Lifters for Handling Drums and Buckets

Safe Solutions for Moving Heavy Drums and Buckets

This is how to lift all kind of industrial drums in a safe way

Ergonomic ways to handle buckets and small drums 

Inspiration on how to handle jerrycans with different solutions

Lifters for Easy Transport and Precise Filling

During the manufacturing process, granulates, fluids or bulk materials often have to be transported from the warehouse to the production in buckets or small drums and then filled into other containers. Drums and buckets come in many sizes and are incredibly useful, able to lift, move and store a variety of materials, including hazardous substances. This makes drums and buckets fit for versatile applications, but also places high demands on the employees to handle them safely and precisely.

At Hovmand we offer customised solutions for companies that need to lift heavy drums and buckets. We have worked for many years to create the best material handling solution for companies. We can, therefore, guarantee that using our lifters for handling drums and buckets will not only create a more efficient workflow but also improve staff health, while creating more streamlined operations and leading to more efficient handling of your drums and buckets.

On this page, you can read more about the different situations in which drums and buckets are used, and the specific challenges they create. Maybe you can recognise your own lifting issues?

Grab, Lift and Rotate Drums

Drums come in a variety of heights, diameters and weights, but with the common denominator that they all need to be moved and emptied. Some drums have handles, but the vast majority are very challenging if not impossible to grab, lift and pour. To make matters worse, drums are made of various materials, including metal, plastic, cardboard and fiber, which further complicates the handling process. Overall, this sets high requirements for the equipment needed to handle drums.

To assist in the moving of drums, Hovmand has created a number of solutions that easily grab, lift and rotate drums. Our electric drum lifters safely pick up drums and precisely tilt them at varying speeds depending on your need. To ensure a firm grip of the drum no matter the weight, material or diameter, we have developed a wide selection of grippers, lifting column loads and chassis. In other words, we can design the perfect drum lifter to best suit your needs.

How to Empty a Plastic Bucket

In production and logistics, a lot of materials are delivered in plastic buckets. In some instances, the contents of the buckets need to be emptied into a tub or poured into a pot or a funnel. Sometimes the funnel in question may be situated unusually high or the buckets may contain harmful materials, making it important to handle the buckets with the utmost care.

When handling plastic buckets, we have a variety of solutions that can be suited to all types of buckets regardless of their size, design or weight. For smaller buckets, we recommend using a lifter with an attached platform, while buckets with handles are easily moved using a crane arm, which can be equipped with different slings, ropes or straps. Watch the middle video above to see our different solutions for grabbing, turning and emptying buckets.

Safely Decant Jerrycans

Chemicals, soap, beverages and much more are delivered in small and large jerrycans. The smaller jerrycans, weighing under 10 kg (~22 lb.), are usually manageable but as soon as the jerrycans get heavier, carrying, transporting and emptying them becomes a challenge. Not only does the weight put a strain on the body, but tilting and decanting jerrycans at different heights puts employees in unhealthy positions that call for the use of specialised tools.

With the right manual lifting equipment, a single employee can decant jerrycans safely and efficiently without endangering their health. At Hovmand, we have developed the mobile jerrycan refilling aid, which is a three-in-one solution for carrying, transporting and precisely refilling canisters into other containers. The jerrycan refilling aid is available in two versions: the cost-effective GO Jerrycan version with a volume of 15-25 litres as well as the canister refilling aid based on our Impact series.

Want to design your own lifter?

With our configurator, you can assemble your ideal lifter and explore our extensive selection of customisable options tailored to suit your specific needs.