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Old 01-30-2007, 12:10 PM   #1
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Best 'cheap' cherry picker / engine hoist? ...Now with Pictures!

I am looking for the best of the El Cheapo cherry pickers. I would like to stay well south of $250 but if there is a major difference will go $300.

I have looked at Harbor Freight, Northern Tool, Sears, Tractor Supply and such. The problem is they all look the same. I have heard too many horror story of these breaking. I just want to find one that was not a pile of Chinese beer cans last week.

Thanks for your input.

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Old 01-30-2007, 12:19 PM   #2
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Some I have seen are shorter than others. I would make sure I got a taller one.
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Old 01-30-2007, 12:50 PM   #3
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I seen one at Sams Club the other day for about 180$. I didn't check it out real good but it looked good on the shelf, had a Goodyear sticker on it, so it must be the best.
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Ive got a friend that is building one.

personally there are some tools that I dont feel comfortable going cheap on, which is why I dont have them . cheery pickers and engine stands are two of them. I dont want a good expensive motor hanging from a something that might drop it. and like said go with a tall one too. It makes things much easier when you dont have to take the tires off and set the axle on the ground or remove the front clip so the engine will clear the radiator support.
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I was thinking of a Gantry Crane. I have 10 foot ceilings and just 15 foot of with to work with. Trouble is they are silly expensive.


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Old 01-30-2007, 01:29 PM
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maybe a large A-frame with a chain hoist or a cable come-along attached to it. I have used a friends a-frame before and it was a snap to use, but the only thing I would have changed was to put some heavy duty casters on it that are lockable so you can move it around while using it. Yeah gantry crane would be sweet too, but then you need the structural integrity to support it.

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Old 01-30-2007, 07:04 PM   #7
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I bought one from a local auto parts store that was allied brand. Looks just like the Harbor freight stuff. Only gripe is the hydraulic pump is a little slow to fill (have to wait on the upstroke) but so far it has done 2 engine swaps plus moved a couple of tranny's and axles in and out of the pickup and pulled up a neigbors tree stump (don't ask).
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there is about 4 companies that build them, you dont want to waste your money on a top of the line unit, you're gonna use once a year, or less... omega makes good ones, they make their own...

personally, i wouldnt pay more than 120 bucks for one, because i could build one, electric over hydraulic for a few hundred, and just press a switch up and down, which gives you more control over placement when you dont have to man a bar to pump the cylinder...
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I am using the one from sam's club, I have done at least a dozen engine swaps with it in the last year, I have had no problems, plus it is a fold up one.
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i got the one from from pep girls, pretty cheap, and the casters piss me off every now and then, but it has come through plenty of times so far with no signs of trouble. i think i paid under 150.
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