First, let’s talk about how to dump (or drain) anything from a few ounces to the whole 55 gallons, with a minimum of hassle…
Are your drums steel, plastic, or fiber?
Are they 55 or 30 gallon, or another size?
What do they weigh? Is it half-full?
Will you be using a forklift to handle the drum, an overhead lifter, or will you need a self-contained dumper?
Half Full Rating is an indication of capacity which is important to know before attempting to tilt/dump a drum. Partially-filled drums are unbalanced and bottom-heavy. The load can shift in a partially-filled drum, making it harder to tilt than a full drum.
Dumping by Tilting…When using our basic drum dumpers, our Model DB55, you need to manually tilt the drum and hold it at the proper angle. An easier alternative is to choose one of the deluxe models which use a gearbox to tilt the drum, making it much easier to precisely control and hold the dump angle. For example, our Model 195-115 dumper uses an AC motor, control box and 2-button pendant to control the angle. These features facilitate the dumping of drums in areas where the operator cannot be near the drum during draining.
Forklift-Mounted Dumpers are very versatile and economical, because the forklift is doing most of the work. The dumper slips onto the forks, and the drum cinches onto the dumper saddle. Our Model 285A Series dumpers give control to the driver. He simply installs a faucet, lifts the drum to whatever height he needs, and pulls the chain to rotate the drum through 360°. Now he can drain off just what he needs into a bucket or another drum. Or, he can bring the drum over to a mixing tank and dump the whole thing, all at once. The heavy duty versions of this dumper can handle 2,000 lb. loads.
Overhead Dumpers are below-hook devices that work with your chain hoist or crane. They use the same saddle or chain-cinch method of holding the drum, and are available in manual tilt and chain/gear-drive tilt as well as AC, battery, and air-powered tilt versions.
Self-Contained Dumpers are well suited to repetitive dumping tasks. They are available in both stationary and portable versions.
Points to Consider when Choosing the Right Dumper: You will be draining 55 gallons of expensive product, so taking chances is not advised. The dumper you choose is an investment in both productivity and job site safety. If you need assistance making a decision, call our Customer Service Experts.
BASCO has the best trained and most knowledgeable Customer Service Experts, and with over 65 years of experience in the drum business, we can help you get the equipment you need to get your job done right.
If you have questions or need assistance, we have a highly trained and courteous team of Customer Service Experts ready to help answer all your questions. Contact them at 1.800.776.3786, or email us here.
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