Chemical drum pumps

Solving your drum pumps dilemma with a compressed air operated drum pump

Drum pumps, also known as barrel or tote pumps come in many different models, designs and configurations, depending on the size of the container that is used to pump into or transfer liquid from. As many liquids are delivered or transported in 1000L barrels or 200 litre drums, this pump can be used to empty these containers safely, eliminating the risk of spillage.

In this article, we’ll be discussing a specific type of drum pump, the compressed air drum pump, and how it differs from other types of tote or drum pumps. You’ll also find whether we’d recommend this type of chemical drum pump for your application.

What is a compressed air-operated drum pump?

A compressed air operated drum pump has an air-driven motor that uses compressed air to transfer fluid into a drum. They’re particularly useful in environments where electric drum or manual pumps won’t work such as when the surrounding area is very wet, or very dirty.

They’re also commonly used in situations requiring explosion-proof pumps or where power is required to handle large volumes. They can pump several chemicals and hazardous liquids – some are even designed with reversible units to transfer fluid into and out of a drum.

The typical set up of a compressed air drum pump is to mount it on a metal drum into the small hole on the drum to avoid any leaks. You then connect the standpipe through a large bung hole on the drum and attach a hose. A two-way unit creates a vacuum, which sucks liquid into the drum. In reverse units, the compressed air pushes the fluid out the drum through the bottom of the standpipe.

Reasons why we’re all for compressed air drum pumps

The main benefit of compressed air drum pumps is that they can safely transfer dangerous liquids from containers, avoiding spillage or splashing, leaks or toxic fumes. They’re also:

  • Light and portable
  • Adaptable to various container sizes
  • Come with interchangeable pump tubes, which means you can repurpose the motor

Reasons why we’re against compressed air drum pumps

Compressed air drum pumps can have several limitations:

  • They are designed or constructed for a specific fluid, and thus might not discharge another fluid due to differences in viscosity or a chemical incompatibility
  • They can’t pump liquids with large particulates, such as slurries

Clearly, we’re all for chemical drum pumps like the compressed air pump due to its ability to safely transfer chemicals and hazardous liquids. However, it is important to know what types of fluids your compressed air pump is suited for before you invest.

Whether compressed air barrel or tote pumps, there is a right option for your drum transfer. Give us a call to discuss the different drum pumps available on 1-800-367-4180 (toll-free). We are your chemical pumps supplier in Canada and we’re here to help you choose, install, maintain, and monitor a variety of equipment. And to answer questions about things you’ve previously tried gone wrong.