Universal Drum Rotator (Electric)

STE01-DRU01

The electric-lift Universal Drum Rotator has become the backbone of our product range. The STE01 has maintenance-free onboard batteries along with a built-in automatic battery charger. The unit is self contained and mobile making it great for large production facilities. As with all STS products we offer many different options and customisable features to suit your exact requirements.

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The side view of the drum rotator with the drum in the raised position An operator using drum lifting equipment to secure a drum into the drum rotator An operator using drum lifting equipment to raise a drum overhead An operator using drum lifting equipment to tilt a drum towards him The side view of the drum lifting equipment with the drum in the tilted position

STE01-DRU01

The electric-lift Universal Drum Rotator has become the backbone of our product range. The STE01 has maintenance-free onboard batteries along with a built-in automatic battery charger. The unit is self contained and mobile making it great for large production facilities. As with all STS products we offer many different options and customisable features to suit your exact requirements.

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Key product features

Fully compliant lift circuits

The control panel of the Universal Drum Rotator

Fully compliant lift circuits

Our qualified electrical and mechanical engineers install the lift circuits and ensure they’re fully compliant. We also install mandatory safety features and emergency stops on all of our products to keep you and your operators safe. A battery gauge informs operators when the unit is ready to be charged.

Universal drum band

The stainless steel band which secures the drum into the drum lifting equipment

Universal drum band

The STS drum band is unique in the drum-handling industry. Made from stainless steel, this adjustable band helps you handle drums from as small as 50 litres, right up to 220 litres, whether steel, plastic or fibre. Simply adjust the variable band to the drum size and secure the drum with the ratchet and polyester strap.


For applications where only 200- to 220-litre steel and plastic drums are being handled, we can supply a fixed over-centre drum band. The band is rubber lined and very simple to use.

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Rim-clamp securing system

The rim clamp detail on the STS drum rotator

Rim-clamp securing system

The drum rotator comes with a rim-locking device, which attaches to the lip of the drum to add a second security measure. This allows the Universal Drum Rotator to handle a vast range of drums safely, some of which cannot be handled by other equipment on the market.

Self-locking gearbox

The self-locking gearbox on the STS Universal Drum Rotator

Self-locking gearbox

We build all our drum rotator models to include a high-quality self-locking rotational gearbox. This makes sure that when you’re using the equipment drums always remain under control and never self-rotate. The base model is operated by hand but we can also provide options with power rotation.

Controllable rear-wheel steering

A front view of the Universal Drum Rotator

Controllable rear-wheel steering

Ackermann rear-wheel steering gives you maximum directional control when tipping drums into your process. The wheels are 160mm in diameter and contain two rubber-sealed (RS) precision bearings, and we fit park brakes on all models. We can also provide you with custom leg configurations should you need them.

Drum rotator suitability

Varying sizes of drums that can be accommodated by the STS Universal Drum Rotator

Drum rotator suitability

Our Universal Drum Rotator is suitable with a wide range of drum types, sizes and materials. For a list of compatible drum types, see the drum suitability document by clicking the button below.

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Optional features

Stainless-steel

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

Powered drum clamp

Improve efficiency using hydraulic powered clamping arms. Our unique flexible pads can clamp drums from 50- to 220-litres.

Powered drum rotation

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

Power-drive system

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

Telescopic/variable lift height

Single- and dual-mast models are available, depending on the lift height required. Single masts offer around 1500mm lift whereas telescopic masts offer 2700mm.

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 for quantity-sensitive processes.

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 (Electric) for details such as weight, dimensions and load capacity.

Instruction manual

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