What is a Tipping Bin / Bin Tipper
A bin tipper is an example of material and waste handling equipment designed to efficiently transport and empty loose loads. Bin tippers don’t necessarily tip the bin to empty it – along with self-tipping bins there are also drop-bottom and rotating varieties.
Machines that grab and tip bins are a common sight on garbage trucks. But factories and warehouses are more likely to utilise a standalone or bulk bin tipper—a bin designed to be transported, lifted and tipped using a forklift or crane.
These forklift tipping bins are an ever more common sight in industries such as waste management, manufacturing, food processing, warehousing and bulk production facilities, and for good reason.
The benefits of bin tippers / tipping bins
Bin tippers offer a range of benefits in a factory or warehouse setting. A few of the most compelling include:
Forklift-mounted bin tippers are ultra-flexible and adaptable examples of material handling equipment that can go wherever your forklift can go. They can be placed right next to the material or waste that needs to be moved and can be transported and emptied with zero need for manual handling.
This last point means that a bin tipper can dramatically increase the safety of your workers, as it removes much of the temptation to manually handle loads.
3. Efficiency and productivity
The ability to quickly move and empty materials and waste exactly where you need to can greatly enhance the efficiency and productivity of your workplace. Bin tippers are the perfect material handling solution for businesses that conduct ad hoc lifts of a variety of loose materials.
Types of forklift and crane bin tippers
There are three main types of standalone, forklift and crane tipping bins, which are classified by the way in which the loads are emptied.
As the name suggests, drop-bottom bins feature a trap door at the bottom of the bin which can be released to empty the bin’s contents. The base of a Stratalign drop-bottom bin is also designed to automatically re-lock when the bin is placed on the ground.
Rotating bins come in two forms: the first features a hydraulic bin tipper forklift attachment that spins the bin to empty its contents. The second sees the bin fitted with crane lugs and upending lugs, which allows it to be emptied by a crane through the use of chains.
A self-tipping bin sees a hinge built into the structure of the bin which allows it to tip over and empty its contents – with the help of a forklift – into a larger receptacle, such as a commercial waste bin or dump truck. Chains are attached to the mast to ensure the bin stays on the forklift whilst tipping.
Work smarter, quicker and safer
The right bin lifter/tipper for your business will depend on a number of factors: the material handling challenges you face, the waste and materials you need to transport and empty, the frequency and complexity of lifts and more.
At Stratalign we’ve spent years helping Kiwi businesses identify and secure the material handling equipment that will get them working smarter, quicker and safer.
You can be confident that you’ll find the ideal piece of equipment amongst our extensive range of bin lifters, and that you’ll enjoy unmatched servicing and support to ensure your bin tipper is used in a way that makes your workers safer, your business more productive, and that ensures the tipper lasts the distance.