ARNOLD MK1 Compact

Effortless & Portable

The Arnie Compact, it's uplifting!

 The Arnold MK1 was originally designed to lift concrete service trench lids because of the difficulties and health and safety issues in lifting them by hand.  Over time we realised that with experimenting with different keys we could lift manhole lids, service lids, in-fact anything that was in the ground and had a key socket.

The Arnold MK1 Compact came about through the need for developing something that was as strong and as robust as the Arnold MK1 yet could be handled easier when in its storage mode. The Arnold MK1 Compact has become more easily transportable and fits comfortably into the back of a car, and taking up less space in the back of a van etc.

" A versatile lifting aid designed to allow a single person to safely remove and replace
a variety of Manhole, Duct and Trench cover lids.
It has a safe working load of 125kg "

The Arnold MK1 Compact is a lighter and smaller version of than the  Arnold MK1, but does everything the same with ease, efficiency and safely.

Arnold MK1 Compact with H-Frame
Arnold Lifters

Sleek, compact and so effortless to use. The Arnie has all the muscle you need to get the job done, and with the keys to succeed, no lids are too tough.

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ARNOLD MK1 Compact

Features & Benefits

It's Compact

The Arnold MK1 Compact is compact enough to go in the back of a car or van, without compromising its strength.

In Motion

The wheels are 260mm diameter. The pneumatic tyres allow the device to travel across any surface. It can also be carried around as it only weights 17kg.


Complies with Health and Safety. - RAMS can be produced with accuracy, as lifting without the Arnold MK1 Compact RAMS are difficult to get right.

Saves Money

Using the Arnold MK1 
Compact in a one-person operation where most manholes require at least two people to lift them you'll save money and manpower.

Arnold MK1 Compact
Construction safety consultant Asbestos Surveying

“As health and safety consultants working in the construction sector, we are noticing that the industry is, rather belatedly, embracing mechanical lifting methods instead of traditional manual handling of materials. Etc

Site work involving lifting can be easily addressed by utilising multi-functioning plant, cranes temporary lifts, forklifts etc.

However short-term planned and reactive maintenance work often does not have the budget to utilise larger items of plant.

Consequently, when undertaking site inspections on such projects Eurosafe UK often find operatives working alone trying to lift very heavy inspection covers, usually without much success.

When we cam across the Arnold MK1 Compact for the first time we were very interested in the product.

Our interest became even more profound when we saw the Arnold in action. When it comes to lifting up inspection covers the Arnold MK1 Compact outshone the other products we looked at.

What impressed us about the Arnold is that it is portable, easy to use, requires very little training and is very cost effective. By using the Arnold for lifting of inspection covers the activity became much less hazardous and the associated rick of back injury to the operative is vastly reduced.

We are of the opinion that the Arnold mk1 Compact is one of the best new innovations to come into the safety product market in the last ten years.”

Andy Newsham RMaPS MAPM
Chief Executive Eurosafe Uk

Arnold MK1 Compact - the versatile lifting aid.

Re the above lifter.
I have now trained this item out to a number of personnel in the West Midlands.

What can I say about it?

Well it is an easy item for me to train guys on, it only takes a matter of minutes before someone can be classed as competent to use.

It is simple but effective design means that it is rugged, but still remains versatile and easy to assemble and operate. It allows an operative to lift far more than he would be able to do on his own, by use of the fulcrum lifting method. It removes the risk of injuries that an operator might encounter when trying to lift both light weight lids and the heavier cast iron lids which are located wherever we may work.

No longer is a guy likely to get his fingers pinched or trapped when trying to manoeuvre a lid from its location. It removes the possibility of a back injury occurring through either incorrect posture or an operative trying to lift a load which is physically too heavy for 1 individual.

It also removes the need for 2 guys to be available to lift some of the lids. This saves on time, effort and costs when lifting or handling a drain lid, BT covers or similar Gatling style covers.

Steven Rogers

Best Practice Supervisor (West Midlands)
Doing it better tomorrow! than we do it today. 

 - Press Release

Arnold MK1 Compact

This lifting aid is expected to save the construction and drainage industry millions of pounds currently lost each year on back problems and, in the Great British tradition, the innovation has come not from a big corporate team - but from a small Yorkshire based business.

Business director and inventor Steven Thorpe believes their “Arnold MK1 Compact – the versatile lifting aid” will revolutionise lifting in the construction and drainage industry.

Arnold Lifters Ltd are pleased to announce their product for lifting Manhole Cover Lids, Grates, Trench Covers, Link box lids open grid flooring etc can be purchased from several distributers throughout the UK.

“We have spent a good few years developing and improving this product, it has been tried, tested and is fully CE compliant”.

- Steve Thorpe : Arnold Lifters Ltd

The patent - protected device could save the industry many millions of pounds in lost working days and in legal costs and is expected to be a must 'buy' purchase in these Health and Safety conscious times.

The Arnold has been dubbed ‘an excellent piece of kit ‘by recognised safety advisor and chartered Health and Safety practitioner Steve Beilby, CEng CMIOSH.
After inspecting the product for Arnoldlifters Ltd he said:

“Having seen ‘Arnold’ in action lifting a wide range of manhole, duct and trench covers.I’m convinced that this is a really well designed and well-built. piece of equipment. It is small enough to travel in the back of a car/van and is light at only 17kg self-weight.
By pushing down on the handle this makes it much easier to lift up heavy covers.
I tried the equipment and found it easy to manoeuvre and use. The primary aim under The Manual Handling Regulations is to mechanise lifting wherever possible. This robust yet simple equipment does that brilliantly and will certainly help to reduce the number of back injuries caused by lifting heavy covers.
I wish you every success with this excellent piece of kit. This could be just the lift the construction and drainage industry needs.”

- Steve Beilby, CEng CMIOSH

The beauty of the Arnold MK1 Compact, is the fact it allows one person to lift manhole cover lids, Trench cover lids, basically anything set in the ground with minimal effort. This compact piece of kit has the lot, the Arnold is made up of three pieces which fit snuggly together in storage mode, and its very simple to put it together and use.

Health & Safety

Musculoskeletal Disorders

Steve believes that the Arnold could help reduce the industry’s frightening number of musculoskeletal disorder (MSK) cases. HSE statistics show that 28.2 million working days are lost through work-related musculoskeletal disorder.

Source : Health Matters  - Public Health England

“This could impact on these statistics in future years to come. Said Steve. That represents a massive saving for employers as well as reducing a lot of misery”.

- Steve Thorpe : Arnold Lifters Ltd

The Arnold can be purchased with a range of additional equipment, i.e H frame for 4-point lifting, a full range of fully forged stainless steel lifting keys, oversized bearer beams and Puncture proof tyres, to name a few.

There is very little maintenance so this product could save you thousands of pounds as well as saving your back.

For more information contact ArnoldLifters Ltd on 07772793413 or or contact us using the contact form below.

Customer Images


Lifting the lid on safety 
with its effortless 
ease of use.

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