Drum Pumps

Move hazardous liquids safely with a chemical drum pump

Drum pumps are specially designed to extract fluids from barrels and safely dispose of them. While they are often used for getting rid of hazardous industrial wastes such as solvents, acids and basic liquids, they are also used in the dairy, petroleum and sanitary maintenance industries as powerful solutions for waste management needs.

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Steel drum pumps are available in two basic configurations: hand drum pumps and power-assisted drum pumps. Hand drum pumps are manual, while power-assisted models may use electricity, gasoline or pneumatics for their energy source. Pneumatic machines are usually referred to as air-operated drum pumps.

How Drum Pumps Work

All drum pumps, regardless of the fluids they're intended for use with, operate using the same working principles. They feature double-action, self-priming pistons, meaning they generate kinetic energy both on the forward stroke and the back stroke, using suction to draw fluid out of the barrel and discharging it through an output head into a disposal storage container.

Drum pumps vary only in the type of material their storage tanks and working parts are made from. You need to be careful when selecting a drum pump, as some models are made of materials that are not intended to be in contact with harsh chemicals. If you need to clear acidic, basic, solvent or hazardous waste, you'll need a specially designed chemical drum pump made from heavy-duty polymers and corrosion-resistant materials.

As a general rule of thumb, trust polyester drum pumps to remove oil, petroleum, alcohols and certain naphthas and aromatics. Ryton drum pumps, on the other hand, are for use with harsher chemicals such as chlorine, solvents, acids, xylene, aromatics, caustic chemicals, ketones and acetates.

A safety note to keep in mind: always wear work gloves, safety glasses and a face mask when you're working with potentially harmful chemicals. These simple safety accessories could prevent serious injury. In addition, never attempt to drain a drum filled with a hazardous chemical unless you have received thorough instruction in the proper use of the necessary drum pump. An accident could have serious repercussions for you, your business and the environment around you.