The different types of oil drain pans explained

The different types of oil drain pans explained Car Service

The different types of oil drain pans explained | When operating machinery, there will usually be a risk of leakage, whether it’s oil, lubricant or fuel. It is really important to catch any run-off before it contaminates the surrounding area. If a spill does occur outdoors, it can be harmful to the wildlife, and if indoors, the leak could cause a slip hazard to anyone passing by or seep into drains.

An oil drain pan can help to eliminate this problem by catching any run-offs safely and easily. Keep reading to find out more about how oil drain pans work, and the different types that are available.

How do oil drain pans work?

An oil drip pan works very simply. Place it underneath the machine that is being worked on and its shallow base captures oil and other fluids cleanly and safely. Buying oil drip pans are a cost-effective way of containing leaks (including leaking rainwater from roofs) and are very easy to clean and store when not in use.

The great thing is that you don’t need any training to use them, so whether you are carrying out a DIY job around the home or a professional looking for a one to use at work, drip trays are extremely easy to use.  

What are the different types of oil drain pans?

  • Plastic drip trays: usually made from heavy-duty polyethylene (HDPE), these can be used in a variety of different applications and workplaces. They are extremely versatile and durable and work well with most types of fluids including fuel and oils.
  • Rubber drip trays: ideal for more rigorous applications, as they have good scratch resistance, and the rubberised plastic allows them to be driven over before springing back to their original form.
  • Steel drip trays: more suited for use in manufacturing applications. Made from strong steel they can be used to catch hazardous or flammable materials including chemicals, oils and fuel without rusting or becoming damaged.

There are also other types of drain pans that have been specially made to suit specific applications. These include:

  • Axle oil drain pans: fit underneath the axle of a wheel.
  • Heavy-duty green antifreeze and oil drain pans: especially for use in garages where chemicals need to separate.
  • Car oil and coolant drain pans: designed specifically for working on cars.
  • Oil drum drain pans: designed to allow small items such as filters to drain safely into the drum spout.

Many trays are available in a choice of either shallow or deep. The one you choose will depend on what you are using the drip pan for, and the type of liquid that will be collected in it.

Shallow drip trays are comfortable to work with and can be lined with absorbent pads/socks to further prevent any liquid or fluid spillage. They are suited for use in workshops, industrial premises and farms as they can be moved around easily.

Deep drip trays have higher sides, making them capable of containing a larger spill. They usually have a tough construction and are resistant to most chemicals (including alcohol) and liquids. These are best suited for use with heavy machinery in motor factories, garages and warehouses. 

Author Bio: First Mats started life as safety matting specialists, but have since expanded to become a complete industrial and commercial supplies company. The focus of First Mats is to provide safety-focused products that improve the wellbeing of staff through quality approved products, backed up by extensive knowledge. www.firstmats.co.uk