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    Engine Crane / Lift /Hoist

    A two part question if I may ....

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    I have access to an elderly engine lift but the hydraulic ram leaks like a sieve. The ram on this lift, at nearly 1 metre when closed, is much longer than the ram on most hoists available today. Anyone know where I can get a replacement ram of this length at reasonable cost?

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    New engine lifts are available quite cheaply on eBay but they are, of course, all made in China. Lifts from the likes of Machine Mart are dearer but are these also made in China and just dearer because they carry Clarke/Machine Mart branding? As for the cheaper Chinese items on eBay, does anyone have any experience of the quality bearing in mind that it is going to be used only occasionally rather then everyday?

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    Can't you either buy the seals and reseal the ram yourself, or pay someone to do it for you?

    As for the cheap cranes, they're all much the same, and when I've used them, the two tonne ones end up bouncing about all over the place under load, and I can't believe they get that SWL when the old EPCO cranes were built like a tank but rated at only a ton. If you have somewhere to keep it, I'd buy a used EPCO, which is exacly what I did when i wanted one. It didn't break a sweat lifing a commercial Perkins 4236 and gearbox out as a single lump, and it sat there for ages with the weight on it. I think one of the cheapies would have ended up looking like a corkscrew...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dodgeman View Post
    Can't you either buy the seals and reseal the ram yourself, or pay someone to do it for you?

    As for the cheap cranes, they're all much the same, and when I've used them, the two tonne ones end up bouncing about all over the place under load, and I can't believe they get that SWL when the old EPCO cranes were built like a tank but rated at only a ton. If you have somewhere to keep it, I'd buy a used EPCO, which is exacly what I did when i wanted one. It didn't break a sweat lifing a commercial Perkins 4236 and gearbox out as a single lump, and it sat there for ages with the weight on it. I think one of the cheapies would have ended up looking like a corkscrew...
    The old lift I have access to is a Link-Hampson model and very 'industrial', I guess much like the EPCO cranes. The ram is a welded sealed unit and I've had no luck in finding someone to recondition it. As for the cheap Chinese lifts, the 'corkscrew' effect is what I'm trying to avoid

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    i have a clarke one.had it prob 20 years.when the ram went,i just replaced it with an aftermarket one,rated well above the lifting weight. also modded it to do a higher lift.

    you could buy a shorter ram and remount it in a different possition.cant say ive had issues with it ,but then only really use it to lift heavy stuff out of customers cars
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    Go to your local hyd hose supplier or a local plant hire firm as they normally know a local repairer.

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    Any hydraulic shop will source you a ram to your spec, they’re not too expensive but it’ll probably be cheaper to buy a Chinese one


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    Some years ago there was an article in 'Practical Classics' (I think) about making an engine crane, pretty sure they used a heavy duty bottle jack as a ram.
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    30 quidder off ebay comes ready to use make an extension for the bottom got 3 here i use allways left out in all weathers they last 2 years outside so in the dry and kept oiled they should last 5 plus years
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    the chinese ones are so cheap you may as well get a new one https://www.ebay.co.uk/c/1247285072
    when i was at rally design we sold hundreds of hydraulic presses, cranes, jacks etc etc and rarely had any faults. a new chinese one is better than a leaky old one. you could replace the ram every year at that price. we just used one of them to convert a tilt bed trailer to hydraulic as the old threaded lift was knackered, worked a treat.
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