Choosing an Aurand Deck Crawler

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Aurand Manufacturing offers a range of handheld surface preparation tools for removal of rust, scale or paint from almost any hard surface. Need to prepare a surface for a new top coat or to remove rust and paint? Then a deck crawler from Aurand is a must, they are super simple to use and quickly prepares any surface for resurfacing.

But which model you should buy? With 24 different part numbers to choose from, picking the right model can get confusing. What does the M, K, E, V, 5, 6, 7, -1 and -2 in the part numbers mean? Fear not, we at Raptor Supplies have put together an easy-to-read guide to help you find the model you need.

Do I need an “K” or “M” series deck crawler? 

Aurand basically offers two models, the “M” and “K” series. The difference is pretty simple, the “K” series deck crawlers are lightweight (weigh a maximum of 5 kg) and are used for handwork or light-duty jobs. They can clean up to 90 square feet (8 sq. meters) per hour and are held by the user with a knob mounted on the top and a handle at the back of the unit.

The “M” series is more suitable for heavy-duty work or for anybody who needs to treat a flooring surface. Capable of treating up to 150 square feet (16 sq. meters) per hour, they come standard with an easy to use C-handle to deal with the greater 1/2 HP of the “M” series. Keep in mind, the higher powered “M” deck scaler weighs up to 12 kg+.

But the “M” series does have one important advantage over the “K”. (1) an extension handle is available, model 79MP, that attaches to the “M” deck scaler and improves the ergonomic capability of the unit for those with regular floor work.

The choice really comes down to whether you have light- or heavy-duty jobs that you need to remove rust, scale or paint from and the amount of surface area that needs to be prepared.

Electric vs. Pneumatic (“P”)

Okay, so now you have figured out whether you need a “K” or “M” series model. Next is the power source, do you go for an electric or pneumatic option? Model numbers that are air-powered, have the “P” included in the part number.

Which option to choose depends on your available power at the source area that needs to be cleaned. If there is an electrical connection nearby, Aurand offers all their tools in both 115V (model number suffix “-1”) and 230V (suffix of “-2″  in the part number). The motor is 50/60 hz, so the electric deck crawlers can be operated anywhere in the world.

If you go with a pneumatic version, you will need an air compressor that can deliver air to your unit at 70 – 100 psi with either a 1/2″ or 3/4” connection depending on the model you choose. The pneumatic version, without the need for an electric motor, also weighs less than its electric counterpart.

What cleaning area width do you need?

Aurand’s deck scarifiers come in either 5″ (127 mm), 8″ (203 mm) or 12″ (305 mm) width configurations. The “K” series is available in either 5″ or 8″ widths and the “M” series is sold in 8″ or 12″ widths, which makes sense as the “M” series is used for heavy-duty work or with floors where you will want a wider surface area.

The “E” designation in the model number denotes an extended or “wider” width compared to the base unit. Example: the Aurand MP6 is an 8″ wide deck crawler and the MP6E is simply the same version available in 12″.

Do I need a vacuum shroud?

The last thing you need to figure out is whether you need a vacuum shroud on your Aurand deck scaler, which can throw off dust and other particulates. All deck scalers are available with the vacuum shroud, denoted with a “V” in the model number. With the vacuum shroud,  your Aurand surface preparation tool can be connected to any HEPA vacuum, capturing any dust thrown off during operation.

Whether you require this accessory depends on the situation, such as the type and amount of dust being generated and frequency of operation.


Figuring out which Aurand deck crawler you need is simple, just follow the below steps:

  1. Choose M or K series
  2. Decide the width you need (5″, 8″ or 12″), which could be the E version
  3. Pick either P for pneumatic or -1 for 110v / -2 for 230v
  4. Add V if you need a vacuum shroud

For any questions on the full line of Aurand Mfg surface preparation tools, feel free to call Raptor Supplies @ +44 203 287 5224 or email

Straval Strainers and Valves

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Looking for Stra-Val valves outside the US? Look no further as Raptor Supplies now offers the strainer and valve product lines of Straval, a US-based OEM that designs and manufacturers a full range of the following valves and strainers:

Their low and high pressure valves, regulators and strainers are sold in a variety of different configurations; with connection sizes ranging from 1/8″ – 6″, designed to operate at pressures of between 0.30 – 50 psi and temperatures up to 600 F.

