Choosing the Right Drum Lifter
A drum lifter can transport large, heavy drums in upright positions. Sometimes called drum
roll lifters or mobile automatic drum roll lifters, they can lift, tip, mix, empty and transport
drums. Drum lifters are excellent additions to any workplace that uses large drums. They
are good tools for lifting, moving and storing heavy drums. The drum lifter’s ergonomic
design can eliminate muscle, joint and back injuries while increasing a worker’s overall
Drum roll lifters are used in a wide variety of industries, including:
Mobile automatic drum roll lifters usually have a load attachment which can be easily
changed to fit and accommodate multiple purposes and needs. They can maximize
productivity by saving on the cost of moving stationary equipment and also help to avoid
disruptions to the overall manufacturing process.
Drum roll lifters not only maximize productivity, they also enhance the safety of your
workers, which is absolutely necessary. There are numerous benefits to employers who
provide their employees with the safest workplace possible. Employee safety reduces costs
related to injuries, increases productivity and boosts employee morale. The average cost of
a lost-time injury claim in Ontario through WSIB in 2007 was $98 000. You can’t afford to
have your employees working with hazardous, unsafe equipment. Drum lifters are proven to
be safe and cost effective.
Drum roll lifters ensure operator and equipment safety in a number of ways, by being:
• Explosion proof
• Adaptable to multi-shift operations
• Easy to operate in small and narrow spaces
In addition, most drum roll lifters have an adjustable overload protection and ergonomic
design to facilitate easy lifting, moving, handling and manipulation of loads of all sizes.
Drum lifters are usually constructed of solid steel. To use them, you simply lower the unit
onto the drum and as the lifter is elevated the positive gripping pads secure the drum.
When the drum is lowered to the ground the carriage drops down, automatically locking the
drum lifter in an open position so that it is ready for another drum, and so the process can
repeat. They can stack one drum vertically above another, tilt, hold and empty drums onto
vessels. Drum lifters are heavy duty and high load bearing.
When you are considering purchasing a drum roll lifter there are a number of factors to take
into consideration. You want to ensure that you are purchasing heavy duty, safety
equipment from a reliable supplier, distributor or manufacturer. A reliable supplier,
distributor or manufacturer will have the most up to date product specifications and
information and can help you choose the best equipment based on your industry, work
environment and needs. In addition, when purchasing a drum roll lifter you want to ensure
that you choose a product that will:
• Meet your weight specifications
• Be durable, strong and reliable
• Be easy to operate and maintain
• Be affordable
• Be safe to use and contain the most up to date safety features
Because drum roll lifters are available in a number if sizes and can be used for a number of
different jobs you want to ensure you are purchasing a drum lifter that is perfectly suited to
your needs so that your operators can work safely and efficiently.