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Old 09-25-2014, 02:23 PM   #1
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K&N filter on a vacuum?

Anyone ever done it?


Frankly I'm sick and tired of replacing filters on my Rigid vacuum. They get a little wet and go to shit. I'm not the type to switch filters, just suck up whatever is there.

I found a K&N that looks to be close by dimensions, E-9011.
Just not sure I can justify $60 for a vacuum filter that's untested.


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Old 09-25-2014, 03:05 PM   #2
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Actually sounds like a great idea, and would let you know just how well they actually preform. Worst case scenario it's going to be JB-welded into place... So long as it's easy to clean & oil from wherever it is attached, it'll def outlive the vacuum so you wouldn't need to worry about it...

Only concern, it may not filter light dust particles that are harmless to engines and would just be burnt up... So you may kick up some fine particles that may cause problems for people with asthma or sensitive allergies...
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I think the vacuum will wear out before a million miles of air goes through it.
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Old 09-27-2014, 08:03 AM   #4
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My concern would be does the vacuum pull too mach air continuously or strongly? That it might "dry out" the filter. Or the extra oil with damage the motor in the vacuum. Maybe try and find a reusable filter that doesn't use oil? I remember seeing them but can't remember who made them off hand.
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A motor pulls way more vacuum than a vacuum cleaner so that wouldn't be the problem. What would be the problem is the fine filtration as mentioned above. It can and will cause respiratory problems, especially those with allergies or respiratory problems already.
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I don't think it would enough to be effective.
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The really fine dust is a big part of what you want to suck out of the air indoors.
The main stuff indoors is:
Dried flakes of human skin
Dust mite poop. Way more than you ever want to really think about
Dust mite body parts
mold spores, pollen, mold, mold, more mold spores.
bits of food

The K&N is only going to suck out the bits of food of the entire list.
Best is a vac with a HEPA bag. more expensive, but the air is cleaned out.
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The really fine dust is a big part of what you want to suck out of the air indoors.
The main stuff indoors is:
Dried flakes of human skin
Dust mite poop. Way more than you ever want to really think about
Dust mite body parts
mold spores, pollen, mold, mold, more mold spores.
bits of food

The K&N is only going to suck out the bits of food of the entire list.
Best is a vac with a HEPA bag. more expensive, but the air is cleaned out.
What about the furnace filters that suck these up? Buy a large one and the cut down to size for the vacuum, maybe get a few out of one? Or is that back to not being about to flow enough...
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Normally what passes through furnace filters is already airborne to begin with, but there are more bits of nastys hanging out in your carpet.

Of course you can always buy a HEPA furnace to remove these things from your air, but they cost an arm and a leg... you may be able to put a hepa filter on a normal vacume or furnace but it may burn up the blower if it's not approved or hepa ready... So cheaper to just buy a small hepa room air purifier for $100... but still, you have to be sorta a germaphobe to care this much...
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Wasn't a germaphobe, just wanted to see if you could do it or not and save money from buying filters all the time.
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