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Adapter for the lifting and handling of screw top drums

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Screw top drums are used in the food industry for storing products such as olives and pickles.

Full drums are heavy and pose a manual handling risk to those tasked with moving them. We’ve developed an aid in the form of a drum adapter, suitable for lifting these unique screw top barrels on and off pallets. The video below shows the boom arm in action and just how easy it is to use.

Drum Lifter for Screw Top Drums (Model: DTP04-DPA09)
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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 Depalletiser or the Counterbalance Drum Depalletiser. 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 depalletisers 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 hand holds 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 lifter can be wheeled clear.

What size drums can I handle?

Utilising the stainless-steel ladder rack the adapter can be adjusted to a range of different heights to accommodate different barrels ranging from 50- to 220-litre.

Close up of drum lifter handling screw-top drums.
The boom arm can be fitted to either the Side-Shift Drum Depalletiser or Counterbalance Drum Depalletiser.

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.

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