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Old 02-23-2015, 07:20 PM
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You guys use HF engine hoists?

Man I need an engine hoist and stand. The prices on the HF hoists are pretty nice:

2 ton Capacity Foldable Shop Crane

Any horror stories? Amazon sells the Torrin crane for a little bit more with good reviews. And it's Prime so I get free shipping on it. ha:

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Old 02-23-2015, 09:23 PM
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No problems here. Replaced some of the bolts with grade 8 stuff.

Common sense in use and nothing has gone wrong.

Depending on what engine weight you are lifting too.
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I use the lighter duty 1 ton unit for picking up core engines that I find with no loading available.

I have replaced several of the bolts with removable pins. Break down the unit into five pieces. load into pickup bed. Then assemble quickly at site. Load core. Break down unit and load up.

Have used the thing for many years..

Also have the air/oil crane cylinder Harbor Freight sells. Mounted on my big diesel engine hoist. Thing gets left outside and generally abused and still works great.
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Old 02-24-2015, 07:01 AM
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I have a HF stand big block makes it strain.
I don't know where my picker came from.
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. Definitely go the 2 Ton unit... oftentimes you want to reach out further for more weight than a 1Ton unit can handle...
. A while back, the local farm store had a similar foldable 2 Ton unit for $149... kicking myself for not grabbing it when I first saw it... they're sold out now and not carrying stuff that heavy anymore more...
. BTW, HF has the very lowest prices in coupons in car magazines... lower than in any of their circulars or sale flyers... I think it was February Motor Trend(?) had two pages of really good coupons... don't need to cut out the coupons if don't want to cut up your magazines, just need numbers off them for the low price...
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I pulled the 6.0 powerstroke out of my f250 with a 2ton HF crane. Had to use the fully extended 1/2 ton position to reach it and the engine is pretty close to 1000#. Its also pulled a few 351m and 400 fords that weigh 650 ish.
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Old 02-24-2015, 08:57 AM
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if you are using them once in a while you should be ok. They will not hold up to every day usage. Same with their jacks. My buddy has an inspection station and uses the jack all day long. He literally has a pile of failed HF jacks
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I've had a HF 2 ton engine hoist for around 20 years, and it's not the folding one. I disassemble mine when not in use, which is a bit of a pain. It's pulled too many engines to recall for myself, and most of my buddies. I bought it back when I did an engine swap in my daughter's '69 Nova, and it's never given me a problem. Just wish I'd gotten the folding one.

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Mine works fine for me..mine is foldable and lives out back until I need it..

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. X 2... I have a 2 Ton non-folder, but I'm tight for garage space, so was going to sell it and buy a folding one... because of high shipping cost/weight, prolly best to buy at local HF, Tractor Supply, etc...
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I used a 20% off coupon and found the folding HF 2T lift coupon at a real low price in a magazine. The local HF didn't have the big one but I found a $5 buck FedEx shipping offer for that 163 pound hoist (which is less then the cost of fuel to the store and back) which got it to me in about 4 days from the West Coast. The lift was missing a caster, I called and a pair were shipped FedEx overnight to me. I did replace the 1/2" unmarked bolts with Grade 8's for a few more bucks. When it was all over, my total outlay for everything was about $150 (this one - 2 ton Capacity Foldable Shop Crane)

If I have any complaint, it's that it takes many, many pumps to raise the boom, but even that's not a big deal (yes, the oil level was checked and the air purged)
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I have the Two Ton as well-the only problem I had was that the Cylinder decided it was time for a vacation-I bought a new one, and it has lasted pretty well-
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I have an HF floor jack that always leaks fluid and sometimes slowly lowers to the floor but my 2 ton HF engine hoist is working well so far.

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no problems with my folding HF hoist at all. One thing I want to do is put an air pump on it from my 20 t jacks so I don't have to do any pumping I never seem to get around to it. My floor jack has been great too ,after evey day use for about 6 yrs its still going strong. Last week I needed a second one and bought the same jack for 89.99 on sale.
the new HF E wheel is 10 times better than the one I bought a few years ago ,its a stronger, much better design I wish I could trade up.
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Just wish I'd gotten the folding one.

Food For Thought....

With just a bit of fabrication effort you could make the lower legs removable. You then pull the pin that attaches the cylinder to the mast and remove the legs and and your hoist would be much more compact.

Something similar to my hoist shown below.

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