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Old 09-15-2005, 10:44 AM
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The big problem here, as Larry already pointed out, is the base would have to be very wide to accommodate a side load,so wide in fact it would probably be awkward for installing or removing an engine from a car. Now if you are talking about a fixed mount like maybe concreted in the ground then that should work just fine. I have one built from I-beam permanently mounted at one end of a concrete pad that has a swinging arm and is quite useful but the load must be brought to the hoist. The swing arm has a trolley with an electric hoist rated at 880 lbs. that will travel from the end of the swing arm all the way back to the support beam giving total area coverage for lift. Both a trolley and hoist similar to what I used are available from Harbor Freight for less than $200 but I have never used the HF units so I don't know about quality.
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