How Heavy is a Full IBC?

A full 3000-litre IBC tank is usually right around 150–200 kg when empty. When it is full, however, it can weigh 3000 kg and up. There are also various factors that can affect how heavy a full IBC is. Let’s go ahead and explore each of these factors in greater detail.

1. Contents of the IBC Tank

The first thing that can impact the total weight of an IBC is the type of contents placed inside. It should go without saying that certain materials are heavier than others. This can clearly have a large impact on our initial estimates of 6,600 kg for a 3000-litre IBC.

2. Size of the IBC Tank

Not all IBC tanks are 3000 litres in volume. There are many IBC tanks that are much smaller. A 650-litre IBC tank, for example, might only clock in around 45 kilograms in total weight when empty.

3. Intended Use of the IBC Tank

Finally, how the company decides to use and store their tanks can have an impact on the total weight that their IBC tanks are. For example, those who want to stack plenty of IBC tanks on top of each other might opt to minimize the weight in each of their individual tanks.

Reasons to Use Larger IBCs instead of Smaller Ones

Curious whether it’s a better idea to use larger or smaller IBC tanks? Here are some main reasons you might opt to use larger IBC tanks.

  • Can hold much more contents;
  • Easily moved with a forklift;
  • Can sit permanently in one spot.

On our IBC tanks FAQ page, you will be able to find more useful information on IBC tanks just like this!

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