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[Buyer’s Guide] The Top 6 Food Dumper Styles

Outfitting your food processing plant with a high quality food dumper can prove to be a challenge.

Do a quick Google search for food dumper, and you’ll find a number of options and configurations to choose from. How do you know what style of food dumper to go with? How do you choose which dumper will work best for your operation?

Choosing the right food dumper can be difficult, but here at Fusion Tech, we’ve tried to make it easy for you. Our dumper purchasing guidelines below will help you choose the right dumper for your food processing operation.

The Most Common Food Dumper Styles Buying Guide

While not an exhaustive list, the following are the most common dumper styles found in most food processing plants. We’ve put the common styles together for you, as well as provided a description, typical discharge heights, and best uses for each dumper.

Pivot Dumper

Description: The pivot dumper is the most versatile and common dumper style found in food processing plants across the country. Employees load product containers into a pivot dumper, and the carriage pivots around a bar to dump product onto other equipment.

Typical Discharge Heights: A pivot dumper typically ranges in discharge heights up to 60 inches. However, we broke that rule and designed a 72 inch pivot dumper for one of our clients.

Best Use: Dumping heavy product onto conveyors and other equipment to avoid employee injury.

Lift & Pivot Dumper

Description: The lift and pivot dumper is a modified version of the pivot dumper above in order to accommodate higher discharge heights. Employees load product containers into the dumper, and the carriage lifts most of the way and then pivots around a bar to dump product onto other equipment.

Typical Discharge Heights: A lift and pivot dumper has discharge heights starting at 60 inches and higher.

Best Use: Dumping heavy product onto conveyors and other equipment over 5 feet tall.

Two-Stage Dumper

Description: The Two-Stage Dumper gives operators the ability to separate wood or plastic pallets from the product container by holding the pallet back during the dumping cycle. It works like a normal pivot dumper in two stages.

Typical Discharge Heights: A two-stage dumper typically ranges in discharge heights up to 74 inches.

Best Use: Dumping product container that includes a pallet.

Barrel Dumper

Description: The barrel dumper works much like a pivot dumper, but is modified to handle product stored in round barrels as opposed to vats (including liquid product). Employees load product barrels into the dumper, and the carriage lifts most of the way and then pivots around a bar to dump product onto other equipment.

Typical Discharge Heights: A barrel dumper typically ranges in discharge heights up to 60 inches.

Best Use: Dumping liquid and other barreled product.

Side Pivot Dumper

Description: The side pivot dumpers works like a pivot dumper, but is modified for use in space-constrained locations within a facility. Employees load product into the side of the dumper carriage (rather than the front like a standard pivot dumper), and the carriage lifts most of the way and then pivots around a bar to dump product onto other equipment.

Typical Discharge Heights: A side pivot dumper typically ranges in discharge heights up to 72 inches.

Best Use: Dumping product in a limited space.

Column Dumper

Description: The column dumper works much like the lift and pivot dumper, but is modified for use in small spaces. Employees load product containers into the dumping arms, and the container lifts to a specified height and dumps.

Typical Discharge Heights: A column dumper typically ranges in discharge heights 50 inches and higher.

Best Use: Dumping product when limited floor space is available and discharge height is great.

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