Drum Handling

Drum Lifter - Single Clamp

Designed for standard 205 litre steel drums, the fully automatic clamping action enables safe and precise placement of drums without the operator having to leave the Drivers seat. The Support Arms are adjustable to ensure secure clamping.

The drum is gripped by pushing the arms against the drum centre and driving forward with the Forklift. The arms will engage around the drum and lock under the rolling hoop when raised. The heavier the load, the tighter the grip becomes. To release the drum, simply lower thedrum onto ground level and reverse the Forklift.  The finish on the Drum Lifter is Zinc Plated steel.

  • Fully automatic clamping action enables safe and precise placement of drums
  • Simply push the arms against drum centre and drive forward. 
  • Arms will engage around the drum and lock 
  • Heavier the load, the tighter the grip
  • To release lower down and drive backwards
Type SDL1
Capacity 500kg
No. of Drums 1
Pocket Centres 300
Pocket Size 190x90
Unit Weight 65kg

All above measurements are in (mm)

Drum Lifter - Single/Dual Grab Beak

Drum handling made easy. A good field of vision allows the operator to continually observe the drum being handled. The operator does not leave the drivers seat. The unique Grab Beak design provides a high clamping force, even when travelling over uneven ground. With few moving parts this attachment requires no down time for repairs. These Lifters are suitable for standard 205 litre steel or plastic drums.

The Optimum BGN-1 has been designed to lift a single drum while the type BGN-2 has been designed to lift 2 drums side by side or a single drum by either Grab Beak mechanism. A contoured rest acts at a point low enough down the drum to prevent damage to the drum and its labelling.
  • Allows the operator to continually observe the drums being handled without leaving the Driver’s seat
  • Unique beak design provides a high clamping force
  • Two options: Single/Dual Drum
  • Designed to lift 2 drums side by side or a single drum by either Grab Beak mechanism
  • Eequires no down time for repairs 
  • Suitable for standard 205 litre steel or plastic drums.
  • Zinc Plated Finish
Type BGN1 BGN2
Capacity 1000kg 1500kg
No. of Drums 1 2
Pocket Centres 250 600
Pocket Size 185x60 185x60
Load Centre 1210 1250
Unit Weight 72kg 95kg

All above measurements are in (mm)

Drum Lifter – Single Chain Strap

The Optimum DL1000 Drum Lifter would be considered the safest Drum Lifter available. This unit ensures 205 litre steel Drums are moved with 100% security. The Drum is quickly clamped into the support via the dual Chain Belly Strap & eccentric lock. A further safety catch prevents accidental release.
  • Safest drum lifter available
  • Ensures 205L steel drums are moved with 100% security
  • Drum is quickly clamped via eccentric lock 
  • Safety catch prevents accidental release
Type DL1000
Capacity 1000kg
No. of Drums 1
Pocket Centres 335
Pocket Size 165x65
Load Centre 1160
Unit Weight 60kg

All above measurements are in (mm)

Drum Rotator - Cord Operated

The Optimum DC-T Cord Operated Drum Rotator is designed for fast and economical solution to emptying 205L drums. To release the drum the operator pulls the draw chord from the drivers seat. This unit is ideal for scrap and waste products.

A Belly Strap with an over-centre catch holds the Drum firmly in position. To release the drum the Operator pulls the draw chord from the driver’s seat.

  • Cord Operated Drum Rotator 
  • Emptys 205L drums
  • Operator pulls the draw chord from the drivers seat 
  • Sturdy Belly Strap with an over-centre catch holds the Drum firmly in position
  • Release by pulling the draw chord 
Type DC-T
Capacity 500kg
No. of Drums 1
Rotation 180° 
Pocket Centres 825
Pocket Size 185x65
Load Centre 1000
Unit Weight 85kg

All above measurements are in (mm)

Drum Rotator - Chain

The Optimum DR-NC Drum Rotator is designed to lift and rotate 205 litre Drums forward through 360° above the chest height of the Operator. A Hand Chain is used to rotate the Drum via a Gearbox for controlled rotation.

A Chain Belly Strap with an eccentric lock holds the Drum firmly in position. This slip-on attachment requires only the connection of a safety chain to the Forklift. The standard finish of this unit is Hot Dip galvanised.

  • Forward tipping
  • Hand chain operation to allow drum rotation of drums up to 3m above ground
    Minimum effort required for roation
  • Automatic braking of drum during rotation
  • Large Gearbox to increase product life


Available in Handle operated and side tipping models.
Type DR-NC
Capacity 400kg
No. of Drums 1
Pocket Centres 840
Pocket Size 185x65
Load Centre 940
Unit Weight 90kg

All above measurements are in (mm)

Hydraulic Drum Rotator - Chain Belly Strap

The Optimum DC-R2 Hydraulic Drum Rotator is designed to lift and rotate 205 litre Drums. A Chain Belly Strap with an eccentric lock holds the Drum firmly in position. Rotation is provided by the Forklift
hydraulics and controlled by the 3rd function lever.

This unit is designed with a heavy lift capacity. The standard finish is painted enamel.

  • Lift and rotate 205 litre drums
  • Belly Strap holds the drum firmly in position
  • Rotation is provided by the Forklift hydraulics
  • Heavy lift capacity
  • Enamel  finish 
Type DC-R2
Capacity 1000kg
Rotation 130° 
Pocket Centres 874
Pocket Size 185x65
Load Centre 1050
Unit Weight 135kg

All above measurements are in (mm)

Hydraulic Drum Rotator - Grab

The Optimum DC-GR2 Hydraulic Drum Rotator is a heavy duty 205 litre drum lifter with hydraulic grab & 130 degree rotation ability. With 1 tonne lift capacity, this attachment is ideal for the recycling industry and for mining applications. This lifter is able to pick a single drum from a pallet of 4 without disturbing the other 3 drums. Unit is fitted with quick connect couplings for connection to the 3rd and 4th Forklift hydraulic valves. Standard finish is enamel painted.
  • Heavy duty 205 litre drum lifter with hydraulic grab 
  • 130 degree rotation ability
  • 1 tonne lift capacity
  • Ability to pick a single drum from a pallet of 4 without disturbing the other 3 drums
  • Enamel painted finish
Type DC-GR2
Capacity 1000kg
Rotation 130° 
Pocket Centres 874
Pocket Size 185x65
Load Centre 1307.5
Unit Weight 175kg

All above measurements are in (mm)

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