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Ergonomic design of Hydra-Lift Drum Rollers allows you to load an upright drum at floor level.

456 Series

Drum Rotators / Drum Rollers / Drum Turners
Hydra-Lift Drum Rotators

Morse Hydra-Lift Drum Rotators lift and roll your closed drum to mix and blend the contents. The built-in hydraulic system lifts your drum from floor level and places it quickly and easily for rotation on the drum turner.

Morse Hydra-Lift Drum Roller
Hydra-Lift Drum Roller

Drum Rotators Save Time, Labor and Money!

Morse developed the basic concept to provide "hands-off" drum handling and mixing. Enjoy the benefits of easy, ergonomic loading and unloading and eliminate many hazards of manual drum handling.

Benefits of mixing inside closed shipping drums

  • Roll drum to remix settled ingredients
  • Eliminate transfer, clean-up, and special vessels
  • Use separate drum for each batch
  • No container to purge between batches
  • Nothing to insert into drum to mix

Hydra-Lift Drum Rollers are Easy to Load by Hand Truck or Hoist

Load Hydra-Lift Drum Roller with a Drum Truck
A drum truck provides a simple means to deliver and remove your drum from the drum turner. Model 160 4-Wheel Drum Truck shown here.

Load drum onto drum rotator with Hoist Attachment

Load your upright drum onto drum turner with a below-hook drum lifter. Morse model 92 Drum Lifter shown here.

Can also load and unload Hydra-Lift Drum Rollers with:

Hydraulic Powered Tilt to position on its side drum for rolling

Hydraulic Powered Tilt to position on its side drum for rolling. Image above shows:

  • Model # 456-1 Hydra-Lift Drum Roller
  • Model # CP-456-1-115 Control Package (Sold Separately)
  • Shown without enclosure for clarity only



Custom Hydra-Lift
Drum Roller

Custom Hydra-Lift Drum Roller made of type 304 stainless steel
Custom Hydra-Lift Drum Roller made of type 304 stainless steel

Enlcosure for drum roller equipped with safety interlock
Guard Enclosure with Safety Interlock is shown with
Drum Roller and Controls, each sold separately

Hydra-Lift Drum Rollers accept a steel drum in upright position at floor level (add Option POLY-456 to roll a plastic drum). You control the hydraulic powered drum tilt to lift the upright drum and place it down on drum rotator wheels. Start and stop drum rotation with a second control. You control the drum rolling speed. A 55-gallon (210 liter) drum can be rolled from 5 to 20 RPM (4 to 16 RPM on 50Hz models) as desired to thoroughly mix drum contents. Then return the drum to vertical to unload.

Drum Rotator Capacity:

Dimensional Information

Available with choice of electric motors. Explosion proof motors available (see chart below).

Available with air motor as model 456-A.

Combine Three Components to Meet Safety Requirements
1. Drum Rotator 2. Control Package
(Sold Separately)
3. Guard Enclosure
(Sold Separately)
Morse Hydra-Lift Drum Roller
Morse Hydra-Lift Drum Roller
NEMA 4/12 Control Box
NEMA 4/12 Control Box with Timer, Start and Stop Buttons, Red Emergency Stop Button, Lockable Main Disconnect, and Wire terminals for safety interlock switch.
Guard Enclosure for Morse Drum Rotator
Guard Enclosure with Safety Interlock, so that drum rotator automatically shuts of if enclosure gate in opened.

Note: OSHA Requirement for enclosure with safety interlock IMPORTANT - OSHA holds the employer responsible for the suitability of design and application of tools and machinery.
Install all Morse Rotators in accordance with requirements for enclosure and safety interlock, etc. One way to accomplish this is with a Morse enclosure with safety interlock, so the rotator automatically turns off when enclosure door is opened. Power connections and motor controls must also comply with applicable local codes.

For OSHA compliance in the USA, see OSHA subpart O.1910.212(a)(4) "Barrels, containers, and drums. Revolving drums, barrels, and containers shall be guarded by an enclosure which is interlocked with the drive mechanism, so that the barrel, drum, or container cannot revolve unless the guard enclosure is in place."

Explosion-proof control box
NEMA 7/9 Explosion-Proof Control Box
with Start and Stop Buttons, and wire terminals for external connection of safety interlock switch.

