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About IBCs (Totes)

Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs or caged Totes) are composite, a white/translucent plastic container (typically high-density polyethylene) contained and protected by a tubular galvanized steel grid. Caged IBC totes are commonly used due to their low cost, wide compatibility, and versatility.

IBCs are shipping containers that have been UN / DOT certified for the shipping of hazardous and non-hazardous, packing group II and packing group III commodities.

General IBC tank capacities are 275 or 330 gallons, dimensions for which may vary slightly by manufacturer:

275 Gallon

48” x 40” by 46” high

Valve is located on 40” side

Empty weight: approximately 135 lb.

Weight filled with water: 2,350 lb.

330 Gallon

48” x 40” by 53” high

Valve is located on 40” side

Empty weight: approximately 157 lb.

Weight filled with water: 2,800 lb.

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About Poly Drums

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Often a drum may be referred to as a barrel.  The two common sub-types of drums are the open head and tight head.  Open head drums are sealed with a lid and ring clamp.  Tight head drums have two 2” ports in the top, one NPT and the other buttress thread.  Typically, tight head drums are best suited for liquid products, but open head drums can be used for dry, or powdered products, which are often bagged.  Drums have top and bottom ridges which sufficiently strengthens them so that they can be turned on their sides and rolled. Drums most often are manufactured in blue or translucent (near-white), but sometimes come in other colors also, usually for recognition of containing specialized products.


30-gallon drum
29” tall, 19” diameter
Empty weight: approximately 12 lbs
Weight filled with water: approximately 263 lbs

55-gallon drum
35” tall, 24” diameter
Empty weight: approximately 22 lbs
Weight filled with water: approximately 481 lbs