There are times to go cheap (almost all times for us) and times to go for the right tool. When you have a 600 plus lb. motor hanging in the air is not a time to go cheap — unless you like watching your flimsy engine stand bend like a pretzel when you place a large load in its not-so-capable grasp.
OTC offers a heavy-duty Motor-Rotor repair stand that’s built to hold your big, honkin’ motor. The part that caught our attention is its ability to hold more than just a motor; You can mount up a variety of engines, transmissions, torque converters and rear axles from trucks or tractors. Did we mention it has a 1-ton weight capacity?
The Motor-Rotor repair stand features a pair of universal adjustable mounting arms that let you mount a large variety of components or motors without special adapters.
Here’s how it works: Components are cradled in the stand, supported from both sides. The plates and arms attached to the unit are designed to bolt to the holes and brackets your parts use to mount into the vehicle. The twin-post design is strong and can be adjusted laterally, and the three-position outboard support arms make for a stable work-holding unit.
It also has a 50:1 ratio gearbox attached to the handle crank, which allows full rotation of the mounted unit for service with just a turn full turn of the handle.
So whether you’ve got a cast-iron transmission out of your John Deere or you’ve pulled a monster diesel out of your old truck, you can mount it up and work it over without fear of cracking the floor. The bad news: street pricing starts at around $1600. At least you won’t need a heavy-duty wallet anymore.