A Timeline of Innovation

Sage Oil Vac History Timeline

1993 – Company founder, Gary Sage invented the first oil vac system.

Gary initially created the first oil vac system so he could change the oil in his irrigation engine without spilling oil on himself or the ground. After putting his new invention to use, a lightbulb went off — this new lube exchange system was not only cleaner, it was faster!

Throughout the rest of the 1990s, Gary began to manufacture more oil vac systems for other farmers in the Midwest. Word continued to spread and the demand continue to rise.

2001 – Gary decided to pursue his Sage Oil Vac dream full-time.

The oil vac system had made its way into a number of industries including oil and gas field service, heavy equipment fleet operators, generator maintenance, rental fleet companies and more. By 2001 Gary, knew it was time to take the plunge and open up shop full-time. He then opened the Sage Oil Vac headquarters in Amarillo, Texas, and began to manufacture mobile lube equipment.

2004 – Sage Oil Vac secured a game-changing business partnership with the Army Reserves.

With a new partnership established to build custom systems for the Army Reserves, Sage Oil Vac doubles in size. To accommodate the rapid growth, the company built an additional 24,000-square-foot facility.

2007 – The first wind gearbox oil exchange (GOEX) system was created.

Sage Oil Vac developed the wind GOEX system in 2007 and forever changed the way that oil is changed in the wind turbine industry. This unique invention created a new niche market for Sage. In the years that followed, Sage gained an international distributor in Australia and an international dealer in the European wind market.

2012 – A year of recognition.

In 2012, Sage Oil Vac was awarded the Top Small Business of the Year Award by the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce and the Presidential “E” Award for growth in exports.

2016 – Gary Sage retires; Gary’s son, Aaron Sage takes over as CEO.

Sage Oil Vac is still a family-operated business with 30+ dealers. We’re just as committed to bringing efficiency and environmental responsibility to consumers through the use of our mobile lube equipment as we were in 1993. Those that choose to ‘change with Sage,’ do so because of the guaranteed quality equipment and unbeatable customer service.

- Aaron Sage, CEO of Sage Oil Vac