5 gallon open head plastic pail tough enough to store hardware supplies and secure enough to protect contents. Strong reinforcing ribs guarantee that it will keep its shape. This durable round commercial grade container can be used to safely store or ship products. Container and cover can be hot filled up to 180°F, steam sterilized and frozen. Features a tapered design which allows empty buckets to nest for storage and separate easily, while pails with lids are stackable.

Other terms:
  • Additional quantities must be in increments of 120 pieces (half-pallets).
  • Price includes one-time screen charges.
  • Pail lids sold separately.
  • Packed - 120 ea. per unit, 2 units per pallet.

Key benefits:
  • 100% Prime Virgin HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene) Plastic
  • Heavy duty 90 mil wall thickness - .090" +/- .005"
  • Metal handle with plastic grip for comfortable transport of heavy contents
  • Withstand temperatures up to 180° F
  • Includes child warning printed in the same color as your graphics
  • Proudly Made in the USA


High-Density Polyethylene PlasticHigh density polyethylene (HDPE ) is the most commonly used resin. This economical plastic has good impact and chemical resistance, is naturally translucent and flexible. It is typically used for personal care products such as shampoo bottles. Adding color will give HDPE an opaque look that will result in an increase in weight and rigidness. We have a variety of these rigid and tough high density polyethylene products in stock, from containers, pails, bottles, caps, tubs and jugs. HDPE works well in below freezing temperatures. HDPE heat compatibility varies. Maximum fill temperature is generally around 145°F; however, testing is recommended with your specific product and application.


This information has been provided as a general guide. It is the customer's responsibility to select the proper container for product and application compatibility.

Additional Information

More Information
Capacity5 gal.
FDA CompliantYes
Label Panel DimensionsThe printable area is a maximum of 10" W x 7" H on each side.
Mandatory gov't warning will print in the same color as your design.
If printing in 2-colors, please specify color preference for warning label.
Dimensions12.307" Dia. (top) x 10.438" Dia. (bottom) x 14.562" H
Nominal Tare Weight972.50 gm
Unit Pack120 ea. (Nested)
Pallet Pack240 ea. (Nested)
  • 120 per Unit, Nested
  • 240 per Pallet (2 Units) 97" Height, Nested
  • Lids are packed 80 per unit, 1,560 per pallet
  • 6,240 per 53' Truckload (Pails & Lids)
Country of ManufactureUnited States
SeriesP4 Series
ClosureNo Cover
Min. Wall Thickness90 mil.
Q & A
Customer Questions
What does the Pail Series mean?
Our pails and lids are classified as part of a designated Series, which makes pairing this pail with a compatible lid easier. Simply match the size (e.g., 5 gallon) and series (P5 Series) of the pail and lid to find a proper fit.
Can this round plastic pail be used for food products?
If the pail is FDA approved (listed under the Additional Information section of this product page), then it is safe to store and transport food and food ingredients.
Do you offer labeling services for this round plastic pail?
Yes, we offer design services, as well as screen printing, label printing and application services. You can request a quote from our design team by calling 630.629.6600 or emailing Sales@thecarycompany.com. For more information regarding the services we offer, please go to our Design Services page.
Can I use a pail heater for this round plastic pail?
Yes, you can use a pail heater with this pail. However, be sure the heater can be used on a plastic pail and find out what temperature the pail can withstand before applying the heater.
How many cubic feet in a 5 gallon pail?
The simple conversion of measurement of 5 gallons is 0.803 cubic feet. However, this is for the nominal capacity of the pail. The actual (overflow) capacity of a pail can vary from model to model. To calculate the full volume in cubic feet, for cylinder pails, you need to multiply π (3.14) x the pail radius (in feet) x the pail height (in feet). To calculate the volume for square pails, multiply the pail's length x width x height (in feet).
Can you ship internationally? Where are you located?
The Cary Company online ordering platform is only set up to ship within the United States. For international shipments, please contact us at 630.629.6600 or Sales@thecarycompany.com, and we will be happy to process your order. Our main warehouse and office are located in Addison, Ill. We also have warehouses in across the United States that you can see here. Thank you for choosing The Cary Company.
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