Power Drive Drum Rotator

STE05 / STP05-DRU01-Ex

Make light work of tipping and transporting heavy drums. Two power options are available: electric hydraulic which utilises on-board batteries, or a pneumatic-hydraulic model which can be certified for ATEX areas. Our rotators can be fitted with either our universal drum band or alternatively a power clamp and rotation head assembly; both heads can be configured to handle drums and barrels from 50 to 220 litres.

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Power drive drum tipper decanting a 200 litre drum Operator uses a powered drum tipper to lift a 200 litre steel drum Operator uses the tiller on a power drive drum tipper to lift a drum into the vertical position

STE05 / STP05-DRU01-Ex

Make light work of tipping and transporting heavy drums. Two power options are available: electric hydraulic which utilises on-board batteries, or a pneumatic-hydraulic model which can be certified for ATEX areas. Our rotators can be fitted with either our universal drum band or alternatively a power clamp and rotation head assembly; both heads can be configured to handle drums and barrels from 50 to 220 litres.

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Key product features

Power drive

Powerdrive on a a drum tipper suitable for 50-220 litre barrels

Power drive

Each power drive model is designed and manufactured in-house. Our engineering team sources only the highest quality components ensuring each unit is robust and requires minimal maintenance.


Electric - Comprised of a large battery bank and an electric motor this drive option is suitable for non-ATEX areas. An on-board battery charger is located within the control box, simply connect a mains power supply whenever the batteries are discharged to return the unit to a charged state.


Pneumatic - Operators connect an airline to the control box which powers a pneumatic-hydraulic circuit. The drive wheel is hydraulic powered similar to that of the lift function and can be certified for use in an ATEX area. Control hoses are located inside the steering tiller offering precise drive control during manoeuvring.

Tiller controls

Powered tiller on the back of a powerdrive drum tipper

Tiller controls

Our heavy duty drum tipper has a power drive system that can be 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.

Head assembly

Head assembly available on the power drive drum tipper

Head assembly

We can supply our tippers with a manual clamping band or powered clamping arms. The powered arms offer fast operation for busy time-critical processes. Banded head assemblies are reliable and can accommodate a wide range of drum sizes from 50 to 220 litres.

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Self-locking gearbox

Manual rotation on the power drive drum tipper

Self-locking gearbox

The universal drum band is fitted with a self-locking gearbox suitable for handling drums of up to 350kg. The final ratio on this gearbox is 120:1, this ensures the drum is easy to rotate and remains under control whilst tipping. Should power clamp be chosen rotation is controlled by two hydraulic rams located inside the clamping arms.

Drum rotator suitability

Image of the compatable drums for the manual drum tipper

Drum rotator suitability

The universal drum band is suitable for a variety of drum types, sizes and materials. For a list of compatible drum types please see are 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)

Power drive drum tipper suitable for ATEX zoned and Hazardous areas

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

As experts in the field we have assisted a variety of manufacturing sectors with their hazardous drum handling processes. Our power-drive pneumatic-hydraulic drum rotators can be supplied ATEX-compliant, suitable for use in Zone 1, 2, 21 and 22 environments.


Equipment is designed to ensure electrical continuity and that there is always a path to ground. All of our ATEX machinery is supplied with an EU Declaration of Conformity which states compliance with the ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU.

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

Upgrade to a fully-powered head assembly which includes power clamp and rotation, increasing output and efficiency levels.

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.

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.

Power Drive Universal Drum Tipper (Model: STE05-DRU01)
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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.