There are a few different options you have when extracting oil from an engine.
Many of these are air operated, however some do come with a hand pump as well.
Below I wanted to review an oil extractor which is pumped with air (oil from drum to waste container). If you’re looking for this device without the air attachment, and simply want a model which comes with a hand pump, then consider the Ranger RD-18G which comes with a manual oil drain pump.
For those looking for an air operated drain tank, I like to recommend the ARKSEN 20 Gallon Drain Tank.
20 gallon seems to be the most popular size. You can get an 18 gallon unit, and go down even smaller, however most people find the 20 gallon size is suitable for their needs.
The particular model from ARKEN has some good features I want to quickly highlight here.
- Height adjustments for vehicles on lifts (45 – 72 inches)
- Swivel casters and sturdy rear wheels
- Funnel is 15 inches wide
- 10 PSI working pressure (no more is neeeded)
Here’s a Video Demonstration
How They Work
If you’re in the market for one of these, you probably already know how they work.
The main difference is that there are oil drains, and also oil extractors. Some engine manufactures recommend that you extract the oil as opposed to just draining it.
So if you’re looking for an extractor unit of this size, consider the Oil extractor by Generic.
This is similar to the one seen in the video.
The basic models like the one from ARKSEN do not extract oil from the vehicle. The air pressure is used to pump out the oil waste from the unit into an oil waste drum. Just wanted to make that distinction.
Things to Consider
Many of these oil drains are quite affordable, and considering the price tag, you get your money’s worth.
You’re going to be paying just over $100 and at the end of the day, they’re worth it in my opinion.
After researching many brands I’ve found this model from ARKSEN to have the best reviews, and the best build. Many other models like Lincoln have received complaints that the quality just wasn’t there.
Unfortunately these types of products can be outsourced as there isn’t much technology to them, however I’ve found this ARKSEN model to match up the best when compared to the other otanks in this price range.