DIY Mechanic Car Lift Kit, Including Jack, Axle Stands & Wheel Chocks.
Being able to safely lift your car and support it to work underneath is esssential for any home mechanic or DIYer.
- 1.5 tonne Draper Redline trolley jack
- 2 tonne Draper ratcheting axle stands
- Draper rubber wheel chocks
Why you need axle stands:
If you’re doing any sort of work or inspection on a car that requires you to put part or all of your body underneath it, you need axle stands. Why? because if the car fell on you because your jack failed or the car slipped off it, at best you’d be seriously injured and at worst, it could kill you. We don’t mean to be sensationalist but most modern cars weigh in excess of a tonne and a half and your squishy human body simply can’t support that kind of weight.
Jacks rely on mechanical or hydraulic mechanisms to raise the vehicle off the ground, over time it’s possible for these mechanisms to wear. it doesn’t happen very often but they can fail altogether. More commonly a jack might move on its wheels, causing the car to slip off or with scissor or bottle jacks the movement of the vehicle as it raises can put sufficient lateral load on the jack to cause it to topple over. Axle stands don’t have any hydraulic or mechanical moving parts to wear out. They are designed specifically for supporting a vehicle and have a wide stable footprint. Long story short – they’re a lot less likely to fail or fall over and as a result are a lot safer, so it’s a very good idea to use them!
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