An easier way to “feather” when lowering an engine

Shop, Garage and Tools

  1. Righty Tighty

    Righty Tighty FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

    Messages:
    1,217
    Likes Received:
    995
    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2019
    Location:
    Sahuarita, AZ
    Local Time:
    10:19 PM
    Hey FABO! Please forgive me if this is either common knowledge or has been shared here before, but my pops taught me a pretty ingenious way to feather the cherry picker when lowering a load.

    I seem to have trouble with that first release, since the hoist is under load and the handle is such a small thing to be twisting with finesse. What usually ends up happening is I’ll start with a little force, in an attempt to gently initiate the descent, but since it’s difficult to sort of micro-adjust the handle, it’s all or nothing. And then the load lowers quickly until I can adjust and slow it down.

    So here’s what my dad does. He attaches a vise grip to the cherry picker handle, so that it’s perpendicular to the handle. He then uses the vise grip to twist the handle. The added leverage allows the user to “feather” a heavy load much easier. 30BB37E8-6EDB-4EE5-A75F-FAEC3AF7DBD1.jpeg

    Such a simple solution for such a critical operation. I hope this helps someone, because it sure helped me!
     
    • Like Like x 17
    • Thanks! Thanks! x 4
    • Enjoying it again

      Enjoying it again Well-Known Member

      Messages:
      80
      Likes Received:
      43
      Joined:
      Apr 28, 2019
      Location:
      Ontario
      Local Time:
      12:19 AM
      I like it. Thanks for the post. Simple, cheap and yet effective.
       
      • Agree Agree x 1
      • 413

        413 Well-Known Member

        Messages:
        391
        Likes Received:
        457
        Joined:
        Nov 13, 2019
        Location:
        NW USA
        Local Time:
        9:19 PM
        Yes good idea! But go one further. Just put the vice grips right on the turn screw for lowering and leave them there. Forever. No more moving the handle to go up/down.

        I saw an old engine hoist from the 70’s and it had a handle on there like a water faucet and it had good Feathering control.
         
        Last edited: Feb 5, 2021
        • Agree Agree x 2
        • Like Like x 1
        • Thanks! Thanks! x 1
        • krazykuda

          krazykuda Well-Known Member FABO Gold Member How-To Section Editor

          Messages:
          60,375
          Likes Received:
          26522
          Joined:
          Aug 20, 2007
          Location:
          Orland Park, IL
          Local Time:
          11:19 PM
          The definition of torque... :D
           
          • Like Like x 1
          • YY1

            YY1 Well-Known Member

            Messages:
            8,244
            Likes Received:
            3925
            Joined:
            Oct 11, 2011
            Location:
            FL
            Local Time:
            12:19 AM
            I have a cheap wrench on mine that just fits the tang.

            Simple physics- you can control the valve's position in a much finer way with a larger arc.
             
            • Like Like x 1
            1. This site uses cookies to help personalize content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
              By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.