Magnets in Construction Sites and Landfills

Construction sites and landfills are LOADED with metal trash.  


To cover larger areas, suspension mounted sweepers are one of the best cures/solution for this problem.  Units can be mounted on service vehicles, work trucks, pick-up trucks etc… The Tow Behind Magnetic Sweeper is idea for  covering large areas and simply hooking up to the ball hitch of a truck. For smaller areas, there are push-style units which can be easily rolled around a construction site to pick-up nails after a job is completed.   These push-style units can be transported from job to job and are light enough to toss in the back of a truck after each use.


  • Keeps sites free of damaging metal trash
  • Prevents flat tires when vehicles are off site and travelling
  • Multiple usage possibilites

Did you know?

  • Steel takes up to 100 years to fully degrade in a landfill
  • About 70% of all metal is used once, then thrown away
  • The United States discards enough iron and steel to continuously supply all of the nation’s automakers
  • 630 steel cans are recycled every second in the U.S.

MSM Multi-Surface Magnetic Broom/Sweeper

  • Push-style magnetic broom
  • Load-release feature for easy debris removal
  • Adjustable wheel height
  • Removable handle for easy storage
  • Optional rake attachment available for use in grassy areas

Magnetic Nail Sweep

  • Lightweight, easy to carry
  • Picks up hundreds of nails per sweeping
  • Load-release feature for easy cleaning

“3 In One” All-Terrain, Load-Release, Tow-Behind Magnetic Sweeper

  • Great for more expansive areas
  • Load-release feature for easy debris removal
  • Grade 8 permanent magnets
  • Lightweight aircraft-grade aluminum extrusion housing
  • Equipped with fork pockets and eyebolts for quick changeover to vehicle mounting!

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Enforcer III Heavy Duty Forklift Magnet

Enforcer III

Heavy Duty Forklift Magnet

Load-Release All-Terrain Magnetic Sweeper

Load-Release All-Terrain Magnetic Sweeper

Vehicle Mounted Sweeper Designed for Any Terrain

Load-Release “3-in-1” Tow Behind Magnet

Load-Release “3-in-1” Tow Behind Magnet

Tow, mount on forklift or hang from a vehicle!


The Terminator

Dual Purpose Magnetic Sweeper with Load Release


MKS 5000

Rough Terrain, All-Surface, Tow Behind Magnetic Sweeper


Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long do your construction magnetic sweepers last?

    A. All of our magnets come with a lifetime guarantee on magnetic strength.

  • What style of magnetic sweeper works best for cleaning construction sites?

    A. It all depends on the size of the job. For large residential or commercial construction projects, we recommend any number of our bumper/suspension mounted units like the Type ALT, A.R. Auto Release or our All Terrain Load Release sweeper magnet.  

    Other professionals like roofers and construction contractors prefer handheld magnets for these smaller jobs. These options include our MSM Multi-Surface Magnetic Broom and our Magnetic Nail Sweep. These units can be easily stored behind the seat in a pickup cab and retrieved when it’s cleanup time. The MSM is available with a rake attachment which helps with loosening metal debris from grass or gravel so no metal debris is left behind when you are done with your job.

    Finally, our 3-in-1 Tow Behind Magnet serves as the best of both worlds. This magnet can be bumper-mounted, towed or used as a push broom. This product comes in widths up to 84 inches wide, so it is often preferred at large job sites.

  • How much weight are magnetic sweepers capable of lifting?

    A. The 3-in-1 Tow Behind has a lifting power ranging from 250-450 pounds depending on width. Our smaller handheld magnets have less lifting power. The Multi-Surface magnet is capable of lifting up to 65 pounds; the Magnetic Nail Sweep can lift between 20-30 pounds per sweep. 

  • How fast can I drive and still effectively clean up metal debris?

    A. Bumper-mounted sweeper magnets should be suspended 3- 4” above the ground. At that speed they can sweep effectively at 15 mph.  Keep in mind that the sweeping width of these units is less than our tow-behind styles, so it may take longer to sweep a larger area due to the smaller size of the magnet. 

    For the 3-in-1 Tow Behind, we recommend sweeping at a speed between 3-8 mph (walking speed).