Workshop crane 


All about the workshop crane: what is a workshop crane? What are the types of workshop crane? And why is it important?

Car engine removal is quite a thorough and complex procedure. This is why you will need a workshop crane to change your engine safely.

What is a motorized workshop crane?

An engine lift shop crane is often referred to as a boom lift or engine lift. It is a tool used to remove and install car and truck engines. A motorized workshop crane consists of a solid support structure, most often made of steel or welded aluminum.

Why do you use an engine lifting crane?

The workshop crane is used to lift an engine slightly, so that certain repairs can be carried out.

How to use an engine lifting workshop crane?

Using a motor crane may seem simple. However, there are a few things you need to know to be able to use the tool safely. Below are safety tips you should review before using this lifting tool.

Always use the proper lifting points when attaching the crane to your engine.

Most engines are equipped with a bolted bracket containing a lifting eye. Sometimes it's not always obvious, but you should study your motor before attempting to remove it in order to find this support. You can also take some screws with your hoist as long as they are structural in nature. These typically fit into your engine block and are usually 1/2" or larger in diameter. Make sure you use a shop crane that has enough capacity to lift your engine.

Unfortunately, the weight of your engine is not always published. But you can search on internet forums to check the weight. It's also worth noting that unless you have a very large engine, most lifts should be sufficient, as most are considered far above those needed for an average commuter car or sedan. This only really comes into play when you have a large truck or some other special circumstance that would make your engine particularly heavy. It should also be noted that if you are using any type of engine or chain shop cranes, these must also be tall enough to support your engine.

What are the different types of shop cranes?

Hydraulic workshop cranes for engines:

Hydraulic shop cranes are the most common type. These cranes consist of a set of legs, an upright frame and an adjustable jib with chain and hook. As their name suggests, hydraulic cranes incorporate a hydraulic cylinder to raise and lower the load.

Hydraulic shop cranes are still the most popular models for a good reason:

  • The lifting rate is faster than most chain cranes, although the process may take a little time

  • Typically less expensive than electric hoists with comparable lifting capacities

  • Easy to use

  • Typically have higher lifting capacities than other styles

Shop chain crane:

The second most popular lifting tool is the chain shop crane. The chain crane uses a gear system and a set of chains to multiply the lifting force. By manually pulling a chain, the gear system is activated and the lifting process begins. This gear system includes sprockets of different sizes and uses its gear ratio to multiply the lifting force applied to the chain by the user. A chain crane has a ratchet or braking system to prevent attached parts from lowering when the chain is not pulled.

  • Autobest

    299,90 €
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    With a lifting capacity of 2 tons, the folding workshop crane will be essential for carrying out operations requiring heavy lifting with displacement. It allows you to lift without effort the vehicle engine or gearbox.  Lifting capacity: 2 tons maximum   Double pump cylinder   6 steel swivel castors   Drag handle   Folding: space-saving storage after use   Arrow 4 positions

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  • Autobest

    249,90 €

    Folding workshop crane 1t 6 steel casters with 360° swivel Folding : space-saving storage after use Telescoping boom Easily moved 2-year warranty

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  • Autobest

    99,90 €

    This rolling motor mount allows you to easily hold and intervene on the motor once it is removed from its location. It adapts to all motors thanks to the 4 adjustable anchor points. Technical specifications: - Lifting capacity: 450 kg maximum. - Motor rotation 360° with locking pin. - Two fixed metal wheels - Two swivel metal wheels

    • Autobest

      44,90 €

      This load balancer isequipped with a hand crank. Technical Specifications: - Capacity: 680 kg. - 4 Chains - Stroke: 315 mm