Universal Drum Rotator (Pneumatic)

STP01-DRU01-Ex

This drum tipper is pneumatic powered and can be certified for use in an ATEX area. The unit has been designed to be extremely versatile, it can lift and tip a variety of drum types and sizes. Numerous optional features are available to ensure the unit meets your full requirements; these include, among others, additional powered functions, telescopic lift and load-cell weighing systems.

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ATEX Pneumatic Drum tipper in the decanting position An operator using drum lifting equipment to secure a drum into the drum rotator on a 1200 square pallet An operator using the ATEX drum tipper to lift a drum into the vertical orientation An operator uses the ATEX Pneumatic Drum tipper to rotate a drum into the decanting position ATEX Pneumatic Drum tipper suitable for zoned areas tipping a 200 litre steel drum

STP01-DRU01-Ex

This drum tipper is pneumatic powered and can be certified for use in an ATEX area. The unit has been designed to be extremely versatile, it can lift and tip a variety of drum types and sizes. Numerous optional features are available to ensure the unit meets your full requirements; these include, among others, additional powered functions, telescopic lift and load-cell weighing systems.

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Key product features

Air-powered functions

Pneumatic ATEX Drum Tipper operation panel

Air-powered functions

With the pneumatic STP01, an airline connection powers a pneumatic-hydraulic pump, this supplies oil to the lifting system. The pneumatic system is very robust and requires little to no maintenance. We regularly supply units with additional air-powered functions such as power clamp, rotation and drive that improve production efficiencies.

Universal drum band

Image of the Stainless Steel Universal Drum band showing the modular system

Universal drum band

The universal drum band is modular by design and unique in the drum-handling world. Each hinged plate section adapts to the contours of any drum, this provides maximum contact between the band and the drum at all times.


Designed to be future proof, the diameter of the band can be adjusted in seconds to cater for different drum sizes, this allows operators to handle drums from 50 litres, right up to 220 litres, whether steel, plastic or fibre. We also supply a fixed-diameter over-centre drum band suitable for 200- to 220-litre steel and plastic drums.

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Rim-clamp securing system

Close up image of the stainless steel rim clamp on a tight head drum

Rim-clamp securing system

The drum tipper is provided with a rim-clamping device which connects to the upper lip of the drum. The rim-clamp prevents any drum slippage within the head assembly; this is particularly useful when handling high-density polyethylene (HDPE) drums which can often be slippery and as such difficult to handle.

Self-locking gearbox

Close up of the STS Self-locking gearbox on the Universal Drum Band

Self-locking gearbox

Offering maximum control and durability, each drum rotator model is fitted with a self-locking rotational gearbox. The final ratio of the gearbox assembly is 120:1 which makes the rotation handle easy to turn and prevents any self rotating of the drum. On the manual-rotation model, the gearbox handle can be folded away during transport to prevent it catching on obstructions.

Controllable rear-wheel steering

Image of the STS rear wheel steering assembly on the back on a ATEX-Pneumatic Drum Tipper

Controllable rear-wheel steering

Precise and responsive steering is paramount when handling drums of solvents or chemicals. Historically swivel castors have been used on stacker trucks, these generate a lot of resistance during turning and are better suited to lighter loads. The STS rear wheel steering assembly is controlled using a tiller reducing turning resistance and providing easy control of loads in excess of 350kg.

Drum suitability

A variety of drums that can used with the ATEX Universal Drum Tipper

Drum suitability

Our Universal Drum Rotator can handle a wide range of drum types and sizes, made from different material constructions. A drum range of between 50 and 220 litres can be handled within the adjustable band (350-610mm diameter). For a detailed list of compatible drums, see the drum suitability document by clicking the button below.

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ATEX-certified for gas and dust zones 1, 2, 21 and 22

Image of the the pneumatic-hydraulic drum rotator supplied ATEX-compliant, suitable for use in Zone 1, 2, 21 and 22 environments

ATEX-certified for gas and dust zones 1, 2, 21 and 22

ATEX drum handling equipment has been an integral part of STS for many years. Having assisted numerous companies which handle drums of flammable material, we understand different applications and can offer an ATEX drum handler to suit.


Our manual-hydraulic and pneumatic-hydraulic drum rotators can be supplied ATEX-compliant, suitable for use in Zone 1, 2, 21 and 22 environments. Each of our 'Ex' stackers are manufactured to ensure electrical continuity, a path to ground is always present. Each piece of equipment is supplied with a manufacturer’s EU Declaration of Conformity which states compliance with the ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU along with a range of British Standards.

Optional features

ATEX option

We can provide an ATEX-certified unit, suitable for use in a zoned environment and certified to ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU.

Stainless-steel model

We can offer a stainless steel drum rotator suitable for clean rooms as well as good manufacturing practice (GMP) areas.

Powered drum clamp

Increase output utilising hydraulic clamping arms. Using our unique flexible pads, operators can clamp drums from 50- to 220-litres.

Powered drum rotation

For high-volume pouring applications we offer hydraulic power rotation. You can control drum tipping from either the rear panel or the front of the machine.

Power-drive system

Our hydraulic power-drive system offers effortless control when moving drums over a long distance.

Telescopic/variable lift height

Single- and dual-mast models are available. Single mast units offer up to 1500mm of lift whereas telescopic units offer 2700mm.

Variable leg dimensions

We can modify leg dimensions to suit your existing equipment and infrastructure.

Fixed-size drum band

Our fixed over-centre drum band makes securing drums quick and easy. The fixed band is suitable for 200- to 220-litre steel and plastic drums.

Wireless load-cell weighing system

With our load-cell system you can weigh drums while you handle them. A digital read-out provides real-time weight information ideal for batch production.

Very small drum insert

We have designed an insert that allows you to lift small containers up to 50 litres in size.

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.

ATEX Pneumatic-Hydraulic Universal Drum Rotator (Model: STP01-DRU01-Ex)
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Technical specification

See the full technical specification for our Universal Drum Rotator (Pneumatic) for details such as weight, dimensions and load capacity.

Instruction manual

View the instruction manual for our Universal Drum Rotator (Pneumatic), which details how to safely operate and maintain the unit.

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 rotators

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