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Old July 10th, 2016, 05:06 PM
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Engine Crane

Looking for any feedback on foldable engine cranes.
In the middle of a house move so need to move a couple of engines and transmission onto a trailer and then off at the other end. An engine swap on the books shortly also.


Issue is, much of the online feedback shows that most cheap CAD$400 cranes are dodgy, with bolts and hydraulic pumps failing. I guess it would be the answer to change out to grade 8 or structural fasteners and pins. Maybe install a decent cylinder.


Would love to buy a locally manufactured one, but at close to CAD$5000 for a Hein-Werner unfortunately I cannot justify it.


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Old July 10th, 2016, 05:49 PM
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For $180, it works fine.
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Old July 10th, 2016, 05:53 PM
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For $180, it works fine.
x2... I pulled my 3.5 v8 and t95 trans (think big and heavy) in one lump with this same crane.
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Old July 10th, 2016, 07:09 PM
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I have the same one (only from Summit Racing....for more money). The throw is long enough for trucks, and I lifted the engine, trans, and transfer case at once. Also used it to hold the engine while I pressure washed it prior to disassembly.
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Old July 10th, 2016, 07:45 PM
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Also have a HF. It's like $6 shipping direct to your house.

I pulled one of Raub's favorite motors out with the tranny and TC attached and put it in a 200Tdi, tranny and TC all bolted together - no issues.
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Old July 10th, 2016, 08:05 PM
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I have a 2 ton Pittsburgh Automotive / Harbor Freight job. Works great! Even has enough oomph to comfortably pull the 300tdi+R380+xfer case all in one giant lump.

2 ton Capacity Foldable Shop Crane

A+++ will buy again (when it eventually fails).
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Old July 11th, 2016, 07:10 AM
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I was in a pinch once and rented a crane for like $12/day. It was super heavy duty so just a thought.
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Old July 11th, 2016, 11:45 AM
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Thanks guys. I will see if the Pittbburg/HB is available up here as shipping costs over the wall to Canada are crazy. If not, will just buy another cheapo and see how it goes.
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Old July 11th, 2016, 11:56 AM
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Another vote for the 2ton. Nice thing about the larger capacity is that you can have the load out further on the crane... Great for lifted trucks and pulling engine/tcase/Trans together.

The 1ton will have half the weight capacity at the furthest point out on the crane.

I had the hf 2 ton folding for about 6 years, sold it when I sold my place... Never failed me... Seen here with a fresh 200tdi on a load leveler
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Old July 11th, 2016, 12:05 PM
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Another vote for the HF one, hard to beat on a RoI basis for occasional use. Although I did replace a few of the key fasteners w/ higher strength metric bolts.
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