There’s another name for engine hoists that indicates their wider utility: shop cranes. TM reader Monty writes: “I have a bad back, so I use my engine hoist/shop crane in my woodworking shop to move equipment and projects.”
So do we, Monty! We’ve used ours to move heavy objects around the shop and even as a Hulk-sized “third hand.” Though we’re too cheap to give up our otherwise-perfectly-good model, many manufacturers now offer fold-up types that store easy in the shop. Some even offer air-hydraulic models. We wish we had one!