Oil Drain Pans Prevent Spills And Protect The Environment

Got a steady hand? You’ll need it if your drain pan doesn’t have a spout.

Inadvertently dumping several quarts of used motor oil on your garage floor is not the end of the world, but it is frustrating and largely preventable if you use of a purpose-built drain pan. An inexpensive galvanized steel utility pan will most certainly capture the contents of your motorcycle’s crankcase, but attempting to funnel all that liquid into an empty gallon milk jug or, even more challenging, a 1-quart bottle is asking for trouble.

If you service more than one type of motorcycle, you probably want a 15-quart pan with a large opening and mesh catch-all basket. Some of the biggest pans boast sturdy handles and even swiveling castors, making dragging large quantities of fluid around your garage or workshop easier. A screw-on cap will help keep the slippery stuff in the pan until that time when you can deliver it to a certified collection center.

The Lumax LX-1632 Drainmaster has a large 8-inch opening with a catch-all basket, a 15-quart capacity, and a screw cap with an O-ring seal.Amazon
This black 4.5-gallon drain pan from ATD Tools features a molded handle and a large, lipped spout for easy pouring. It is 6 inches deep and 15.25 inches in diameter.Amazon
Performance Tool's galvanized steel drain pan measures 16 inches in diameter and safely holds up to 3.5 gallons of fluids.Amazon