Dragway Tools 2 ton engine hoist review
Dragway tools produces many heavy duty tools for automotive repairs, starting from lift jacks, stands, carts, load levelers and engine hoists. Dragway Tools LD-3012 is an engine hoist that can lift loads up to 2 tons (4000 lb). There are many engine hoists with 2 ton (4000 lb) lifting capacity on the market, but just few can match to the quality of this product.
This Dragway Tools engine hoists has got a foldable design, the boom can be lowered down and legs of the hoist can be pulled up to make the hoist fold vertically. Hoist in a folded position is going to take up less space, so it can be stored somewhere in corner of your workshop or garage, when not needed. This engine hoist uses pin system to fix legs of the hoist in a vertical storage or horizontal working position. Pins can be quickly removed to change the position of legs. Cherry picker can be used for picking up heavy objects starting from engines, to other car or bike parts, boat parts, shop or construction equipment and many other objects.
This hoist has got one of the most sturdy frames at this price range. The frame as well as other metal parts of the hoist is made from a high quality steel. To increase the durability of the tool the main frame of the hoist is made from a 0.31 inch (7.8 mm) thick steel. On the sides of the frame you will find two steel support plates that provide more stability for the hoist. There is also a holder for the pumping bar on the side of the frame.
This hoist is equipped with a high capacity 8 ton (16000 lb) hydraulic ram. The quality of the jack used on this hoist will ensure that it won’t fail when lifting higher loads. The lifting is done by inserting a lifting bar into the holder and pumping it manually, and lowering, same as with most other engine lifters, is done by turning the bleed valve located on the bottom of the jack. In opposite to another Dragway Tools 2 ton engine hoist that we recently reviewed this one is not equipped with an air pump, so lifting must be done manually by using the lifting bar.
Legs and wheels
Dragway Tools 2 ton engine hoist is equipped with 6 casters that all can be rotated 360 degrees around. You will not find many other hoists that provide the same maneuverability as this hoist, because of the 360 degree rotation casters that allow the lifter to be moved in any direction. Also hoists with 6 wheels provide better stability when lifting higher loads than hoists with only 4 wheels. All 6 casters are 3 inches large and have durable bearings, so the hoist can be easily moved also when holding a load.
Wheels are attached to 2 foldable steel legs. Both legs are in 3 inch square shape and are made from the same steel as frame, but in 0.125 inch (3.2 mm) thickness. As mentioned legs of the lifter can be folded into an upright position and secured in position with locking pins. Legs of the hoist are made in such design to allow sliding them under most cars to lift an engine, so you may find it more difficult to use in other jobs. The distance between both legs is approx. 32 inches (81 cm). Unfortunately the legs of this engine lift are not extendable.
Dragway Tools cherry picker comes with an extendable boom with 4 positions:
- 2 ton (4000 lb);
- 1.5 ton (3000 lb);
- 1 ton (2000 lb);
- 1/2 ton (1000 lb).
Lifting range with closed boom is 48 inches (1.22 m) from the ground at 2 ton (4000 lb) capacity and with fully extended boom 102 inches (2.59 m) from the ground at ½ ton (1000 lb) capacity. At the end of the boom hoist has a steel chain and a hook, where you can attach a lifting chain or a load leveler when lifting an engine.
Size and weight
The dimensions of Dragway Tools 2 ton engine hoist are 59x36x30 inches (150x92x76 cm) in a folded position and 65x41x37 inches (165x104x94 cm) in a working position. The weight of the unit is 165 lb (74 kg). Manufacturer provides a full 1 year warranty for this lifter.
- High quality steel frame and parts
- Durable and stable design, one of the most durable hoist for the price
- Smooth moving also when hoist is loaded
- Well known and reliable manufacturer
- Unclear assembly instructions
- Does not have a moving handle on the back of the frame