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Abanaki Oil Skimmers - Tote-It Portable Oil Skimmer

The Tote-It's patented design is a dependable and effective means of removing oil from water. The single assembly unit can be used in any application where 115 VAC, 60 Hz power is available.

The Tote-It utilizes a continuous belt and wiper to remove up to 12 gallons of oil per hour from the fluid surface. The belt operates on a motor and pulley system attached to a stabilizer bar that is immersed in the contaminated liquid. After traveling over the head pulley, the belt passes through tandem wiper blades where oil is scraped off both sides of the belt, and discharged through a 1-1/4 in. ID hose. The tail pulley has flanges which allow it to roll freely on the inside of the belt without becoming dislodged. It does not need to be fastened to the tank.

Oil skimming makes use of the differences in specific gravity and surface tension between oil and water. These physical characteristics allow the belt to attract oil and other hydrocarbon liquids from the surface of the fluid.

The Tote-It is especially well suited for parts washing and machining center applications. By removing surface oil from a wash tank, the parts will not be recontaminated as they are withdrawn. Removing tramp oil from a coolant tank prevents excessive smoke and fumes due to oil burning during cutting operations. It also reduces bacteria growth in the tank, along with the resulting odor.


  • Most inexpensive way to remove oil from water
  • Tote-It is easily hand carried to the source of the problem
  • Saves coolants by removing tramp oil
  • Conserves parts wash water and prevents recontamination of parts as they are removed from wash tank
  • Prevents plugging of spray heads and filters
  • Reduces fluid disposal costs andhelps meet government requirements for water discharge
  • Skimmed oil can be recycled and reused as a lubricant or fuel
  • Avaliable in 2" or 4" belt widths for efficient oil removal


  • Multiple site usage easily moved from one place to another
  • 36 lb., single unit portability
  • A single unit elevates and separates oil
  • Effective in turbulent fluids
  • Can be used in tanks as shallow as a few inches
  • Requires no tank modifications in most applications
  • Maintains skimming efficiency in fluctuating fluid levels
  • Easy mounting and fast cleaning, with minimal maintenance

Rugged Construction for Harsh Conditions: The Tote-It has been designed to last for many years. Belts are specifically selected for your application. A tough power train keeps the Tote-It running under the most severe conditions. With the proper configuration the Tote-It can handle liquid temperatures up to 212 F, and the pH of the fluid can range from 3 to 13.

Where to Use It

The Tote-It is designed for those applications where multiple tanks can take advantage of a single portable unit. It also can be used in permanent installations with limited access areas, such as small parts washers and machining center coolant tanks. Typical applications include:

  • Wastewater sumps
  • Parts washers
  • Coolant systems
  • Heat treating fluids
  • Food processing plants
  • Parking lots, garages, and service facilities
  • Aircraft service areas and tarmac runoff
  • Truck, locomotive, and other mobile equipment washing facilities

Case Studies

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A really portable Tote-It

Mounted in a wastewater recovery tank


Oil Removal Rate: 12gph (45.6 lph) with 4 in.( 10 cm) wide belt
6 gph (22.8 lph) with 2 in.( 5 cm) wide belt
(Removal rate is based on 30 weight oil in water.)
Motor: Fractional hp gear motor, 115VAC, 60 Hz
Belt Width: Specify 4 in. (10 cm), or 2 in. (5 cm)
Belt Length: Standard lengths from 18" to 5' center to center (maximum length 10')
Belt Material: Specifically selected for your application
Wiper: Nitrile standard; CRV rubber, Ceramic/UHMW hybrid and Stainless steel optional. Specify wiper material based on temperature and fluid compatibility.
Mounting Method: Flat base mount with oil discharge through a 1-1/4 in. I.D. hose. See installation drawing.
Mounting Area: See installation drawing.
Weights: Complete assembly with stabilizer bar, tail pulley, and steel belt:
2 in. : average 34 lbs. (15.4 kg)
4 in. : average 36 lbs. (16.3 kg)
( Note: optional hose w/clamp and adapter weighs 2 lbs. (0.9 kg).)
Options (Specify):
  • Discharge hose kit
  • Oil Concentrator™ for virtually water-free oil discharge (See description next page.)
  • Storage stand
  • Special belt lengths, over 5 ft. center to center
  • 304 stainless steel construction
  • Timer
  • Level switch
  • Pneumatic or special electric motors

Operating Limits


Temperature of Liquid pH 3-5 (acidic) pH 6-8 (neutral) pH 9-13 (alkaline)
33°F-180°(0.5°C - 82°C) CRV nitrile CRV
181°F-212°F(83°C-100°C) CRV CRV CRV


Temperature of Liquid pH 3-5 (acidic) pH 6-8 (neutral) pH 9-13 (alkaline)
33°F-180°(0.5°C - 82°C) CR steel, elastomer, polymer CR steel, Polymer Polymer, HT polymer
181°F-212°F(83°C-100°C) CR steel CR steel CR steel
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