Northern Industrial Drum Deheader
I had one of these deheaders several years ago until it was stolen. I ordered this one and it showed up today just as promised. I immediately went out back and deheaded three oilfield drums with no problems. It takes about 1 minute to the drum and anyone from the oilfield will tell you there is nothing uniform about the oilfield. These drums were all a little different but no problem.
You can't ask for anything better than for a product to do what it is advertised to do.
January 20, 2014
Saves Time and Labor
normally i have to take off the top of a barrel with an axe and a hammer. With this drum deheader it sure saves a lot of effort. It is still not easy to do but it is easier. I have found that some drums with too deep a ridge it does not work on. But for the drums it does, it saves so much effort.
April 23, 2013
The blade on this tool is too short to cut 55 gal drums. If it was 1/2 inch longer it would work fine.
March 18, 2013
Does not dehead 55 gallon steel drums
This drum deheader is supposed to work like an oldtime can opener. You fit it to the drum head so that the lower part of the deheader clamps to the bottom of the rim while the upper part of the deheader is to serve as a kind of guillotine while you exert downward pressure. But this tool is too poorly made to work properly after just a few ragged slices into the drum head. We gave up on the drum deheader halfway through one drum head. It took more than an hour to get to that point. We bought a small, battery operated reciprocating saw to handle drum deheading. It works well. The drum deheader was a waste of our time and money.
October 8, 2012
Might open tin cans, but not steel drums
Maybe we have tougher than average drums or the upper lip is too tall, but this tool has not been able to do more than make a few dents in the top much less a hole.
August 13, 2012
You get what you pay for
After figuring out how to use the tool, it worked well. The deheader left a fairly smooth edge and overall did a decent job, but there's definately a learning curve. Having instructions in the box would have been very useful.
April 3, 2012
Did not work at all. The blade is cut improperly-it is too shallow. I used a friend's deheader which is identical except for the blade and his works well.
November 10, 2011
Limited use only -
As the lowest price alternative in the drum deheader offerings from Northern Tool, this is a servicable tool that will mostly cut through drum tops. However, if you have to cut more than 1 or 2 drums per month, spend the extra money for the more expensive rotary cutter. Heres what goes wrong with the low price alternative.
1. The drum top may stretch under the blade rather than cut. This makes it difficult to start a cut.
2. Once a cut is started, cut only in the forward direction and make very small cuts. Trying to cut too much at once causes the aforementioned stretching of the metal rendering it unable to be cut by this tool.
3. If the rim of the drum is flattened in any spots, carefully hammer it out to a rounded profile, the tool has difficulty transitioning from a round rim to a flattened area.
4. No drum I have cut so far has cut successfully all the way around with the tool. In all cases, small sections have remained uncut and I had to cut them manually to get the top off.
If I had to cut more than 1 or 2 drums a month, the more more expensive cutter would be in my toolbox now. Regardless, my next drum cutter purchase will be the rotary cutter.
June 28, 2011
Seems to be a well built product . It doesn't leave a very smooth edge. The edge is somewhat ragged . You could cut yourself on the edge , just like a metal can . Overall, it got the job done.
June 16, 2011
The drum deheader is a piece of junk. I have used a drum deheader at my former job and it worked great. This one don't work at all. When I come to pickup this meat grinder I will bring it and a drum and see if someone at the store can teach me something. So far this is the worst thing I have purchased from northern tool. I am very dissatisfied with it. I hope your guys can show me how to work it.
May 26, 2010