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Drum Trolley - Universal

DTC01

Explore the most adaptable oil drum trolley on the market. With our ergonomic design, this unit lets you move drums weighing up to 350kg easily, safely and comfortably. Our adjustable drum catch means you can use it with steel, plastic and fibreboard drums from 50 to 205 litre.

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Operator using a drum trolley to manoeuvre a 205 steel barrel. An operator moves a barrel using the plastic drum trolley. A steel drum is positioned in front of the drum trolley ready for loading. An operator has his foot on the foot level, ready to manipulate a drum onto the drum trolley. An operator uses the foot lever to load a drum onto the Drum Trolley An operator has fully loaded a barrel onto the drum trolley ready for transporting.

DTC01

Explore the most adaptable oil drum trolley on the market. With our ergonomic design, this unit lets you move drums weighing up to 350kg easily, safely and comfortably. Our adjustable drum catch means you can use it with steel, plastic and fibreboard drums from 50 to 205 litre.

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Key product features

Award-winning design

An operator moves a plastic MAUSER barrel with a drum trolley

Award-winning design

Using unique geometry, our innovative mechanism positions the wheels directly beneath the load. Whether you’re lifting a 50kg barrel or 350kg drum, input force is always below 20kg, making this one of the safest drum trolleys on the market. We won Tomorrow’s World Inventors of the Year in 2000, followed by the Product Innovation Award at the Safety Expo in 2001. Since then we’ve refined our design, and the DTC01 continues to lead the way in safe drum handling around the world. 

Fully adjustable rim catch

The adjustable rim catch on the STS Drum Trolley shown connected to a MAUSER drum and a tight-head steel drum

Fully adjustable rim catch

The gripping catch has vertical height adjustment and a range of hook positions, allowing you to connect to drums from 50 to 205 litre. Simply remove the pin from the catch, adjust the position of the top hook and replace the pin to fit your drum into the trolley. We often get asked if a seperate plastic drum trolley is available for MAUSER or L-Ring drums; this is the only unit required as the DTC01 is universal and can easily connect to steel, plastic and fibreboard drums.

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Sliding drum catch

Two Drum Trolleys, one holding a small drum the other holding a large drum (MAUSERS)

Sliding drum catch

Oil drums come in many different heights depending upon the style and volume. The DTC01 drum catch can be adjusted vertically by squeezing together two spring-loaded sections. This clever design is quick and easy to operate and provides maximum flexibility when moving drums and barrels of varying heights. Each catch is hand assembled and tested by our engineers in our drum trolley UK manufacturing plant.

Balanced load

A man moves a steel drum with the drum trolley

Balanced load

When you move the oil drum trolley into the deployed position, the wheels slide beneath the drum. By positioning the centre of gravity directly over the wheels, the unit provides ultimate stability and control when transporting drums. This design feature is unique to STS and was first developed back in 1999 in Cornwall, UK.


Manually moving heavy drums can lead to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) as detailed in our safety section. This workplace risk means that it is essential for companies to carry out detailed assessments of risks being undertaken by staff. The DTC01 has been proven to reduce the effort it takes to move drums and therefore reduces workplace injuries.

Stainless-steel construction

A stainless-steel drum trolley in the standing position.

Stainless-steel construction

We construct all of our Universal Drum Trolleys from corrosion-resistant stainless steel in the UK. Thousands of our trolleys are used across the manual handling industry, many exposed to harsh environments. By using the finest construction materials, we make sure that your unit lasts a long time and continues to perform as a premium product. Many of our original trolleys manufactured in 1999 are still in use today and have recieved no replacement parts.

Chemical-resistant wheels

A closeup of the high quality wheels fitted to the STS drum trolley

Chemical-resistant wheels

To make sure the trolley works well in all conditions, we use high-quality elasticated rubber wheels. We also use rubber-sealed (RS) precision bearings, to provide premium wheel performance in harsh environments. For you to get the most out of this unit we recommend using it on smooth surfaces.

Drum suitability

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

Drum suitability

Our Universal Drum Trolley can handle a wide range of drum types including 200 litre (45 gallon) drums. For a breakdown of the drums with which this product is compatible, please see the drum suitability document below. If the drums you use aren’t in the document, contact us and we'll give you guidance.

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

ATEX drum trolley with tight-head drum standing upright on the ground

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

We can provide a fully-certified ATEX drum trolley for use in hazardous work areas. Our DTC01-Ex is suitable for gas and dust classified spaces: Zone 1, 2, 21 and 22, where explosive or potentially explosive atmospheres exist. 


The trolley is manufactured to ensure electrical continuity, a path to ground is always present. We supply our ATEX equipment with a manufacturer’s EU Declaration of Conformity.

Optional features

ATEX option

We can provide our Universal Drum Trolley certified to ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU – suitable for use in an ATEX Zone 1 environment.

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.

Universal Drum Trolley for 50- to 205-Litre Steel and Plastic Drums (Model: DTC01)
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Technical specification

See the full technical specification for our Drum Trolley - Universal for details such as weight, dimensions and load capacity.

Instruction manual

View the instruction manual for our Drum Trolley - Universal, 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.

FAQs

Do you have a question for us? Take a look at our FAQ page for answers to common customer queries.