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Separ Filter designs fuel water separators to meet the performance expectations of next-generation diesel engines.

What options do you need when buying a Separ Filter?

Tiffany T. - Wednesday, October 14, 2015
We break down all the options possible for the Separ Filter SWK-2000 Series. The fuel water separators have versions suitable for marine, agricultural, construction, and power generation applications.

Single Filter Vs. Duplex Filter

For marine applications, we highly advise installing duplex filters, especially when a vessel is fitted with only one propulsion engine. Duplex filters have a primary and back-up filter. When the primary filter requires maintenance, the user can manually switch to the back-up filter without having to stop the engine. The user can then service the filter at a more convenient time and eliminate downtime.

Clear Bowl Vs. Metal Bowl
clear bowl or metal bowl
The advantage of a clear bowl is that you can monitor the water level and the degree of collected contamination without sensors. For marine applications, the clear bowl must also be equipped with a metal heat deflector for safety and protection purposes. The clear bowl is only offered in the 3 smallest model sizes:
SWK-2000/5
SWK-200/5/50
SWK-2000/10
Metal bowls are designed for harsher environments and is resistant to a broader range of temperatures. All model sizes can be available with metal bowls. Metal bowls should be purchased with water contacts.

Water Contacts
Water contacts on the bowl.
Connect a remote audio or visual alarm of your choice to the bowl's water contacts. When the water level in the bowl has reached these sensors, the alarm can alert the user when the bowl must be drained. It is highly recommended to purchase metal bowls with water contacts.

Vacuum Gauge
SWK-2000/10D-G
The gauge indicates the differential vacuum in the filter and is installed on the filter lid. It is a key indicator to determine when the element is clogged. Use this as a tool to help determine when backflushing or element replacement will be required.

How do you size a Separ Filter for your engine?

Tiffany T. - Thursday, October 08, 2015
Separ Filter SWK-2000 Series

The maximum flow capacity of the filter must be equal or higher than the flow rate of the engine-mounted fuel lift pump. It is very important not to go by the burn rate. Verify the specification with your engine manufacturer or dealer.

For instance, if the maximum flow rate of the fuel lift pump is 120 gallons per hour, the corresponding filter model is SWK-2000/10 (which has a maximum flow capacity of 158 gallons per hour).

Click here to see the range of Separ Filter by flow capacity.

For marine applications, we highly advise installing duplex filters, especially when a vessel is fitted with only one propulsion engine. Duplex filters have a primary and back up filter. When the primary filter requires maintenance, the user can manually  switch to the back-up filter without having to stop the engine.

Savings and Best Practices With a Separ Filter Gauge

Tiffany T. - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Separ Filter compound vacuum gauge is a useful indication of upcoming maintenance and filter element replacement. The red needle shows the maximum vacuum that has occurred (and is resettable to zero). The black, active needle shows the current vacuum reading. Maximum allowed vacuum is specific to engine manufacturer and can vary within 10-13 inHg.

When part of an engine fuel system, a reading of 8-10 inHg is a sign that backflushing is required. We suggest keeping a record, because the filter can be backflushed up to 5 times before element replacement is necessary. This procedure extends filter element life and the gauge is a clear signal for timely maintenance. As a result, elements are used efficiently and you keep costs to a minimum. Replace the element at least 1 time per year. (Download backflushing instructions or download element replacement instructions.)

Gauges can not be installed on lids that have not been tapped for it. If your existing filter(s) does not have a gauge, you can easily purchase a new lid and gauge assembly. Save 10% now at our online store on the assembly.

Photo of white lid with gauge Click here to buy white lid with gauge for single filter.

Get 10% off with discount code GAUGE at checkout until Oct 17, 2014.
Photo of gray lid with gauge Click here to buy gray lid with gauge for duplex filter.

Get 10% off with discount code GAUGE at checkout until Oct 17, 2014.

Duplex Filters on Twin Engines

Tiffany T. - Thursday, July 17, 2014
Duplexes provides a backup filter when the primary filter needs servicing. The installations below feature duplex filter installations on twin engines.

