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Old 12-27-03, 12:05 PM
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Does anyone know where I can find blueprints for building an engine hoist and an engine stand? I'd like to duplicate the folding ones that Summit Racing sells, but right now I'll settle for basic plans.

I thought to use steel squared tubing with 1/4 inch steel walls, but I'm not sure on proper bracing and such. I plan on making a trip to Harbor Freight tools where they have one on display and taking some measurements and a good look at the design.

Can anyone help me out here? I think it would be far more rewarding to build my own, and possibly cheaper than the $199.95 + shipping from Summit.

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Old 12-27-03, 01:01 PM
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I saw one in a welding book at my schools library. Try your local library.
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You can build a better one but not a cheaper one. That stuff comes complete including engineering and paint, wheels, pins, cylinder. Most tools are cheaper bought. I have a welding shop and bought one at an auction a while back. I had to replace a couple wheels. A big diesel engine stand that costs a couple thousand instead of couple hundred, same time frame to build, I build the stand, but I would buy the cherry picker for 199.99 plus shipping.
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Ok, I wanna dredge this one back up.... I abandoned the project because of what sberry said about the cost not making it worth it, but what about a hydrolic shop press?

These things are going for like $200.00 minimum for a harbor freight model, but the design seems like some basic steel beams and a hydrolic bottle neck jack. Am I missing something?

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Building an engine hoist or a press would be an excellent project if you could scrounge the material for next to nothing.

I have a small supply of assorted steel and picked up an 8 ton longstroke jack to build a hoist. The jack cost me $90.00 CDN.
After putting off the project for some time the place I bought the jack from put their $359.00 folding leg hoist on sale for $222.00!
If you deduct the 90.00 I paid for the jack that made the material worth 132.22. I still would have had to spend about 40.00 on hd wheels which then made the steel in the bought one worth about 92.00. Then you have pins, a hook welding rod and such that would reduce the steel cost to about 75.00.
I figured that if I had built it my steel would have cost me about 125.00, 50.00 dollars more than if I had bought the one on sale and also not taking my time into account.
The store was happy to take the jack back and sell me the sale lift.

So, my point is that if the cost of the finished product isn't important then both things you are asking about would be most excellent projects. If building them cheaper is what you want to do then these types of projects wouldn't allow it.

Maybe you could make a project out of trying to gather a small pile of steel for next to nothing and then trying to find a project to match your inexpensive steel.

A good exersize would be to draw one up using a pre-made one as a guide. then make up a material list and then see how much you can get the steel for.
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