Updated March 26, 2020 by Melissa Harr

The 6 Best Engine Cradles

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This wiki has been updated 5 times since it was first published in January of 2020. Although automotive engines weigh hundreds of pounds, it is easy to forget that they are finely-tuned machines that can be easily damaged. These cradles are designed to be strong enough to support them when you are working on them, but light enough to move around easily. We've selected choices appropriate for a variety of makes and models, so there's something here for everyone. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best engine cradle on Amazon.

6. Redline SD1K

5. Motoos 1000lb

4. Speedway Motors GM Chevy V8 LSx

3. Tril Gear Ford

2. Jegs 80064

1. Jegs Block-Off Kit

Editor's Notes

March 15, 2020:

Engine hoists are a must for pulling a motor, but what's the next step after getting it out? Whether you are freshening up the block or swapping an engine, it would be difficult to do either one while the motor is dangling from a chain. Engine stands are convenient if you need to rotate the whole assembly to access the crankshaft, but some find them somewhat awkward to push around. Cradles, on the other hand, offer maneuverability that's tough to beat.

Jegs is a big name in the automotive sector, so it is no surprise that we included two of their models. The cradle is the same whether you choose the Jegs 80064 or the Jegs Block-Off Kit, but the latter has the kit, as the name suggests, which is a nice added feature for preventing damage inside the intake manifold or ports.

You may also notice that there is a striking absence of cradles compatible with Ford engines. There are other options available, but as of this review, the Tril Gear Ford is the only Ford V8 compatible cradle that is built well and doesn't require modifications to get the mounting brackets to line up.

While Chevy engines do not change much from one year to the next, there are still nuances to keep in mind. As an example, the Motoos 1000lb offers a versatile application, while the Speedway Motors GM Chevy V8 LSx fits the multi-generation LS.

Do not attempt to repair or modify an engine without professional technical instruction or experience.


Melissa Harr
Last updated on March 26, 2020 by Melissa Harr

Melissa Harr is a language-obsessed writer from Chicagoland who holds both a bachelor of arts and master of arts in English. Although she began as a TEFL teacher, earning several teaching certificates and working in both Russia and Vietnam, she moved into freelance writing to satisfy her passion for the written word. She has published full-length courses and books in the realm of arts & crafts and DIY; in fact, most of her non-working time is spent knitting, cleaning, or committing acts of home improvement. Along with an extensive knowledge of tools, home goods, and crafts and organizational supplies, she has ample experience (okay, an obsession) with travel gear, luggage, and the electronics that make modern life more convenient.


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