Engine hoists are used to lift and remove the engines of airplanes, boats, and automobiles. They work similarly to other hoists, wrapping a cable around a drum wheel in order to lift vertically, but they have a specific design to aid in their task.
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How Engine Hoists Work
Engine hoists generally sit on two legs on the ground that are attached to a vertical boom. These legs reach out underneath the undercarriage of the vehicle. A long arm reaches out from the top of the boom, over the hood of the car; this is where the fastening hook hangs. Most engine hoists use a metal chain line rather than rope or wire. Used by both professionals and amateur hot rod builders, engine hoists are sometimes called floor cranes.
Benefits of Using Engine Hoists
Engine hoists are usually capable of being folded to conserve space and have wheels for increased mobility. Some models also have telescoping booms for versatility.