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Stainless Steel Drum Handler (Counterbalance)

DPC01-R500-SS

This model is well suited to customers who wish to improve efficiency and eliminate the manual handling of drums; our powered drum lifter/handler allows operators to lift and move drums of up to 350kg with ease. The automatic beak gripper connects to a wide range of drum types, whilst a powered tiller at the rear makes for easy manoeuvring and precise placement of drums and barrels.

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Operator approaches pallet of drums with a stainless steel drum handler. Stainless steel drum lifter moves a full 200L plastic barrel at height. Stainless steel drum handler removes a drum from a wooden pallet. Operator moves clear from a wooden pallet Two stainless steel drum handlers hold 350kg 205 litre drums at height.

DPC01-R500-SS

This model is well suited to customers who wish to improve efficiency and eliminate the manual handling of drums; our powered drum lifter/handler allows operators to lift and move drums of up to 350kg with ease. The automatic beak gripper connects to a wide range of drum types, whilst a powered tiller at the rear makes for easy manoeuvring and precise placement of drums and barrels.

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Key product features

Automatic drum catch

Automatic gripper attached to a stainless steel and a plastic MAUSER drum.

Automatic drum catch

Manufactured from 304 grade stainless steel the automatic drum catch allows operators to connect the drum handler to a wide range of different drum types. The gripper handles steel and plastic 100 to 220 litre drums with weights ranging from 50 to 350kg; the drum must have some weight in it to force the gripper to close (won't grip empty drums).


The operator drives the unit towards the drum until the gripper makes contact, they then raise the catch up and it automatically clamps the top lip of the drum while simultaneously lifting the drum.

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Battery powered drive system

Stainless steel drum handler holding a stainless steel open top drum.

Battery powered drive system

Our battery powered drive system comprises of a two 180Ah batteries and a 1000W, 24V electric drive motor. The efficient electric drive motor is controlled using a rear tiller assembly which combines industry-standard controls as well as the drum lit and lower functions. 


An on-board smart battery charger is located within the control box, simply connect a mains power supply to the unit whenever the batteries are low to return the unit to a fully-charged state. Our powered drum lifters are designed, built and tested in our UK manufacturing facility.

Counterbalance design

Stainless steel drum lifter holds an open-top drum at height.

Counterbalance design

Counterbalance-style drum lifters are one of the most popular styles in the industry; with no legs in front of the lifter drums can be placed without difficulty on a range of different platforms including pallets, bunds, conveyors, machines and dollies. 


Our stainless steel counterbalance drum handler can be specified for different drum weights; for example if you handle very heavy 400kg drums we can supply a suitable unit with sufficient counterweight. All units we design are in conformance with relevant British Standards for stability to ensure only the safest equipment is supplied to our customers.

Tiller controls

Electric power drive system on the stainless steel drum handler.

Tiller controls

Our battery-operated drive system is controlled from the rear via a steerable tiller. When placing drums precision is important, the speed control is variable and is adjusted using the throttles on the tiller. An anti-trap switch protects operators during use and a built-in horn is fitted to warn personnel in the vicinity. The tiller controls are similar to that of a mobile stacker truck which means operators will find the controls very familiar.

Drum suitability

A range of six different drums and barrels which can be handled by the STS drum trolley.

Drum suitability

As with our other drum lifters, you can use this model with a wide variety of drum types and sizes, which is useful if you handle different types of drums in your plant. For details about the drums with which this product is compatible, please see the drum suitability document. If the drums you use are not shown in the specification please contact us and we can offer advice and guidance.

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Specification

DPC01-R500-SS Stainless Steel Drum Handler (Counterbalance)

  • Safe working load (SWL)

    350kg

  • Pallet straddle

    N/A

  • 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

    500mm

  • Under-drum clearance

    320mm

  • Lifting system

    Electric-hydraulic lift via hydraulic pump and ram arrangement

  • Guarding

    Shatterproof clear polycarbonate

  • Metal preparation

    Aqua blasted and vibro-polished stainless steel parts

  • Surface finish

    Smooth clean stainless steel finish

  • Front wheels

    Fixed 160mm castors with precision bearings, aluminium centred with polyurethane tyres

  • Rear wheel

    Electric power drive wheel, 24V, 1000W

  • Tiller drive control

    Rear tiller drive, includes lift control, emergency stop button and anti-trap protection button

  • On-board charger

    230V on-board smart battery charger with drive-disable function

  • Compliance

    EC Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

Optional features

Tall-lift model

We can provide this unit with a taller lifting ram (up to 760mm lift stroke), allowing you to place drums onto high containment bunds.

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.

Stainless Steel Powered Counterbalance Drum Lifter (Model: DPC01-R760-SS)
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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.

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.