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Drum Stacker (Counterbalance)

DTP08-R1260

Our Counterbalance Drum Stacker is ideal for stacking drums vertically or lifting drums onto tall platforms or process machines. The counterbalance design eliminates the need for legs at the front of the machine enabling operators to place drums in difficult to access areas. The automatic drum catch allows you to safely handle a variety of drum types hands-free. This model comes with a safe working load (SWL) of 250kg which can be increased to 350kg if required.

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Operator approaches raised platform with the counterbalance drum stacker. Operator pulls drum stacker away from raised platform. Operator approaches steel drum with the tall counterbalance drum stacker. Operator lifts steel open top drum with the tall counterbalance drum lifter. Operator raises drum to height with the counterbalance drum stacker. Operator lowers open top drum onto raised platform with the drum stacker.

DTP08-R1260

Our Counterbalance Drum Stacker is ideal for stacking drums vertically or lifting drums onto tall platforms or process machines. The counterbalance design eliminates the need for legs at the front of the machine enabling operators to place drums in difficult to access areas. The automatic drum catch allows you to safely handle a variety of drum types hands-free. This model comes with a safe working load (SWL) of 250kg which can be increased to 350kg if required.

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Key product features

Automatic drum catch

Automatic beak gripper attaches to an open-top steel and MAUSER drum.

Automatic drum catch

Made from from stainless steel plates and machined bushes our automatic drum gripper allows operators to connect the drum stacker to a variety of different drum types. The gripper will handle steel and plastic 100 to 220 litre drums providing they weigh more than 50kg; the drum must have some weight to force the gripper to close (won't grip empty drums).


To use the gripper the operator simply raises the catch up until it is level with the top rim of the drum, they then push the unit forwards so the top hook goes over the edge of the drum, the unit's black handle is then pumped to raise the gripper which simultaneously closes the jaws over the lip of the drum. The operator keeps pumping the handle until the drum is at the desired height.

Drum stacking

Counterbalance drum stacker stacks drums on top of other drums.

Drum stacking

The drum stacker is fitted with a chain lift system which offers up to 1080mm clearance beneath the drum. This amount of lift height is useful for stacking drums and barrels vertically on top of one another or for loading drums onto tall platforms or pallets. 


The automatic catch design means that the operator does not need to reach forward and touch the gripper. The unit can be used to handle drums where the drum itself is out of reach of the operator. The drum is secured and released using the drum weight alone to apply the gripping pressure. 


We also offer a standard height Counterbalance Drum Lifter for moving drums on and off pallets at low level. 

Rear-wheel steering

Operator lifts drum off a raised platform using the rear wheel steering.

Rear-wheel steering

This unit has rear-wheel tiller steering, the benefit of this is that the unit has a tight-turning circle which is useful if you’re using the drum stacker in a confined space. The rear park brake can be applied to keep the unit static when not in use.


We use high-quality polyurethane wheels to ensure a low rolling resistance. Precision bearings offer premium wheel performance in harsh work environments.  We recommend using the unit on flat and level ground to get the best out of the equipment.

Manual hydraulic pump

Manual hydraulic hand pump lifts drums to height.

Manual hydraulic pump

Our engineers assemble our hydraulic pump assemblies by hand in our UK factory to ensure that each hydraulic system is clean, reliable and safe. During the manufacturing process, our team tests and inspects every pump to ensure they work smoothly and effectively.


To lift a drum operators pump the drum stacker's handle back and forth which raises the height of the ram rod which then lifts the drum. The pump has been designed to be ergonomic so that the amount of force required to lift a drum is low and meets all manual handling guidelines. 

Drum suitability

A selection of drums that can be handled by the counterbalance drum stacker

Drum suitability

This unit is suitable for lifting steel, plastic and fibreboard drums of between 100 to 220 litres in volume. The drum must have a minimum weight of 50kg to activate the automatic gripper. Empty drums cannot be lifted with this machine as weight is required to activate the gripping mechanism. 

ATEX-certified model for Zone 1, 2, 21 and 22 (optional)

ATEX drum stacker suitable for use in zoned areas lifts a drum to full height.

