Self dumping hoppers are invaluable for the efficient collection, handling and transfer of job site materials. Oftentimes, environmental safety and keeping the job site clean and organized is a big issue; this where self dumping hoppers come into play. Thanks to the self-tipping design, they provide a safe and practical way to process materials. These devices are ideal solutions for commercial, industrial and institutional facilities, especially when it comes to in-plant housekeeping. With so many hoppers available, such as the glass hopper, the concrete hopper, the trash hopper, or the forklift hopper (sometimes called a forklift dumpster) there are certain factors you need to consider before you make your buying decision.

  1. Capacity

A dumping hopper can come in any shape and size. The model you purchase depends largely on the amount of materials you handle on a daily basis. The right capacity can have a positive impact on the efficiency and productivity levels of your operations. The most common capacity levels include the following:

  • 2,000 to 4,000 pounds
  • 4,000 to 8,000 pounds
  • 8,000 to 10,000 pounds
  1. Customization

Models come in standard sizes, but sometimes the current sizes we offer may not accommodate your material handling needs. For instance, you may need a hopper that has extra durability and strength along with the functionality needed to perform in extreme, harsh environments. If you don’t find a model that meets your requirements, you have the option of having it customized. Additionally, you can have a new model built from scratch that’s tailored-made for your facility.

  1. Options

Customization ensures you get exactly what you need for handling everything from material recycling to dumping scrap. If you go this route, you have a variety of options available for building your model. These options include:

  • Band cutters
  • Hopper container colors
  • Bases
  • Covers and tarps
  • Casters and wheels
  • Release systems
  1. Applications

A material hopper is a versatile piece of equipment that can accommodate a wide range of material types. Certain hoppers are better suited for specific materials. Even though a single model can handle multiple materials, such as metal, scrap, ash, coal, rubber, sawdust, construction material, sand and glass, a specialized hopper may be more suitable. Examples of specialty hoppers include the following:

  • Recycling hopper
  • Glass hopper
  • Waster hopper
  • Scrap hopper
  • Garbage hopper
  • Food processing hopper
  1. Features

The specific features of self dumping hoppers will determine whether it can handle the job you need it for. Of course, every model has its own unique attributes, but there are a few common features to pay attention to. These may include:

  • A body that’s 100 percent welded
  • Support channel for additional reinforcement on hopper body
  • Flip secure latch
  • Body construction of ¼ inch carbon steel
  • Pierced and extruded trunnion track with taper pins for exceptional wear resistance

The type of self dumping hopper you choose has a major impact on how you transport, store or handle materials. Additionally, it plays a role in increasing productivity and reducing operating costs. There is a wide range of hoppers that can meet any application requirement. If you need assistance with finding or building a model for your company, contact Roura Material Handling now. Our team of knowledgeable representatives will get back with you within 24 hours.