Dragway Tools 2 ton hoist with air pump review
Dragway Tools has made a 2 ton (4000 lb) engine hoist that differs from other 2 ton hoists on the market with its air power pump. Usually engine hoists have got a hydraulic pump that needs to be pumped manually by inserting the pumping bar into the hydraulic ram and lifting the load by pumping the bar up and down, which increases oil pressure in the ram. However this engine lifter has got a different technique, the hydraulic ram can be used with an air pump that is located next to the jack. The lifting principle is the same, however instead of pumping the bar up and down to lift load, you can just press a button on the air pump and it will reproduce the pumping motion with air pressure and you won’t have to pump the bar manually. I you don’t want to use the air pump, you can still use a pumping bar to lift a load manually. The maximum lifting capacity of this Dragway Tools cherry picker is 2 tons (4000 lb).
The frame of the hoist is made from a high quality steel in 0.312 inch (7.9 mm) thickness for the main frame and 0.125 inch (3.17 mm) thickness for the legs. On the sides of the main frame there are two support plates that helps to keep the hoist stable when lifting high loads. Engine lifter features a foldable design, you can fold the legs upwards and lower the boom down, so it will take a lot less space in the place you work. Legs should be secured in both folded or working positions with locking pins, before operating the hoist.
As mentioned above, the hoist has got a hydraulic jack that works both manually or with an air power. You can choose the lifting method you like. If you choose to lift a load with air power, you can just press a button located next to the hydraulic jack and the air compressor will start to lift the load up. This method is a bit more slower than manually lifting the engine by pumping a bar. If you choose to lift a load with regular method by using a pumping bar, which is used for most other engine hoists, just insert the bar into the socket on the ram and start lifting and lowering the bar. This will increase the oil pressure inside the cylinder and the load will be lifted. The hydraulic jack has got 8 ton (16000 lb) lifting capacity for both air power and manual lifting.
Legs and wheels
Dragway tools LD-1001 hoist has got two 3 inch (7.62 cm) wide square tube steel legs. As mentioned both legs can be folded upwards for storage and need to be secured in both folding or working positions with locking pins, and legs can also be dismounted for transportation.
Under legs of the hoist there are 6 casters that can be rotated 360 degrees around. All casters have the same 3 inch (7.62 cm) size and allows to move the hoist in any direction. Casters should allow to move the hoist freely when the load is being carried.
The engine hoists features and adjustable boom with four positions:
- 2 ton (4000 lb);
- 1.5 ton (3000 lb);
- 1 ton (2000 lb);
- 1/2 ton (1000 lb).
The maximum lifting range for closed boom is 48 inches (121.9 cm) and for extended boom in the furthest position – 102 inches (259 cm) from the ground. At the end of the boom there is a 12 inch (30.4 cm) thick steel chain and with a hook for attaching a lifting chain or a load leveler.
Size and weight
The dimensions of a folded Dragway Tools engine hoist are 58x37x22 inches (147x94x56 cm) and of a hoist in working position 65x41x37 inches (165x104x94 cm). The weight of the tool is 172 lb (78 kg). Dragway Tools gives the hoist a 1 year full warranty.
- 2 ton (4000 lb) lifting capacity
- foldable design
- durable, high quality steel construction
- air power lifting option, so you do not have to pump the bar manually to lift a load
- Air power lifting is a bit slower than lifting by pumping the bar manually