The basic categories for drum handling equipment are dollies, cradles, lifters, carriers, and dumpers. For drum storage there are racks, cradle systems, and drum pallets. Drum dollies can be in a style very much like standard dollies, but designed to hold the round shape of drums. Although there are some variations of these dollies most function in a similar manor. Other styles of dollies can be round or oval carts that are pulled by a handle. The drum sits in the drum dolly in an upright position, and come in single and two drum models. Similar to this style of dolly is a drum cradle. The drum cradle looks somewhat like a wheel barrow without the bucket. The drum sits horizontal on the cradle then it is lifted and pushed by the handles. The drum cradles are a great option if you want to be able to pour from the drum as well as move it with one piece of equipment.
Drum lifters and drum carriers come in many different designs to fit specific needs of the user. There are simple lifters that have clamps that hook onto the top or sides of a drum then lifted with a forklift or hoist. There are some of these style lifters that are designed to be able to dump the drum while lifted as well. There is drum handling equipment designed specifically for use with a forklift. These style drum lifters usually lift the drum in one of two fashions. One works like a clamp, when the forklift drives up and places the drum between the lifter clamps they grab the drum to be moved. Another style has a clamp that grabs the top of the drum lid and a support at the bottom to keep the drum upright. Other drum lifters work similar to a pallet truck, except instead of forks it is made with a drum clamp for moving the drums. There are drum lifters that are designed to be used by one person to make the job of lifting moving and dumping the drum contents easy for just one worker.