Strongway folding engine stand review
Strongway company has manufactured another high quality tool for car repairs and works. This engine stand has a ¾ ton (1500 lb) capacity, so the tool can be used to store pretty large and heavy engines. We have used to seeing engine stands with maximum capacities even below ½ ton (1000 lb) that are useful for smaller v4 and v6 engine blocks. This stand can be used with much larger v6 and even v8 engine blocks, however it will also work with smaller v4 engine blocks, so it is a good investment, if you need to repair cars with various motor sizes and powers.
The frame of this Strongway engine stand is made from a high durability steel plates. The frame and welding of the stand looks very strong and should last for long even on continuous use. The stand comes dismounted so you will have to assemble it, which should not cause any difficulties. The post and legs screws together with durable steel screws. One great advantage of this heavy duty engine stand is that it has got a foldable design, you can fold the stand in the middle for storage, so it does not take so much space when not in use.
In folded position the stand will be 16 inches (40 cm) shorter. Stand has got a quick fold mechanism, just snap a locking pin out of the leg, push the leg upwards and snap the locking pin back in. Thanks to the wheel in the middle, the hoist can also be easily moved in a folded position.
Mounting plate and arms
Engine stand has got a 360 rotating head with a mounting plate that has got 4 adjustable arms. You can attach majority of engines to the stand, but you will need to purchase engine attachment bolts separately, because they do not come with the stand. There is also a locking pin that allows to lock the head of the stand into position, so engine doesn’t rotate when performing repairs. On the back of the head there is a simple bar for easier rotation of the head.
Legs and wheels
Strongway engine stand features a single leg design with 5 casters. This is pretty unusual for a single leg engine stand to use 5 casters instead of usual 3 or 4 casters. However, as this engine stand has got a high capacity of ¾ tons (1500 lb) and a foldable design, the 5th wheel allows for easier movement and better stability of the stand when storing an engine and allows to move the stand even when it’s in a folded position. The front two and the middle caster can be rotated 360 degrees for extended maneuverability but two rear wheels can only move forward and backward.
Size and weight
Size of the Strongway 1500 lb engine stand is 16×32.5×34.5 inches (40.5×82.5×87.5 cm) in a folded position and 32×32.5×34.5 inches (81×82.5×87.5 cm) in a working position. The weight of the tool is 77 lb (35 kg).
- High capacity of ¾ tons (1500 lb) allows storing large engine blocks
- Strong steel construction and foldable design is going to be useful for those who have limited space in their workplace
- 5 casters provide stability and better movement, also allows moving the stand in a folded position
- Price of this stand is significantly higher than for lower capacity stands, so if you don’t have a large engine block with capacity close to ¾ tons (1500 lb) to place on this stand, you may want to look at lower capacity and cheaper engine stands