What is a Self-Dumping Hopper?

A self-dumping hopper is an essential forklift attachment for any commercial and industrial workspace dealing with large and heavy (waste) materials. The dump hopper is used in a variety of industries such as construction, warehousing and lumber processing to store and relocate heavy loads with a fork truck.

Excellent for handling heavy, bulky scrap, in-plant housekeeping, in-process materials, sorting and storing, castings, wood, metal chips, recyclables, and sludge.

Frequently asked Questions

Who would benefit from a Self-Dumping Hoppers?

  • Construction Sites
  • Warehouses
  • Waste Management facilities
  • Manufacturing Plants
  • Large Wood Shops
  • Furniture Shops
  • Lumberyards
  • Metal Scrap
  • Fabrication Shops
  • Metal CNC Machining
  • Recycling Facilities
  • Machine Shops
  • Fabrication
  • Glass Industry
  • Food and Beverage Industry
  • Fisheries
  • Harvest Facilities

Increase Material Handling Efficiency

The on-site transportation, storage, and disposal of various items add significantly to the operating costs of any business. The type of dump hopper used makes a big difference in the effectiveness of each process. Something as simple as investing in a dumping hopper can slash expenses and expand profits.

Company equipment affects the performance and safety of employees. Keep your employees in mind when developing processes and choosing the right tools for efficient material handling at your facility or job location. Start with a review of the available options. Analyze how you can improve procedures at your business to increase employee satisfaction as well as your bottom line.

How to Choose the Best Size Dump Hopper?

Using dump hoppers to meet material handling needs is a way to save on time and energy. Compactors Inc offers a range of dump hoppers designed to meet the needs of many types of material management companies, including those that handle mining, solid waste, glass, and manufacturing materials. One important component to consider when selecting a hopper container is size. Understand the differences between the four sizes of hoppers before choosing a material hopper for your company.

Durable Hopper

A durable dump hopper is the smallest hopper offered. These hoppers have a weight load capacity of 2,000 to 4,000 pounds and a volume capacity of 1/8 to 5 cubic yards. The smaller size of a durable hopper is ideal for light weight material handling that may include ash, stamping, sawdust or glass. There are many different models to choose from, allowing your company to choose a small size with a shape that meets material handling needs.

Rugged Hopper

The rugged self-dumping hopper is a step above the durable hopper and is a good size option for companies handling coal, rubber, metal scrap or construction material below the weight of 8,000 pounds. Weight capacities of the rugged sized model range from 4,000 to 8,000 pounds and the volume capacity is the same as the durable hopper, at 1/8 to 5 cubic yards. A rugged hopper is constructed of 7-gauge carbon steel and includes the standard flip secure latch.

Ultimate Hopper

Companies handling heavy weights of material should consider the ultimate self-dumping hopper as a safe and effective transportation option. This hopper has a weight capacity of 8,000 to 10,000 pounds and a volume capacity of 1/3 to 5 cubic yards. While the durable and rugged sized hoppers are ideal for lightweight materials such as ash and rubber, the ultimate hopper is an option for industries transporting brick, castings, demolition debris and other dense and heavy materials. Working with these heavy materials can be dangerous. Thus, the ultimate hopper includes side and back angle rows and two support channels to reinforce the ¼” carbon steel body, to help you handle large materials safely.

Behemoth Hopper

The behemoth self-dumping hopper is the largest hopper offered. It has the same weight capacity as the ultimate size material hopper, with a capacity of 8,000 to 10,000 pounds. The difference is in volume capacity, where the behemoth can provide a 6 to 10 cubic yard volume capacity. This is an exceptionally large hopper and is the recommended size for companies handling large and highly dense materials, such as hot ash, shipyard debris, concrete, and castings. In the case of the behemoth hopper, the continuously welded structure is composed of 3/16” and ¼” carbon steel. Additionally, there is a 72” long box tube base with a slide bolt latch to keep the large materials secure during transport.

Galvanized Steel Self-Dumping Hoppers:

The perfect hopper to handle any material handling applications where corrosion resistance is a must. Galvanized Steel Hopper is the best hopper in its class and is designed with quality material to provide a superior performance without any interruptions. We can also provide customers with custom designed Galvanized Steel Hoppers and will modify an existing model or design a custom steel hopper for special applications.

Common applications

Sewage & wastewater, fishery, harvest, outside material handling applications.

Galvanized Steel Self-Dumping Hoppers include the following features:

Built with exclusive pointed & pierced trunnion track with taper pins for superior damage resistance.

Our Hoppers are built with mild steel and are hot dipped galvanized to reduce corrosion.

Stainless Steel Hoppers

The Ideal solution for the Chemical and Food & Beverage industries. Stainless Steel self-dumping hoppers are constructed with an austenitic stainless-steel body with a hot dipped galvanized mild steel base. These stainless steel self-dumping hoppers will reduce operation costs, increase productivity, and provides a safe method of material handling.

Common applications

  • Food
  • Beverage
  • Harvest

Stainless Steel self-dumping hoppers include the following features:

  • High-class sliced and ejected trunnion track with taper pins to provide superior wear resistance.
  • All hopper bodies are constructed with stainless steel.
  • Unlike our painted hoppers, steel hoppers do not need an enamel protective coat. This is due to one of two specialized steel products: galvanized steel or stainless steel.


