When it comes to transporting any type of equipment around a factory or warehouse, drums may very well be the most challenging and awkward type of item to move—especially when it contains hazardous substances. Your employees need to be extremely careful when handling drums mainly for safety purposes. We would be remiss if we didn’t tell you that the mishandling of drums could also cost you, reducing your overall profit.
Drums create challenges that need special equipment to solve. They’re typically heavier than many loads and very difficult to grip with standard material-handling equipment. If you drop a drum it will likely roll away. If you’re lucky, there won’t be any spillage or seepage. At any rate, drums require extra care. To handling them more efficiently, you’ll need special equipment to move it around, position and dispense safely.
Moving Drums On and Off of Pallets or Skids
Oftentimes, drums of used chemicals and oils will need to be put on a pallet for shipment to a recycling facility. Even if they’re received on a pallet, they’ll still need to be removed for use. This is where the right equipment can make this task fast, easy and safe. Start by using Wesco’s drum movers and palletizers.
- Wesco Drum Movers / Palletizers
These uniquely designed units from Wesco have a patented grip that will not drop a drum when used properly. They are designed to lift a drum up to 19” high with the maneuverability to quickly and easily move a heavy drum to and from a pallet. The operator simply needs to position the drum palletizer towards the drum, raise the head to automatically engage the upper drum rim, and thengrip the drum in an upright position for easy transport. The unit works for drums made of rimmed steel, plastic or fiber with a minimum height of 28.5” and maximum capacity of 1,000 lbs.
Moving Drums Around Your Facility
After removing a drum from the pallet you will most likely need to transport it around your facility and deliver it to the area to be utilized. There are many ways to do this, and here are a few pieces of equipment to consider that will make your job easier:
- Wesco Aluminum Drum Trucks:
With a spring-loaded chime hook to automatically engage the drum, these manual trucks hold the drum firmly while allowing the operator to easily maneuver them around from Point A to B. Suitable for both 30 and 55-gallon drums made of steel, poly, or fiber, the truck has a capacity of 1,000 lbs. It also has the option to include a disc wheel brake for safety that operated by a hand lever. The unit has either 10” Moldon rubber or 12” pneumatic main wheels with two tread 6” Moldon rubber wheels for better maneuverability.
- Morse MORspeed TM Forklift attachments
These attachments allow for fast handling of rimmed drums with your forklift. Massive steel jaws grip under the rim of the drum with a capacity of 1,500 lbs. per drum, and are available for one and two drum handling. You can lift, move, and place drums right from the forklift. The fork mounts in seconds without any tools and or power connections.
Putting Drums Into Working Position
When you need to extract substance from a drum, one of the biggest concerns after safety is to get the drum into place without spilling the contents all over the floor. What you need is a type of material-handling equipment that can lift and tilt a drum while keeping it in place.
The following material-handling equipment can help you and your team execute the task of extracting substance from a drum without wasting a drop incident-free:
- Wesco Standard Steel Drum Cradle
The Wesco drum cradle has an all steel frame with the ability to grip a drum at floor level, hold the drum in place as it lies on it’s side giving you the ability to dispense the contents. The unit is designed to be easily used with a load-tipping handle. The 2.5” polyolefin wheels that are attached allow for easy movement into working position.
Dimensions: 19.5” W x 15” Hx 32.5”D
Weight Capacity: 600 lbs.
Unit Weight: 32 lbs.
*Drip trays are available as an option for this unit.
- Morse Power-Tilt Kontrol-Karriers
These drum carriers attach to an overhead crane can provide easy powered drum rotation in either direction, fully inverting a drum in 15 seconds and allowing it to drain. The unit can handle 55-gallon steel drums of up to 1,500 lbs. and has optional bracket assemblies that can handle plastic or fiber drums or diameter adaptors for small drums. This Kontrol-Karrier can be operated with an AC 2-button pendant or a hand-held control valve.
For the 195A-1-115 Model, the shipping dimensions are as follows:
Dimensions:51”L x 27” W x 45”H
Weight Capacity:600 lbs.
Unit Weight:32 lbs.
Douglas Equipment has a wide array of Kontrol-Karriers. Choose from the from 5 different models with the following options:
- Factory installed cinch chain and ratchet that will secure the drum
- 6218KIT-P that will convert 2 web straps to the cinch chain and ratchet
- Bracket Assembly for rimless plastic or fiber drums
- Diameter adapters for smaller drums
And much more!
Discover How Douglas Equipment Can Help Your Business
Douglas Equipment also stocks specialized equipment that will roll or tumble the drum to mix the contents inside before dispensing. Whatever your material-handling needs are, we can find the right drum handling equipment for you. Contact us one of our representatives today to further discuss the details of your operation. Our team will assist you in choosing the best drum-handling equipment to help your business thrive. Call our toll-free number at 1-800-451-0030 today!