Straval offers their valves with a variety of end-connections, including:

  • Threaded NPT
  • Sanitary Tri-clamp
  • Flanged (ANSI B16.5)
  • Flanged (SAE J518)

Their valves are also available in a variety of materials, including:

  • Metallic: stainless steel, steel, brass, titanium, monel, hastelloy c276 and alloy 20 (other alloys available on request)
  • Plastic: PVDF (Kynar), Teflon (PTFE), PVC and CPVC

The company keeps some items as stock but the majority of their finished products are not stocked but generally with a 1 – 2 week timeframe for standard materials. You can browse Straval’s entire product line by visiting their website

Drum Faucets Suitable For Acids

Drum faucets are great for dispensing fluids in a controlled manner directly from a steel or plastic drum. Simple to use, just screw the faucet into the opening on the top of a drum and turn the knob on / off to use.

But what if you need to dispense corrosive fluids / chemicals such as acids? The need for a suitable drum faucet is even greater due to spill containment requirements and hazards to workers handling drums with acids. The drum faucet construction material and any associated seals need to be corrosion-resistant to prevent leaks as well.

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The solution: a drum faucet made of polyethylene. Rieke Packaging manufactures the “Flo-King”, a polyethylene drum faucet with an EPDM gasket. With a 2″ male NPT thread, connects easily to many plastic and steel drums. The Flo-King has a 2″ opening and can empty a 208 litre drum in 3 minutes. Can be used with a wide range of chemicals, including 35% hydrochloric acid (HCL) and 80% sodium hydroxide (NaOH). Rieke also offers a version with a 3/4″ NPT male thread called “Flo-Rite.”

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Browse our range of drum faucets and other drum accessories. If you need a drum faucet that is compatible with a certain chemical, contact us and we can find the right product for you!

Wesco StairKing Battery Powered Stair Climber

Wesco’s Stairking battery-powered stairclimbers are the perfect option to safely and securely move appliances and other cargo up and down a flight of stairs.

To use, simply slide the cargo onto the 4″ deep noseplate. Secure using the auto-rewind ratchet that first removes any slack and then tightens using the ratchet crank.

The included sealed-battery propels the Stairking up and down stairs with ease; both versions also come in a dual-battery version for longer use between charges. A 220v / 50hz battery charger (109160) is also available.

Available in 66″ (230051) and 72″ (230052) height versions, the Stairking can support cargo weighing a maximum of 850 lbs. Made of welded aluminium, these stairclimbers are light and easy to manoeuvre.

The Stairking also has a great selection of accessories, including a winch lift attachment (230053) that converts the Stairking into a stairclimber + lifter up to 57″ all in one unit. With the lift attachment, a user can now easily load / remove cargo from a vehicle and carry it up or down a flight of stairs.

Other accessories include:
– platform (260160) that slips onto the forks of the winch lift attachment
– superwheel (270076)
– kick-out wheel (230059)
– in-car battery charger (230060)
– nose extension (230055)

The Stairking is a must have for anybody who needs to move heavy equipment up and down stairs and / or cargo in or out of vehicles such as delivery vans and pickup tracks. To find out more about the Wesco Stairking series, please contact us via phone, email and live chat. Browse our selection of appliance trucks.

Raptor Supplies is Official UK Distributor for Dazor Lighting

Raptor Supplies Limited is the UK distributor for Dazor Lighting Solutions (“Dazor”), a top American brand for premier lighting. For over 75 years, Dazor has been supplying a variety of industries with top-quality task lighting and magnifying lamps manufactured in the USA.

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Raptor Supplies now carries the entire Dazor product line of over 1,000+ SKUs, split up into two main areas:

Lighted Magnifiers: “floating arm” work lights marketed under the Circleline, Stretchview, Hi-Lighting and ESD-safe brands. They are available in a variety of magnifications, shape (circular vs. rectangular), bulb type (LED / CFL / fluorescent / UV), base (clamp vs. fixed), arm types, arm lengths and colours. Their range includes handheld magnifiers for those who need portability or require lighted magnification in tight spaces.

