Stretch Wrapping Barrels, Drums, and Pails

1200UL Pallet Wrapper with a 3 sided wire fence and a light curtain across the front opening.

Shrink wrapping machines from Handle It will allow you to safely, efficiently, and securely wrap pallets that contain barrels, drums, and pails. These items are often bulky and heavy—and can easily fall off a pallet and spill their contents if wrapped by hand.

Handle It pallet wrapping machines come with a wide range of useful features, such as:

  • Storage of 18 to 32 end-user programs
  • Rack and pinion carriage drive system for added reliability
  • User-friendly control panel
  • Ability to wrap up to wrap tall, unstable, or extremely heavy loads
  • Up to 250% power pre-stretch (lower film costs by up to 60%)
  • 118″ maximum load wrap height
  • Wrap up to 300 loads per day
  • Additional roping device provides extra wrapping strength at the bottom and top of the pallet


Recommended Products


Top-of-the-line functions and a 250% power pre-stretch feature make the Model 850PS ideal for those who are looking for an affordable stretch wrapping machine that can wrap up to 100 pallets per day.


The Model 1100 semi-automatic stretch wrapper can wrap up to 300 pallets per day. It offers a wide range of features such as a 250% power pre-stretch and 94” max wrap heigh with an optional 118” extended height available.


The Model 1100AA-C allows workers to perform the entire wrap cycle without leaving the forklift driver’s seat. Remote control comes standard along with 250% power pre-stretch, auto film attach, hot weld film seal, and auto film cut.

Pro Tips

Here are several Pro Tips that will help you securely wrap barrels, drums, and pails for transport:

  • Start off with two to three top and bottom rotations with a 50% film tension for average loads.
  • Try less tension and slower speeds on the initial setup. Gradually work your way up to optimize load containment and cycle time.
  • Consider lowering film tension or using a thicker, more puncture-resistant film for wrapping products with sharp edges.
  • Increase the top rotations and overwrap delay (“flanging” time), to ensure a high film band for outlier products at the top.
  • For voids or empty spaces, try the fixed height setting or increase the flanging time (Model 1100)
  • Lock in with set reinforcement, extra height and roping divide.
  • Use variable tension to start with a lower tension at the pallet bottom. Gradually increase tension on the way down for a more secure load.
  • Add a roping device to provide extra strength as the film is being wrapped at the bottom and top of the pallet

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See the Model 1100AA-C in action as it automatically wraps a pallet of 55-gallon drums:


The below industries can benefit from the many features of a Handle It semi-automatic stretch wrapping machine.



Keep your pharmaceutical ingredients safe when in transit and storage. Handle It pallet wrappers will provide a clean and consistent wrap to secure your products.


Logistical and warehouse operations receive and devan countless pallets every day. Wrapping barrels, drums, and pails with a pallet wrapper will keep the shipment safe until it reaches its final destination.


Transporting and storing food and beverage products on pallets requires a semi or fully automated pallet wrapper to help ensure no spills occur.


Handle It pallet wrappers can alleviate the manual labor required to wrap barrels, drums, and pails at your manufacturing facility. Regardless of size, shape, or weight, you can securely wrap your pallets for shipment with precision and consistency.


Oil and gas products pose a hazardous risk if they topple over during transport or storage. A Handle It pallet wrapper will help to ensure your products stay on the pallet while preventing costly spills.


Whether you’re transporting hops or getting your suds to market, a Handle It semi or fully automatic pallet wrapper will help to secure the load and prevent damage or spills.


Recent Projects

Overcoming Pallet Wrapping Challenges for an Industrial Wire Manufacturer

Handle It recently completed a custom manufacturing and installation job that supplied eight flagship pallet wrappers to an industrial wire manufacturer with different warehouse locations throughout the U.S.

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An eCommerce cutlery company that was manually wrapping pallets contacted Handle It for help solving a warehouse inbound inventory challenge that was creating a bottleneck and costing them a tremendous amount of money and man-hours.

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Enabling use of Breathable Stretch Wrap Film for an Agricultural Fresh Vegetable Supplier

An agricultural grower and wholesale supplier of onion sets and garlic bulbs in the mid-west replaced an older pallet wrapping machine with the Handle It Model 800 XHT that uses breathable film to keep their products fresh

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Pallet Wrappers to Match Your Application

Handle It has a wide range of fully automatic, semi-automatic and mobile robotic pallet wrappers that come with many features that will allow you to improve your shipping efficiency while properly securing your pallets for transport.

Don’t see your industry? Unsure which machine is right for your application? Give us a call or contact us, and one of our friendly experts will work with you to find the best solution.