WTB - Oil Extractor - Power vs Manual - Suggestions Please.

Discussion in 'General Maintenance/Repair Questions' started by Little Ducky, Jan 16, 2018.

  1. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    I'm looking to add a Oil Extractor to my arsenal of tools and equipment to work on LDII.

    I've aways gotten the Marina to do this task on LDI but because this is a boat on a budget and I'm quite handy I can do some of these simpler tasks and save some coin for when the Marina Techs need to step in and do their magic.

    I'm pretty sure we have a good number of DIY'ers online and I'm looking for a good (not over the top) oil extractor to pull the oil out of the 2 - 5.0's and generator probably on an annual basis if not more frequent depending on hours...... plus probably allow my dock mates to borrow to do their own boats.

    Which ones work and which ones do I need to stay away from?

    Thanks
     
  2. stg099

    stg099 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    182
    Jun 30, 2013
    Chicago
    2004 280 Sundancer
    4.3 Mercs/Alpha
    I picked up the larger of the two manual oil extractors from West Marine on sale and it is absolutely wonderful. About 10 pumps and you walk away, in less than 5 minutes the oil is out of the engine with zero mess. The pump comes with a mercruiser specific fitting that makes for an airtight seal. I changed my 2 engines and generator oil in a matter of under an hour with no drips/spills or mess. Other benefit of the extractors is that you can fill the engine with new oil, then pour the old oil right into the new oil containers for recycling.

    This is the one I bought, on sale it was around $60
    https://www.westmarine.com/buy/west...MIiIfM_I3d2AIVArjACh3yugQ5EAQYASABEgLNCvD_BwE
     
  3. Strypes

    Strypes Member

    718
    Dec 10, 2015
    Catawba Island
    12 Meter Trojan International Motor Yacht
    210 Sea Fox Center Console
    Avon 3.11 RIB
    454 Crusaders
    V6 Mercury Saltwater 150HP
    4 Stroke 5HP Mercury
    Subscribed.
     
  4. Boater420

    Boater420 Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2015
    Clearwater, FL
    '97 330 Sundancer
    V-Drives
    Westerbeke 4.5BCG
    Twin Merc 454's
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  5. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
  6. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
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    I've got one of these, can't remember where I bought it. It works greate, have used it countless times on several boats I have owned. Some type of oil extractor, electric or manual is a must have for anyone doing even basic DIY maintenance.
     
  7. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    The "Top Sider" from Northern Tool gets high marks. Plenty of YouTubers reviews to go by as well.
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    Last edited: Jan 16, 2018
  8. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 8212, 741 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    I have a Jabsco 12v bucket that's pretty old. The impeller finally gave out. I didn't think that was a big deal, but I can't find a replacement, so I guess I have to trash the whole thing? Jabsco support is non-existent AFAICT.
     
  9. wyrman

    wyrman Member

    850
    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    I've had this one for several years. I'm looking for something different as well, that's why I'm keeping an eye on this thread.
    It works OK, but it can be slow.
    It usually takes several times of pressurizing it to get all of the oil out, just a pita all the way around for me, and that's been on one engine only.
    If you pump it too many times it will crush.
    I haven't done that, but it cautions you in the manual.
     
  10. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    I picked up a simple pump extractor like this one on Amazon. I made an adapter for the garden hose fitting on my Mercuiser 8.1s that has a short run of tubing attached (you would want to keep it short because the suction can collapse the tube when it is full of warm oil and softens). I pump right into 1-gallon containers that I save up before the oil change. In my case I use a couple since the 8.1s hold 9 qts. Then they are ready to be dropped off with out having to transfer. Once the oil is warm the pump pulls it out fast.

    I have considered upgrading to a pump like this one from Amazon that I could permanently attach to the top of a 5 gallon pail. For now I am sticking with what I have because it is small and easy to store when not in use and it gets the job done.

    I did upgrade the flimsy clips but for the price I could not go wrong and if I drop or break it I will not worry.

    -Kevin
     
  11. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member

    984
    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    I agree ...I have the topsider.. its great for the lawnmower, dingy outboard... but I would want something bigger in terms of capacity and a bit more automated for the engines and Generator...
     
  12. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
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  13. wyrman

    wyrman Member

    850
    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    Your links don't seem to work for me.
     
  14. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 8212, 741 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
  15. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    That’s the one I have had for several years now and it works great.
    Had the cheaper Jabsco version that comes attached to the rectangular container first but it crapped out after two years and the pump on it wasn’t serviceable so it was junk.
    Didn’t want to make that mistake again so I bought the better one. Supposedly the pump on the better one is serviceable. It was a good move and I should have done that in the first place.
    Current boat has a built in reverso system (I love it) but I still use my Jabsco for a couple of other friend and family boats and it’s still going strong.
     
  16. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    I have replaced my impeller several times over the 14 years I have owned it...
     
  17. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    There is a link interceptor on the board. You need to click the button that says continue to amzn.to

    -Kevin
     
  18. kiloil

    kiloil Member

    190
    Sep 15, 2013
    Tallahassee, Florida
    2015 25' SLX 8.2L-SOLD
    BOATLESS
    I have the West Marine one as well. Great product and yes its as easy as pumping it up and walking away.
     
  19. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    Changing your own oil is probably one of the best DIY things you can do, ridiculous to pay your dealer or marina to change oil. I have even gone back to changing my own car oil, Lexus wants upwards of $200 for an oil change service and I caught Firestone not changing the filter once (I have this bad habit of writing the hrs/miles/date on my filters). The pump you buy will pay for itself the first time you use it and you will know things are done right.
     
  20. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 8212, 741 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    There's a cover plate over my impeller housing, so it looks to be serviceable, if only I could find an replacement impeller. That big brass pump looks to be a significant improvement.

    Do you let it run dry? When I start to hear it suck air, I hold a few fingers over the coverplate. When it gets too warm, I bump the motor into reverse just long enough to get some oil back to the impeller.

    It's final job was sucking cold oil. It was taking so long that i walked away and the impeller overheated and gave up. It never lost a blade, but is too weak to pull any suction.
     
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