May 18 2009
It's that time of year again, home owners are removing lawn mowers, and other motorized lawn tools, from the confines of their garages to give their lawns a face-lift, and many are finding it difficult, time-consuming and messy to remove, and replace, last year's oil from their machines.
Airpower America, a privately owned manufacturer of innovative air-powered products, has introduced an innovative, time-saving, and do-it-yourself alternative to a service company oil change, and a clean and easy solution to a normally messy and difficult project. The LiquiVac Oil Changing System extracts oil in small engines, including lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and tillers, in seconds, without any mess.
"Most lawn mower manufacturers recommend changing a mower's oil every 25 to 50 hours, depending on the amount of airborne dirt kicked up by mowing," said Barry Kearns, Airpower America president and inventor of the LiquiVac. "This is because an oil change ensures extended life of a machine, which allows owners to get the most out of their investment -- something we all need and want in today's economy."
How the LiquiVac works. The LiquiVac creates a powerful vacuum that draws oil from an engine and into a plastic holding tank -- an easy, convenient 4-step process. To extract the oil, individuals simply 1) close the hose clamp; 2) insert the extraction hose through the engine dipstick tube; 3) pump the handle 20 times to create a vacuum within the tank; and 4) release the hose clamp. The LiquiVac removes oil from a one-quart tank, the size of an average lawn mower tank, in less than 14 seconds.
"An oil change, though important, can be a slow and difficult process," notes Kearns. "Drain plugs are hard to find, oil spills are common, and many don't know where to dispose of their used oil, but the LiquiVac is the solution to these common problems. It harnesses the power of air for a clean and fast oil change, which is even eco-friendly."
The LiquiVac is eco-friendly. The LiquiVac, by extracting oil into a durable holding tank, allows for proper disposal of oil and eliminates the chance of an oil spill, which can contaminate ground water or cause damage to grass, driveways and clothing. The holding tank also allows oil to be easily and safely transported to a collection center, where recycled motor oil can be reprocessed for use in furnaces or power plants, or re-refined into lubricating base oils for use in formulating engine oils. Airpower America provides a list of oil recycling centers on its website, www.airpoweramerica.com.