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Harbor Freight 2 ton cherry picker & 2f

Discussion in 'Workshop and Home Improvement' started by John McVicker, Mar 3, 2007.

  1. John McVicker

    John McVicker SILVER Star

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    Why do you think this lift would have this warning : suitable for 4 cly engines & MOST 6 cly engines.

    This is their 2 ton, 4,000 lb. lift for $199. They also have a one ton for $159 on sale for $99. So, while this 2 ton job might not be the best one around, you certainly would think it could handle a 2f. But with that disclaimer, it makes you wonder. I've not bought one b-4 but it looks pretty stout.

    Any thoughts b-4 I look elsewhere ?

    Thanks, jJohn McVicker
     
  2. Mace

    Mace rock scientist.. Staff Member s-Moderator

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    I have the compact 2 ton. Works great on a 2f..
     
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    nuclearlemon not an addict Moderator

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    i've got the folding 2ton...been using it for years on 2fs and v8s, no issues
     
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    I got a folding 2 ton from China-likely made in the same factory as the HF one. I recently pulled the 2F, bellhousing, SM420, and t-case as one unit. No problems.

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  5. John McVicker

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    Thanks, good info. I was thinking this had to be beefy enough.

    Thanks, John
     
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    nuclearlemon not an addict Moderator

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    oooohhhhhoooohhhh....engine swap pics....can i play? :grinpimp:


    i had a red one like yours i think. does yours have the bolts that unbolt the legs and they slide out? if so, it's a tad different in design but basically the same thing. every motor i've stabbed has included trans and tcase, also

    only picker i won't ever recommend is the old school breakdown ones where the top bar hooks onto the main frame. we used one of those to pull the f from my 68 and the clevis busted off. the sudden release of all that weight sent the top bar catapulting about 15 feet in the air. :eek:
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    Sorry (not really) for the hijacking, but do y'all use an engine leveler to lower and install an engine? When I picked up my engine hoist from a private party he threw one in. But it scares the crap out of me when I notice the bend in the threaded part that moves the center of gravity to tilt the engine one way or another. Looks like it's ready to break in half at any second, and that's not even with the bell housing, tranny & xfer case (and PTO) attached, just the engine.
     
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    The red one I have looks exactly like the orange one in your picture. The legs pivot on bolts and are held in place by pins. It's low tech and strong looking. I only paid $139 for mine and got a $20 rebate. I've used it for lots of lifts other than motors-don't know how I got along without it! The fold up leg feature is a must. It would be difficult to store without that.
     
  9. John McVicker

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    Looks good. More pics. We need more pics. I don't have any yet.

    John
     
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    just used my $125 china special to pull my whole 2f, transfer, trans assembly. no probs- definatley use a load leveler, helps a bunch...

    BTW I had to leave the swap unexpectedly and left my vortec/trans assembly hanging in the engine bay overnight one night. china special held with no problems at all....:D
     
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    i've got a cheapy, used it a couple times. don't like it. so i go without now.
     
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    My turn to hijack now. I'll be pulling a 2f in a week or two, without the tranny attached. I haven't done this in about 15 years... I'll be using a leveler. Where do you attach to the engine? Bolt on to the head? Any idea what size bolts these are? If you've got pics that would be greatly appreciated.

    BTW, I was at Northern tool yesterday, The had a simlilar 2 ton puller on sale for $150. They also had a 1500 lb folding engine stand (Torin big red) that looked alright, on sale for $70 (I picked one up).

    I bought up a Torin 2 ton folding hoist for $150 at the local Autozone a few days ago, which again looks similar to the HF hoist and the Northern tool one. I can't say much as I haven't put it together yet. My local HF did not stock the 2 ton puller or their 2 ton stand. Anway, call a few places and save a couple of bucks.
     
  13. Cruiserdrew

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    Jeff-the 2F shoudl have hooks on both ends of the motor. Mine was missing the rear hook and so we wrapped the motor with a strap. A chain would work just as well.

    If it' coming out of a 40, take up tension on the motor and lift it off the rear mounts, then unbolt the mounting ears from the bellhousing. Then you tip the back of the motor down and lift it all out. Only in a late 40 or a 60 can you leave the tranny in place and pull the motor, since there is a crossmember to support the tranny and t-case.
     
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    this is when too much is too much

    Heres what happens when you put a little too much on one :eek:
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  16. splitshot

    splitshot Head cook, Bottle washer, and Peace keeper. SILVER Star

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    Reminds me of the last one I rented...
    I think someone used it to pull a 3406 cat on an unlevel surface...
     
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    I used it to pick this up :eek: off the trailer all at once :doh:
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    Ok, you got me,

    What the hell is that?
     
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    :grinpimp:
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    I want one of those. What brand is yours? I was looking at a used Pack Bend for $1000.00.