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The Benefits of a Forklift Drum Handler

Without the right tools, forklift operators can spend a great deal of time preparing to lift and transport 30 gallon and 55 gallon drums. Rather than trying to balance unwieldy drums on forks or move them manually, a forklift drum handler can help your team work more efficiently.


Convenience for Forklift Operators

To get the most out of operators working a busy shift, you want them to stay at the controls of the forklift and let the machinery quickly take care of the heavy lifting. Drum handling equipment like the Vestil FMDL-1 gets the job done with single 30 gallon and 55 gallon drums (up to 1,000 pounds) without the forklift operator having to leave the controls.

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These drum handlers work with steel, plastic or fiber drums (open or closed head) as long as the lid is strong enough to support the contents’ weight. When moving over rough terrain, operators should use the included ratchet strap to secure the drum and make sure the transport is safe and successful. This level of convenience will keep your operation running smoothly.


Forklift Drum Handler – Two Drum

If you need to lift and transport two 30 gallon or 55 gallon drums at a time, the Vestil FMDL-2 does the same job with twice the capacity (2,000 pounds). All welded steel construction with powder coat finish provides durability and strength. Both the FMDL-1 and FMDL-2 drum handlers are OSHA compliant.


Adding a forklift drum handler to your work process will increase safety and efficiency. Forklift operators will save time and energy picking up, moving and releasing loads while ensuring safe operation throughout the process.


For further information or to place an order please contact Hof Equipment at 888-990-1150 or visit