Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Overview of Scrap Hoppers

A good materials handling process must ensure the proper handling, storage, and disposal of scrap materials. Its goal must be to keep your workplace or jobsite safe and free of hazard. Self dumping hoppers are versatile pieces of equipment you can use for holding a wide range of scrap materials. They are made of high-quality and durable thick carbon steel to ensure resilience, even when they must handle the heaviest and most hazardous materials. Some manufacturers can customize self dumping hoppers for special needs, especially if you must handle scrap materials that require extra care and safety for transport, storage, and disposal.

A self dumping hopper with a 2,000 to 4,000 lbs capacity is sufficient for lightweight scraps like metal turnings, construction debris, aluminum cans, plastics, and wood. It is suitable for lightweight recyclables and paper, too. A good hopper for lightweight scraps must be made of 12 and 10 gauge carbon steel bodies with a continuously welded interior to ensure superior strength. Look for features like an exclusive extruded hole, a flip secure latch, and support channels.

For applications like glass, sawdust, ash, coal, and heavier construction materials, consider a self dumping hopper that can handle 4,000 to 8,000 lbs of materials. It is also ideal for handling more metal scraps and stampings. A good self dumping hopper for these applications must be made of seven-gauge carbon steel, and there must be a continuous stop bar and base to body chains to provide additional reinforcement on the body.

Self dumping hoppers that can handle 8,000 to 10,000 lbs of materials are designed for the most demanding and extra heavy materials handling requirements. They are made with 3/16” and 1/4” carbon steel and come with a 72-inch long box tube base with a sliding bolt latch to ensure safer materials handling. Consider looking for a model that comes with base to body chains, flip secure latch, and continuous stop bar. All these features will make a heavy duty scrap hopper ideal for hot ash, minerals, concrete, castings, and forgings.

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