Lifting Drums with Drum Handling Equipment

There are many specialist lifts you might need to perform in the industry. You will often need to lift large, heavy and awkwardly shaped loads that cannot be lifted by hand, but that need to be moved nonetheless. One of the harder loads to lift is a drum, where the load is both heavy and awkwardly shaped – it would take a great deal of man power to lift and move a drum, and even then, it might not always be safe to do so. Drum handling equipment can be used to add a level of automation to the process, make it easier, more possible in different settings and, above all, safe to do. It’s an essential investment for lifting and moving drums in a safe and responsible way.

Drum handling equipment comes in different forms and will allow you to lift and transport heavy drums in various environments and settings. You can buy different lifting systems depending on how you need to lift and transport drums. For example, some will perform vertical lifts, and others will be attachments that allow you to transport, move, rotate and lift drums more safely. The type you choose will depend on your requirements – you might need something more specialist, or more all-round drum handling equipment might better suit your needs.

What are the different kinds of drum lifting equipment available in the lifting equipment market and what do you need to know about them?

These are some of the most commonplace types of drum lifting and handling equipment you might come across:

  • Drum grabs. A drum grab has a connection that attaches underneath the lip of the drum to carry out vertical lifts. It’s an efficient way of transporting drums vertically only. General capacities that you might expect from drum grabs are around 350kg.
  • Drum clamps. You will usually get a higher capacity from drum clamps, around 500kg. The clamp itself is lightweight and easy to attach, plus you can easily use just one clamp when transporting sealed drums or drums that have been emptied. Note that there are different types of clamps for different drums so if, for example, you are transporting a steel drum, make sure this corresponds with the kind of clamp you use.
  • Drum trolleys and trucks. These are used if you need to transport a drum rather than just lifting it vertically. It is a separate piece of standalone drum handling equipment.

You might also come across more specific kinds of drum lifting equipment that will function in different specialist environments, for example, a drum clamp that is used in a low headroom space. If you find you have specialist requirements, seek assistance from a lifting equipment supplier to see what is available to complete the processes you need, you way.

You should always make sure that all drum lifting equipment you buy comes with certificates of conformity and has been fully tested for your specifications. If it is second hand ensure that all the necessary paperwork comes with it.