Guide to safely taking care of your old oil.
While seemingly just about a third of our Tech Support calls are about which lube oil to use in a Perkins, Duetz, or Deere, no one ever asks how to dispose of the old oil legally and properly, i.e. not in a dumpster. So, Dr. Diesel™ will tread where few men dare and offer solutions:
- Make deck stain. Mix the old lube oil 70/30 with linseed oil and you will have a deck stain the local Junior League women will envy. You could probably market it next summer on Nantucket.
- Add it in small quantities to your home heating oil tank.
- Take it to an equipment repair garage that burns Ðwaste oil¼ to heat their shop.
- Give it to your neighbor to lubricate the leaf springs and preserve the wood deck of his stake body trucks.
- Where all else fails, bring it back to the guy who sold you the new oil. In most states he is obligated to accept it back.
- Used lube oil makes an excellent preservative for the engine stand/crate outlined in Tech Tip #57. Dr Diesel has always said that Deutz, Perkins and John Deere engines always run better if shipped on a Foley Engine stand!
- Whatever you do, do not dispose of it illegally and unethically. Set an example. Go Green!