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If your business requires the moving, storing, and pouring of drums, the proper equipment can make a huge difference in your bottom line. Using the right drum handling equipment will also improve workflow and worker safety. Consider the benefits and features of the different types of industrial material handling equipment to find the right items for your needs.

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Drum Handling Equipment Offers Many Benefits:

  • Safer workplace. Full drums are heavy and are often filled with hazardous liquids. Moving them can be difficult for a worker or multiple workers to move manually, and attempting to do so can lead to injuries, accidents, and spills. Using the proper drum handling equipment makes the work easier, which protects employees and creates a safe workspace.

  • Greater efficiency. Drum handling equipment makes moving and pouring drums much easier. When workers don’t have to struggle through the handling of drums, it means they can do the job faster and get more done in the same amount of time.

  • Increased productivity. When workers are able to handle drums easily, more work is completed at a faster rate. You can expect a significant increase in productivity, meaning your business can produce more and accomplish more during the workday.

  • Monetary gains. Your business will be more profitable because of all of the above. Avoiding worker injury, greater efficiency, increased productivity —all of these allow you to save money and make more money for your business.

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Choosing the Best Drum Handling Equipment for your Workplace

Every business is different and will have different drum handling needs. CMH offers the following types of drum handling equipment:

  • rotating drum handling equipment photoDrum transporters are made to aid in the ergonomic handling of all types of industrial pails and drums.

  • Portable drum jacks are compact and ergonomic. The grapple system holds the drum into the steel saddle securely before lifting it up. The drum is held in an upright position during movement, which allows for the transport of open drums without worrying about spillage.

  • Drum lifter/rotator/transporter is a three-in-one device. This equipment comes with a hand pump that can lift drums from ground level to a height of 68 inches. The hand gear maintains the controlled 360-degree rotation of the drum. It also comes equipped with a floor lock that will stabilize 55-gallon steel, plastic and fiber drums.

  • Rotating drum carts can handle loads up to 1,000 pounds. The rotating drum trolley features two retractable handles for easy one-person operation. The steel handle is included to securely hold the drum during tipping, helping you to keep drum content mixed.

  • Combination drum and hand trucks serve a dual purpose. The curved frame accommodates 5 gallon pails and kegs and can handle loads up to 800 pounds. If you are constantly moving drums and other equipment by hand, this equipment will save a lot of time and energy.

  • Drum clutchers latch around the drum and are used with cranes or fork lifts. The safety latch secures the drum when it is in motion. The clutcher is made of heavy steel to allow for a durable transport.

Contact Carolina Material Handling at (800) 822-8833 to learn more about the types of drum handling equipment that can help your business run more effectively. Knowledgeable sales associates will help you find the best equipment for your business.


Material Handling Safety-Conscious Drum Lifter Hoist Attachment (86)

CMH-86-drum-lifterUse the below-the-hook barrel lifter to transport drums in an upright position. Drums are supported on a bar under the drum and secured with a positive grip cinch chain and ratchet mechanism around the drum. This lifter attaches to your monorail, crane, or chain block. You can also attach the barrel lift to your forklift using a fork hook.

Where this Drum Lifter is Used?

  • Docks and Mezzanines
  • Oil Rigs and Other Marine Applications
  • Construction Sites
  • Safely Handle a Variety of Drums:

  • Steel, Fiber or Plastic Drums
  • 23″ to 38″ (58.4 to 96.5 cm) Tall Drums
  • 22″ to 23.5″ (55.9 to 59.7 cm) Diameter Drums
  • Also Accepts Diameter Adaptors for Various Smaller Drum Sizes
  • Capacity:
    1,000 Lb. (454 kg)

    Product Weight: 50 Lb. (22.7 kg)
    Product Dimensions without Drum:
    L25.5″ W16″ H49.25″ (64.8 x 41 x 125 cm)

    Domestic ship weight: 61 Lb. (28 kg)
    Domestic ship dimensions: L28″ W18″ H30″ (71 x 46 x 76 cm)

    Standard-Duty Forklift-Karrier (285a)

    285a Standard-Duty Forklift-KarrierHandle almost any Drum:

