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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. Read More…

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.
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Leading Manufacturers

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  |  203-458-6005

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 $$$

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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O’Bryan Barrel Co., Inc. $$$

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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Greif, Inc. $$$
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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, 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.

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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 leak testing, 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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