Guide to Hoppers

Hoppers are available in many different shapes and sizes.  Selecting the appropriate model should provide the end user with many years of useful service.  Where does one start when purchasing a hopper?  Some of the considerations when answering this question are:

        Will the hopper be moved only by a forklift?

        What is the minimum clearance where the hopper is utilized?

        How heavy will be the load within the hopper?

        Do I need a self dumping hopper or a chute hopper?

        Should I buy a hopper with a motorized drive?

        What options are available on hoppers?

Will the hopper be moved only by a forklift?  If not, consider the purchase of a Portable Steel Hopper.

What is the minimum clearance where the hopper is utilized?  Before selecting a hopper, measure the minimum clearance where the hopper will be utilized or stored.  Then consider only models that are low enough for your area.

How heavy will be the load within the hopper?  Hoppers have different load capacities.  Be sure to buy one with a capacity heavy enough for it's intended use.  Avoid buying a hopper with more load capacity than needed to avoid unnecssary expense.

Do I need a self dumping hopper or a chute hopper?  Even though self dumping hoppers are the most popular, chute hoppers are better for smaller areas.  The front door of the chute hopper opens to release the load.

Should I buy a hopper with a motorized drive?  Hoppers with a motorized drive are great if they will be moved often by people instead of fork trucks.

What options are available on hoppers?  The most commonly purchased options on hoppers are different colors, casters, a lifting lug on each corner, a lid or threaded drain plug.

Contact us today and let one of our experts help you select a hopper that will work best for your application. 

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