  • Drum Holder Automatically Cinches for 22″ to 23.5″ (56 to 59.7 cm) Diameter Drums
  • Accepts MORCINCH TM Options to Handle Plastic Drums
  • Accepts Diameter Adaptors for Smaller Drums
  • Includes Safety Covered Gears for your Protection
  • Has Durable Stress-Relief Weld Joints to provide Years of Service
  • Cinch Chain has Flexible Chain Cover to Help Protect Drum Sidewall
  • Polyester Web Strap and Ratchet Option
  • Capacity:
    800 Lb. (363 kg) Full 55-gallon steel drum
    500 Lb. (227 kg) Half-full drum*

    Requires 25″ between forks, as fork pocket openings are 25″ (63.5 cm) apart. Each opening is 2.5″ (6.35 cm) high by 6.5″ (16.5 cm) wide.

    Domestic Ship Weight: 161 Lb. (73 kg)

    Domestic Ship Dimensions: L 42″ W 34″ H 23″ (107 x 87 x 59 cm)

    Multi-Purpose 4-Wheel Drum Truck (160)

    160 Multi-Purpose 4-Wheel Drum TruckIndustrial Drum Trucks for Moving and Dispensing from Various Drums

  • A drum 14″ to 28″ (36 to 71 cm) in diameter
  • A drum 31″ to 41″ (79 to 104 cm) tall
  • 55-gallon (210 liter) steel drum
  • 30-gallon (114 liter) steel drum
  • 85-gallon (320 liter) salvage or “overpack” drum
  • Rimmed plastic drum
  • Fiber drum with sufficient rim recess on top for hook engagement
  • Use this Drum Truck to:

  • Easily Move and Turn Drums
  • Pour Barrel or Drum
  • Move through Narrow Aisles with Hands Protected inside the U-shaped Knuckle Saving Handle
  • Move Drum on and off Pallets
  • Drum Truck Features:

  • Drum Truck Stands Alone on 4 Wheels Holding the Drum’s Full Weight. Does NOT Require that you Support or Balance Drum.
  • Chime Hook Engages Upper Rim to Aid in Pulling Drum onto Drum Truck
  • U-shaped Knuckle Saving Handle Keeps Hands Protected inside the Frame
  • Extendable Support Prop Stabilizes the Drum Truck in Dispensing Position Enabling Upright Storage. (NOTE: depends on model)
  • Four Large 8″ (20.3 cm) MORTUF Polyolefin Roller Bearing Wheels Carry the Load
  • Wide, Rounded Forged Steel Toes Ease Loading and also Protect the Drum
  • Capacity:
    1,000 Lb. (454 kg)

    Drum Truck Dimensions:
    Frame is 63″ (160 cm) long
    Wheel base is 20″ (51 cm) wide
    Stands upright in 20″ x 20″ (51 x 51 cm) space

    Ships Boxed:
    Domestic ship weight: 79 Lb. (35.8 kg)
    Domestic ship dimensions: L25″ W21″ H35″ (64 x 54 x 89 cm)

    Drum Mixers – Portable Drum Rollers (201/20-1)

    201-20-1_ghost-steel-drum(arrows)Use Common Steel Drum for Mixing

  • No permanent container to purge between batches
  • Use separate drum for each batch
  • Roll Sealed Drums to Blend or Mix Contents

    Agitate the drum’s contents without opening the drum! Incorporate important stratified ingredients and eliminate sediment in the bottom of the drum. Mixing in closed drums eliminates the hazards, exposure, and cleanup associated with insertion mixers.

    This compact, portable mixer and drum cradle roll closed drums to agitate the contents. You can also dispense directly from the drum via a faucet. The built in tipping bar provides leverage to aid loading and unloading. Sides and back are enclosed to protect the drive.

    Drum Roller Capacity:
    Liquid Contents: 500 Lb. (227 kg)
    Dry Contents: 300 Lb. (136 kg)

    Product Weight: 50 Lb. (22.7 kg)
    Product Dimensions without Drum:
    L25.5″ W16″ H49.25″ (64.8 x 41 x 125 cm)

    Domestic ship weight: 197 Lb. (90 kg)
    Domestic ship dimensions: L38″ W25″ H21″ (97 x 64 x 53 cm)