JEGS 80040 engine stand review
JEGS is known to sell different car parts as well as automotive service equipment such as this JEGS Performance Products 80040 engine stand. An engine stand is a tool that is used to store an engine for longer periods of time. To lift an engine out of the engine compartment a hoist is used, however, hoists are not made to hold an engine for extended amount of time. For this task an engine stand must be used and many people fail to read instructions of an engine hoists, leave the engine hanging on the hoist for longer time and find that the hoists develops some sort of defect, such as cracks in the frame, leakage from the hydraulic ram or others that lead to the failure of the hoist. This is why it is important to use an engine stand for long time engine storage, and this JEGS stand is one of the best for its 1000 lbs (½ ton) capacity.
JEGS 80040 engine stand is made form heavy duty steel tubes in a square shape. Tubes have great durability and can withstand the maximum capacity of the stand 1000 lbs (½ ton) without problems. Assembly of the tool is quite easy and should not cause you any problems. The tool comes with assembly instructions and setup should take relatively short amount of time. The frame of the hoist can be disassembled for more convenient transportation or can be folded in case of limited space in a garage or a workshop. As this engine stand supports loads up to 1000 lb (½ ton) it features a single leg, four casters and the upright post does not come with additional support plates. The engine stand is very stable also when holding heavier engines closer to the capacity limit of the stand.
Mounting plate and arms
The engine stand has got a rotatable head that provides 360 degree rotation of the engine stored on the stand so you can access practically any side of the engine. This allows to perform repairs to the engine on the stand easier. To mount an engine to the stand there are 4 adjustable mounting arms. Each of the arm can be moved to a position to fit most of the engines. I must note that bolts for engine attachment does NOT come with the stand. When engine is secured on the mounting arms you can rotate the engine with a handle that is located on the back of the head. The handle has got two rubber grips at both ends so it is more comfortable to rotate the engine.
Legs and wheels
JEGS engine stand has got a single leg as many other stands with capacities up to 1000 lb. The stand is equipped with 4 casters, two 3 ½ inch (8.9 cm) wheels on the back and two 3 inch (7.6 cm) 360 degree rotatable wheels on the front. This casters have high quality and durable bearings that allows to move the hoist freely even with an engine stored on the stand. There are other engine stands that come with only 3 wheels, but they are generally much less stable than stands with four and more wheels. 2 front wheels with 360 rotation provides a better maneuverability of the stand.
Size and weight
The size of JEGS 80040 engine stand is 27.5×29.5×33 inches (69.8×74.9×83.8 cm). The weight of this stand is 100 lb (45 kg).
- Sturdy steel parts
- Stable, with quality casters that makes movement of the stand easy
- Engine stand is easy to assemble and can be disassembled for transporting and storage
- Few users have reported manufacturing flaw of the tool when receiving it, as the mounting holes did not line up so the tool could not be assembled. However JEGS have a great customer service, so any defective parts can be replaced