The Challenge - paper does not do well with water based liquids. In order to address this we’ve added filters with nylon elements. You can see here on the website that we have alternate filters that you can add that are not only nylon, but in one case, can be opened up and cleaned (chrome and glass model). The other one (larger plastic on with Red element cage) is not serviceable but will last a very long time due to its size and surface area.
These filters are great for all fluids but do not get down to the small particle level of paper. It’s our opinion that they are just fine but you can make the call. Keep in mind that nylon elements and serviceable filters will cost more.
Our 12V products come with paper since they are primarily used for gasoline. We offer alternatives and you can change the filter out as needed. Notice that the GT Power Equipment model comes in 2 forms. One is the paper filter with a simple bypass pipe that you can use if you want to remove the paper filter for water based use. The other model comes with the universal nylon filter. In this model you just use it for all liquids without ever removing the filter.
REMOVING FILTERS AND SECURING THEM
It’s always better to push the hose off rather than pulling. Pulling actually tightens the hose because it stretches and narrows in the process making it even tighter. If you can push it off using a plastic tool, finger nail or screwdriver and gently pry it off by pushing at different points, it typically comes right off. If it’s a real battle (been on a long time) simply cut it off by slicing it along the barb lengthwise and then cut an inch off the hose and install the bypass or new filter. The best lubricant to help in this process is rubbing alcohol. That’s what we use in the manufacturing process.
We really like using zip ties for hose clamps. We’ve tried many things and we find that they work as good as any option with our hose.