Where did you get your plastic drum for a chip separator?

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Forum topic by Marcus posted 12-03-2012 02:52 PM 1293 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-03-2012 02:52 PM

I’m trying to find a drum for a chip separator to hook up to the dust collector. I obviously can find them new all over the internet, but am wondering if anyone has found a good source to get them dirt cheap or free? Maybe I’m being overly optimistic here, but I would think that some places would just try to give them away to get them out of their hair.

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#1 posted 12-03-2012 03:40 PM

Car washes will sometimes give you the big plastic drums that they buy cleaning chemicals in for free. I used a cheap metal trash can myself.

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#2 posted 12-03-2012 03:45 PM

Car wash is where I’ve gotten 30 and 55 gallon plastic drums before. Another place to check is soda or food distributors. They’ll usually have 55 gallon drums for sale cheap or possibly free. Sometimes large bakeries will have them, though they usually carry more of the 5-7 gallon buckets.


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#3 posted 12-03-2012 03:58 PM

I use 30gal metal trashcans for chip collection. Easy to find size for bags and easy to handle and much easier to empty into those bags (without making a mess or inhaling too much dust). NOT free, but sometimes buying is best, or at least much quicker to acquire.

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#4 posted 12-03-2012 08:34 PM

I have bought numerous 55 gallon drums from a local salvage company. They also stock a large supply of used plastic drums. Most of them were used in the food industry. They usually run about $10.

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#5 posted 12-04-2012 03:05 PM

I use 55gal fiber drums, with lock ring plastic lid….( paper drum).


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#6 posted 12-04-2012 06:10 PM

You’re in Minnesota also, so that means there’s a full service car wash near you. Just go there and ask for one of the barrels they get their chemicals in. In Apple Valley where I live, Paradise Car Wash had them from 15 gals up to 55 gals and happily gave me whichever ones I wanted.


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#7 posted 12-04-2012 06:22 PM

My FIL gets them at his local farm supply store. The sell him the empty chemical drums for $5-10 each.

Some require some heavy washing.

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