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  1. #1
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    Default Drum handler recomendations?

    I am looking into getting a drum handler and wanted to get some opinions. I currently have a barrel truck and move them from storage to bottling area. I want something that will lift and rotate. Any advice?

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    Default Re: Drum handler recomendations?

    Yes, a bobcat and a set of barrell grabbers that will lift and rotate. TED
    ALABAMA BEE COMPANY-A member of the Sioux Honey association -*Sweetening a golden tommorrow*

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    Default Re: Drum handler recomendations?

    Thanks Ted,
    I guess I needed to be a little more specific. My shop is a bit small for a bobcat or forklift inside. I am looking for some type of handler that will lift the drum and be pushed into location and then rotate for dispensing.

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    Default Re: Drum handler recomendations?

    I used to use a "cherry picker" such as you might use to pull an engine. With something like this hung on the end.
    http://www.globalindustrial.com/sear...ler+attachment
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

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    Default Re: Drum handler recomendations?

    Leer Family Honey Farm-Shannon Leer

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    Default Re: Drum handler recomendations?

    Look and see if "Tubar"? is still in business. They made a small walk behind 24 volt lift with outriders. a "squeezer", and the a rotator. I used one many years ago, and found it dependable.

    Crazy Roland

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    Default Re: Drum handler recomendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by Island Apiaries View Post
    Any advice?
    How much honey are you handling and how often? If you are using a barrel at a time, daily, then I can see why you need such a rig as one which will lift and dump. But, have you thought about buckets? Maybe you would be better off putting your honey up in buckets, so you can manually lift them and dump them. That's what I do w/ 28,000lbs annually.
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

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    Default Re: Drum handler recomendations?

    northern tool .com has a lot of different ones. also has drum racks etc.

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    Default Re: Drum handler recomendations?

    For our bottling drums, my husband built a stand from wood and is on 4 wheels. The barrel sits on it, and there is a hole in the platform for the ABS pipe and the honeygate. Easy to move when full. I have 5 drums each on their own stand. The wheels are rated for heavy weight and have lag bolts in to secure them so they will not fall out. I know cause i asked hubby one day. I was moving a drum and thought to myself, boy if the wheels gave out I would have a mess. Then I thought, wait! If the wheels gave out i would be in trouble. When the barrels are empty and i wash the drums, he inspects the carts for any wear and tear

    Cheap, easy to make and have lasted a long time

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    Default Re: Drum handler recomendations?

    Thanks everyone for all the great advice. I found one that will work perfectly in my very limited space. Hopefully a bigger shop is in my near future!

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