Both galvanized and stainless-steel hoppers are particularly suited to corrosive applications. This means that they are a great investment for farmers, chemical processing plants and food processing facilities. The tough steel will not rust or otherwise corrode when exposed to harsh chemicals and other acidic elements. Other than the alloy used in the construction process, your steel hopper is fabricated with the same dependable design features of a traditional self-dumping hopper. This means that you can use your hopper to load, haul and dump recyclable materials, food scraps or construction site materials.

A hopper is a highly versatile piece of equipment, so make full use of its features by taking on multiple projects around your facility. As a food processing hopper, stainless and galvanized hoppers both offer the protection and dependable designs you need. Store and haul organize waste, grocery store waste and restaurant waste without relying on your local waste management company. In-house waste removal can save you time and money as you grow your food processing facility or restaurant.

Chemical processing plants cannot afford to compromise their materials with a corroding hopper. Chemical spills are serious issues, so choose a hopper that can safely handle your products or waste materials and transfer them to other dependable containers.

Use your hopper your way. These are common applications, but we ensure our steel hoppers are ready for many challenges. Discuss your specific industry with our team to see how stock features or custom alternatives can keep your facility safe and operating at peak efficiency.

Dewatering Self Dumping Hoppers

The perfect hopper to safely handle loads up to 6,000 lbs. that require collection and drainage of wet material applications. Dewatering self-dumping hoppers are available in many sizes for the pulp processing and water & sewage treatment applications. The Dewatering Hopper offers the strongest self-dumping hopper in its class. It will reduce operation cost, increase productivity, and provide a safe method of material handling. We will modify an existing Dewatering Hopper or design a custom steel hopper for those special applications.

Common applications

  • Pulp
  • Aggregate
  • Waste, and water
  • Liquid Extraction container / content separation
  • Beverage Bottle / Container Crushing / Emptying
  • Aluminum Can Crushing / Emptying
  • Plastic Container Crushing / Emptying
  • Laboratories
  • Pharmaceuticals

Dewatering Hoppers include the following features:

High-class perforated and distended trunnion path with taper pins to offer phenomenal wear support to the hopper. All the approved hopper bodies are built of 1/4″ carbon steel.

Recycling Self-Dumping Hoppers

The perfect self-dumping hopper for refuse and recycling material handling applications. The Refuse & Recycling self-dumping hopper has a lightweight plastic lid that keeps material dry, cuts down the odor and controls pests. Compactors Inc line of refuse & recycling hoppers are available in 1 and 2 cubic yards to solve all waste and recycling material handling requirements. Refuse & Recycling dump hoppers are the toughest hoppers in their class. In addition, these hoppers will reduce operation expenditures, increase productivity, and offer a safe and secure method of material handling.

Common applications

  • Plant refuse
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic bottles
  • Aluminum cans
  • Glass bottles
  • Any type of trash or recycling products.

Refuse & Recycling self-dumping hoppers come with the following features:

  • High-class sliced and ejected trunnion passage with taper pins for best wear confrontation.
  • All hopper bodies offered are constructed of 3/16″ & 12-gauge carbon steel.
  • Lightweight molded plastic lids that provide strength and elasticity.
  • Endless Business and Industrial Needs

It is easy to see how hoppers fit right into a productivity-driven manufacturing environment. They also impart tremendous value to all types and sizes of businesses. Almost every commercial undertaking needs to store and process basic components, move them around and dispose of waste and recyclables.

Construction sites provide many opportunities to use hoppers to increase productivity. They can transport and feed ingredients for mixing small amounts of concrete or mortar. They can keep the site free of debris and unsightly materials. They can move pallets of shingles and dispose of old roofing materials.

The food and restaurant industries offer numerous applications for dump hopper use. A larger bakery, for example, can use a hopper for adding heavy quantities of flour or sugar to an industrial mixer. These dumpster bins can collect and carry empty packaging or used bowls and pans to waste and washing areas. With tight quarters and precise preparations, busy restaurants also need to keep clutter and trash constantly under control.

Larger offices, as well as schools and health care facilities, also benefit from using hoppers. They can store materials until needed, keep work areas clean and safe and dispose of waste and recyclables. Since hoppers come in such a large variety of sizes and weight loads, even smaller institutions make good use of them.

Material Handling Efficiency Starts with The Right Hopper

Before you decide on the best bin dumper to handle materials at your site, take time to evaluate your business processes, talk with your employees and learn how you could implement improvements.

How effectively you handle your raw materials affects the throughput of your products. The number of times a worker touches an item impacts the cost of production and the potential for human error or a safety disaster increases. Using a steel hopper means less direct contact with the materials and less time manipulating the hopper. The employee completes the task faster with greater safety. Because using these hoppers is so easy, the business saves on training costs, and the worker is happier performing the job. Maintaining a clean, uncluttered production area with a dump hopper improves productivity in any business or industrial setting. Whether or not the public views this zone, employees will complete their assignments in a safe, pleasant environment without cluttered corners or spots. Empty dump hoppers can be easily stored by stacking one inside the other to conserve space when not in use.

You cannot overemphasize the human and safety benefits of providing the right forklift dumpster or dump hopper for your employees. A dumping hopper keeps the operator safe from accidents and exposure to any potentially hazardous materials or waste. Not only is this the right thing to do, but it also pays dividends by saving time, lowering costs, and reducing employee turnover.

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