If you’re someone who regularly works on engines, whether for personal or professional reasons, you’re likely already familiar with engine stands. An engine stand is a tool that is used to hold an engine while it’s being worked on. They make the process much easier and more efficient. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll be discussing everything you need to know about engine stands, including what to look for when purchasing one, how to set it up, and how to use it. It is also worth noting that HEMS provides a range of industrial quality Engine Stands that belong in any ambitious workshop. You can view the whole range here.

What to Look for in an Engine Stand?

When it comes to choosing an engine stand, there are several factors you’ll want to consider. First and foremost, you’ll want to make sure the stand is strong and durable enough to hold the weight of the engine you’ll be working on. There are a series of elements to consider. Look for stands made from high-quality materials such as steel or aluminium. You’ll need one with a weight capacity that matches or exceeds the weight of your engine.

Another important factor to consider is adjustability. Most engine stands will allow you to adjust the angle of the engine. Some also offer the ability to adjust the height or width of the stand as well. This can be especially helpful if you’ll be working on engines of varying sizes.

Finally, consider any additional features that may be helpful for your specific needs. For example, some stands come with wheels for easy manoeuvrability. Others may have built-in drip pans to catch any fluids that may leak during the work process.

HM-ES 7000 Engine Repair stand

Do I Really Need an Engine Stand?

If you’re wondering whether or not you really need an engine stand, the short answer is yes. While it is technically possible to work on an engine without a stand, doing so can make the process much more difficult and time-consuming. An engine stand allows you to easily rotate the engine, access all areas of it, and work on it from a comfortable and safe position. Not to mention getting proper equipment for your workshop will also increase safety in the workplace, which should always be a top priority.

Can an Engine be Run on an Engine Stand?

Once more, while it is possible to start an engine while it’s on a stand, it’s not recommended. Doing so can be dangerous, as the stand may not be stable enough to handle the force and movement of a running engine. Instead, it’s best to only use the stand for stationary work.

HM-ES 1076 Engine Repair stand


What are the Benefits of an Engine Stand?

There are several benefits to using an engine stand. First and foremost, it allows you to easily access all areas of the engine. This makes the work process much easier and more efficient. It also allows you to work on the engine from a comfortable and safe position, reducing the risk of injury. Finally, a stand can help prolong the life of your engine by preventing it from sitting on the ground and being exposed to dirt, debris, and moisture.

How Do I Choose an Engine Stand?

We’ve already covered some of the factors you’ll want to consider when choosing an engine stand, but here’s a more detailed breakdown:

  • Weight capacity: Make sure the stand can handle the weight. 
  • Adjustability: Look for stands with adjustable angles, heights, and widths if needed.
  • Durability: Choose stands made from high-quality materials that will last.
  • Additional features: Consider any additional features that may be helpful for your specific needs.

HEMS produces an industrial state-of-the-art level range of Engine Stands. There are 7 models, with the smallest holding a capacity of 1520kg and the largest being able to hold 20 tons! Each one is rotating, meaning that maintenance can be performed with great ease by just one worker. This can decrease labour costs by up to 50%. This means once the cost of the fixed capital is recuperated costs will decrease and profits will increase. 

HEMS large Engine Repair stand in use

How Long Can an Engine Sit on a Stand?

The answer is that an engine can safely sit on a stand for as long as needed. However, if you’ll be storing the engine for an extended period of time, it’s best to cover it to protect it from dust and debris as this can damage your engine. It’s also a good idea to periodically rotate the engine to prevent flat spotting on the tires.

How do you set up an Engine Stand?

Setting up is a necessary task for any mechanic, whether professional or amateur. It is important to ensure that the stand is properly assembled and secured. A failure to do so could result in serious injury. The first step is to gather all necessary tools and equipment, including the stand itself, a level, and bolts or chains. Once you have everything you need, assemble the stand according to the manufacturer’s instructions and ensure that it is level. Use the bolts or chains to secure the engine to the stand. Remember to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for weight and size limits. A case study by Popular Mechanics found that improperly secured engines are a leading cause of accidents in the garage, making it crucial to take the time to set up your engine stand correctly. 


How do you bolt an engine to an engine stand?

Bolting is an important task that requires careful attention to detail to ensure the safety of the mechanic and the engine. The first step is to position the stand so that it is stable and level. Next, attach the mounting plate to the engine block using bolts of the appropriate size and torque specifications. Once the mounting plate is securely attached, carefully lower the engine onto the stand and align it so that the mounting holes in the plate line up with the corresponding holes. Insert bolts through the holes and tighten them to the recommended torque specification, taking care not to overtighten. It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines for your specific model to ensure a safe and secure bolt-up.


In conclusion, using an engine stand is essential for anyone working on engines, whether for personal or professional reasons. When choosing, it’s important to consider factors such as weight capacity, adjustability, durability, and additional features. Proper setup and bolting  are crucial for the safety of both the mechanic and the engine. By following the manufacturer’s guidelines and instructions, you can ensure a safe and efficient work process, while also prolonging the life of your engine.