I am looking for a chain hoist that will assist my hydraulic engine crane to drop a 454 engine out and differential out the bottom of my front wheel drive motor home, which is jacked up 3 feet in the air to accomplish it. The hoist will be attached to my engine crane from the top of the dog house access opening, similar to this setup, except I modified my engine crane support legs to fit over the hump where the engine is. Click on the descriptions to see the pic.
-->The Basic Setup
--> The Only Wheely This Motor Home Will Ever See
The transmission was relatively easy (compared to the motor), but it doesn't weigh much, even though its a TH475.
I want a decent amount of control both going down as going up. That said, would I be better off with a chain hoist with a lever on it, like this one
--> Lever Hoist
or just a plain old chain hoist like this one? Is there anyway to lock this one at a certain height, or does someone have to hold the chain the whole time?
--> Standard Chain Hoist
Some have even suggested I go with an electric hoist like this one.
--> Electric Hoist
The engine weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of 650-800 pounds, or so I am told.
I want a decent amount of control over the up down movement because the front wheel drive differential weighs 300 pounds (a Dana 70) and both it and the motor have to be maneuvered around several interfering frame members to get it out. I will have some extra control over it just buy raising or lowering the hydraulic engine crane itself.
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