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The plastic pail or bucket is a very common tool found around the house, in industrial and manufacturing facilities, and as a part of cleaning equipment. Originally, pails were made of metal or wood and were a bit cumbersome. With the technological advancements and innovations of plastic molding and processing, a new form of pail arose made from plastic. Read More…

Plastic Pails The plastic pail or bucket is a very common tool found around the house, in industrial and manufacturing facilities, and as a part of cleaning equipment. Originally, pails were made of metal or wood and were a bit cumbersome. With the technological advancements and innovations of plastic molding and processing, a new form of pail arose made from plastic.
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Cranbury, NJ  |  800-260-3786

For over 60 years, Rahway Steel Drum Company has been a reliable supplier of 55 gallon drums and drum services. We supply containers from 1 quart to 330 gallons in quantities from 1 to over 100,000.

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Rahway Steel Drum Company, Inc. $$$

Venice, IL  |  800-366-5098

Container Distributors, Inc. is your one source for 55 gallon drums. We pride ourselves on our knowledgeable customer service staff, timely deliveries, and wide range of in-stock items.

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Container Distributors, Inc. $$$

Chicago, IL  |  800-760-3786

Jakacki Bag & Barrel is the largest nationwide dealer for 55 gallon drums. Since 1942, we have sold 55 gallon drums of all assortments.

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Jakacki Bag & Barrel, Inc. $$$

Guilford, CT  |  203-458-6006

We offer a variety of plastic and steel pails and drums to meet any need. Available in a variety of colors our 55 gallon drums are sure to satisfy and offer a long lasting value. Our skilled technicians will work with you to come up with a custom product that will fit your unique specifications. To learn more about what we may be able to do for you get in touch with our customer service representatives today for more information!

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Feldman Industries $$$

Oak Brook, IL  |  630-203-4100

Mauser has over a century of experience providing quality plastic and metal drums and IBC's. We offer a wide selection of open head and tight head drums from 15 to 65 gallons, and IBC's from 160 to 330 gallons. Call Mauser for your Industrial Packaging Solutions!

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Mauser Packaging Solutions $$$

Cleveland, OH  |  216-961-0035

We clean, wash, inspect, and steam out our drums. Every container is UN rated and tested and we are a member of RIPA. We want to be your new premier source for all things 55 gallon drums. We have been in business since 1991 and we put all of our years experience into every encounter we are a part of. Visit our website today to learn more about what we may be able to do for you!

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Container Compliance $$$
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A typical bucket or pail is shaped like a cylinder with vertical rounded sides, a flat bottom, and no top. In many ways, it very much resembles a tiny barrel or drum. For convenience, pails have a half circle handle made of plastic or light metal.

What is a Plastic Pail?

A plastic pail is a small watertight container capable of holding between a gallon or 3 liters of material and as many as 13 gallons or 50 liters. Though their traditional shape is cylindrical, there are other configurations and types such as those with slightly slanted sides or others that have a closed head or sealed top.

The top of most pails is open to allow for easy access. Liquids, chemicals, and granular materials can be poured in or out to be carried for use or storage. When a pail is used for cleaning, solvents, cleaners, and water are poured in and mixed. Since pails made of plastic are light, it is easy to place them under a faucet to be filled with water.

Closed head plastic pails have a lid that has been permanently affixed to the top. They have one or two plugs for filling and dumping and are designed for storing and shipping of liquids. Closed head pails have a single purpose and are not as flexible or convenient as open head pails.

How Plastic Pails are Made

The process for making a plastic container such as a barrel, drum, or bucket is called blow molding and involves the use of a polymer resin. The most important characteristic of these types of pails is their tight seal that prevents liquids from escaping. To achieve this feature, plastic pails are shaped as a single piece of plastic using blow molding.

The production of plastic pails begins with the creation of a hollow plastic tube called a parison or preform; it is placed between two dies that have the shape of the pail. Air blown into the molten plastic forces it to the sides of the die. The plastic is allowed to cool and harden before the new pail is ejected.

The major benefits of blow molding plastic buckets is the uniform thickness of their walls and the exceptional seal. Thousands of pails can be produced per hour using the process.

Materials Used to Make Plastic Pails

Plastics chosen to make pails have to be durable, impact resistant, acid and chemical resistant, and rigid. The most common forms of plastics are thermoplastics; they are a pliable and ductile plastic that can be easily melted and shaped. Some of the most common types of thermoplastics are polypropylene, polyethylene, polyvinyl chloride, polystyrene, polyethylene terephthalate, and polycarbonate.

Each of the various materials used to produce plastic pails are chosen due to their ability to be reused and recycled. This is one of the main reasons that buckets and pails are often produced using plastic resin.