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Material Handling Articles


Barrel MonsterAugust 2013

Artist arrested for building "Barrel Monster"

Read what happened to it's creator


Barrel Handling Safety. . .

. . .Don't wait till someone gets hurt!


Biodiesel Resources

Biodiesel in Winter

Government Resources

USDA & Biodiesel

US Dept. of Energy


Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association


May 2013

Using the Correct Hydraulic Oil

The oil is the most important component of any hydraulic system. Not only is hydraulic oil a lubricant, it's also the means by which power is transferred. This dual role makes viscosity an oil's most important property. It affects both machine performance and service life. The viscosity of the oil largely determines a hydraulic system's safe maximum and minimum oil temperatures . . . read more

March 2013

A Customer Sent us this picture, and asked, "How Do I Handle All These Drums?"
Handle various drum with a single drum handler
He explained, "I need better control over the pouring operation. I already own a Battery Powered Drum Carrier Pouring Forklift Attachment, but it does not give me the control I need." He is happy with his 4-Wheel Drum Truck, so further explained, "I like the rim chine hook like you have on your Model 160-SS," except he wants it, "mounted on the Forklift Attachment. . . so the drums would not slip off the Forklift Drum Tipper when pouring the contents of the drums."

. . . read about the solution

June 30, 2012

To stay and thrive in CNY, Morse Manufacturing adapts to the times
By Charles McChesney,

Workers at Morse Manufacturing cheered in 2007 when they learned Nathan Andrews had been appointed vice president.

�I didn�t expect that,� Andrews said on a summer afternoon five years later. President as of Jan. 1, he recognized that the reaction came from the relief that workers felt that his family was staying with the company. . . The company has been run by three generations of the Andrews family.

. . . read on, to see how Morse is still manufacturing in New York State.

June 2011

Drum Handling Safety

  • Did you know it can be hazardous to move a drum with your forklift?
  • Have you seen people manually roll a drum on the bottom rim?
  • Ever see someone roll a drum toward himself off a pick-up down a makeshift ramp?
  • And come on, there's a better way to mix the contents of a drum than rolling it on the floor!

Identify the Hazards. . .  and Address the Issues. . . read more

Nov 2010

How to Get the Right Drum Lifter for Your Drum

There is a below-hook lifter for almost any drum. The key is using the correct one. No one wants to drop a drum, with the associated damage, lost or contaminated product, environmental impact, and possible injuries.

Here's a basic guide. . . read more

March 2007 at

All Business is International Business

East Syracuse's Morse Manufacturing Seeks Customers Worldwide.
By Charley Hannagan

How do you know your product is a hit in the international marketplace? When a request for information written in Icelandic lands in your company's e-mail inbox.

The Icelandic message arrived at Morse Manufacturing Co., a 36-employee company in East Syracuse that makes drum handling equipment.

Some small companies hit the delete button when they receive those kinds of international e-mails, said Robert I Trachtenberg, president of the Central New York Technology Development Organization. Smart companies, however, see them as an opportunity to sell into the international market. . . read more

Jan. 2006

Emerging Biodiesel market "fueled" increased gas prices, creating a HUGE demand for Drum Heaters!!

More and more people are making biodiesel at home in small batches. Biodiesel production from used vegetable oil involves removing water by heating to at least 120o C (248o F). . .

It has many advantages, but biodiesel can gel at winter temperatures causing plugged fuel filters. . . read more

Nov. 2005

Drum Handlers Jump off the Page! (Drum Handler Videos)

Are you that person who wants to kick the tires and take it for a test drive before you buy? ...What if you cant?. . . Video is the next best thing

 Nov. 2005

NEW Drum and Pail Heaters - Flexible Heaters for plastic, fiber or steel drums and pails

Drum heaters for almost any steel, plastic or fiber drum. . . even for 5-gallon pails. . . more

Oct. 2005

Label Forklifts for Attachments before you're on a first name basis with a Compliance Officer.

The same forklift must be rated for different capacities depending upon mast height and type of attachment. Extending weight out on the forks can decrease load stability.

We recently met an OSHA Compliance Officer who asked how we handle labeling lift trucks for drum handling attachments...

Oct 2005

Fight Freight Rates - Are truck lines driving you round the bend? A couple of suggestions. . .

Very favorable freight discounts are available to us in the competitive local environment. Following some simple procedures can help dramatically.

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