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I've just built up the courage to service my own car - simple stuff oil change etc, so I have looked for Trolley Jacks on eBay, but they were no cheaper than at Motorworld (£20+) etc so I was pleased to see this listed on Aldi's site:

Changing wheels, checking exhausts, painting on underseal raise your car up off the ground with ease.

Max. load: 2 tonnes
4 wheels
Plastic handle
Lifting range approx. 135-316mm (with load), 135-356mm (without load)
Length of lifting bar: approx. 680mm
Weight: approx. 9kg
Size: approx. 175 ?192 ?140mm
Material: carbon steel LGA tested
Instruction manual
Saddle adaptor
Safety valve
**Should be used in conjunction with axle stands

** The Axle stands and chocks set is also available for £5.99 on Thursday 17th Jan, as it says above and people have posted below, use Axle stands to support the car!
Hopefully it may be of some use to someone.
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#1
Good spot, I'll be getting one of those at that price!
#2
Nice one - will be buying one tomo
Heat added (i think? - i just press the red arrow right?)
#3
Spend another £6 and buy the axle stands and wheel chocks. Better safe than sorry.(sorry)
1 Like #4
Not bad, still dont work under the car without axle stands etc in place.
#5
daBluone
Nice one - will be buying one tomo
Heat added (i think? - i just press the red arrow right?)


yeah :)
#6
Cheep tat, no better than the scissor jack you have in the boot. why bother unless your going to get a decent one. the amont of lift you get will only give a foot of clearence only any good for changing tyres. buy a garage jack or dont bother, oh and as posted before always use axel stands.
#7
A good find.

Should be useful for assisting my rotund spouse get in the bath.
#8
HankMcSpank;1445586
A good find.

Should be useful for assisting my rotund spouse get in the bath.


LMAO.
#9
Good spot.

I'll have one when they become available, I'm no serious mechanic but it might inspire me to do a little more.
#10
MC_BLADE
Cheep tat, no better than the scissor jack you have in the boot. why bother unless your going to get a decent one. the amont of lift you get will only give a foot of clearence only any good for changing tyres. buy a garage jack or dont bother, oh and as posted before always use axel stands.

What an annoyingly pointless thing to write. :roll:

These are a bargain and look well made.
Heat and rep added.
#11
For most jobs, where you don't need to get the wheels off, like oil change and putting on underbody seal, ramps are much easier to use and safer - you can pick up a good set of them for about £30.

I currently have a bottle jack that doesn't seem to lift to the maximum height of my axle stands so might get this if it lifts a little higher.
#12
Simulacra
What an annoyingly pointless thing to write. :roll:

These are a bargain and look well made.
Heat and rep added.


Also just to point out, the things like this that turn up in Aldi and Lidl are made to strict safety standards (although obviously the user is responsible for most of the safety) and these are often the same as the cheapest similar products available in like screwfix, it's probably the same as this http://www.screwfix.com/prods/88816/Automotive/Jacks-Stands/2-Tonne-Trolley-Jack
#13
anewman
Also just to point out, the things like this that turn up in Aldi and Lidl are made to strict safety standards (although obviously the user is responsible for most of the safety) and these are often the same as the cheapest similar products available in like screwfix, it's probably the same as this http://www.screwfix.com/prods/88816/Automotive/Jacks-Stands/2-Tonne-Trolley-Jack



That is not my point, we all know they have to meet safety standards to be sold in the UK, My point is its not a very useful tool, there normal sold for around £18, is it really that much of a bargain if it is only good for changing wheels? the scissor jack in your boot will do that! and you can put in axel stands with that too. Just because it is cheaper does not make it a bargain! or any more useful!!
#14
MC_BLADE
Cheep tat, no better than the scissor jack you have in the boot. why bother unless your going to get a decent one. the amont of lift you get will only give a foot of clearence only any good for changing tyres. buy a garage jack or dont bother, oh and as posted before always use axel stands.




