An engine crane is an essential piece of equipment for any car garage.
In this article, we’ll explain what an engine crane is used for, the advantages of having one in your workshop, and the options of crane available to you in the KROFtools catalogue. Keep reading!
What is an engine crane?
An engine crane can be a hydraulic or hydropneumatic crane which, as its name suggests, is used to remove or install vehicle engines.
This piece of equipment is made of metal and contains a hydraulic or hydropneumatic pump that raises the arm carrying the weight of the engine, which is attached to a hook.
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What is an engine crane used for?
Engine cranes help mechanics remove engine blocks from the bodies of vehicles.
Mechanics can use this piece of equipment to perform maintenance on engine blocks, making the task easier and more effective.
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What are the advantages of having an engine crane?
- You’re able to transport light vehicle engine blocks of all sizes, depending on the tonnage of the crane in question;
- They’re portable;
- They’re fitted with wheels, allowing mechanics to take the engine anywhere they may need to;
- They operate using hydraulic or hydropneumatic systems, therefore not requiring any physical effort from mechanics;
- Their legs are adjustable for increased stability.
Read on to find out the precautions you should take when using an engine crane.
Which precautions should you take when using an engine crane?
- Use the crane on flat surfaces only;
- Check that the engine shackles are correctly attached for more secure support;
- Wear protective gloves;
- Check that all crane bolts are tightened before each use;
- Do not exceed the maximum weight limit.
What should you be aware of when purchasing an engine crane?
- The weight the crane is able to lift;
- Whether it has wheels for portability;
- How practical it is to put away;
- Its lifting capacity.
Which engine cranes are available in the KROFtools catalogue?
Keep reading to find out about the 4 engine cranes for sale available in the KROFtools catalogue.
Folding crane with a 1-tonne lifting capacity
This folding crane can safely carry weights of up to 1 tonne, providing 4 lifting positions to adapt to various engine types.
Click on the image for more information about our 1TON Shop Crane (Ref. 4860).
This folding crane can safely carry weights of up to 1 tonne and is also available in the KROFtools catalogue.
This folding crane can safely carry weights of up to 1 tonne and has a lifting range of 2.1 metres to remove engines from cars.
Click on the image to find out more information about our 1TON Shop Crane (Ref. 4863).
Folding crane with a 2-tonne lifting capacity
This folding crane can safely carry weights of up to 2 tonnes and has a lifting range of 2.3 metres
Click on the image for more information about our 2TON Shop Crane (Ref. 4865).
Folding crane with a 3-tonne lifting capacity
This folding crane can safely carry weights of up to 3 tonnes and has 4 wheels, allowing you to easily transport car engines around your garage.
Click on the image to find out more information about our 3TON Shop Crane (Ref. 4866).
Which is the best engine crane for your garage?
There is no such thing as the perfect engine crane for every circumstance. When choosing the right hydraulic crane for your garage, you should choose the one that best meets your needs, considering the type of jobs you perform most often.
How much does an engine crane cost?
Engine crane price can range from 600 to 1500 euros, depending on their characteristics, weight-bearing capacity, and lifting height.
It’s also worth remembering that you can buy spare parts for this piece of equipment in the KROFtools catalogue.
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