Tool Review: Impact Absorbents XSORB Vehicle Spill Kit

Feb. 9, 2012
Lou Fort finds the spill kits economical and easy to use.

The Impact Absorbents' XSORB Outdoor Universal Spill Kit, No. XK300DA, helps to protect employees and customers from slip-and-fall accidents. With an XSORB Spill Kit, shops are prepared to immediately deal with leaks, drips and spills. Spill Kits can also be used as a preventative measure for possible discharge from equipment or inclement weather.

XSORB is a dry particulate absorbent that is sprinkled on top of spills, both oil- or water-based. Once absorbed, the formula is swept up and disposed of. With XSORB, debris such as glass or other hazardous materials do not have to be handled.

The review

Lou Fort, owner of K.A.R.S. Inc. in Huntingburg, Ind. used the XSORB Vehicle Spill Kit at his shop, and found it economical, as well as quick and easy to use. 

"I couldn’t find a faster, better, safer way to clean up a spill."

Lou liked having a kit that contained everything necessary for cleaning up a spill. He found the kit safe and easy to use and dispose of hazardous material.

"This one kit can clean up a five-gallon spill and keep it safely stored in a six-gallon sealed container, properly marked for proper disposal at an economical price."

Users may want to have two other items on hand when using this kit: a broom with pan to sweep up the absorbent powder, and a permanent marker. Lou suggested the company could also consider adding these items to an updated version of the kit.

"Having (a permanent marker) included would be the most one could do to ensure the Haz Mat labels are filled out and placed on the container properly," he says. "We all know what happens as time passes." 

Lou did his research and said he would use the XSORB kits again, as well as try out other products from Impact Absorbents.

“Having taken the time to educate myself on available absorbents and their cost of use I would buy more of these kits.”

About the Author

Erica Schueller | Editorial Director | Commercial Vehicle Group

Erica Schueller is the Editorial Director of the Endeavor Commercial Vehicle Group. The commercial vehicle group includes the following brands: American Trucker, Bulk Transporter, Fleet Maintenance, FleetOwner, Refrigerated Transporter, and Trailer/Body Builders brands.

An award-winning journalist, Schueller has reported and written about the vehicle maintenance and repair industry her entire career. She has received accolades for her reporting and editing in the commercial and automotive vehicle fields by the Truck Writers of North America (TWNA), the International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC), the Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Awards and the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) Azbee Awards.

Schueller has received recognition among her publishing industry peers as a recipient of the 2014 Folio Top Women in Media Rising Stars award, acknowledging her accomplishments of digital content management and assistance with improving the print and digital products in the Vehicle Repair Group. She was also named one Women in Trucking’s 2018 Top Women in Transportation to Watch.

She is an active member of a number of industry groups, including the American Trucking Associations' (ATA) Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC),  the Auto Care Association's Young Auto Care Networking Group, GenNext, and Women in Trucking.

In December 2018, Schueller graduated at the top of her class from the Waukesha County Technical College's 10-week professional truck driving program, earning her Class A commercial driver's license (CDL).  

She has worked in the vehicle repair and maintenance industry since 2008.

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