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motorrotorrepair.jpgThere 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.

Heavy Duty Engine Stand [OTC Tools]
Street Pricing [Froogle]


4 Responses to Finds: OTC Heavy Duty Motor-Rotor Repair Stand

  1. byates says:

    1000lbs is not a “monster diesel” it is not even a monster gasser for instance:

    The “GMC Replacement Engine Catalogs” lists the following dry weights:
    305A = 738 lbs.
    305B = 771 lbs.
    305C = 840 lbs.
    305E = 795 lbs.
    351 = 860 lbs.
    401 = 880 lbs.
    478 = 925 lbs.
    702 = 1485 lbs.
    637 = 1219 lbs.

    The 637 is a V8 the 702 is a V12, the rest are V6, the 305, 351, 702, etc is the displacement in cubic inches.

  2. PeterP says:

    Well, 1 ton is 2000 pounds, so even the V12 leaves a pretty fair margin of safety…

  3. racer X says:

    Warning the cheap motor stands sold by Harbor freight suck. We had one break, & the motor fell to the floor. It was mustang 5.0 engine, & we spent a lot of money building the engine. Luckily only my little toe was broke & not my whole foot. The oil pan was smashed & the oil pickup was bent. Luckily 5.0 engines are relatively easy to find. I would hate to be working on a rare engine we the engine stand breaks. Also this wasn’t the first problem we had, when we used it before we had to fix the wheel. It broke, & the engine stand wouldn’t roll.

    Get a good engine stand or you may be out a lot of money like us. The kind that attach only on one side are dangerous. I like how this engine stand attaches on both side of the engine, not just where the engine bolts to the transmission. I would prefer a stand that has four wheels not three like this one. I like how this stand has a ratio gear box for rotating the engine. I think that $1600 is pretty expensive, but the cheap one we had cost us that much when it broke, so if you do a lot of engine work get a good one.

  4. Amcarguy says:

    Well Racer X, you are mistaken. The stand has four wheels. I own one and wouldn’t trade it in for any other motor stand. I’ve had long Packard straight 8 engines along with the transmission bolted onto my stand cross wise and could spin them 360 degrees. The photo doesn’t show how large it is. The motor in the picture is a huge diesel motor out of a bus. With it’s articulating arms I’ve had Aston Martin engines held securely and even adapted the stand to hold huge offshore outdrives so that they may be disassembled. $2,000 dollars is a small price to pay for such a versatile engine stand.
    To give you an idea how large the stand is, I placed the rotating components onto a larger structure I fabricated and was able to hold an auto body and rotate it without problems.

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