FlOATING Drum Oil Skimmers

Elastec pioneered the oleophilic drum oil skimmer in 1990. It is regarded as one of the most efficient oil recovery skimmers in the world. Elastec drum skimmers are easy to operate, lightweight, reliable and efficient, recovering only oil and very little water. Read our guide to different types of oil skimmers. Learn about ASTM Standards for oil skimmers.

Interchangeable drum inserts (smooth, grooved, brush and disc) are available to enhance recovery rates relative to the viscosity of various oils and environments. View our guide for drum oil skimmer configurations. Fill out our questionnaire and tell us about your project.

Mini Skimmer card

Mini Skimmer

MiniMax skimmer card


TDS118 skimmer card


TDS136 skimmer card


Magnum100 skimmer card

Magnum 100

Magnum200 skimmer card

Magnum 200

Magnum400 skimmer card

Magnum 400

Hermit Skimmer card

Hermit Skimmer

Brush skimmer card

Brush Drum Skimmer

Card skimmer options and accessories

Oil Skimmer Options and Accessories

Configure a drum skimmer system card

How To Configure An Elastec Drum Skimmer System

Smooth drum skimmer

Smooth and Grooved Drum Surfaces

Smooth and grooved drum oil skimmer technology has been extensively tested by Ohmsett and researched by the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara. Grooved drums have a higher recovery rate with viscous oils, whereas smooth drums offer higher efficiency with lighter oils such as diesel.

Elastec grooved drum skimmers were used in a test at Ohmsett to determine if skimming operations are possible for fresh and weathered Bakken oil.

How drum skimmers work

How Drum Skimmers Work

As the floating drums rotate, oil adheres to the surface separating it from the water. Wiper blades (scrapers) remove the oil from the drums, depositing it into the collection trough where it is pumped to a storage location. Elastec drum skimmer systems are available in pneumatic, diesel or electric power. A drum skimmer test model is available for demonstration.

Elastec drum type skimmers can also be applied in industrial applications.

How drum skimmers work
Circus Skimmer with drums

Circus Skimmer with Counter Rotating Drums and E150 Pump

Circus skimmer with TDS118 Grooved drum skimmer (reversible) with counter rotating drums, recovered oil is discharged with the integral E150 pump via 2 inch discharge. Note: requires D10 diesel hydraulic power pack and hydraulic hoses.

Brush drum skimmer for oil spill response

Brush Drum Skimmer

Elastec offers an oleophilic brush oil skimmer. Brush oil skimmers can be ideal for use in heavy, viscous oils, or situations in which the oil has started to emulsify. The brush drum works by skimming the oil from the surface of the water where the brushes are then scraped off and oil is collected in a sump where it can be pumped into a storage unit.

Brush drum skimmer for oil spill response


  • Selective recovery of a wide range of oils
  • Operates in as little as 3 inches / 75 mm of water
  • No buoyancy adjustments required
  • Molded PE drums (no external skin to replace)
  • Rugged and lightweight design
  • Self-adjusting wipers (scrapers)
  • Grooved drums and discs available for enhanced recovery rates
  • Range of options including steam coils for icing conditions
  • Internationally patented

“The drum skimmer has been installed in our Equalization Tank for removal of slop oil. It has been able to remove heavy oil, as well as light oil and has been easy to operate and maintain.”

Numaligarh Refinery

“We have great experiences with these in our systems. That’s the reason why we’re installing them in our systems for oil skimming purposes.”

S. Paul

“We are impressed with the mechanical simplicity of the design, which makes the equipment more reliable than other brand of equipment. In particular, now we are using the “grooved” drums and we are very pleased with the enhanced performance.”

F. LaRotta

ASTM Standards for Oil Skimmers

The following links offer information related to ASTM International  standards for oil skimmers. Read our article about the importance of oil skimmer testing and ASTM standards.

Oil Skimmer Questionnaire

Thank you for considering the Elastec Oil Skimmers. Please complete a few simple questions that will help define your requirement .

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