Stationary Engine List


| December/January 2000



Stationary Engine

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, engine season is over once again, but our friends on the ATIS internet mailing list from Australia and New Zealand are getting into the swing of their season now, and a subject came up which affects many who transport their engines to and from shows.

Just curious if anyone has any proven methods for loading and unloading engines from, say, a pickup truck. Brute force obviously works, but the wife won't want to be the provider of such force too often! Right now my Jaeger is mounted on 3' long 4x4's. I might go ahead and pop for some wheels and make it mobile, but I'm not sure if I should trust 2x6's hold it rolling onto the bed.

As usual with such a practical query which is relevant to all makes of engine, this brought a good response.

I have two 2'x 12' x 8' treated ramps that I keep in the back of my pickup. These work fine for my engines. You could probably slide your engine on skids up the wide ramps, maybe with just a little help. There's always help to be had at engine shows to take it out of the truck.

A method I have used for loading/unloading an Atlas Diesel genset from a pickup is to use three long pieces of 2' steel pipe, using chain and making them into a tripod with one leg at the tailgate of the pickup and the other two beside the truck just forward of the center of mass of the Atlas. Then, a hand come-along will lift the engine, and the truck can drive forward away from it. By making the spots for the legs, you can use the same system for loading by first lifting the engine, then backing under it. This Atlas isn't that heavy, maybe 650 lb.

You mentioned concern over the strength of 2x6 ramps. If you provide some intermediate support for them, they will be much safer.