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    Default DRUM GRABBER ISSUES

    I am having issues with my current drum grabber dropping drums.

    http://www.uline.com/BL_8165/Steel-Drum-Grabbers

    The url is to the style of drum grabber I own.

    I am wondering what I can do to keep it from dropping drums.

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    Default Re: DRUM GRABBER ISSUES

    Where are you picking the drum up at? At the top rib? I don't have a problem with mine dropping, but it can sure put allot of dents in a barrel

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    Default Re: DRUM GRABBER ISSUES

    yes at the top rib as shown in the url from uline. It's not an issue with jerking the drum or denting the drum or improperly grabbing the drum. It's an issue of once the drum is in the air the drum slips out of the grabber and hits the ground.

    I seldom dent drums picking them up when I move them.

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    Default Re: DRUM GRABBER ISSUES

    You need to build up the 3/4" shaft on each arm that makes contact with the fork attachment or weld on a small plate where the shaft makes contact. After allot of use the shaft wears down and the arms loose there grip.

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    Default Re: DRUM GRABBER ISSUES

    Busy Bee you talking about where I circled on the pic?

    DRUM GRABBER FAILURE.jpg

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    Default Re: DRUM GRABBER ISSUES

    I had that same issue. Replaced my grab with a gator grab. No dropped drums, esp. off the back of a semi . Will move any drum, with or without ribs.,over rough terrain with a skidsteer. More than worth the money
    Nick

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    Default Re: DRUM GRABBER ISSUES

    Thats my next answer Nick. I see Jerry bought one and watched him hammer away with drums bouncing and not coming off the forklift. I guess buying one is cheaper than losing a drum of honey.

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    Default Re: DRUM GRABBER ISSUES

    The manufacturer must of machined the hinge wrong. Can you modify (grind) to make for a tighter grip?
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
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    Default Re: DRUM GRABBER ISSUES

    The next drum grabber I buy is going to be a double.
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
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    Default Re: DRUM GRABBER ISSUES

    Yep that's it.

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    Default Re: DRUM GRABBER ISSUES

    Some barrels are thinner walled and the ribs are smaller. Those barrels will slip down with that style grabber.
    Leer Family Honey Farm-Shannon Leer

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    Default Re: DRUM GRABBER ISSUES

    I have one of those that I first purchased around 25 years ago. I love it. Once it grabs it never slips. Purchased a different make (sorry, I don't remember the brand names) about 5 years ago and after seeing more than one drum unexpectedly slip I decided it was so much scrap metal and haven't used it since.
    True enough, some lighter drums with less defined rings just don't work well with this sort of "grabber" but when in doubt I either leave it on the floor or lift it under the lid.
    "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 GRABBER ISSUES

    Grab the barrel just underneath the lid clamp?
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    Default Re: DRUM GRABBER ISSUES

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    Grab the barrel just underneath the lid clamp?
    Yeah, unless you have a real loose fitting ring it works just fine up there as you are actually locking on to the rolled steel top edge.
    "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 GRABBER ISSUES

    If you value your floor space, get a "Liftomatic" parrot beak. You can mount two in place of the forks, and shorten up the turning radius. We have used then since the late 70's. I used one like shown in the link once, never again.

    Crazy Roland

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    Default Re: DRUM GRABBER ISSUES

    Quote Originally Posted by jim lyon View Post
    Yeah, unless you have a real loose fitting ring it works just fine up there as you are actually locking on to the rolled steel top edge.
    It isn't ideal, but works alright w/ bolted rings. Probably not as much w/ the hinged kind of lid clamps. It does seem like something needs adjusting.
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    Default Re: DRUM GRABBER ISSUES

    Quote Originally Posted by BMAC View Post
    I am having issues with my current drum grabber dropping drums.
    Is it the drums, maybe? What kinds of drums are you dropping? All kinds? Or just those bright green ones?
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    Default Re: DRUM GRABBER ISSUES

    Its all types and quality of drums. I should have noted I am such a cheap skate I bought a 20 year old used grabber for next to nothing. Some folks call it frugal. Some folks have other colorful names, but I am straight up cheap.

    I think Busy Bee nailed it as I have noticed that area is fairly well worn and my amish neighbor needs more work from the english beekeeper.

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    Default Re: DRUM GRABBER ISSUES

    Quote Originally Posted by Roland View Post
    If you value your floor space, get a "Liftomatic" parrot beak. You can mount two in place of the forks, and shorten up the turning radius. We have used then since the late 70's. I used one like shown in the link once, never again.

    Crazy Roland
    This the same way gator grip works isn't it? Still not quite there yet, though like I said its cheaper to buy one than to lose an entire drum of honey to the ground.

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    Thumbs Up Re: DRUM GRABBER ISSUES

    The drum hander that you have is a very fine piece of engineering.
    Zilions of them in use, day after day across a wide spectrum of industries.
    One definition of perfection in engineering is a device that works perfectly, with NO adjustments.
    If you are dropping drums and operator error or smallish barrels are not the issue, your grabber needs repair.
    Here's the dirty little secret; the grabber CAN be adjusted tighter or looser by adding or removing material from a couple of surfaces.
    And that is all I will say.
    If you screw yours up don't lame it on me.
    You can test for correct fit by grabbing , lifting and testing the fit of an empty barrel.
    I have exactly ONE hive more than you.
    That makes my opinion beyond question.

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