After dragging a standard drain tank around underneath a project car for the last week or two, this product looks pretty sweet: It’s a low-profile rolling tank (only 9-1/2″ high) that catches 17 gallons of oil (or other fluids like antifreeze), can be pulled around the shop by the attached T-handle, and includes an electric pump for simple drainage.
Think about it: You can just roll this baby under the car, dump a crapton of antifreeze in it, then use the included pump to return the refuse to the new fluid’s containers when you’re done.
It’s made of one-piece urethane, and covers 24″ x 42″ of floor space. That’s awesome when you’re draining antifreeze; It always wants to splatter everywhere. When it’s empty, you can store it vertically against a wall.
The casters are 5″ in diameter, so you should be able to “hop” it over some minor obstacles. Smaller casters can sometimes get caught on extension cords and the like.
The bad news: It goes for about $500. Check around, though. We found a few for less on Froogle, including some that use a pneumatic pump instead.