Universal Drum Rotator (Manual)

STM01-DRU01

A safe and easy way to lift and decant drums in the workplace. The manual-lift unit provides operators with an ergonomic drum handling solution for low-use applications. As well as the hand pump operated unit, we can supply electric- and pneumatic-lift models, ideal when decanting a large number of drums.

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Operator handling a 200 litre drum in decanting position Manual drum rotoator tipping a l-ring drum Manual drum rotator with a l-ring drum in vertical position

STM01-DRU01

A safe and easy way to lift and decant drums in the workplace. The manual-lift unit provides operators with an ergonomic drum handling solution for low-use applications. As well as the hand pump operated unit, we can supply electric- and pneumatic-lift models, ideal when decanting a large number of drums.

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Key product features

Manual hydraulic pump

Manual hydraulic pump for lifting drums and tipping

Manual hydraulic pump

The manual hand pump is affixed to the side of the stacker truck. To lift a drum operators simply pump the handle back and forth which raises the height of the ram rod. The pump has been designed so that the amount of force required to lift a drum is low and meets all manual handling guidelines.

Universal drum band

Manual drum clamp suitable for 50-200 litre drums

Universal drum band

The STS universal band assembly is modular and has been designed to adapt to the contours of any drum. The unique design maximises contact between the band and the drum offering a safe securing system.


Steel, plastic and fibreboard drums from 50 litres, right up to 220 litres can be handled within the universal band; as such the band is popular among companies using a range of different drums within their process. If your company only uses 200- to 220-litre steel and plastic drums, we can supply a fixed diameter over-centre drum band.

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Rim-clamp securing system

Rim clamp securing system to protect drum from slipping in the universal drum band

Rim-clamp securing system

Each drum rotator is supplied with a rim-clamp device which connects to the top lip of the drum. This second level of drum securing prevents any drum slippage within the head assembly; this is particularly useful when handling plastic drums which can often be hard to grip and therefore difficult to handle.

Self-locking gearbox

Manual gearbox enables drum to be tipped

Self-locking gearbox

Our universal and fixed band assemblies are always supplied with a self-locking rotational gearbox. To make it easy to rotate drums of up to 350kg in weight, the gearbox assembly has a final ratio of 120:1, this also prevents any self rotating of the drum. The gearbox handle can be folded away during transport to prevent it catching on obstructions.

Controllable rear-wheel steering

Image of the rear wheel ackerman steering with manual pump

Controllable rear-wheel steering

The rear wheel steering provides operators with precise and responsive control. Both rear wheels are steerable; traditionally swivel castors have been used on stacker trucks, these generate a lot of resistance during turning are not suited to heavy loads. The STS rear wheel steering assembly is controlled using a tiller, reducing drag and providing greater control.

Drum rotator suitability

Image of the compatable drums for the manual drum tipper

Drum rotator suitability

This manual drum tipper is compatible with a wide variety of drum types, sizes and materials. For a detailed list of 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 (optional)

ATEX manual drum tipper decanting a L-Ring Drum

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

Over the years we have worked with many clients, supplying them with ATEX drum handling equipment. We understand different processes and as such can make suggestions on how best to handle your flammable/explosive materials.


Each manual-hydraulic and pneumatic-hydraulic drum rotator can be supplied ATEX-rated, suitable for use in Zone 1, 2, 21 and 22 environments. Our 'Ex' units are manufactured to ensure electrical continuity and as such each piece of equipment is supplied with a manufacturer’s EU Declaration of Conformity; this states compliance with the ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU along with all relevant British Standards.

Optional features

ATEX option

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

Stainless-steel

We can offer each unit in stainless steel, suitable for clean rooms as well as good manufacturing practice (GMP) areas.

Variable leg dimensions

When machinery integration is critical we can modify leg dimensions to suit your facility.

Fixed-size drum band

If you’re only handling 200- to 220-litre steel and plastic drums, our fixed over-centre drum band makes securing drums quicker.

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

If you’re using this equipment for drums smaller than 50 litres, we can provide an insert that allows you to lift small containers with the universal drum band.

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.

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Technical specification

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

Instruction manual

View the instruction manual for our Universal Drum Rotator (Manual), 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

Tipping drums is an essential part of many industrial processes. Our drum rotators provide a safe way to lift and tip various drum types and sizes, and we can customise each rotator to suit your exact needs.