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  • Rain cover for 318 and 418 oil pan

    Sure do wish there was a cover that would snap onto the top of the oil pan to keep the rain out of it. It would also need a place for the hose to go so that it would lay on the inside of the pan. Cover would need to be made out of sheet steel, I do not think plastic would last very long.
    I myself prefer the old steel drip pan and the old thumb style pump. The reasons being that the plastic pans get broken pretty fast if something gets dropped in them.
    Another problem I have with the old style thumb pump is the spout is made from a piece of rolled steel and leaks at the seam, this oil runs down on the handle and in general makes a mess.

    Any ideas??

    Thanks

    G3

  • #2
    Re: Rain cover for 318 and 418 oil pan

    why are you threading in the rain

    most of the sprinkler co around here have pickup trucks and they throw some rubber roofing over there stuff

    i have a van and like the plastic oilers ,i like the way the screen locks to the pan so if i hit a big bump the oil will not spill
    Charlie

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    • #3
      Re: Rain cover for 318 and 418 oil pan

      I'm not threading in the rain

      I sometimes do quite a bit of service work and will put the oiler in the back of the truck and cover it up with a big plastic tub to keep the rain out, but it is very cumbersome.

      The old style metal drip pans had a gasket on the lip of the oil pan and two latches to hold it on.

      Sounds like you need to slow down a little

      G3

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      • #4
        Re: Rain cover for 318 and 418 oil pan

        What are you tossing in the drip pan to cause it to fail? I can personally attest to the fact that the current drip pan is *far* superior to the old steel one as far as impact. I personally tested thousands (literally) of drip pans for impact strength in extreme conditions and with varying tools. We'd drop a 700 PD into the pan repeatedly, and even the worse plastic pan exceeded the steel pan by a huge factor. We'd test using other impact methods, as well. The current pan is better than anything out there. Make sure you are getting a RIDGID replacement drip pan, because there are imitation ones out there that are not made to the same specifications. They don't last very long.

        A cover has been mentioned on occasion.

        Most people prefer the operation of the trigger pump over the thumb pump. The new design was welcomed when the 418 replaced the 318.


        Originally posted by G3sprinklers View Post
        Sure do wish there was a cover that would snap onto the top of the oil pan to keep the rain out of it. It would also need a place for the hose to go so that it would lay on the inside of the pan. Cover would need to be made out of sheet steel, I do not think plastic would last very long.
        I myself prefer the old steel drip pan and the old thumb style pump. The reasons being that the plastic pans get broken pretty fast if something gets dropped in them.
        Another problem I have with the old style thumb pump is the spout is made from a piece of rolled steel and leaks at the seam, this oil runs down on the handle and in general makes a mess.

        Any ideas??

        Thanks

        G3
        Last edited by smorris; 12-18-2008, 01:48 PM.
        Steve
        www.MorrisGarage.com

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        • #5
          Re: Rain cover for 318 and 418 oil pan

          i was thinking about this today when i was threading out side and it was 30*
          and i had a hard time with the trigger pump plunger coming back out fast enough so i can keep oil on my threads so how about a oil pan heater

          i have to put a 500 watt light next to the pan to get the oil to flow
          Charlie

          My seek the peek fundraiser page
          http://observatory.mountwashington.o...nal&fr_id=1040


          http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/conditions.php

          new work pictures 12/09
          http://public.fotki.com/hvachawk/

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