How do you lift 55 gallon drums full of oil?

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Jetto Funk's picture
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There is a place that has 6 55 gallon drums of oil and they want them gone, barrels and all. How do I lift that kind of weight?

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PITA way would be to get one empty barrel on a trailer, pump one barrelfull into it, then move new empty onto trailer, repeat 5X.

better yet, find a seriously HD moving dolly, strap it on, and move it like a fridge. you may need to rent a truck with a lift gate though.

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Transfer to 6 different barrels on a truck or trailer then take the empty barrels and either use them or sell them.

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lets see 7.5 lbs per gallon X 55 gallons =412.5 lbs then add the weight of the drum estimated 15 lbs =427.5 lbs. Moving them is tricky. make sure the lids are tight, You would need a lift gate, or what I use at work is a clamp that is made to fit around the lip of metal barrel and then I use a front end loader and hook the chain to it and lift them into a truck. If you have a lowboy trailer and a ramp you can buy a handtruck that is made to move 55 gallon drums. or just transfer the oil from the ground to a barrel in a truck or trailer. good luck

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newpig.com sells some barrel dolleys and such. How you go about transporting that kind of weight tho might be a better question unless you have a 3/4 tone truck your definantly going to have to make mutiple trips. I would not suggest trying to use a car of any type unless you use a trailer and try transporting 1 barrel at a time using the trailer.

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Guess I'll have to bust out the ol trash pump.
I can tote all 6 barrels in my truck without having to worry about the weight. Guess I'll have to bring an extra barrel with me to trasnfer grease back and forth. Damn trash pump is messy.

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I am guessing you have a 1 tone pickup because thats about how much weight your putting in the bed if you put all 6 full drums in the back.

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I work with 55 gallon drums all the time but I do
have a lift gate. I have however used a regular
hand truck and a not so steep ramp and pulled them into my trailer when my lift truck was being used. If you have a low trailer it is doable. The big issue is are the drums sealed with bungs or are they open . Lids and clamp rings work but unless they are gasketted lids, they will leak. If the drums have bungs and the screw in tops are on, they can easily be rolled up a ramp and into a truck. 2 guys rolling works.

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I also work with 55 gal. drums of WVO and use a $25 dolly from Harbor Freight and a 5x8 utilitly trailer with a ramp gate to load. It is a job, but look for side walks or other higher areas to lay the ramp and it will roll right on the trailer.
If you do not have the trailer, spend $35 for a uhaul and do it in one haul!

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I used to have a hydraulic lift gate that could handle 2 of these things full, now.... i dont... and i really miss it.

im goinig to try and get a school bus with a handicapped wheel chair lift, but we shall see.

other than that, i just pump out of one barrel on the ground into the barrel in the truck, and vice versa

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If your going to be transporting these alot, you may want to consider these products from harbor freight.

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You could have the whole set-up for $107(plus tax)

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i installed a crane in my 1/2 ton, & it lifts a full drum no problem! got it from harbor frieght!

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Umm... 100 helium balloons?

(just trying to think outside the box :-)

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I think it took the Mythbusters about 3,000 baloons to lift a 45 lb little girl, so then 427.5/45=9.5 - 9.5x3000= 28,500 so maybe 30,000 ballons...

now THAT'S outside the box ;)

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Or just one.

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jesus man your a sapper........ think outside the box...... or just blow it all to hell

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does that mean you have a rig now?

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No, same truck but I do have a purifcation system in the works along with a sucker...sucker
What's your deal? Get a new pump yet or are you gonna go with a sucka...sucka

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Most of the answers have been covered by others . I have switched to 35 gallon drums because they are much easier to handle on the ground.

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I move about 40 gallons once a week with a simple compound bucket as a scoop and 10-5 gallon compound buckets and lids (I only fill them up to 4 gallons because I find them too heavy full loaded. I know that time is important, but you could chip away at it and not kill yourself. Good luck.

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If you do not have a trailer or a lift gate, try this method:

1. Attach a strong rope or tow strap to you tie down in the front of the truck. (Make sure it is long - 20 feet or so).

2. Place a set of atv/lawnmower ramps on the tail gate

3. Stretch the rope out onto the ground between the ramps

4. Place a drum on their side (make sure the lids are sealed good) and on top of the rope. Pull the rope over the drum and back into the bed of the truck. You will use the rope like a winch.

5. Have 1 person the the bed of the truck pulling on the rope and 1 person on the ground to keep the drum straight on the ramps and to help push the barrel up the ramps.

6. Once it is in the truck, turn the drum upright.

It sounds hard, but with 2 guys, it is pretty easy.