Modifying an old harbor freight engine hoist, suggestions for castors?

Discussion in 'Engine Topic' started by 1971CamaroGuy, Feb 1, 2018.

  1. MyBoTy

    MyBoTy Veteran Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Lubbock, Texas USA
    Rubber wheels will flat spot if you don't use it very regularly and will cause trouble with 600lbs+. Stick with the steel wheels but don't get them larger diameter, it will make access under a crossmember impossible.
    Best upgrade to a HF cherry picker is a pneumatic/hydraulic ram. They're about $80 and are worth every penny.
    I used some HF 10" pneumatic casters on my cherry picker that I use in my shop lot. I can lift and move almost anything and the tires really help across rough ground where the small steelies would not turn at all. I'm tired of replacing HF junk tires so I think I'm going to get solid rubber tires from Northern Tool.
  2. 1980RS

    1980RS Veteran Member

    Jun 17, 2006
    Humm, may have to check into those the next time I go to HF.
  3. badazz81z28

    badazz81z28 Veteran Member

    May 4, 2001
    Las Vegas, NV
    Hmmm, I have used my HF hoist about 8 times, if you need something better buy something different. Doesn’t seem cost effective to modify
  4. 1971CamaroGuy

    1971CamaroGuy LS Swapped 1971 Camaro

    Oct 31, 2004
    I already own the hoist and used it a few times on other projects since buying it 13 or so years ago, it was sitting in my back yard doing nothing. I have $127 in materials to modify, which includes a new strongway double piston hydraulic ram. So essentially I am making this hoist better for that cost and my time.

    Even if I went out and bought another HF hoist it would run $180 + tax with a coupon and a more high end hoist for $399 +

    The way I am doing it seems the most cost effective way to modify, but like I said I may still take off the front pieces..not sure yet
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  5. 1971CamaroGuy

    1971CamaroGuy LS Swapped 1971 Camaro

    Oct 31, 2004
    I didn't want to pay $1300 for a rotisserie and came up with my own using a couple of rams, two HF engine stands and some steel and that worked out for me too....cost me $400 to build. Sold it after I was done for $350. Sometimes it pays to modify it to your needs. This is what I always go back to.

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  6. larrylarry

    larrylarry Veteran Member

    Dec 22, 2011
    San Antonio Tx
    EF2700DD-D6C9-4C4C-8283-7C5DDF709835.jpeg Modified my HF engine wanker I mean yanker with a 20” long 3”x3”x1/8” square tube. This gives about another 13” of length. I ment to extend the bracing on top to about mid way on the 3x3 tube but didn’t get around to it because I had to use it. I pull the engine only with the alt/ps/water pump & 1 head taken off. Took the head off cause I thought I might of had a problem with it. Anyhow it came out easily with no stress on the new tube. At least I didn’t have to take off the front bumper cover but it’s still close to it, about an inch away.

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  7. 1971CamaroGuy

    1971CamaroGuy LS Swapped 1971 Camaro

    Oct 31, 2004
    Exactly, extending it another foot or so makes a huge difference if your trying to remove the engine with the front cap in place. Of course you can come in front the side..just easier to do from the front
  8. xten

    xten Veteran Member

    Sep 24, 2014
    Pittsburgh, Pa.
    I bought a very good (heavy) cherry picker used. The arm and legs are telescopic. One square channel inside the other. Horizontal bolts through the center of the stocks. Probably 4 different usable lengths for arm and legs. Great for extended reach like what you need. Maybe a thought when you alter yours. I have used it a lot over the years including moving a 80 gal 5 hp compressor.
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  9. 1971CamaroGuy

    1971CamaroGuy LS Swapped 1971 Camaro

    Oct 31, 2004
    Got the double piston ram in at the first of the week and it ended up being a really nice upgrade over the old single piston ram. Still looking at some better casters...just haven't made it to harbor freight yet.

    In the meantime I spent a few hours today pulling my front header / core support / lower valance out in one piece. Kind of glad I did now as this gives me some room to go back in there and do some detaling, my engine bay is a mess.

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  10. Blown Camaro

    Blown Camaro American by birth, drag racer by choice

    Dec 13, 2009
    Deltona, FL
    Shopping cart wheels. See Bubbles.
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