Sediment bowls provide an efficient means of checking oil quality in a reservoir or bearing. This 5 oz. version by Oil-Rite Corporation (Manitowoc, WI) is made from solid aluminum endplates for durability and longevity. A sediment bowl serves a variety of purposes in monitoring the integrity of fluid stored in tanks, gear boxes, and other equipment housings, such as:
- Visual inspection of the fluid.
- Removal of water and contaminants that settle at the bottom of the reservoir.
- Sample collection for further analysis.
The sediment bowl connects to a shut-off at the drain port of the reservoir being monitored. Fluid is released into the bowl and can then be drained through the needle valve. The valve is positioned off-center so that it can be oriented to the lowest point for horizontal installations. The unit has a glass viewing area, and solid aluminum endplates and aluminum mounting shank provide a sturdy framework. It performs well where other plastic versions might crack at the mounting shank over extended use.