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Drum Mover

Rheo Drum Movers allow for the lifting and transportation of heavy fiber, plastic, or stainless steel drums anywhere within a manufacturing facility. There are various attachments (shown below) that can be easily interchanged.

Drum Mover

See the Rheo Drum Mover in action in this video!

Video screenshot of Rheo Drum Mover in action

Common Specifications

Load Capacity 550 lbs [250 kg]
Material of Construction 304 stainless steel
Surface Finish Product Contact Area: 25 µin [0.64 µm] Ra with ground and polished welds
Non-Product Contact Area: 35 µin [0.89 µm] Ra with smooth welds as laid
Utility 24 VDC Battery (includes 120 VAC, 15 A charger)
Pneumatic Utility Option Available
Controls momentary push button controls mounted to machine
Hazardous Rating configurable for use in Hazardous Locations: Class I Divisions 1 and 2 [ATEX Zones 1 and 2] or Class II Divisions 1 and 2 [ATEX Zones 21 and 22]

Drum Mover with Chime Gripper

Clamp uses the drum weight to securely tighten against the drum chime.

Rheo Drum Mover comes with ergonomic handle design


The ergonomically positioned handles and thumb controls make the Drum Mover easy and intuitive to operate. Larger front wheels enable the Drum Mover to be moved with less force, while small rear wheels allow for better maneuverability. Drums can be lifted directly off a pallet side or corner without the operator having to move or reposition the drums.


The Rheo Drum Mover has easy roll casters and a small footprint design making it easy to navigate. Because the Drum Mover is battery powered with the battery charger housed within the Drum Mover enclosure, it can be operated anywhere in the manufacturing facility.

Drum Mover makes material handling simple

The Rheo Drum Mover is safe for use anywhere in manufacturing facility

Electric Power

The Drum Mover is powered by a sealed absorbed glass mat battery. One charge can provide more than 100 lifting cycles. All electric components are housed in an IP66 rated housing.

Operator Centric Design

The Drum Mover is designed for maximum operator convenience. To pick up and move a drum, the operator has his or her hands on the transport handles at all times. Dual controls are in easy reach of the operator’s thumbs while they are still holding the transport handles of the Drum Mover.

Drum Mover controls designed for operator convenience by Rheo

The Drum Mover uses a Pneumatic Power Supply so it can be used anywhere

Pneumatic Power Supply

Using compressed air allows the Drum Mover to be used in any environment and requires virtually no maintenance.

All Rheo equipment is designed to be fully cleanable without leaking or collecting water


The entire Drum Mover can be washed down without worrying about causing harm to any electric components. Flat surfaces have been minimized to aid in the cleaning process

Surface Finish

Rheo offers several different Surface Finish options to fit your application needs.

Visit our GMP Compliance page to learn more.

Rheo offers multiple surface finished for GMP compliance. See the options side by side.