Task Lighting: Overhead lighting solutions designed for both industrial and personal uses. Categorised by bulb type (fluorescent / CFL / LED / halogen / UV), task lights are sold under the Worldlite, Lumilus, EcoFlex brands.

Many of Dazor’s products are also CE-certified and work in 110v – 240v environments for the benefit of our UK and European customers! Electrical plugs can also be configured to a a variety of euro plug types. Whatever your requirement or budget, Dazor offers the right lighting magnification solution.

For any Dazor sales or product queries, please contact us via phone, email or live chat!

Friedrich Hazardgard ATEX-rated Window Air Conditioner

Friedrich offers an ATEX / CE marked version of their popular Hazardgard line of air conditioning units for use in international markets, including Europe and the Middle East / GCC.

front view Hazardgard ATEX window AC Rear view Hazardgard ATEX window AC

As CE-Certified, Hazardgard air conditioners are specifically designed for use where CE is a must. Ideal for use in hazardous locations, these wall-mounted air conditioning units are rated to the following standards, including:

– IECEx, Ex nA nC II C T4 Gc
– ATEX, II 3 G Ex nA nC IIC T4 Gc
– CE Certified

The air conditioners feature a hermetically sealed compressor and overload within the enclosed fan motor. Can be used in temperatures as low as 45°C and where surface temperature does not exceed 120°C. The AC housing is made of 22-gauge steel and is corrosion-resistant (powder coating / gold-plated thermostat contacts / environmentally sealed on-off switch).

Available in both 60Hz and 50Hz models with details below:

SH24N20AT (60 Hz): 24,000 / 23,700 Btu/hour cooling capacity and rated for 208/230 voltage. Cooling amps of 12.6 / 13.5 and 385 CFM

SH24N20AT (50 Hz): 21,000 / 20,500 Btu/hour cooling capacity and rated for 220/240 voltage. Cooling amps of 15.0 / 13.2 and 360 CFM

SH20N50AT (50 Hz): 19,500 / 19,000 Btu/hour cooling capacity and rated for use between 220 – 240 voltage. Cooling amps of 9.8 / 10.3 and 425 CFM

Each Hazardgard unit contains 2.5 lbs of R-410A / Freon refrigerant, which subjects the unit to dangerous goods regulations for both air and sea transport. However, if the total amount shipped is less than 25 lbs, the shipment would be considered non-hazardous as per the MSDS.

The unit has dimensions of 45.5 cm x 65.9 cm x 64.4 cm and can fit a window opening of between 70.8 cm – 106.7 cm. Shipping weight is 79 – 84 kg and would ship on a standard 40” x 48” wooden pallet.

Hazardgard Atex packaged

To find out more about Hazardgard ATEX / CE Certified air conditioners, please contact us. Browse our selection of window-mounted hazardous air conditioners.

Raptor Supplies is UK / EU Distributor for Wesco Industrial Products

Raptor Supplies Limited is the official UK and European distributor for Wesco Industrial Products (“Wesco”). For almost 70 years, Wesco has been a leading manufacturer of material handling equipment, including drum handlers, hand trucks, pallet trucks, platform trucks, lift equipment, dock and shipping related products.


Wesco’s product line includes an extensive range of lift and die tables offered through its “Lexco” brand. They also offer a broad range of both manual and powered winches and stackers. Wesco’s patented Gator Grip drum handlers are an ideal way to lift and transport steel and plastic drums by gripping the inside of the drum rim. They also offer hand and pallet trucks to suit virtually any industrial need.

Some of Wesco’s products are CE-certified for use in European markets. Raptor Supplies also offers spare parts for all of Wesco’s material handling equipment, with delivery in 3 – 4 days. Browse Wesco’s entire product line and feel free to contact if you have any sales or technical-related queries by phone, email or chat!

Choosing The Right Drum Handling Equipment

Users have a wide variety of choices when it comes to purchasing drum handling equipment. Before deciding on a particular product, an end-user should have clarity that the proposed solution will fit their requirements. With this in mind, Raptor Supplies has put together a quick guide of things to consider when evaluating drum handling options.

