Drag chain conveyors are the most effective way to move or elevate bulk material and transfer it from point to point. The design, layout configurations, service duty rating, size of the drive, and type of chain and flight assembly are all components that make a significant difference on the quality, durability and longevity of any given drag conveyor.

Drag conveyors are best suited for dry, free-flowing materials and are most useful for agricultural, railway, chemical, cement, and other applications which require metering and efficient movement of product. They can be inclined as well as horizontal, but their paddles must be designed for vertical conveying, if desired. They are easy to implement into plants and can be configured to have multiple inlets/outlets, making them a great plug-and-play conveyor type. They can also be used in tandem with other open conveyors to help reclaim any lost material, giving them additional applications in recycling, environmental protection, and accumulation functions. There are some basic types of drag conveyors available to buyers, and this section will detail these types for those interested. This list is not exhaustive, as there are manufacturer-specific types not shown here, but know that specialized and custom drag conveyors exist.