Oil Grabber™ Model 4

The Abanaki Model 4 Oil Grabber is a dependable and effective means of removing oil from water and water-based solutions. Often, skimming by itself will reduce oil to an acceptable level of water purity. Depending on the characteristics of the liquid, it is possible for the Model 4 alone to reduce oil content to less than five parts per million in water. The unit can be used as a pretreatment before filtration, and in conjunction with coalescing systems.


  • Oil Removal: 16 gph (60 lph) with standard tail pulley
  • Rate: 20 gph (75 lph) with high capacity tail pulley (Removal rate is based on 30 weight oil in water.)
  • Tail Pulley: Specify standard or high capacity. (The high capacity option uses a patented pulley design that improves the adherence of oil to the inside of the belt, thus increasing the removal rate.)
  • Motor: Fractional HP, TEFC, motor operating on either 115/230VAC, single phase, 60Hz or 230/460 VAC, three phase, 60Hz. Optional: 50Hz power source; explosion proof; drip proof; pneumatic; and wash down duty motors.
  • Belt Width: 4 in. (10 cm)
  • Belt Length: User specified.
  • Belt: Specify corrosion-resistant steel, elastomer, a Material specially engineered poly, or Fuzzy®.
  • Wiper:  Nitrile (Standard); CRV (Optional), Ceramic or Ceramic hybrid (Optional). Specify wiper material based on temperature and fluid compatibility. (See “Operating Limits.”) Mounting Standard: Bracket for customer-supplied steel Method channel, with oil discharge through the channel, or flat surface mount with oil discharge through a 11⁄2 in. (3.75 cm) NPT male pipe fitting.
  • Weights: Drive assembly and housing with motor, without belt or tail pulley: 71 lbs. (32 kg) max. Standard or high capacity tail pulley: 8 lbs. (3.6 kg) 4 ft. corrosion-resistant steel belt: 4 lbs.(1.8 kg) (belt weight varies according to actual length specified)

Features & Benefits

  • Requires only a small area in the tank or sump
  • Easy mounting
  • High temperature capability
  • Chip resistant powder finish
  • Hazardous duty and food grade options
  • Custom designs and turnkey systems available
  • Fast cleaning with minimal maintenance
  • Most inexpensive way to remove oil from water
  • Saves coolants by removing tramp oil
  • Conserves parts wash water by removing oily wases
  • Prevents plugging of spray heads and filters
  • Reduces fluid disposal costs
  • Skimmed oil can be recycled and reused as a lubricant or fuel
  • Helps meet government requirements for water discharge

Typical applications

  • Wastewater sumps
  • Parts washers
  • Coolant systems
  • Heat treating fluids
  • Food processing plants
  • Parking lots, garages, and service facilities
  • Outdoor ponds, lakes, and basins
  • Underground tanks
  • Ships’ bilges
  • Aircraft service areas and tarmac runoff
  • Truck, locomotive, and other mobile equipment washing facilities
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