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Choose the Right Pail and Drum Trucks

Choosing the Right Frame Style depends on how you will use and store the truck.

  • Two-wheel models: Good choice if only occasional use is required
  • Self-standing types: Easy to store
  • Four-wheel models: For all-day work because they take the load off the operator and the back wheels make pallet loading and unloading much easier

Steel and Aluminum Trucks: Strong, durable, economical, and ruggedly built

  • Aluminum trucks: Less weight than steel trucks, less effort to move
  • Non-sparking if you are working in flammable environments
  • Models available to handle loads up to 1,200 pounds

Chime Hooks: The usual method for catching the top rim of the drum

  • It can be tilted and transported on the truck
  • If your drums don’t have a top rim: Select a truck that secures the drum with a nylon belt

Tires: An important factor in your selection.

  • Molded rubber or polyolefin tires: Well suited to smooth concrete or wood floors and have a high load capacity
  • Pneumatic or semi-pneumatic tires: On rough or badly cracked concrete or gravel

Brakes: Available on higher end trucks and easily worth their additional cost

  • When moving a full drum down from the nose of a 53’ trailer, it can speed up and be difficult to slow down
  • Easy and safe speed control

Drainer Trucks: Hybrid trucks, which function not only as a drum truck but also as a drum cradle

  • Drain off fluid from your barrel into a bucket
  • To drain from your drum: You will need a drum faucet ranging in sizes from ¾” and 2” drum faucets