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Industrial Magnetics, Inc.®

Manhole PowerArm™

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Manhole PowerArm™
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Vehicle Mounted Manhole Cover Lift Systems

Our Manhole PowerArm™ makes lifting and replacing manhole covers easier than ever. Just drive within 3 feet of the center of the manhole cover and let the Manhole PowerArm™ adjust to your location. The “Arm” has a 3ft., 180° swing radius and a double jointed elbow that allows the positioning of the magnet (sold separately) in the center of the manhole cover. Once the magnet is centered, turn the magnet to the “lock-on” position and use the winch control to start lifting the manhole cover. When the manhole cover is clear from its rim, swing the manhole cover away. Reverse the steps to replace the manhole cover. CAUTION: Manhole covers must be loose prior to lifting.

Employee Benefits

  • Reduce lost time injuries caused by handling heavy covers
  • Prevent injuries to fingers and toes
  • Prevent long term back injuries/soreness
  • Minimizes lifting concerns for an aging or gender diverse workforce

Application Benefits

  • Faster access to openings
  • Makes moving heavy manhole covers an easy one person operation
  • Eliminate the use of pry bars
  • Ideal for survey & pumper crews
  • PowerArm™ folds to the bumper for easy storage
  • For safety, the magnet must be in contact with the manhole cover to be turned on


  • 400 Lb. Lifting capacity
  • Fits into standard 2” square trailer hitch
  • Welded 2” x 3” tubular steel construction
  • Electric or Manual (worm gear) winch
  • Electric winch features: 12 V DC, power-up & powerdown control, removable 15’ Lg. remote control cord, a galvanized cable with latch hook and a 7-Way Blade Style trailer end connector
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Manhole PowerArm - Vehicle Mounted Manhole Cover Lift System
Part No.DescriptionArm Extension Length (in) Overall HeightInstalled Arm Folded Length(in)Weight (lbs)
PowerArms (Magnets and accessories sold separately - See below)
MCLPAE2000 PowerArm with an Electric Winch 56-1/4 17-1/16 14-3/4 87
MCLPAM1000 PowerArm with a Manual Winch 30-7/8 20-1/2 13-1/2 30
Magnet Options
PNL0800 Powerlift® Magnet only, 800 lbs. Rating 21
PNL1600 Powerlift® Magnet only, 1,600 lbs. Rating 51
VL0600 VersaLift™ Premium Light-Weight Rare Earth Lift Magnet, 600 lbs. Rating 20
VL1200 VersaLift™ Premium Light-Weight Rare Earth Lift Magnet, 1,200 lbs. Rating 37
MCLBA12 PowerArm front bumper hitch adaptor for C-channel bumpers 13

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