Drum rotators are pieces of lifting equipment which enable steel drums, barrels and poly drums to be tilted and rotated, usually in order to empty them. We have different types of devices to facilitate drum rotating including a range of trucks and trolleys as well as fork lift truck mounted drum rotators, from a range of manufacturers.
We have different types of devices to facilitate drum rotating including a range of trucks and trolleys as well as fork lift truck mounted drum rotators, from a range of manufacturers.
Drum rotator trucks / trolleys help you to handle drums and barrels in two ways. Firstly, once the drum is attached and raised off the floor it can be tilted and rotated through a range of degrees (models vary) to suit your needs. It can remain vertical if you need to fill it or tilted at a downwards angle if you would like to empty the contents. Sometimes you may just need a small amount of the contents, i.e. oil at a time. In this case with the right drum emptying fitting you may use it like a tap to dispense as little or as much as you need, whenever you need it. Without a special fitting the drum will need to be returned upright after each content dispense to prevent free drainage, but this is quick and easy to do.
The second way in which these rotator trucks handle drums is by moving them around the work place. These drum trucks incorporate wheels and/or castors of some kind, some will swivel and some have brakes. The wheels enable the truck, whether loaded or not to be easily pushed around to wherever you need it and therefore drums can be moved form one place to another with minimal effort.
If you own a forklift truck then there are a number of attachments available which enable drums to be lifted and rotated.
Some of these types of drum rotator incorporates fork sleeves to simply slide onto the forks of your truck and secured with screw clamps. Whilst others can be suspended from a hook, or under the forks on a forklift adapter attachment. Then you can drive you forklift up to the drum to attach, lift, move and rotate as you wish. Check out the all the models carefully as many will differ in how they fit and rotate the drum.
Forklift mounted drum rotators help to make more use of your truck which may otherwise be rarely used, whilst also enabling you to handle drums and barrels efficiently.
There are a number of criteria to consider when considering a drum rotator including the type of drums to be handled and the way in which you want to handle it. Cost will be another factor to consider. The most basic drum rotator trolley will be a bit cheaper than a forklift mounted rotator and hydraulic rotating equipment could be considerably more. Consider the frequency you need to handle the drums, whether to just rotate, move around or both. Get quotes for each type of drum handling equipment that would suit you. It may help with your choice but remember the cheapest is not always the most cost effective in the longer term.