For those of you who change oil with a vehicle on a lift, what are you draining the oil into, and do you like it?
A quality 55 gallon drum cart, a good 55 gallon drum, and a 10" funnel with a tube and adjustable collar where she goes into the drum. A lot of fire halls will take your used oil if they are using a waste oil heater.
All the Best,
I use a 16 gallon drum with a funnel kit, pour it into a 5 gallon bucket and then into the 55 gallon. A guy with a waste oil burner swaps them out. He has a Ford truck junkyard and I get parts cheap !!
Northern tool 57032 oil drain has worked good for me.
I have one of these and like it. I threaded the end of the waste hose and added a ball valve to allow more control when draining.
I almost forgot to mention, Tim Morsher helped hold the bucket and funnel to drain mine last time. I didn't even get any on him !!
He's all right, well as right as the rest of us...lol
In Michigan, any business that changes oil has to accept waste oil brought in by "citizens."
I have a bracket made for my floor jack that lets me lift the whole front end of the car at once. To change the oil I lift the front then pull the plug and let it drain into one of those plastic pans with a pour spout made for the purpose. Lifting the front gets more of the oil to drain.
If you buy your oil in gallon containers then you have a convenient container to collect the waste oil in after you re-fill the car.
My Uncle left me this. Since I don't have a lift I found a good home for it. The sign was more appreciated.
My take is get one you can handle. 55 Gal's of oil is heavy. I use a 5 Gal drain from Harbor Freight so I can lift it when I go to the dump.
My wifes Subaru Service Centers generate approx. 500 gallons of used oil each month. We use energy efficient used petroleum burning furnaces to heat our shops.
We drain our oil into roll around tanks that hold 25 gallons. When its time to drain them we hook up an air hose to pressure bleed the roll a round to out storage tanks. We use quick disconnect fittings to minimize any possible spills.
You can buy a decent home use drain tank at Harbor Freight for around $150.00. These come with an adjustable wide drain basin. For home use they are fine.
We have heated our shops with these furnaces for nearly 20 yrs and my heat is free. Today we would have to pay to have our used oil picked up. The best thing is I don't care how long the techs leave the doors open as I said the heat is damn near free.
20-gal-portable-oil-lift-drain-61251.html-----This Harbor freight oil drain unit a bit pricey($159:00) but works very well, for me.....Very portable and the compressed air oil drain has a nice long hose and makes it easy to empty into a container for disposal. Highly recommended! Paul
Thanks to everyone who responded. Good food for thought as usual. Richard's photos brought back memories of the ones I used to see at service stations years ago when I was a kid. Now I know what was inside that white box!
Wait a minute Rich. Does that sign say "Ask her to go parking"? ;-)
An old service shop had a five gallon one with a tall neck and "funnel" for draining. I should see if it's still around at J's!