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Adapter for the Lifting and Handling of Screw Top Drums


Screw-top drums are used in the food industry for storing products such as olives, pickles, and gherkins. They can be difficult to handle safely as traditional grippers cannot secure onto the removable lids.

In the absence of a suitable gripping point, the hand holes on the sides of the drum can be used instead. We’ve developed an adaptor in the form of a boom arm with two pivot arms, suitable for lifting these unique screw-top barrels on and off pallets. The video below shows the boom arm in action and how easy it is to use.

Drum Lifter for Screw Top Drums (Model: DTP04-DPA02)
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Which STS units accept the screw top drum adapter?

This adapter can be fitted to two of our standard models: the Side-Shift Drum Lifting Trolley or the Counterbalance Drum Lifting Trolley. The boom is quick and simple to install by removing and refitting a single pin; operators can switch back to the standard drum catch just as easily. The boom arm is made from 304-grade stainless steel as standard; we are also able to offer stainless steel drum lifting equipment should your process involve brine or other corrosive liquids.

How does the adapter work?

The adapter works by utilising two pivoting pick-up arms on a boom assembly. The operator raises the boom over a drum and then lowers it down, the pick-up arms are aligned with the handholds and drop into position. As the boom is raised the pick-up arms grip the drum and raise it above the ground.  Upon lowering the drum back to the ground the weight comes off the arms and the drum lifter trolley can be wheeled clear.

What size drums can I handle?

Utilising the stainless-steel rack on the front of our lifters, the adapter can be adjusted in height to suit a range of different barrels from 100 to 220 litres in capacity.

The boom arm can be fitted to either the Side-Shift Drum Lifter or Counterbalance Drum Lifter.

Drum Lifting Equipment

You can use our drum lifters for loading and unloading pallets and bunds as well as STS drum cradles, mixers and dollies. We have a range of drum lifting equipment 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.

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