1. What drum type are you working with? Any solution should work with your particular drum type, whether a steel, poly or fiber drum. Be careful with fiber drums as picking the wrong product could lead to a puncture or damage

2. How large is your drum? Consider the drum size, whether it’s a 30 gal / 113 liter, 50 gal/ 205 liter or 85 gal / 321 liter drum that needs to be handled or moved. Pay particular attention to the height of the drum. Drums that are too high or too short may require an accessory or a different drum handling solution

3. What is your drum diameter? Will the product work with your drum diameter? Drums with diameters less than the standard 22.5” / 57cm diameter need to pay attention to this. From a safety perspective, drums need to fit securely and not be loose or too tight as to cause drum damage or work injuries

4. How heavy is the drum? Whatever equipment you are evaluating needs to rated for the weight of your drum. Not a good idea to handle an 800 lb / 362 kg drum with equipment only certified to handle 400 lb / 181 kg

5. Do you need multi-functionality? Does the equipment need to be multi-functional? For instance, do you need a drum lifer that dispenses as well? One should checking drum handling options that have more than one function. This can save you money and also floor space in your work area

6. Is the drum easily accessible? Can a drum handler easily access the drum? Is there 4-sided accessibility to a drum or pallet + sufficient free space in front for the equipment to manoeuvre without obstruction?

7. Smooth or rimmed drum surface? Is the surface of the drum rimmed or smooth? This should be considered when handling drums from the side (long edge) as some drum equipment will only work on either a rimmed or smooth drums but not both

8. Working with multiple drum types? Do you need to handle one or several drum types / sizes? Is it worth investing in a unit that can handle multiple drum types? It could save you both money and avoid the need for having multiple drum handlers taking up valuable space in your facility

9. Can the drum be moved from its initial position? Are you moving a drum off the ground, a pallet or a platform that won’t allow the legs of a drum handler to fit underneath? Any unit with forward legs will generally not fit under a pallet and would require a solution that can meet a pallet at right angles

10. Lifting height requirements? Does the proposed solution lift the drum to the required height? The maximum height must fit your clearance requirement. Does the minimum height work with your drum height? (a unit that lowers to 25” / 63.5cm will not work with a drum height of 20” / 50.8cm that has to be lowered to ground level)

11. How often do you need to use the drum handler? If you need to handle drums often, it may make sense to use a powered version to reduce fatigue or injury risks. This could be battery, AC-powered or pneumatic depending on the need. For occasional use, a manual version would work both for your budget and drum handling needs

12. What voltage do you need? If purchasing an electric drum handler, check that the electrical specifications conform to your region (115v vs. 220v / 50hz vs. 60hz / 1 phase vs 3 phase). Most countries outside the US use 220v / 50hz / 1-phase but some industrial environments use 3 phase power

13. Can the drum handler move around tight spaces? Is your equipment going to operate in a confined work space? Make sure your area has the required height clearance to enable the equipment to work properly. If your work area has narrow corridors, be mindful that your solution will fit width and turning radius restrictions

14. Can your drum be safely grabbed by the top rim? If you handle a drum vertically, make sure the drum has a rim that will securely catch with your equipment. Some handlers may require a minimum drum chime (length of the inside rim) to work

15. Do you need to handle non-standard drums? Handling pails and cans often cannot be achieved with the same equipment used for a standard 30 or 55 gallon drums. Generally, there are drum handling equipment available that is designed specifically for handling smaller containers such as pails. Drums or containers that may have protrusions may not work on some drum handlers

16. Working in special environments? Is the drum handling product going to be used in the food / pharmaceutical industries or in a hazardous or spark-prone environment? Stainless steel and non-sparking monel versions would be required in these work environments

We hope you find the above points useful when figuring out what drum handling equipment you need. Depending on the drum handler needed, some of the above points won’t apply.

Any questions, please feel free to get in touch with us via phone, email or live chat!

Raptor Supplies is Morse Drum’s UK and Ireland Distributor

Raptor Supplies Limited is the official UK and Ireland distributor for Morse Manufacturing Co. (“Morse Drum”), a premier manufacturer of drum handling equipment. Established in 1923, Morse Drum has developed a reputation of offering high-quality products to solve most drum handling requirements.

