Hermit Oil Skimmer

The Elastec Hermit Oil Skimmer (Specs) is designed to access tanks through roof or side manway openings with a minimum diameter of 20 in / 50 cm. Driven by an explosion-proof* air motor, the lightweight skimmer can work unattended recovering a variety of oil types. Supplied with an optional air-operated diaphragm pump, it recovers the oil with little water content. Fill out our questionnaire and tell us about your project.

Resembling a “hermit crab”, its broad, buoyant “claws” direct the flow of oil into the rotating smooth drum where it is scraped into a trough and pumped into a storage tank. The setup is best suited to fixed fluid level tanks. The tank oil skimmer is supplied with 10 ft / 3 m of air and suction hose with a grounding wire and in-line strainer.


  • Tank Cleaning
  • Oily water separators
  • Oily water settling tanks
  • Bilge and sump cleaning
  • Ballast water tank cleaning and other non-hazardous environments

*Note: Elastec pneumatic skimmers are fitted with air motors that conform to EC Directive 94/9EC (ATEX 100a) for zones 1 and 2 (Group II, category 2, Gas and Dust Atmospheres) and a maximum surface temperature of 275 F / 135 C.

Precautions should be taken to ensure the tank oil skimmer is not working in an explosive atmosphere. Elastec does not warrant the skimmer for hazardous conditions.

Hermit Oil Skimmer Video Gallery

Hermit Oil Skimmer Specifications

Oil Recovery RateUp to 10 gpm / 2.5 cu.m per hour
Number of Drums1 (Polyethylene HD) with aluminum shafts
FrameMarine grade aluminum
Wiper BladesSelf-adjusting, spring-loaded. Spare wiper blades included.
Wiper RetainerAluminum with stainless steel pins and springs
Dimensions27 x 18 x 15 inches / 68 x 46 x 13 cm
Weight21 lb. / 9.5 kg
Hermit oil skimmer illustration

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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