jack and stand recommendations

Discussion in 'Product Reviews' started by wendygun, Sep 9, 2015.

  1. anyone with any thoughts on jacks and axle stands.
    mother-in-law asked what i want for birthday thats coming up soon and i could do with a new jack, the last one got binned after a engine out job as it leaked and didn't go high enough so would love one that could go high enough next time and be able to get stands under the front beam so
    1, height
    2, 2 ton or above
    3, price..because she can be as tight as a crabs arse.....

    look at searly,sgs loads on flea bay but any thoughts would be gratefull. cheers..
  2. got an SGS had it just over a year and does the job. was pretty cheap if i remember correctly
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  3. I like the ratchet type stands from machine mart,as you can raise them up in small increments
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  4. What age you are will determine the level of garage equipment you'll be allowed. So....??
  5. SGS do a deal for a two tonne jack and a set of four stands, incredibly cheap and next day free delivery.
    They're stuff isn't pretty or flash but is made from big lumps of steel and works.
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  6. i had looked at sgs but didn't know if 360mm went high enough.. not bad for the cash, low entry model 2 stands less than £50, 2ton and four stands at about £70.. cheers
  7. mother-in-law does not go by age............................
  8. Hi. Just got a set of folding Axle stands. They are 2 tonne (each) Are they strong enough for a bay or should I have bought 3 tonne ?
  9. They should be ok but i`d have gone for 3 tonne to be honest - never know when a fat bird / mechanic will be jumping in there ...

  10. Rez


    Halfords 3 ton trolley jack is actually very good and well priced too.
  11. Sorry for necro'ing an old thread. I just went to SGS website to look for axle stands, and I see a '4 ton' pair of ratchets, so I think thats good value for 30 or so of my monies.

    Then I read the small(er) print.

    2 axle stands, 2 Ton each.

    Is this normal practice to advertise load capability in pair, because that doesn't hold up to science, logic, maths? :thinking:

    Where is the facepalm emoticon?
  12. Baysearcher

    Baysearcher [secret moderator]

    2 tonne each is way more than enough.
    If you could balance it, you could stand your bus on 1 axle stand.
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  13. I would vote for the SGS Tools trolly jack .BUT go to their site and look at their range of jack's. I bought one from them based on a good deal on a email I got from them , having bought it I only then looked at their range and I would have bought a different one , I think there's a low profile high lift one three ton capacity or similar I would have bought .
    But good quality at decent prices
  14. I used this method the other day. My doctor told me my BMI was too high and I needed to lose weight. So I got a small child to stand on the weigh scales with me and took an average. My BMI was fine then. Simples.
  15. davidoft

    davidoft Sponsor

    It’s says 4 ton pair , easy peasy ;)
  16. Like @Sproggy4830 says go onto the sgs website.
    Good gear for your money well made...I did get the 3 ton lift with an additional lifting bar and it's spot on in the garage. The stands are just as good and well made.
  17. I know a 2 Ton stand will handle a bus easily. That wasn't my question.

    Measuring spread loads doesn't work like that, as I know from measuring aircraft at the wheels for doing weight and balance calculations. Kerb weights are not simply the vehicle weight / 4.
  18. Baysearcher

    Baysearcher [secret moderator]

    It’s nothing to do with measuring loads. A 4 tonne pair is going to be 2 tonne each.
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  19. Now it's getting complicated ,but reminds me of a maths lesson I had when I was very very young, I remember the question .
    "If a man stood on one leg on a set of scales , and he weighed 14 stone , how much would he weigh when he put the other leg down."?
    We all went up one by one and whisper answer to Miss, if we wrong we got our legs slapped (those were the days)
    Not that we were thick but she got fed up of slapping us long before any of us got the right answer.
    Happy days .

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