JEGS 80059 rotating engine stand review
This engine stand by JEGS is pretty unique tool when compared with other engine stands on the market because it has one unique feature – engine rotating gearbox that allows to rotate the engine to performs repairs to an engine block much easier. Of course we have seen other engine stands with gearboxes and even ones that rotate engines automatically, but price for these tools is usually well over few hundred bucks, while you can get JEGS 80059 engine stand for just over 200 dollars.
The construction of the stand is made from a heavy gauge steel tubes. The engine hoist is very durable and stable even when storing an engine. It will hold engines with up to ½ ton (1000 lb) weight, which is not much, but will suite most smaller and medium sized engine blocks. If you have a bulky v8 engine block we suggest looking at engine stand with a higher capacity.
This engine stand can be folded so it takes up less space when stored. The height of the stand in a working position is 36 inches (91.4 cm), but in a folded position 21 inch (53.3 cm) and wheels are on the ground when the stand is in a folded position, so it is easier to move the stand around.
Mounting plate and arms
The highlight of this tool is the rotating head with a gearbox. On the front of the stand it has the regular mounting plate with 4 adjustable mounting arms, where you can attach an engine block. But on the back of the stand there is a gearbox that allows to rotate the head and the engine with ease. Besides easier rotation this gearbox provides few other useful advantages to the stand. First of all the gearbox has got a 63:1 worm gear ratio which makes the rotation of the head very easy. For rotating an engine there is a metal handle with a soft grip on the back. Worm drive gearbox means that the head will fixate in the position when you stop rotating the head. This auto lock mechanism is very useful when performing repairs to an engine block, as no pins are needed to secure an engine into a certain position and we know that locking pin mechanism isn’t working good for all engine stands. This gearbox mechanism may not be very useful for those, who just use an engine stand to store an engine while repairing car, but those who also need to perform repairs to the engine block itself will find this stand to be very comfortable to use.
Legs and wheels
JEGS 80059 engine stand has got a single leg design under which you will find 4 casters – 2 on the front under the legs and 2 on the back. Both front casters can be rotated 360 degrees around for better maneuverability, while both rear casters can move only to front and back. Front casters have locks to prevent the stand from moving while storing an engine on the stand. Thanks to the 4 wheel design this engine stand is very stable and durable ball bearing casters allow to freely move the stand even when holding an engine.
Size and weight
The size of JEGS 80059 engine stand in a working position is 34.3x36x36 inches (87.1×91.4×91.4 cm) and in a folded position 34.3x36x21 inches (87.1×91.4×53.3 cm). The weight of the stand is 90 lb (40.8 kg).
- Heavy gauge steel construction provides durability and long working life for the tool
- Engine rotating gearbox adds few useful advantages for the stand such as much easier rotation of the head when storing an engine thanks to 63:1 gear ratio and worm drive gearbox automatically locks the head and the engine in a position when you stop rotating the head of the stand
- 4 casters provide stability and allow to easily move the stand when engine block is stored on it and 2 front swivel casters allow for extended maneuverability of the stand
- Higher price when compared to basic engine stands with manual head rotation
- Engine rotation gearbox will be useful for those who need an engine stand to perform repairs to an engine block easier, but won’t be much useful for those who need an engine stand just to store an engine while repairing a car