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Heavy-Duty Below-Hook Drum Carrier
with Spark Resistant Parts

Model 185AM-HD
Heavy-Duty Kontrol-Karrier

Haevy-Duty Kontrol Karrier - Model 185A-HD

Model 185AM-HD
Heavy-Duty Kontrol-Karrier
Below-Hook drum carrier with spark resistant parts

Recommended Options

Asymmetric Drum Cone with slide gate valve - Morse model # 5-SG-90-23
Asymmetric drum cones
can be used with most below-hook drum carriers. Shown here with model 185A-HD.

Custom Versions

  • Longer arms for taller drum or Drum Cones
  • Stainless steel construction
  • Unit for smaller or larger drum
  • . . .and more

Drum Carrier Features

Spark resistant drum carrier Morse Model 185AM-HD heavy-duty below-hook drum carrier with spark resistant parts allows you to lift, move and pour a drum weighing up to 1500 Lb. (680 kg), or a half-full* drum up to 800 Lb. (363 kg). Model 185AM-HD heavy-duty below-hook drum carrier is equipped with the MORCINCHTM Drum Holder to handle a 55-gallon (210 liter) steel drum with 22" to 23.5" (56 to 59.7 cm) outside diameter between the ribs. It also accepts MORCINCHTM Options to handle virtually any drum on the market.

The KEY ADVANTAGE of Model 185AM-HD is that it has spark resistant parts intended to reduce the possibility of mechanical sparks as a possible source of ignition. They are not a substitute for grounding and bonding for preventing static electricity discharges. Metals such as Monel are used in the drum holder bands and at the lifting eye. Stainless steel chain is used instead of carbon alloy steel chain across the front of the drum. Pull chain for the tilt-control drive has brass chain substituted for the steel chain.

It's a CINCH to handle almost any drum, with the
MORcinch Drum Handling System

Drum Handling System

  • Drum holder automatically cinches for 22" to 23.5" (56 to 59.7 cm) diameter drum
  • Accepts MORCINCHTM Options to handle your plastic drum
  • Accepts Diameter Adaptors for your smaller drums
  • Includes safety covered gears for your protection
  • Has durable stress-relief weld joints for years of service
  • Cinch chain has flexible chain cover to help protect drum sidewall
  • Polyester Web Strap and Ratchet Option

To load the drum lifter, simply move the drum holder against the drum and cinch the chain. The standard drum tilt control is a chain wheel with 12' (365 cm) chain loop. Lift the drum and rotate drum 360 degrees in either direction. Drum can be held at any tilt angle.

The slots in the bottom of the frame can be used as a chain lock to prevent the drum from tilting. To do so, crisscross the chain and insert one side into each slot. If the drum handler is equipped with the MORStopTM Tilt-Brake Option, braking is immediate and automatic. To have the MORStopTM Tilt-Brake Option installed on your new Kontrol-Karrier, order Option # 3900i-P.

Important noteIMPORTANT - It is critical to use the correct holder and accessory to lift your drum type and dimensions.

Morse below-the-hook drum handlers and pail handlers are manufactured by Morse Mfg. Co., Inc. in Syracuse, NY 13208 U.S.A.

Note about Load Test and Certificate
IMPORTANT:  Every Morse below-hook drum handler is individually load tested at the factory at 125% of rated capacity as per American National Standard ANSI/ASME B30.20 and ships with a Load Test Certificate enclosed.

See Load Test Video

Morse drum lifters comply with ANSI/ASME B30.20 standard for mechanical, below-the-hook lifting devices as it applies to the following:

  • Rated load markings and unit identification
  • Minimum design safety factor of 3, based on yield strength, for load bearing structural components
  • Welding is performed by certified welders who have passed the ANSI/AWS D14.1 welding qualification test
  • All welding is in accordance with ANSI/AWS D14.1 and ASME BTH-1
Options and Accessories
Part # Description Domestic
Ship Weight
Ship Dimensions
4560M-P Spark Resistant Top Rim Clamp for your 55-Gallon Rimmed Plastic or Fiber Drum 11 Lb.
(5 kg)
L20" W9" H17"
(51 x 23 x 43 cm)
4556M-P Spark Resistant Bracket Assembly for Rimless Plastic Drum, and recommended to more securely handle Fiber Drum 18 Lb.
(8 kg)
L41" W15" H7"
(104 x 38 x 18 cm)
4622i-P Factory Installed Counterweight on new unit to level Kontrol-Karrier when suspended from hook    
4622-P Counterweight Kit for unit made March 2009 or later (serial # 0309 to ____) 50 Lb.
(23 kg)
L16" W12" H17"
(41 x 31 x 43 cm)
481-P Counterweight Kit for unit with serial number prior to March 2009 (serial # ____ to 0209) 45 Lb.
(20.4 kg)
55/30M Series Spark Resistant Diameter Adaptors for your smaller drums
X02-185 Hand Crank
X03-185 Hand Wheel
3900i-P MORStop Tilt-BrakeMORStop Tilt-Brake factory installed on new unit
3900-P MORStop Tilt-Brake MORStop Tilt-Brake for field installation on existing unit

* Half-Full Drum Rating

Half-Full Drum Rating for below-hook drum carrier is an indication of capacity for tilting unbalanced, bottom-heavy drum. Partially full drum with unbalanced and shifting load is harder to tilt than full drum.

Last Updated: 06/18/19

Heavy-Duty Below-Hook Drum Carrier with spark resistant parts - Model 185AM-HD Kontrol-Karrier Options and Accessories

California Proposition 65 Information
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