Stupid easy way to setup centrifuge tank setup

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    wanted to share my setup for centrifuging oil. The tank is a 52 gallon aluminum tank off a reefer trailer. Perfect because it's lightweight (15 lbs) the sending unit hole is the same exact size as the 55gph fuge hole, and it has two 1/2 npt ports on top. One is an open hole and the other has a pickup tube that runs to the very bottom.

    My setup uses the 1/2 npt pickup tube port for the feed line. And the other port will be my bypass return. I ordered a 1/2hp motor and pump as my drill press isn't quite powerful enough. It only generates 50psi all in but it still pulls a lot of crud out! You can do it way cheaper without using an fittings and line but I wanted it to be Bullet proof. The tank was 50$ off craigslist but it's the perfect setup for fuging oil. Only modification I had to do was drill four holes and ran an m8x1.25 tap so I could bolt the filter directly to the tank. When running it sucks from the bottom and returns to the top and doesn't require any welding or heavy tooling!
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    My oil pump I got from G&J aircraft, they supply military surplus and take off aviation parts. It was brand new but probably 50 years old. Got it for 20 bucks. If you have a store like that around check them out I find lots of good things in there. They are in Ontario ca, since I ordered an orberdorfer pump/motor combo idk what I'll end up using this gear pump for. It'll move serious oil had anyone made one run off a pulley or know if they make an adapter to go from the pumps spline to a motors keyed drive?
     
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    Very nice set up. For a pump I just used a honda power steering pump since it has no reservoir and run it with a 1/3 hp electric motor. It will run at 90 psi for hours with no problem.

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    How did you couple it to the motor? I was going to do the exact same thing but since I ordered the motor / pump already it's simply out of curiosity
     
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    With a belt, it's not direct. Sorry it needs a good cleaning. I have not used it in a while.[​IMG]

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    Here's a short video of it running. I like the ps pump setup!

     
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    First run on my wmo from stuff I already ran through my 5 micron! Ran for an hour
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    This looks like a solid simple setup, how many passes do you run? What do you blend with to thin the oil?

    I've been putting off running oil for a long time. I have the 65 gph centrifuge setup from PA W/ 1/3 hp motor, gear pump and basic hoses, fittings and valves. Id much rather blend than heat, but is ethanol gas ok to blend with? I'd like to start really small scale, like 5 gal. pale at a time. That way I can watch it for an hour or so and it run 12 passes or so in that hour.
     
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    This tank holds 60 gallons to the top. I just cut it with whatever 87 is at the local gas station. I over filter and usually let my 65gph centrifuge run the tank for 2 days
     
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    No heating
     
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    How does power feel compared to D2? Some people say it becomes a turd yet others say it's stronger?

    At what point do you think the amount of electricity used to run the fuge starts to eat a lot of the money saved by running oil?
     
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    A long ways away. It’s a 1/2hp electric motor so the consumption is minimal. As for power I always had a very slight increase
     
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    Thank you
     
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    Update, bought a new house so now making a dedicated fuel room. My processing take I’ve now added a second centrifuge too and this will let me have it done quite a bit faster and transferred to my clean storage tank
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