Counterbalance Drum Depalletiser - 350kg safe working load (SWL) model explained

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STS counterbalance drum lifters are manufactured in two primary variants, the standard 250kg-SWL model and an extended 350kg-SWL model – this post explains the differences.

STS - Counterbalance Drum Lifter - Safe Working Load (SWL) Comparison
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Empty drums

Most drums used in industry are steel or plastic, 200-205 litres in capacity. Empty, the drums weigh in the region of 10kg +/-3kg depending upon the material and manufacturer’s specification.

Loaded drum weights

When operating lifting equipment it is important that the certified maximum load the unit is able to lift is not exceeded. A full 200 litre drum of water weighs approximately 210kg, if the water is changed for honey the drum will weigh approximately 294kg. Before purchasing any drum handling equipment we recommend you review your process to determine the heaviest drums you are likely to need to handle during the lifetime of the equipment.

Our Counterbalance Drum Depalletiser

STS counterbalanced drum lifters are suitable for confined areas where alternative wider units (or units with outreaching legs) would not be suitable. The DTP08-250kg model comes as standard certified to 250kg. If you need to lift drums which weigh more than 250kg we can offer the DTP08-350kg; this model is 230mm longer and therefore the counterweight has a greater effect on the load carrying capability; as such drums weighing up to 350kg can be handled with ease.

Counterbalance drum lifter taking a 200 litre drum off a pallet.
Standard DTP08-250kg model handling a red tight-head steel drum.

Drum depalletisers

You can use our drum depalletisers for loading and unloading pallets and bunds as well as STS drum cradles, mixers and dollies. We have a range of drum depalletisers for use in a variety of operations.

Contact us

Do you have a manual handling issue we could solve? We’d be happy to discuss any handling concerns and advise on the most suitable STS equipment. You can talk to us via telephone, email and social media.