I have had one of these for the last 2 years from aldi (still got 1 yr left on warranty) and have lifted various cars including a toyota lucida, a peugeot 406, couple of other mpv's and never had any trouble.
if you are going to say something to slate a product, at least have factual evidence to back it up with, seems to me more people spend time slating deals than using them
I will give it heat :p
#15
I bought one of these with the axle stands from Aldi last year and it is a top bit of kit for the money. Managed to do a complete suspension change on my Lancia Integrale using them and they performed fantasticly. Heat added.
#16
Passionpantz
I have had one of these for the last 2 years from aldi (still got 1 yr left on warranty) and have lifted various cars including a toyota lucida, a peugeot 406, couple of other mpv's and never had any trouble.
if you are going to say something to slate a product, at least have factual evidence to back it up with, seems to me more people spend time slating deals than using them
I will give it heat :p



Again missing the point, not saying the product is defective in anyway, just pointing out its not a great deal, and that the jack aint all that useful, it WILL lift a car but if that all you want to do you obviouly dont work on them too much do you!
#17
MC_BLADE
Again missing the point, not saying the product is defective in anyway, just pointing out its not a great deal, and that the jack aint all that useful, it WILL lift a car but if that all you want to do you obviouly dont work on them too much do you!

Half what you'd expect to pay seems a good deal to me. What is wrong in not working on cars much anyway? It may not have the lift of a garage quality jack, but why pay out a shedload of money for something you are not going to use that often? I have a cheap pipe cutter for the odd bit of plumbing I do, I'm not inadequate because I haven't invested in a professional one because I can't justify the expense for the number of times I would use it. This jack will lift the car a sight faster than a scissor jack and will do the job for most people at a good price, which is a hot deal in my eyes. Lighten up a bit.
#18
schwalbe
Half what you'd expect to pay seems a good deal to me. What is wrong in not working on cars much anyway? It may not have the lift of a garage quality jack, but why pay out a shedload of money for something you are not going to use that often? I have a cheap pipe cutter for the odd bit of plumbing I do, I'm not inadequate because I haven't invested in a professional one because I can't justify the expense for the number of times I would use it. This jack will lift the car a sight faster than a scissor jack and will do the job for most people at a good price, which is a hot deal in my eyes. Lighten up a bit.


But you dont have a tool what is adequate, and buy another whats cheep and not great, just because it is cheep? I was just pointing out you can do everything this can with a scissor jack, already in your car. your the only one who has put a positive and i agree you can lift a slight faster. IMO the axel stands and wheel blocks are the best buy.

I dont need to lighten up, just some people, get caught up in the thought that there getting a bargain, and not wheather they really need a product, or if it offers any advantages over what they already have. :thumbsup:
#19
i have a few of these (probably all the same) i didnt buy mine from aldi but still paid £10
to be honest i dont know what mc_blade is on about these are great for almost any job and whos going to muck on with a scissor jack.i have garage axel stands(much taller than home use) and this lifts the car enough to get it on them.obviously your not going to drop an engine out the bottom with these but how many are going to do that.it will lift enough to get to everything.although if your car is lowered these are not good as you probably wont get it under unless you have a freind to lift the side of the car a little.i keep one of these in my car all the time,try getting a scissor jack under your car if you have a flat a night.this takes two seconds
i have there axel stands also and they are good enough,i payed the same price for them last year.

just have to add though this is not a hot deal.these are £10 in lidl,netto(i got one of mine from here) and aldi all the time.so if you dont need one right now your not going to miss a bargain another store will have some in soon:thumbsup:
#20
I think it's a bargain when compared to something like this
http://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/product/details/ctj2000g-2-tonne-professional-trolley-ja/path/trolley-jacks-bottle-jacks-transmission-jacks
which can't do a great deal more?
#21
I used to be a mechanic and still do all of my own repairs/servicing Etc.

I have a small 2 ton jack which I have used for many years. Only a cheapo without much lift.

When I learned my trade It was in the days of REPAIR and not REPLACE and you learned what is called ingenuity. Used for fathoming out problems and solving them.
If anyone contemplating repairing their own car hasn't the savvy to realise that you can jack up car, put blocks/axle stand under then put further block on the jack and lift again, then raise the axle stand to required height then I don't think that they should be doing repairs in the first place. Elementary stuff!!!
Also nowadays, most of the servicing that MOST of you will do will be brakes, wheel bearings, or suspension related rather than engine or gearbox out jobs or either under the bonnet or inside the car.
Anything else, it's a lot easier and more sensible to pay a garage.
This'll do the job very nicely for most peeps
#22
rizla01
I used to be a mechanic and still do all of my own repairs/servicing Etc.

I have a small 2 ton jack which I have used for many years. Only a cheapo without much lift.

