Mini-Skimmer™ FAQ

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Why buy a Mini-Skimmer™?

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Reliability. You don’t want to worry about your skimmer – you want it to last. Mini-Skimmers™ have the highest quality permanent magnet motor that has cut steel gears and an extended hardened steel shaft for the highest level of durability. They can last over a decade; in fact, this customer called us in 2014 to replace a skimmer motor he bought in 1997!! Mini-Skimmers also come with a timer, GFI, and oil trough extension hose. The cogged, fiberglass reinforced polyurethane belt is the strongest, long lasting belt around.

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How do I measure a replacement belt?

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The industry standard is the reach, or the distance from the mounting surface of the skimmer to the bottom of the lower pulley. We can also identify your belt if you provide the circumference, width, and material.

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How can I remove oil from water?

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A Mini-Skimmer™  works to remove oil from water by rotating its belt into and out of oil/water mixtures- the oil sticks to the belt, while the water slides off. The belt lifts the oil to a scraper, which wipes the belt clean, directs the oil to a trough to a waste receptacle.

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What is the best way to size up a Mini/MAXI-Skimmer™?

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First, determine what length belt you need by measuring the distance from wherever the skimmer will be mounted to the lowest level the oily water could get, then add a few inches to be safe, (being sure that the total length doesn’t hit the bottom of the tank). This will determine the reach of the belt. Next, determine the amount of oil you want collected . If the required collection rate is greater than 1 gallon/hr, you need a Maxi-Skimmer! Otherwise, a Mini-Skimmer will suffice, regardless of reach length. Another easy solution? Just call us.

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If I order the wrong size skimmer, can I return it?

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Of course! All of our products can be returned if they are unused, but we may charge a restocking fee depending on the situation. Often times we offer a no-charge exchange to correct incorrectly sized belts.

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I need a quote for a skimmer. What is the best way to do this?

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Any way you’d like! Call us at 800-255-5665, email us, or fill out our Request for Quote sheet, which asks basic questions to get us started with information to determine the correct style of Mini or MAXI-Skimmer™ for your unique application.

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How much water is picked up with the oil?

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When it comes to removing oil from water, our Mini-Skimmers™ lift very little water with the oil. If you use a graduated cylinder to measure the Mini-Skimmer discharge, it will likely contain about 1% water, compared to ~6-10% water pickup with other skimmers. We have continuously refined our design over the last 25 years to optimize Mini-Skimmer for peak performance and reliability.

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What are the benefits of a Mini-Skimmer™ compared to a wheel/disc-type oil skimmer?

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Disc skimmers have a narrow application – if the tank you are skimming is less than 6” deep, a disc skimmer might work. Mini-Skimmers™ fit many places where disc skimmers cannot and can reach very long distances, whereas a disc skimmer is limited by its diameter. Lastly, wheel-type skimmers pick up a higher percentage of water, often requiring a secondary oil/water separation procedure to fully remove oil from water.

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The thick oil clogs my trough and makes a mess. What can I do to address this problem?

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For thicker oil, like #6 fuel oil, we offer a simple solution - a SteepChute™ option. We replace the trough with a 6” wide stainless steel plate, which scrapes the viscous oil and directs it down at a steep angle, directly into a waste receptacle. Just call us and we’ll tell you all about it.

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