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Old 07-30-2014, 06:28 PM   #1
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Air filter Perkins t6.354

A little concerned about the "air filter" on my Perkins t6.354 engine. The filter is actually just a mesh screen that keeps the "nuts and bolts" out as quoted by the engine surveyor at time of purchase. He suggested looking into Walker air-sep air filters. I am forever cleaning the ER and am meticulous about regular ER checks etc. I know the marine environment is relatively clean and free of many airborne contaminants but am still a bit paranoid. My faithful companion of almost 14 years (yellow lab) sheds constantly and I swifter and sweep to try and keep up. Any thoughts and/or suggestions appreciated. Just figured a post here would be worth a try before I take the leap into a relatively expensive (Walker air-sep) solution. Thanks TF!
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Old 07-30-2014, 06:44 PM   #2
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I took that "trombone" screen off mine years ago and replaced it with a PVC pipe fitting/s and a large (easily obtainable) shop vac filter.
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Old 07-30-2014, 06:54 PM   #3
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Thanks Brooksie, and I must assume you've had no air flow obstruction issues? I opined to surveyor would it be prudent to use a finer mesh screen (i.e. pantyhose) and he worried about air flow volume being decreased. Evidently you've had no such issues?
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20,000hrs on a Perkins HT 354-6 with the mesh .... no problems
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Old 07-30-2014, 07:48 PM   #5
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That's a relief boatpoker, thanks! Only 1320 hours on my engine and plan on many many more! We were in your neck of the woods last weekend at Aschbridges and went to the Jazz Festival. Toronto has got it going on!!
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Old 07-30-2014, 07:51 PM   #6
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That's a relief boatpoker, thanks! Only 1320 hours on my engine and plan on many many more! We were in your neck of the woods last weekend at Aschbridges and went to the Jazz Festival. Toronto has got it going on!!
So come over to Port Credit for Busker Fest and the Blues Festival
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Old 07-30-2014, 09:00 PM   #7
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Tell me more! Dates and other info would be appreciated. We're at Tuscarora Yacht Club and have reciprocal privileges. Would love to come for visit and hear tales of adventure!
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Tell me more! Dates and other info would be appreciated. We're at Tuscarora Yacht Club and have reciprocal privileges. Would love to come for visit and hear tales of adventure!
Every Yacht Club on the Lake claims to be the "friendliest" as a regular visitor to Tuscarora it is in my opinion the friendliest on the lake. Look up Jeff Jordan and find out when he is coming over. There are several boats from Tuscarora that come over every year.

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Greetings,
Mr. V. There are some sort of thin foam filters over the gravel guard mesh on our Lehmans quite similar to a shop vac filter as mentioned.
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Thanks RTF. A buddy of mine with a Ford Lehman used something very similar. He doesn't use his boat much so was just wondering if issues may arise. Sounds like a viable alternative.
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boatpoker, We know Jeff very well! He's quite the ambassador for our club. We will definitely look into a visit to Port Credit and will let you know.
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We had the same screen installed on our Perkins in a Monk36. I found a pleated filter with steel mesh on the inside of the pleats that fit at Advanced Auto Parts. Be careful about a do it your self filter as anything ingested by the engine can be bad news. I think Perkins did the mesh screen as a KISS full proof method of avoiding a rag, etc being sucked into the engine.
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This is what I put on mine
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boatpoker, We know Jeff very well! He's quite the ambassador for our club. We will definitely look into a visit to Port Credit and will let you know.
Tell Jeff, Wallace says hi.
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This is what I put on mine

Does your ER have a venting system to keep the engine from starving of air?I actually have that same Specter filter on my car.
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I kept ours factory stock with the plastic fence, but ALWAYS wanted to add an air filter to it. Seem silly not to have it, but that beast needs so much air to run, I opted to not temp it. Someone told me that it will quiet it down a few db to have one, but never could confirm that.
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Does your ER have a venting system to keep the engine from starving of air?I actually have that same Specter filter on my car.
Yes one on each side of cabin in front of doors to engine room.
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Thanks all! Now I have some options to consider. All research to date tells me DO NOT inhibit engines thirst for clean air
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Hi, I have the Perkins 4236 4 cylinder version in both my boats and can maybe shed a bit more light on the subject. I fitted an plastic aftermarket air filter with a paper element filter maybe 20 years ago with an extension reinforced rubber hose and routed the hose in the engine room well away from your driving position. Obviously you need a large enough filter housing and filter to supply the engine, you can get one from any parts supplier or agricultural/forklift dealer.
It's very surprising the amount of dust it does catch and I replace mine when servicing the engine. No detrimental effects in fact the opposite as I know the engines getting clean air.
Yes, it will also definitely cut down the noise from the engine and makes cruising more pleasant as a result.
A Walker airsep is nice piece of kit but totally unnecessary. K.I.S.S
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