Why Oil Vac Systems are the answer to improved productivity

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Oil Vac exchange systems often face misunderstandings and concerns, and we’re putting ourselves in the firing line to bust the myths.


First, it’s important to understand how Oil Vac systems work. With a little help from our partners at Sage Oil Vac, this video does the trick.

While pump-based oil extraction systems have dominated the industry for decades, they are far from being the most effective way to achieve results these days. Pump-based equipment needs constant, high-volume compressed air to operate, which is what sets Oil Vac systems apart.

The unique pump-free design of Oil Vac systems allows end-users to dispense and drain fluids faster, taking full advantage of cutting-edge vacuum technology. Oil Vac systems mean a lack of compressed air build-up, allowing fluids to flow freely from tanks with minimal friction – resulting in a cleaner, more energy-efficient change on the job.


Myth number. 1: Oil Vac systems require more air compressor run time.

Oil Vac systems’ ability to create and maintain vacuum pressure within the tank means that air is actually conserved, contrary to popular belief.

When in the field, Oil Vac systems provide the option of either pressurising your tank with compressors before you leave or using a convenient system addition for diesel or gas-powered air compression. This is in comparison to traditional air pump systems requiring air compressors to run 100% of the time.

Once the necessary air pressure is deployed, the compressor can be turned off. The Oil Vac team recommends that operators switch off machines once roughly 50cm of vacuum has been captured in the waste tank, and 60-80psi in the fresh oil tank. Comparatively, Oil Vac systems’ uniqueness result in 70% less compressor run time than traditional pump-based equipment. Not only does this mean more efficient use of the system, but also an overall reduction in air usage meaning a huge saving for the end-user.

Myth number 2: Oil Vac systems are louder than pump-based oil extraction equipment.

While less air usage is a favourable result of the Oil Vac system, often the resulting reduction in wear and tear of machinery is forgotten. Likewise, the significant noise reduction’s knock on-impact on worker fatigue and safety is overlooked. Without the tireless noise from diaphragm and piston pumps in workers’ periphery, workers can work with less distraction ultimately resulting in more productive processes.

Myth number 3: Oil Vac systems use more pressure than pump-based equipment.

Pump-based equipment uses waves of pressure to extract and insert oil versus the Oil Vac system, which harnesses constant vacuum pressure to pull and push oil. This means less fluid pressure usage per square inch (psi). Our system outperforms a traditional diaphragm system, with Oil Vac using 60-80 psi of steady pressure against a diaphragm pump’s 500 psi in pulses. For you, this reduced psi means a reduced risk for machine malfunction – ultimately reducing potential downtime for your team.

Myth number 4: Oil Vac systems are far heavier than a conventional pump system.

Despite what the masses believe, Oil Vac systems weigh less than a traditional pump system, as they don’t require the extra weight of a pump added to each tank. The lightweight design of Oil Vac systems makes it far easier for our engineering team to create a class 5 truck – making it easier for your team to meet the high demand for more lube bodies.

With all of that in mind, it’s easy to see that the Oil Vac system far exceeds the performance, weight, efficiency, and safety of a traditional pump design. So why wait? If you’re ready to learn more, save more and keep clean – contact Jon Lamb at Oil Vac today on +61 8 9434 0927.

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