Option # POLY-456
Option to roll plastic drum on Hydra-Lift Drum Rotator

Option to roll your 55-gallon (210 liter) plastic drum on Hydra-Lift Drum Rotators

NOTE: This is NOT a drum roller by itself. It is an OPTION to install on a Morse Drum Roller.

NOTE: You can roll a plastic OR a steel drum with this option installed.

Option # 1-5-1
Option 1-5-1 Idler Attachment to roll 1 to 5 gallon can on a Hydra-Lift Drum Rotator

Idler Attachment to roll 1 to 5 gallon cylindrical can on a Hydra-Lift Drum Rotator.

Load Capacity
Per Drum
Drum Size Range Approx.
Ship Weight
1-5 Gallon
Load **
Diameter Length
Drum Rotators
1 Variable 
5 to 20*
1,000 Lb.
(455 kg)
400 Lb.
(182 kg)
5 to
6" to 22.5"
(15 to 57 cm)
Max. 40"
(102 cm)
620 Lb.
(282 kg)
* Based on a standard 22.5" (57 cm) diameter 55-gallon (210 liter) drum. 50Hz models roll the same drum at 4 to 16 RPM.

** Dry Load Capacity: A shifting dry load exerts greater stress on the drum rotator than the fluid motion of a liquid load.

** Half-Full Drum Rating: A partially full drum with unbalanced and shifting load is harder to tilt than a full drum. Half-full rating is an indication of capacity for tilting an unbalanced, bottom-heavy drum.
Hydra-Lift Drum Rotator Models
Model # Drum RPM
(22.5" Diameter)
Motor Information Control Package
Option #
Guard Enclosure Kit
Option #
Motor Style HP Phase Motor
456-1 5 to 20 RPM 60Hz TEFC 1 1 115 12.8 CP-456-1-115 * GEK-456-1
208 7.0 CP-456-1-230 *
230 6.4 CP-456-1-230 *
456-3 5 to 20 RPM 60Hz TEFC 1 3 208 3.1 CP-456-3-230 * GEK-456-3
230 3.0 CP-456-3-230 *
460 1.5 CP-456-3-460 *
456-3-575 5 to 20 RPM 60Hz TEFC 1 3 575 1.2 CP-456-3-575 * GEK-456-3
456-E1 5 to 20 RPM 60Hz Explosion-Proof ** 1 1 115 13 CP-456-E1-115 * GEK-456-E1
230 6.5 CP-456-E1-230 *
456-E3 5 to 20 RPM 60Hz Explosion-Proof ** 1 3 208 3.1 CP-456-E3-230 * GEK-456-E3
230 3.0 CP-456-E3-230 *
460 1.5 CP-456-E3-460 *
456-E3-575 5 to 20 RPM 60Hz Explosion-Proof ** 1 3 575 1.2 CP-456-E3-575 * GEK-456-E3
456-A 5 to 20 RPM
(Vary with air flow
and pressure)
Air Motor *** - - - - Air Controls are
included with
model 456-A ***
Models for Countries with 50Hz Power Supply
456-1-50 4 to 16 RPM 50Hz TEFC 1 1 220 6.2 CP-456-1-220-50 * GEK-456-1
456-3-50 4 to 16 RPM 50Hz TEFC 1 3 230 3.1 CP-456-3-230-50 * GEK-456-3
400 1.8 CP-456-3-400-50 *
456-E1-50 4 to 16 RPM 50Hz Explosion-Proof ** 1 1 220 6.2 CP-456-E1-220-50 * GEK-456-E1
456-E3-50 4 to 16 RPM 50Hz Explosion-Proof ** 1 3 230 3.5 CP-456-E3-230-50 * GEK-456-E3
400 2.0 CP-456-E3-400-50 *
* ONLY NON-Explosion Proof AC Control Packages include a pre-wired control box.
Control Packages have no wiring from the NEMA 7/9 control box to the motor. Please consult an electrician to complete the wiring in accordance to your local code.

** Explosion Proof motors are rated for Class I Group D, and Class II Groups F and G.

*** Air powered model 456-A requires plant air at 40 to 60 PSI and flowing at a rate of 40 SCFM. Filter, Regulator, Lubricator and Valve are included with drum roller model 456-A. See: Air Motor Technical Information

Morse Drum Rotators - Hydra-Lift Drum Rollers mix and blend ingredients right inside a closed drum.
California Proposition 65 Information
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