen or tighten the hold and will not cause any issues.




If you’re interested in purchasing any of the tools listed above, visit our site or click the links under each item above. If you have questions about any of the details outlined above or are just more of a visual learner, head over to our YouTube channel and watch the video (also attached below) Leave a comment or question and receive a personal reply from Brent himself, our resident John Deere expert. Be sure to subscribe!