Best Choice Products 1000lb Pro engine stand review
This engine stand by Best Choice Products is very simple tool that can handle loads up to ½ ton (1000 lb). Best Choice Products is also selling engine hoists with decent quality, so we expect the same from this tool. Although you can clearly see that it is made in China, the tool actually works pretty well and does what it is intended to do – hold engines.
Best Choice Products New Pro engine stand is made from a durable steel material. The stand comes dismantled and you need to assemble it together by yourself. Assembly of this tool is very simple and straightforward and should not take you a lot of time and effort. The maximum weight limit of the stand is ½ ton (1000 lb). We certainly do not suggest that you go over this limit and use the stand to store heavier engines, as this stool is not sturdy enough for that. You can actually feel that it struggles holding engines with weight close to 1000 lb.
The build quality of the tool is quite good, same as you will see on other cheaper engine stands. The stand feels stable when used with smaller engine blocks. We suggest to use this stand with v4 and v6 engine blocks, but we don’t recommend using it with larger v8 engines. For heavier engines look at engines stands that support 1 ton (2000 lb) heavy engines. Always make sure that the weight of the engine block you will store on the stand does not exceed the allowed weight limit of the stand to avoid damaging the engine, stand or getting an injury while operating the engine.
Mounting plate and arms
Best Choice Products Pro engine stand comes with a regular mounting plate with 4 arms. Each of the mounting arms is movable so you can adjust it to fit different mounting holes on different engines. Engine stand does not come with mounting bolts to attach the stand to the engine, so you will need to purchase them separately.
The head of the stand can be rotated 360 degrees around, so you can access the engine from different places to perform repairs to the engine block. To secure the engine in a static position there is a locking pin on the top of the head.
For easier engine rotation there is a handle with soft rubber grips on the back of the head. The handle will help for rotating more heavier engines stored on the stand.
Legs and wheels
Engine stand has got simple design and a single leg, which is used on most ½ ton (2000 lb) engine stands. Stands that support higher loads have got two legs for better stability. The engine stand is equipped with four casters, two on the front and to under the post of the stand. Front casters can be turned 360 degrees around, which allows better maneuverability of the stand. Rear caster can move only forward and back. Casters of this stand are pretty sturdy and rolls easily, so the stand holding an engine should move freely.
Size and weight
Size of this Best Choice Products Pro 1000 lb engine stand is 30.5x11x6.2 inches (77.5x28x15.7 cm) and the weight of it is 42 lb (19 kg).
- Cheap for a 1000 lb engine stand
- Solid construction
- 4 casters provide more stability than stands with 3 casters
- Good for smaller v4 and v6 engines
- As the stand is made in China you may see some color inaccuracies, especially around screw holes
- You may see some signs of weakness when holding engines with weight close to ½ tons (1000 lb) such as instability, difficulty to rotate the head of the stand and others.