Drum pumps are used to remove or transfer liquid product from drums and barrels. The pumps are mounted on the upper opening of the drum, and often have handles or cranks. The pump you need depends on the type of drums you use, as well as the product inside the container.
Hand-Operated Drum Pumps
One of the main types of pumps is a hand-operated (manual) pump which comes in several profiles. Manual lift action drum pumps are popular for use with drums containing soaps, liquid fossil fuels, and automotive fluids. Choose acid pumps for transferring corrosive fluids like sulfuric acid. Acid pumps prevent workers from having to tip drums to remove acids that are hazardous if spilled. Chemical drum pumps are designed to suit just about any drum or barrel. Chemical-resistant siphon pumps are constructed from versatile PVC and are rust and corrosion resistant. Cast iron rotary pumps stand up to steady use, and are self-priming.
Pump materials, including HDPE, PVC, and cast iron, vary to handle a broad range of caustic, non-caustic, and sanitary liquids.
Benefits of Using Drum Pumps
Drum pumps make transferring fluids to other containers fast and efficient. Pump bulk oil, antifreeze, coolant, and other automotive fluids quickly from overpack and salvage drums. Since there are differences between most manual pumps, you can customize pumps to various fluids and containers. Ordering drum pumps in bulk ensures you always have the correct pump on hand for your product. Pumps are a valuable part of any stock of drum and barrel accessories.
Choosing a Pump
Before choosing a drum pump, consider the consistency of your product, type of container or drum, and how frequently you will be using the drum pump. Low-to-medium volume products that require drainage less often are best suited for hand-operated pumps. Though there are some high-volume products that are suitable for manual pumps, it's best to check specifications before ordering.