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Air filter payback

01/25/2011 @ 9:30am

Are you looking for a way to save money and to go green? A new product called the Air Filter Blaster promises to help you do that and much more.

“The Air Filter Blaster leverages patented technology in order to create a win-win situation for the customer and the environment,” says Tony McDonald, Salmon River Innovations. “Rather than damaging your air filter by banging it on the ground or holding an air nozzle a quarter inch away from the filter, which can tear it, the Air Filter Blaster provides adequate airflow throughout the air filter via a centrifugal forced-air induction chamber positioned inside an air filter to allow dirt and dust to dislodge thoroughly and safely from the air filter during the cleaning process.”

This technology allows the air filter to be cleaned several times over, which the company claims enables users to get 20 times the life out of their original filters. The best part about the system is it doesn’t require any expensive add-ons or external devices. It only requires a simple source of compressed air. 

McDonald points out that the benefits of the device can be realized after the first use.

“Once you’ve cleaned your air filter, your fuel efficiency will increase, your engine performance will improve, and there will be a significant decrease in air filter replacement costs, which directly leads to a decrease of air filters being taken to the landfills,” he says. “It’s an easy way to go green!”

The chart below outlines a field trial that was conducted on a Caterpillar 725 Rock Truck. In total, six vehicles were tested over a 90-day period. The results reveal an annual savings of over $10,000 per vehicle can be realized using the Air Filter Blaster technology.

The device is available in two offerings and is compatible with nearly all air canister filter sizes. The portable model is designed to be taken directly into the field or on the road so you can clean filters on location. A unit like the one pictured above sells for $349. The stationary model provides a double-cleaning action that disperses dirt particles from the filter, while the vacuum provides suction so dirt is drawn out at the same time. This enclosed dust-collection unit is specifically designed for the shop and sells for $499.

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