Cold Weather Operation

August 01, 2016

Sage Oil Vac job site exchangeJob sites don’t just come to a halt because of cold weather. You still have work to do, which means the oil and fluids in your equipment still need to be changed periodically. The process of changing fluids can be a bit different during the cold season, though, so Sage Oil Vac has compiled a list of tips to keep the process flowing smoothly until spring arrives. At the job site, you can expect 5 gallons per minute flow with a 3/4-inch by 50-foot hose when the oil temperature is 80 degrees and 2.5 gallons per minute flow with a 3/4-inch by 50-foot hose when the oil temperature is 50 degrees with 15W-40 engine oil. To speed up flow as temperatures drop further you can take the following steps:

  • Install Sage Oil Vac offered heating solutions like immersion coolant heaters in conjunction with 110-volt electric heaters, truck engine coolant tie-in or Webasto diesel fired coolant heaters.
  • Replace fresh fluid filters on Sage Oil Vac units at least twice per year to maintain good flow rates.
  • Consider removing too many restrictive hydraulic couplers as it can slow down flow or directly plumb meters to hose reels.
  • Sage Oil Vac offers high-flow meters that can speed up oil flow rates substantially. Many oil meters have small 3/8-inch or 1/2-inch hoses and no-spill tips. Sage Oil Vac’s high flow meters feature 1/2-inch and 3/4-inch spouts.