Used Drum Manufacturers and Suppliers

IQS Directory provides an extensive list of used drum manufacturers and suppliers. Utilize our website to review and source used drum manufactures with our easy-to-use features which allow you to locate used drum companies that will design, engineer, and manufacture used drums for your exact specifications. Our request for quote forms make it easy to connect with leading used drum manufacturers. View company profiles, website links, locations, phone number, product videos, customer reviews, product specific news articles and other production information. We are a leading manufacturer directory who will connect you with the right manufacturers whether you are looking for used steel drums, used metal drums, or used fiber drums.

  • Cranbury, NJ 800-260-3786

    We have been a reliable supplier of used drums and drum services. We supply containers from 1 quart to 330 gallons in quantities from 1 to over 100,000. Our product holds petroleum, chemicals, paint food products, & more. There is no limit to the product quality manufactured through our family of companies. Contact us for more information.

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  • Venice, IL 800-366-5098

    Our Company is your single source for used drums. For over 65 years we have specialized in containers for environmental, hazardous waste, and material disposal. We pride ourselves in our knowledgeable customer service staff, timely deliveries, and wide range of in-stock items. All of us at Container Distributors, Inc. look forward to hearing from you.

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  • Chicago, IL 800-760-3786

    Our Company is your single source for used drums for more than 70 years. We pride ourselves on our knowledgeable customer service staff, timely deliveries, and wide range of in-stock items. We at Jakacki Bag & Barrel, Inc look forward to hearing from you.

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  • Evansville, IN 800-355-3786

    O’Bryan Barrel Company is committed to providing the best drum reconditioning, recycling and manufacturing services to our customers by offering quick & accurate solutions to the most complex situations. We distribute new and reconditioned containers, including steel drums, plastic drums, fiber drums, wooden drums, drum accessories & more, for a multitude of industrial applications. Eco-Friendly!

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  • Delaware, OH 740-549-6000

    The worldwide leader in industrial shipping container products offers a complete line of drums, including stainless steel drums, storage barrels, fibre drums, plastic drums and open head drums. Since 1877, Greif® has established 185 operating locations in over 40 countries.

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Low Cost Used Drum Solutions

Cost effective solutions should never be overlooked when searching for a product. A great way to save is by purchasing used products, whether refurbished, reconditioned or as is. Most times products will still have the same functionality as they did new. This is no exception to used drums. Used drums are valuable to a number of industries for many applications. Because of their robust design both plastic drums and steel drums are able to be reused many times. However, being used, when they are purchased their cost is significantly lower than if the drum was bought brand new.

The size, durability and materials that make up these used drums make them desirable for a number of reasons. Storage and shipping tend to be the mainstay for drums because their size is capable of holding a large amount of fluids or powders that will stay fresh and contained inside. On the other hand, many industries have turned to used drums to resell for alternative uses to storing or shipping goods. 55 gallon steel drums make great grills and smokers while plastic drums make terrific garden rain barrels or compost tumblers. By reusing the drums, this not only is sustainable, but also creating jobs and markets that were not available prior.

The key is to make sure that the barrel manufacturers have reconditioned them or have never been used with hazardous material. If the used drum has had hazardous material inside prior to the purchase dispose of it properly. Moving forward, look for opportunities to buy more used and cost effective products like used 55 gallon drums.

Used Drums

Used drums are drums that have been previously used for storage and transport applications. The two main types of used drums are reconditioned drums and remanufactured drums. Reconditioned drums can be either plastic or steel drums that have undergone the reconditioning process to ensure optimum repeat use. Whereas in drum reconditioning, the drum is not often altered with new materials or parts (except for the lid), remanufactured drums must undergo a much more intense process, changing many aspects of the old drum.

More cost-effective than newly manufactured drums, used drums are utilized in wide-spread industries such as: industrial manufacturing, for storage and transport of various chemicals required for machinery and manufacturing processes; automotive and aerospace contracts manufacturers, for material handling of oils and other chemicals required for proper maintenance and functioning of vehicles; medical and pharmaceutical, for material handling of potentially hazardous materials; and food and beverage, for proper sanitary handling of food and liquids of various viscosities. Used drums are still held to stringent material handling standards, especially by United Nations (UN) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), for quality assurance.

In order for a drum to be re-used, it must undergo inspections to ensure that it will be safe for repeat use after either reconditioning or remanufacturing processes. Once the drums have been approved, they may undergo one of these two processes for re-use. For reconditioning, there are five main steps. The first step is to hire a leak tester for testing leaks, which is a visual and technical test to ensure that the drum will not leak. The next step is dent removal, after a visual and technical inspection to ensure a seamless, hopefully flawless, reconditioned drum. After these two tests, the next step is to remove any coating from the drum through chemical and non-chemical measures. After the coating removal follows an inspection and re-fitting of all drum closures, such as the lid and non-integral gaskets. The last step is re-painting and marking of the drum for use. An additional step may be included for steel drums, referred to as chime straightening. For the remanufacturing process, there are four different types of remanufacturing mainly used. The first type is conversion of a UN 1A1 drum to a UN 1A2 drum. The second type involves the replacement of an integral structural component. The third type requires the manufacturing of one or more new rolling hoops for the drum. The fourth type is fairly broad, and involves the conversion of drums from one specification to a different specification.

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