Prevent Back Strain – Your Technicians Will Thank You

WWETT Show find makes work easier for the Hallman Portable Toilets septic team
Prevent Back Strain – Your Technicians Will Thank You
Mike Bernard, left, and Matt Randall pump out a septic tank for a customer of Hallman's Septic and Portable Toilets.

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When Scott Hallman returned from the Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show a few years ago with a new toy for his septic guys, they were so thrilled he immediately bought one for every truck. Hallman is the owner, along with his mother Donna, of Hallman Portable Toilets in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, a company founded by his father Dave in 1997. About two-thirds of their work is portable sanitation and the other one-third is septic services.

Hallman’s acquisition was the T‑Lift Manhole Cover Lifter, sold by Liquid Waste Industries. “They were doing a little demo at the show,” he says, “and I said, ‘Sure, I’ll try one.’”

In comparison to the standard manhole hooks his team had been using, which required a certain amount of strength and could easily result in injured backs, fingers and toes, the T‑Lift uses a hook and roll pin system that enables even a small person to effortlessly remove a cover with one hand. No bending is required and there’s no need to maneuver the cover with your hands. Resealing is just as simple.

The unit also features a scraper hook that can be used to remove debris along the casting rim, ensuring the cover seals properly. The T‑Lift weighs 8 pounds and can be used on manhole covers ranging in size from 19 to 32 inches.

For the Hallman septic team, the T‑lift has made one part of their job a lot easier. “We quickly discovered that was the way to go,” Hallman says. “This is definitely an awesome tool.”

Read more about Hallman Portable Toilets in this month’s issue of PRO magazine.


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