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Abanaki Oil Skimmers - Grease Grabber
Grease Grabber®

Efficient Removal of Floating Grease and Heavy Oil

The Abanaki Grease Grabber is a dependable and effective means of removing floating grease and oil from water, under the most demanding conditions. The Grease Grabber makes use of the differences in specific gravity and surface tension between oil and water. These physical characteristics allow the skimmer belt to attract grease, oil, and other hydrocarbon liquids as the belt passes through the surface of the water.

The skimmer belt specifically selected for your application. Texture pinch rollers pull the belt over the idler pulley and through the angled wiper blades, where grease is removed before passing through the pinch rollers. The grease is rolled off into a heated hopper, which maintains fluidity for easy drainage through a 4" ID discharge port. Belt tension is maintained by the weight of a free riding tail pulley. The tail pulley is tethered to the underside of the Grease Grabber to prevent accidental loss.

  • Removes floating grease and oil from water
  • Elevates skimmed grease up to 100 feet or more, for easy discharge into drums
  • Removes up to 160 gallons of grease per hour
  • Reduces fluid disposal costs
  • Helps meet government requirements for water discharge



  • Large, 160 gph, removal capacity
  • High temperature capability
  • Requires only a 28" X 9" (71.12cm x 22.86cm) mounting area
  • Maintains skimming efficiency with fluctuating fluid level
  • Fast set-up, easy cleaning, and minimal maintenance
  • Operates in turbulent liquids (with optional tail pulley, belt cage and tether assembly)

Rugged Construction for Harsh Conditions - The construction of the Grease Grabber has a rugged simplicity that is designed to last 20 years or longer. Belts are specifically selected for your application. It can handle liquids between 32F and 212F, with pH between 3 and 13. The motor, gear reducer, and powder coated finish of the weldments give the Grease Grabber exceptionally long life, even under the harshest conditions.

Typical Applications

The Grease Grabber is designed for extremely demanding applications, such as drainage pits in primary metal mills, where heavy loads of grease and oil accumulate. To handle this kind of load, the Grease Grabber uses an oil-filled gear reducer having bronze gears and ball bearings to drive pressure rolls with tractor treads that rotate the belt. This heavy duty drive train will elevate skimmed grease up to 100 feet or more for easy discharge into drums. The drive unit can be mounted on a flat surface, or on a boom that suspends the Grease Grabber over the pit. An optional remote control switch also is available.

  • Drainage pits in primary metal mills and factories
  • Underground tanks
  • Wastewater sumps
  • Parking lots, garages, and service facilities
  • Truck, locomotive, and other mobile equipment washing facilities


  • Designed for the most demanding conditions
  • Corrosion-resistant materials
  • Lifts skimmed grease up to 100 feet or more
  • Customized belt lengths and materials
  • Belt and wiper materials unaffected by most greases and oils
  • Removable guards and other features make maintenance a breeze

MatBuster™ Optional Accessory

MatBuster™ is a solution to the problem of unskimmable matted grease in wastewater pits that churns the water surface and breaks up matted grease, so the oil skimmer can operate more effectively. MatBuster has a zero maintenance design, consisting of stainless steel blades that mount to the tail pulley of the Grease Grabber. No separate motor or other moving parts are required. The MatBuster uses the energy created by the Grease Grabber's moving belt to 'chop' the grease mat into easily removable chunks. To see how it operates, watch the instructional animated video:

Grease Grabber® with MatBuster Animated Demonstration

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This simple innovation is important to managers of steel or food production plants, where sometimes a thick layer of grease forms on the water in wastewater pits and sumps. Oil skimming makes use of differences in specific gravity and surface tension to separate oil from water. Floating matted grease, therefore, can interfere with oil skimmers used to cost-effectively reduce wastewater disposal costs and help meet government requirements for water discharge.

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Case Studies

Animated Demo

Grease Grabber® Animated Demonstration

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Model 4 Demonstration Video Grease Grabber
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Product Photos

Grease Grabber mounted
on a custom stand

Custom built Grease Grabber
ready for delivery


Oil Removal Rate:

160 gph (606 lph); Removal rate is based on Brooks Technology Plexelene 750TM
grease in ordinary water.
Motor: Fractional hp TEFC, 115/230 VAC, single phase, 60 Hz, gear motor
Heater: Integral 2400 watt heater
Belt Material: Specifically selected for your application
Belt Width: 8 inches (20.3 cm)
Belt Length: User specified (up to 100', measured from the center of head pulley to center of tail pulley)
Wiper Material: Ceramic UHMW hybrid standard (other materials available)
Mounting Method: Flat surface mount is standard (boom mast mount optional)
Mounting Area: Appx. 28" X 9" (71.12 cm X 22.86 cm)
Weight: Complete drive unit without tail pulley or belt: Appx. 240 lbs. (109 kg).
Two lifting hooks installed on drive unit.
Tail pulley: 10 lbs (4.5 kg)
Options (Specify): 304 Stainless Steel Housing
Boom mast mounting
Remote ON/OFF switch
Tail pulley, belt cage and teather assembly for turbulent liquids
Operating Limits*: Temperature: 125o F (52o C) with elastomer belt.
212o F (100o C) with corrosion-resistant steel belt.
pH of liquid: Between 3 and 13 for ambient temperatures.
The Abanaki Grease Grabber is supplied with a hinged motor guard, raised by
a gas spring when released. An additional guard covers the drive roll area. Other
standard componentry includes a fixed wiper blade assembly, skimmer belt, tail
pulley and ON/OFF push-button control with indicator lamp. The unit comes with
assembly instructions.

* Operating limits refer to liquid temperature. Consult the factory for advice on your particular operating conditions.

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