ATEX-certified model for Zone 1, 2, 21 and 22 (optional)

Certain organisations require the use of zoned equipment for use in explosive/hazardous atmospheres. We provide fully-certified ATEX drum stackers for use in these areas. 


Our DTP08-R1260-Ex Counterbalance Drum Stacker is suitable for gas and dust classified spaces: Zone 1, 2, 21 and 22. The drum a stacker is manufactured to ensure electrical continuity, a path to ground is always present. All our ATEX drum lifters are supplied with a EU Declaration of Conformity. 

Specification

DTP08-250kg-R1260 Counterbalance Drum Stacker

  • Safe working load (SWL)

    250kg

  • Pallet approach

    Approaches any flat side of a pallet, no legs in front of the lifter

  • Drum compatibility

    Steel, plastic and fibreboard drums, 100-220 litres (incl. MAUSER drums)

  • Drum gripping catch

    Automatic drum gripper suitable for use with different drum lips, catch is also height adjustable

  • Lift stroke

    1260mm

  • Under-drum clearance

    1080mm

  • Lifting system

    Hydraulic 13cc hand-operated pump with lowering valve; pump lifts a hydraulic ram which raises a carriage via a zinc-coated lift chain

  • Guarding

    Shatterproof clear polycarbonate

  • Metal preparation

    Grit blasted mild steel, aqua blasted stainless steel part

  • Surface finish

    Primer and polyester powder coated mild steel, stainless steel is smooth and clean

  • Unit colour

    RAL 5010 (blue)

  • Front wheel type

    Fixed 160mm, precision bearings

  • Front wheel material

    Aluminium centred, polyurethane tyre

  • Rear wheel type

    Outrigger 100mm castors and rear 160mm steerable wheel both with precision bearings

  • Rear wheel material

    Aluminium centred, polyurethane tyre

  • Compliance

    EC Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

DTP08-250kg-R1260-Ex ATEX Counterbalance Drum Stacker

  • Safe working load (SWL)

    250kg

  • Pallet approach

    Approaches any flat side of a pallet, no legs in front of the lifter

  • Drum compatibility

    Steel, plastic and fibreboard drums, 100-220 litres (incl. MAUSER drums)

  • Drum gripping catch

    Automatic drum gripper suitable for use with different drum lips, catch is also height adjustable

  • Lift stroke

    1260mm

  • Under-drum clearance

    1080mm 

  • Lifting system

    Hydraulic 13cc hand-operated pump with lowering valve; pump lifts a hydraulic ram which raises a carriage via a zinc-coated lift chain

  • Guarding

    Anti-static shatterproof clear polycarbonate

  • Metal preparation

    Grit blasted mild steel, aqua blasted stainless steel parts

  • Surface finish

    Primer and polyester powder coated mild steel, stainless steel is smooth and clean

  • Unit colour

    RAL 5010 (blue)

  • Front wheel type

    Fixed 160mm, precision bearings

  • Front wheel material

    Aluminium centred, polyurethane electrically conductive tyres

  • Rear wheel type

    Outrigger 100mm castors and rear 160mm steerable wheel both with precision bearings

  • Rear wheel material

    Aluminium centred, polyurethane electrically conductive tyres

  • Compliance

    EC Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

    ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU

    Zones 1, 2, 21 and 22 CE Ex II 2 G D

Optional features

ATEX option

We can supply you with an ATEX version of this model, suitable for use in ATEX Zone 1 environments and certified to ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU.

Stainless-steel model

We offer 304-grade stainless steel drum stackers, suitable for clean rooms as well as good manufacturing practice (GMP) areas.

Power-drive system

When moving drums over long distances you may need power drive. Our electric power-drive tiller steering offers effortless control.

Increased SWL

We can offer this model with an increased SWL of 350kg. The 350kg-SWL model functions in exactly the same way as the regular model but is simply 230mm longer.

Sale or return

In the UK we can supply certain equipment on a sale-or-return basis, meaning you can use a unit on-site for seven days with no obligation to buy it once the trial period is up. Find out more here.

Counterbalance Drum Stacker (DTP08-250kg-R1260)
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Technical specification

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Instruction manual

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