The BASCO Advisor Says...

Drum Grabbers Are Forklift Or Carriage-Mounted Attachments To Help You Move Drums Safely 

  1. Do you need forklift mounted or carriage-mounted? BASCO - Versa-Grip II™ Hydraulic Drum Gripper & Dumper - Powered

  2. Are you picking / grabbing the drum or are you loading / unloading it?

  3. What type and size drums do you have?

  4. Are your drums in a tight space?

How Grabbers with Curved Arms Work

For example, our most popular solution for loading and unloading drums, the all-mechanical Model SVG-253 slips right onto the forks of your forklift.

  • How do the curved arms work? They pivot on an angled bearing. As the arms touch the drum when you drive up, you slowly lower the forklift carriage.

  • The arms tilt up and the angled bearing makes them spread apart to get around (grab) the drum.

  • Next, as you lift the carriage, the arms come up against the drum's rolling hoop. The hoop wants to push the arms down, and the angled bearing makes them want to close.

  • The heavier the drum, the tighter the grip!

  • Releasing the drum is just as automatic: as the drum touches the floor, you keep lowering the carriage and back away.

Grabbing and Picking (Parrot Beak Grabbers)

  • A Drum Grabber won't work on drums packed tightly in a trailer (or on your warehouse floor) because there's no clearance between the drums for those curved arms to work. 

  • For those tight spots, you need a drum “picker," like our Model 288-2. It looks like a mechanical parrot’s beak.  It snatches the drum at the very top rim, so it works in close quarters with any rimmed drums- steel, plastic, or fiber.

  • BASCO - Wesco Value Drum Grabber

    It will even pick up different size drums at the same time!

  • Its massive forged jaw locks onto the drum and won't let go until the drum is solidly on the floor.

  • Another advantage of the "drum picker" style is that some models can be mounted directly to the carriage of the forklift. This is important if you're working in very close quarters where the extra length of fork-mount models would get in the way.

For maximum versatility, check out Model 9815 Ultra-Grip III™. Its battery operated and just slips onto the forks with no electric or hydraulic connections to the forklift. It works with steel, plastic, and fiber drums and gives the forklift operator complete control over grabbing, lifting, 360° rotation and 125° forward tilting, all without leaving his seat.

We offer a wide selection of Drum Grabbers and Pickers, one for every need and budget. But more than that, we'll help you make the right choices. BASCO has the best trained and most knowledgeable customer service experts, and with over 65 years of experience in the drum business, we'll help you "grab" or “pick" the equipment you need to get your job done right. When you need a Drum Grabber, get it Right ... get it from BASCO!

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.


How To Move Mountains of Drums

(yes, songs have been written about it)
Wrap Your Jaws around your drums, and hold them tight; 
or snag them from the top, if they’re all packed in tight.

Collins & Harlan, 1911