Abanaki Introduces New Electrical Systems and IEC Compatibility for Its Grease Grabber®

Cleveland, OH, September 21, 2005 – Abanaki Corporation, the world leader in grease removal products, has added a number of engineering advances to its Grease Grabber®, a patented system designed and developed specifically to pick up heavy grease and oil quickly and easily under the harshest conditions – freezing temperatures, fluctuating levels, even turbulent liquids. The Grease Grabber is the most economical method available for removing grease from water.

Abanaki integrated a standardized single-phase electrical supply system with a push-button-start that eliminates automatic restarts. In addition, the Grease Grabber is also equipped with a physically safer electrical system in addition to meeting IEC regulations in Europe.

Abanaki’s Grease Grabber makes use of the differences in specific gravity and surface tension between grease and water. These physical characteristics allow the belt to attract grease, oil, and other hydrocarbon liquids as the belt passes through the surface of the water. 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.


Unlike competitive systems, the Grease Grabber is designed particularly for extremely demanding applications, such as scale pits, 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 more than 100 feet for easy discharge into tramp waste containers.

The construction of the Grease Grabber has a rugged simplicity that is designed to last 20 years or longer for virtually maintenance-free operation in the field. It can handle liquids between 32 F and 212 F, with pH between 1 and 13. The motor, reducer, corrosion-resistant materials, and powder-coated finish give the unit exceptionally long life, even in outdoor applications.

The Grease Grabber System features a variety of advantages:

  • Elevates and removes up to 160 gph of grease over 100 ft. without pumps
  • Reduces fluid disposal costs
  • Helps meet government requirements for water discharge
  • Protects expensive sand filtration systems
  • Operates in freezing temperatures
  • Occupies only 2 ½’ X 1′ of tank space (71.12cm x 22.86cm)
  • Maintains skimming efficiency with fluctuating fluid level
  • Fast set-up, easy cleaning, and minimal maintenance
  • Effectively operates in turbulent liquids

All systems can be adapted and customized for specific applications with specific belt lengths and other modifications.

Typical applications for the Grease Grabber include:

  • Circulating water systems in steel mills
  • Truck, locomotive and other mobile equipment washing facilities
  • Wastewater sumps or tanks
  • Food processing facilities
  • Parking lots, garages, and service facilities

For more information about the Grease Grabber or other Abanaki products, contact us at (440) 543-7400, (800-358-SKIM) or by See the full-line of Abanaki products and services online at

About Abanaki Corporation: Abanaki, the world leader in oil skimmer products, manufactures a wide range of products to remove oils, greases, solvents, and related hydrocarbons from water. Skimmer models are available with removal rates ranging from 1 to 200 gallons per hour in both stationary and portable systems. Use of Abanaki equipment often allows water, oil and coolant to be recycled, thus avoiding contingent liabilities and costs associated with disposal. Besides off-the-shelf oil and grease skimmers, Abanaki supplies custom designed (turnkey) pollution control systems for a wide variety of applications. Headquartered in Cleveland Ohio, Abanaki has served a global customer base in industries as diverse as iron and steel, wastewater, paper, food processing, automotive, environmental remediation, and recycling for more than 30 years.

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