A self-dumping metal hopper can make a positive difference in your materials and bulk handling processes, making it an ideal addition to the types of equipment you use in your business. This product can be a significant investment, so it makes sense to be careful and make sure that you are buying it from a reputable and experienced retailer. When purchasing a self-dumping metal hopper, there are factors to consider. These factors are the size of your forklift or truck, how often you use it, the weight and type of material that needs to be transported. Apart from these, you must take the time to consider the following factors, too:

The Experience of The Manufacturer

Buy a self-dumping metal hopper only from an experienced and reputable manufacturer/retailer of industrial hoppers. You should be able to count on their expertise. You should be able to trust their recommendations when it comes to choosing the right hopper that meets your requirements, also. 

Metal Hopper Durability

A good self-dumping metal hopper is built to last. Look for a product that is made with 12 and 10 gauge carbon steel bodies for 2,000 to 4,000-lb capacity or light duty loads. This is good enough to handle paper, plastics, aluminum cans, lightweight recyclables, and metal turnings. Larger capacity hoppers that can handle 4,000 to 8,000 lbs or 8,000 to 10,000 lbs of material must be made with seven-gauge carbon steel, 1/4” carbon steel, or 3/16” carbon steel. This way, you can be sure that they can safely handle heavier and larger loads.  These hoppers can handle heavy construction materials, minerals, hot ash, sand, castings, concrete, glass, coal, rubber, and forgings.

Features of The Hopper

Look for unique features, such as the rolled structural angle rocker with welded trunnion pins, and a trip lever assembly with an internal spring for secure latching. Lock fastener pins must secure rocker angles to the rocker plate, but they must be removable in case repairs are necessary.

Roura produces a variety of specialty hoppers with many different uses. We custom manufacture dewatering, recycling, dross, and stainless steel self-dumping hoppers. View our selection of specialty hoppers. If you have special requirements, we can manufacture custom hoppers for you.

Roura has been manufacturing hoppers and related products for over 100 years. Contact us to receive a quote.