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Old 04-09-2003, 21:01   #1 (permalink)
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Question Chassis Stands & Jack - what and where to buy?

Hey guys,

Looking to start doing some work on my car, (own servicing etc) and it looks like chassis stands and a jack would make life far easier...

Can anyone recommend me a set of stands and jack (or a package) that would be enough to hold up either end of a falcon?

I don't need to lift the whole thing at once, only ever the front or the back...

I've seen repco has a set with stands, a jack, and chocks for under $100... would they be good enough? They seem to meet Australian standards...

Or, am i better off to buy a cheap jack, and spend a little more on a decent set of stands. I'm not going to be lying under the jack, so as long as it lifts the car... stands however, i will be underneath.

I don't want to spend lots of money, just something that's good enough and safe enough. They won't get a real lot of use, so top of the line gear isn't required.

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Take a lesson I've learnt. trolley jacks from Big W and KMart (the blue cheap ones) are rubbish and are downright dangerous. My current one has a sheared washer on the main pivot pin which causes the lift arm to wobble. I'm looking for one of those long, low professional jobbies as it will be far better to use and safer.

A friend of mine was a victim of one of the cheap jacks - be careful!!!!
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Old 04-09-2003, 21:24   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks pete - i'll try and steer clear of anything with a handle and blue :)

I think the repco ones were red.. might pay for me to ask a bit instore about them too...
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Ah, i've been moved.

Thanks :)

I wasn't sure which forum to post in... i ummed and aahhed for a while anyway...

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Hello Dee Man

The best place to buy stuff like this is at closed down workshop auctions. I got a pair of 2 ton stands (the screw type) for about 30 bucks. Trolly jacks are easy to get aswell, just keep an eye out in the paper in the auctions section

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Yeah trolley jacks there - or talk to a place that fixes jacks, they've usually got a few laying about. I picked up a 2 ton jack for $130, fresh rebuild.
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What city you in mate. Take my advice, buy something decent and it'll be the only set you ever buy. Aussie Pete is spot on, those cheap Jacks are just dangerous. Go to a dedicated Jack specialist. I got 4 stands rated at 4 tonne each and a good quality Armstrong 2 tonne jack for a shade over $200. When you buy a Jack, make sure you can get a service/rebuild kit for it as a lot of new Jacks are virtually disposable. Hope this helps.
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Yes Suppercheap have them here in N.S.W for around $150 [1.5 + tonn].I wouldn't buy a 1500 Kg jack again too dangerous!! Jack stands are cheap there too and "look" O/K...
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Thanks guys - i'll see someone about a decent jack - i'm in melb (well, i'm in central vic, but i'm in the city frequently enough...) if anyone knows a good dealer, i'd be happy to make the effort to travel if i know i'll get a good price and decent quality gear...
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