Originally Posted by ben barron
Has anyone ever used the wing lift points and an engine lift to lift and support the plane when changing tires?
Iíve never used an engine lift, but that does seem innovative and should work fine if youíre doing one wing at a time. Iíve considered using a strong back and lifting the airplane from both wings with an overhead crane, but havnít got around to it yet.
I do use the wing tie down points (the lift points are simply the top side of the same threaded point) and just jack it up with a Harbor Freight long bottle jack using hard points in place of tie-down hooks in the wing.
I built a set of wing jacks using a couple tall, thin Harbor Freight bottle jacks and a combination of channel and angle iron, and even added some fine HF swivel roller wheels. I strap the tail tie-down to a floor mounted eyebolt, although a heavy weight tied to the tail will do the same thing. Iím into the whole setup for <$200. This way, I lift the whole airplane and can do all three wheels at once if desired.
Of course, the truly low-cost, easy option is really the Vanís recommended 25Ē saw horses...with some padding - for that my favorite aircraft construction tool supply store, HF, has moving blanket for $4 each, which make great padding.