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How Much Does a Bulk Bag Unloader Cost?

Bulk Bag Unloaders are basically frames used for supporting and unloading FIBC’s (Bulk Bags). In the process of properly and safely lifting and unloading the bulk bags there are many considerations which must be made. Exactly what options, features, and functional selections are made all contribute to the cost of the Bulk Bag Unloader. In the end a Bulk Bag Unloader cost can range from $8,000 to upwards of $80,000, depending on the selections made.

Here are some of the basic issues that you will need to consider and resolve in order to obtain an accurate cost:

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  1. How do you want to load the bulk bag into the frame? By use of Hoist and Trolley or Fork-Lift truck?
  2. What is the size of the bulk bag (note: there is no such thing as a “standard” size)
  3. What is the weight of the bulk bag?
  4. Is the bag a “one trip” bag or is it reusable?
  5. If the bag is reusable, what is the spout dimension?
  6. Carbon steel frame or stainless steel? Special finishes?
  7. Is dusting an issue?
  8. Is the material free-flowing or will flow aids be required?
  9. Is it a Batch system, wherein loss-in-weight is required?
  10. Do you need to close the bags before they are empty?

These questions only scrape the surface of all of the details that must be considered, but it provides you with an idea of what can impact your cost.

Now, with these questions in mind let’s take a look at their impact on the overall cost of a Bulk Bag Unloader:



Base Frame Cost Based Upon Loading Device: (Carbon Steel)

Hoist & Trolley


Bag Weight: (Hoist & Trolley only)

1 ton
2 ton

$1,800 Adder

Bag Type:


See spout size below

Spout Size: (Includes Access Chamber and Iris Valve)



Frame Material: (Adder for Stainless Steel)

Fork Lift
Hoist & Trolley


Dust Containment Required:

Integral Dust Collector


Flow Aid Required:

Agitation Paddles


Batch System:

Load Cells and Batch Controller


Bag to be Tied Before Empty:

Pinch Valve


Sample Pricing Scenario

Based upon the costing above, a Hoist & Trolley Bulk Bag Unloader with Carbon Steel construction using 1 ton reusable bags with a 15” spout, requiring agitation paddles would have a total cost of $25,800.

Note that the above cost can only be used as a reference, but it should provide an idea of the costs that can arise from the required options, features and operational requirements. See the complete list of available options here.

We hope that you find this information beneficial. When you come to Hapman for a firm quote on a Bulk Bag Unloader, we will ask you a lot of questions – but there is a reason. We want to make sure that we thoroughly understand your needs, requirements, and operating conditions so that the equipment we specify and quote is exactly what you need.