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Why would I need an oil skimmer?

Abanaki oil skimmers
Cleaning out our interceptors is a thing we all have to consider and an oil skimmer looks like an effective way to do it.
We all have interceptors fitted in our yards to prevent oils escaping but what do you do about removing that oil?


There are a number of options here. You can use a waste disposal company to regularly suck out your interceptors, or you could scoop out the oil that builds up with a home made tool such as a saucepan with a long handle, but there is another option and that’s to use an oil skimmer.

Those who attended CARS earlier in the year had the opportunity to see just how effective an oil skimmer is and have since installed one. There are some big benefits here. The oil you skim off can be sold, in fact Combellack paid for their skimmer with the first load! It’s easy to operate and a lot cleaner than messing about trying to remove the oil with various containers and let’s face it, none of us like paying waste disposal costs. Many vehicle dismantlers have now installed Abanaki oil skimmers to handle their interceptor cleaning and I haven’t heard of anyone going back to what they were doing before.

How they work The oil skimmers make use of a continuous belt and wipers to remove up to 750 Litres of oil per hour from a fluid’s surface. The belt, operating on a motor and pulley system, runs through contaminated liquid to pick up oil from the surface. After travelling over the head pulley, the belt passes through tandem wiper blades where oil is scraped off both sides of the belt and discharged. The tail pulley has flanges which allow it to roll freely on the inside of the belt without becoming dislodged. It requires no bearings and does not need to be fastened to the tank. If turbulent conditions exist, an optional tether and cage assembly prevents the tail pulley from being dislodged. Power supply shouldn’t be an issue as the skimmers can use mains, 24v battery or even petrol engine.

If you would like to find out more, visit Abanaki’s website or call them on 01179 616 679. And, if you’re an MVDA member they’ll give you a 10% discount!

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