TRANSITION Grand Banks 57'
LymanMorse Boatbuilding Co. completed the engine room overhaul and complete repower.
TRANSITION

twin C18 in engine room with Separ Filter fuel water separators
SWK-2000/10UD-G Click here for more technical information on the featured SWK-2000/10UD-G.


2003 Donzi 80'
twin MTU engines

Donzi engine room
SWK-2000/18UD-G Click here for more technical information on the featured SWK-2000/18UD-G.

SWK-2000/10 on Heavy Equipment

Tiffany T. - Friday, July 11, 2014
With a flow rate of 158 gallons per hour, the SWK-2000/10 is also compatible for heavy equipment, in addition to marine vessels and agricultural machinery . It is installed here on a CAT loader and Komatsu PC 300 excavator. An improvement to this installation is to include the vacuum gauge, which can be equipped on filter lid already at time of purchase. The vacuum gauge is a useful indication of upcoming maintenance and filter element replacement.

If you already have a SWK-2000/10 without a gauge, you can purchase the new lid with gauge installed here.

See information about the SWK-2000/10-G (version with gauge) on Separ Filter's website and call 954-523-9396 to see if this is the right size for your equipment (North and South American inquiries).

SWK-2000/10 installed on CAT loader

SWK-2000/10 installed on Komatsu PC 300 excavator

Memorial Day Sale for Separ Filter

Tiffany T. - Thursday, May 22, 2014
Memorial Day Sale. 15% off Separ Filter
Valid for online orders only through May 26, 2014. Excludes clearance items.

Don't Stop Everything to Service the Filter

Tiffany T. - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Filter maintenance is unnecessary engine downtime while you are at sea or relying on diesel generator power. The Separ Filter duplexes eliminate the need to service the filter immediately, before resuming operation. Duplex units contain two filters, using one at a time. When the primary filter is in need of maintenance, you can manually switchover to the backup filter for continued engine or generator operation. Then service the primary filter or schedule for a later time. Increase your reliability of uninterrupted power. Existing installations below also feature duplexes with vacuum gauges, which help to monitor the need tobackflush the filter or replace the element.



SWK-2000/10UD-G installed on CAT 3116 Engine

SWK-2000/18UD-G installed on CAT genset 

SWK-2000/130UMK-G installed on MTU 1163 Engine

Solution to Sludge in Diesel Fuel by UK Fuel Experts

Tiffany T. - Thursday, May 08, 2014

A series of Separ Filter fuel water separators are used to protect fuel systems from generator failure, sludge-clogged lines, and safety issues. Diesel fuel is drawn from the tank and processed by Crown Oil's complex system, equipped with the SWK-2000/130 (each with a flow capacity of 2,058 gallon per hour). Water, bacteria, and sludge is filtered out, so clean diesel is returned back to the same tank. The improved quality of diesel fuel makes it reliable to use and saves cost in replacing degraded fuel.


Separ Filter SWK-2000/130K-G Click here for more technical information on the featured SWK-2000/130 in this video.

Eye Spy at World Ag Expo 2014

Tiffany T. - Wednesday, February 12, 2014
We are back on the West coast and this time at the World Ag Expo 2014 in Tulare, CA. You can find Dan and Javier at booth 1427, pavilion A for their knowledge on diesel filtration for farm tractors, harvesters and other equipment, as well as fuel storage tanks.

 Booth 1427 at the World Ag Expo 2014


Keep an eye out for the Separ Filter around the show grounds. On display, the New Holland Genesis T8 Series tractor (below) is equipped with the SWK-2000/5/50 fuel water separator.

Separ Filter installed on New Holland tractor 

Hand Priming Pump Flushes A Nightmare

Tiffany T. - Friday, November 08, 2013
Big thanks to Ross Potter for sharing his Hand Priming Pump review:

"I love my [Separ Filter] hand priming pump. I installed it with replacement of the fuel lines--empty fuel lines and empty filter.  Ten strokes till the filter was filled and resistance felt. After 20 strokes pumping as hard as possible the engine turned and caught right away.  My engine is a Perkins 4108. That engine is a real nightmare to bleed. With your priming pump no bleeding was needed. I consider your priming pump as a safety item. I can change the Racor filter and flush all the air out of the system in less than 2 minutes. That can make the difference between a safe return and losing your boat on the rocks."

Hand Priming Pump Installation