The primary purpose of a steel fuel caddy is threefold:
Transfer fuel from the tank
Store fuel during the repair process
Put fuel back into the tank after the repair is done
A lot of steel fuel caddies on the market look the same but are sold at various prices. Here are the things you need to look for so you can make the best choice.
What Do I Need to Consider When Buying a Steel Fuel Caddy?
There are many factors to consider when buying a steel fuel caddy. You should focus on the areas of safety, size, pump, fuel, and filter.
Safety must be your number one priority. You should look for a UL listed steel fuel caddy. The tank and the pump will carry separate approvals. This certification ensures the equipment has been tested for stability, strength, and fire safety.
The size you need depends on the vehicles you normally service. A 25- or 30-gallon steel fuel caddy is sufficient for most cars and light trucks. If your primary purpose is removing fuel and storing it, you’ll need a larger size.
The caddy should be equipped with a two-way rotary pump or a UL listed air-operated diaphragm pump rated for fuel. You must also think about transfer capacity. A good rotary pump should transfer about seven gallons a minute when turned at a normal rate.
Your caddy has to be dedicated to a specific type of fuel to avoid mixing and contamination. Gasoline goes in red caddies; diesel is stored in yellow caddies. If you service cars that use E85 ethanol fuel, make sure your caddy is E85 compatible.
To avoid putting contaminated fuel back into a vehicle you just serviced, you should use a fuel caddy with a filtration system. In-line filters come standard on some fuel caddies. Filter kits may also be bought separately as an accessory.
The Bottom Line
Considering safety, size, pump, fuel, and filter before your purchase will make your decision easier.