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Morse Drum’s extensive product line includes:
drum rollers
drum tumblers
drum pourers
drum palletizers
drum karriers
forklift-mounted drum equipment
below-the-hook drum lifters
drum rackers
drum trucks (2- and 4-wheel)
drum dollies
drum cradles
drum heaters
pail handlers

Many products also come in stainless steel and non-sparking versions depending on customer requirements. Morse Drum products are available for various:
drum types: steel / plastic / fibre
drum sizes: 85 / 55 / 30 gallon and 5 gallon pails
drum capacity: up to 2500 lb (1,133 kg)

Depending on budget and frequency of use, customers can choose between manual or powered versions such as AC power / battery-power / air-power. All Morse Drum products are OSHA certified and some products are CE-certified as well.

Raptor Supplies carries Morse Drum’s entire product line and can deliver by either air or sea freight depending on required delivery times. We also spare parts for all Morse Drum products and can deliver to destinations outside the US in 3 – 4 days. Check out Morse Drum’s catalogue and find the perfect solution for your drum handling needs.


5 Things To Consider When Choosing A Morse drum roller

Drum rollers from Morse Drum are perfect for mixing the contents of a closed drum. Improved worker safety and reduced spillage / cleanup costs make this equipment a must-have for any company, which needs to mix or agitate drums in their industrial process.

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Morse Drum offers several types of drum rollers, including: (i) Portable, (ii) Stationary and (iii) Hydra-lift versions. All of these different drum rollers offer a variety of accessories, come in various power / electrical settings and can be used with the recommended safety enclosure.

But choosing the right drum roller for your application can be a confusing task when there are lots of variants and models to choose from. So we at Raptor Supplies have come up with a simple guide for what you need to consider in making your drum roller purchase.

1. Rolling a fiber drum

Most drum rollers offered by Morse Drum are not suitable for rolling a fiber drum. The eight wheels that roll the drum could potentially puncture the exterior of a fiber drum. But Morse Drum does offer a variant that is ideal for rolling a fiber drum, the 201B series, which is the belted version of their popular 201 Portable Drum Roller.

Morse 201 belted drum roller

Available in both fixed and variable-speed versions, the belted Portable Drum Roller uses two broad belts rather than wheels to support / roll the drum (can also be used with steel drums). Keep in mind the belted Portable Drum Roller can roll fiber drums weighing a up to a maximum of 300 lb / 136 kg.

2. Rolling heavy drums

Some customers need to roll relatively heavy drums that weigh between 227 kg – 455 kg. In those cases, we would recommend using either a stationary or Hydra-lift Drum Roller as Portable Drum Rollers are not designed to support drums weighing more than 227 kg.

3. Drum loading method

This is a big one – your drum loading options will go a long way in determining what type of drum roller would work for you.

If your facility or setup lacks a crane or hoist to lower a horizontal drum, then a Stationary Drum Roller is NOT going to work for you.

Hydra-lift and Portable Drum Rollers are versatile in that they can accept a vertical drum either overhead from a hoist or from ground level using a drum truck. The Morse 86 below-the-hook drum lifter or Morse 160 drum truck would work.

Loading Morse Hydra-lift 456 Loading a Hydra-lift Loading a drum onto a portable drum roller

4. Rolling two drums at once

For anybody who needs to roll two drums simultaneously, the Morse 2-5154 Double Drum Roller is the right solution. The unit can roll either 1 or 2 drums at the same time; most models are fixed speed but there are two models, 2-5154-3 and 2-5154-A, which comes with the variable speed option.

Morse 2-5154 series

5. Portability

The Morse 201 Portable Drum Roller is the clear winner in terms of portability. Its 4 wheels allow the unit can easily move around an industrial floor. With its compact frame, the unit can also move around tight spaces. The portability aspect is ideal for users who don’t want to keep the drum roller in a fixed position or who have multiple areas that require use a drum roller.

We hope this quick guide helps you narrow down what type of drum roller you need. If you have any questions about Morse Drum’s entire range of drum handling equipment, please get in touch via our website, phone or email us anytime.