Pre-Filters

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 15:46
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Hi, from my investigations it seems that the Water Watch (Australian made) and Fuel Manager/Stanadyne (US made) systems will do the same thing, but the US made system is cheaper.
I would appreciate comments from those who have used either, and does any one know whether they are effectively the same in quality and effectiveness.
Many thanks, Phil
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Reply By: member - mazcan - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 16:37

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 16:37
hi phil d
when you say the us one is cheaper have you included the freight costs in that assumption as it can be quiet high on any items that have a weight factor and finishes up nearly as much or more than local
its also getting that way in australia
for instance the other day had to get a special tripple lip seal for a washing machine from sydney the seal weighs next to nothing and its cost is $22.50 and the company has a flate freight rate of $15
no matter what the part weighs so just be aware of this
i ve had simular experiences when ordering fuel and oil filters from the US 1 item costs so much and if you order 2 of the same its still only the same freight charge as it is for one upto a certain figure
cheers
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Follow Up By: PhilD - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 16:45

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 16:45
The Fuel Manager price is ex an Australian distributor, as I am not looking to import this item. I am most interested in comments comparing the two.
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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 17:04

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 17:04
sorry phil d
had you made mention of that fact in your op that you were dealing with a local aust distributor for the US made item i would have known and not bothered with my imfo
just thought it would be helpful
cheers
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Reply By: bluefella - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 16:50

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 16:50
The FM100 is available in Australia, which is a filter and water trap much the same as your original filter,if you fit one of those be sure it does not restrict fuel flow to the pump. The WATERWATCH is a dedicated water sensor , so you have an alert before it gets to the original filter, after a lot of research I fitted the WATERWATCH. Just my opinion.
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Reply By: 08crd - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 17:07

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 17:07
I use a Racor with water sensor as pre filter.
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Follow Up By: 116hynes - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 22:58

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 22:58
I have used a Racor 445 with 10 micron filter and water alert as a pre-filter (rated at 180l/h) i my Nissan Patrol CRD for over 90,000km.

kevin
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Follow Up By: 08crd - Monday, Feb 18, 2013 at 00:54

Monday, Feb 18, 2013 at 00:54
I use the 30micron aquablock element as I was a bit concerned about overloading the electrical lift pump.
As it is before the standard filter, which also has a water alarm, I didn't think it warranted usinga fine filter.
Having said that I do carry a spare 2 micron cartridge just incase.
I also ran a Racor on my last car L/R Disco 300tdi for 14 years, no problems. I think they are an excellent filter/water trap combo.

Just as an aside, when I was at W.A filter supplies, they had a write up recomending using some form of pre filter on the new crd motors.
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Follow Up By: 08crd - Monday, Feb 18, 2013 at 01:02

Monday, Feb 18, 2013 at 01:02
Here is where I got mine from.

http://stores.ebay.com.au/The-Marine-Supplier?_rdc=1
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Reply By: Rockape - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 17:41

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 17:41
Phil,
I have a water watch and the quality is excellent.

Stanadyne make the ome Fuel management filters and water trap for the Ford transit 2.2l and 3.2l Duratorq engines in Europe . Stanadyne are a solid company with many good products.

With the Stanadyne i don't know at what point it alarms, whether it will see water emulsified with the diesel.

Guess it is your choice. As said the water watch is dedicated to sensing water down to 200 parts per million. Alarm goes of and you stop and drain immediately, if it goes off again call a tilt tray and have the tank drained.
RA.
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