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Old 18-04-2007, 12:54   #1
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Anyone Using On-Board Fuel Polisher / ALGAE-X?

Curious if anyone has plumbed in a fuel polisher and/or Algae-X system.... results worth it?

Would appreciate any info.

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Old 18-04-2007, 13:21   #2
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I've got both.

Onboard fuel polisher: absolutely worth it. Worth it's weight in gold. See pic at: Gallery :: Miscellaneous 2007 :: FuelPolish_0138

Notice the valve at lower right. It's an added bonus, which allows me to suck fuel into the tank from an alternate source (like 5-gallon jugs), or to pump fuel out if needed (like to fill up the regular Raycors, etc.). Pic: Gallery :: Miscellaneous 2007 :: Raycors_0136

Algae-X. Maybe it works, maybe it's just snake oil, but it doesnt' hurt.

My fuel is clean as a whistle.

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Old 18-04-2007, 13:32   #3
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If it is a fule polishing system with "real" filters, then yes it will work. If you are refering to that magnet thing, forget it. It is pure snake oil.
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Bill,
Looks like you built your system around a spare Racor 500? Do you have a recirculating pump arrangement where you can continuosly recirc the fuel in the tank? Or is this just multiple filters on your engine fuel feed?

I have a dual filter setup that looks similar to yours - can select either of 2 Racor 500s for engine supply. Can set the manifold to pull from either tank and discharge to either tank - but the return is only the fuel the engine doesn't use. Not a true polishing system with a dedicated recirc pump in my setup.
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Old 18-04-2007, 13:49   #5
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Bill - nice fuel set up - dual racors and polisher - looked thru your pics - what are the benefits of the Walker air separator - why install one?

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Re: Anyone Using On-Board Fuel Polisher / ALGAE-X?

I have had nothing but good results with the Algae-X magnetic fuel conditioners.. I find it funny so many negative reviews... I would be interested if these people have tried it, or are just knocking it out of principle.
Informative discussion and criticism is good, but the constant "beating" by some people is not backed up by any personal experience.

I know it works, its hard not to when the results are staring you back in the face.
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Re: Anyone Using On-Board Fuel Polisher / ALGAE-X?

I started out with a Groco sea water strainer with a fine mesh screen basket in it, then a Algae-X, then two racors with a gauges and a change over valve! I find that even a badly algaed up tank or tanks, will clean up fast with this set up!! Of course I forgot the electric fuel pump LOL Ive mounted all of this on a epoxyed 2ftx2ft 3/4 marine plywood! a little heavy, but portable!! and ya just clean the trap and the algae-x and drain the water and change the racors as needed !! Works great, aznd can be used evedn if the engine is running or shut down !! Just takes some used stuf or news if ya want !! It will cure all your fuel problems except for air leaks !! Or it has for us !!
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Re: Anyone Using On-Board Fuel Polisher / ALGAE-X?

I love the idea of the sea water strainer pre-LGX. Very innovative!!
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Re: Anyone Using On-Board Fuel Polisher / ALGAE-X?

magnetic fuel conditioner are only working for the seller....... but you allways can use them at home to soften your drinking water or in your car to increase the energy of gasoline so it is a multipurpose device, maybe evebn helpfull against getting seasick
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Re: Anyone Using On-Board Fuel Polisher / ALGAE-X?

I bought a vessel that sat for 6 years with no machinery maintenance. I used algae-x conditioner and their magnet on a vessel with WWII fuel tanks. I needed to do a coastwise voyage of a few hundred miles and didn't want trouble. In addition to putting new fuel in separate tanks, I took along a case of primary and secondary filters.
The trip, Canada to NW US was made in small craft warnings or better along with a bad bar crossing.
During the trip the magnet, checked later, caught so much rust that it's housing was almost plugged. All that would have been caught in the primary filter. As it was I never plugged a filter.
I think anybody with good mechanical skills and diesel knowledge can make the equivalent of a fuel polisher, but if you have a proper filter system and use a good stabilizer for layup times, you shouldn't need a polisher.
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Re: Anyone Using On-Board Fuel Polisher / ALGAE-X?

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I bought a vessel that sat for 6 years with no machinery maintenance. I used algae-x conditioner and their magnet on a vessel with WWII fuel tanks. I needed to do a coastwise voyage of a few hundred miles and didn't want trouble. In addition to putting new fuel in separate tanks, I took along a case of primary and secondary filters.
The trip, Canada to NW US was made in small craft warnings or better along with a bad bar crossing.
During the trip the magnet, checked later, caught so much rust that it's housing was almost plugged. All that would have been caught in the primary filter. As it was I never plugged a filter.
I think anybody with good mechanical skills and diesel knowledge can make the equivalent of a fuel polisher, but if you have a proper filter system and use a good stabilizer for layup times, you shouldn't need a polisher.
You write the vessel sat for 6 years but did you get new fuel or did you run the fuel that had been sitting in there for the past 6 years?
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