When I learned my trade It was in the days of REPAIR and not REPLACE and you learned what is called ingenuity. Used for fathoming out problems and solving them.
If anyone contemplating repairing their own car hasn't the savvy to realise that you can jack up car, put blocks/axle stand under then put further block on the jack and lift again, then raise the axle stand to required height then I don't think that they should be doing repairs in the first place. Elementary stuff!!!
Also nowadays, most of the servicing that MOST of you will do will be brakes, wheel bearings, or suspension related rather than engine or gearbox out jobs or either under the bonnet or inside the car.
Anything else, it's a lot easier and more sensible to pay a garage.
This'll do the job very nicely for most peeps


Ahh. Common sense speaks. The rest should let it rest now. And having done diy on all family cars for years, I'll def buy one on Thurs.
#23
rizla01;1446595

Anything else, it's a lot easier and more sensible to pay a garage.



But I'm a cheapskate, why should I pay the garage 300 quid to replace my 70 quid clutch. With what I saved, I bought some better tools.
#24
Why would you risk yourself with a cheap jack? I just don't understand why people would save the extra tenner and not buy a respected brand. I personally bought a Clarke pro one from Machine mart for 30 squid which came with 2 axle stands too. Doing a lot of work on cars you need to invest in a good jack even though its cheap and may be fine do you REALLY want to risk damaging your car or your head?
#25
OK, silly question time. This jack is the first one I've seen that has a 'load' and 'no-load' lifting range. Apart from the fact that I can't think why you would use a jack and not lift anything, why would there be a difference? Does this suggest that the unit has an inbuilt 40mm of 'flex' while under load?
#26
TeddyT
Why would you risk yourself with a cheap jack? I just don't understand why people would save the extra tenner and not buy a respected brand. I personally bought a Clarke pro one from Machine mart for 30 squid which came with 2 axle stands too. Doing a lot of work on cars you need to invest in a good jack even though its cheap and may be fine do you REALLY want to risk damaging your car or your head?


I agree completely, but I DON'T do a lot of work on cars, so having £15.98 (Jack and Axle stands) worth of tools in my garage for the majority of the year being unused is preferable to a more expensive brand! ;-)

I'll spend my extra tenner in beer vouchers and get a mate over to do the work :whistling:
#27
slimy31
OK, silly question time. This jack is the first one I've seen that has a 'load' and 'no-load' lifting range. Apart from the fact that I can't think why you would use a jack and not lift anything, why would there be a difference? Does this suggest that the unit has an inbuilt 40mm of 'flex' while under load?


I think its to do with the saddle adapter maybe (the piece of plastic in the foreground of the picture). It doesn't look very load bearing. Not sure what use it would have.
#28
rizla01
I used to be a mechanic and still do all of my own repairs/servicing Etc.

I have a small 2 ton jack which I have used for many years. Only a cheapo without much lift.

When I learned my trade It was in the days of REPAIR and not REPLACE and you learned what is called ingenuity. Used for fathoming out problems and solving them.
If anyone contemplating repairing their own car hasn't the savvy to realise that you can jack up car, put blocks/axle stand under then put further block on the jack and lift again, then raise the axle stand to required height then I don't think that they should be doing repairs in the first place. Elementary stuff!!!
Also nowadays, most of the servicing that MOST of you will do will be brakes, wheel bearings, or suspension related rather than engine or gearbox out jobs or either under the bonnet or inside the car.
Anything else, it's a lot easier and more sensible to pay a garage.
This'll do the job very nicely for most peeps

Agree 100%. I'm not a 'qualified' mechanic but do EVERYTHING on my cars myself and theres absolutely nothing wrong with these jacks. As you say, use a bit of ingenuity and they can lift a lot higher than the rated height. Also i've got access to a pro garage jack but actually prefer these as they are easier to manoeuvre into position and the saddle tends to fit in the lifting points better. No sodding about trying to position a heavy pro jack in such a way that the saddle doesn't catch on other components etc.

Oh and by the way...

NETTO have these coming in at £7.99 on the 17th so keep an eye on their website :w00t:

As for the axle stands, wouldn't touch them personally. I don't trust the folding variety and I don't care if they are GS/TUV rated. It only takes a slip and the ******s to refold..... I'll let your imagination fill in the blanks. Railways sleepers cut into blocks, thats where its at;-)
#29
Thought I would add my opinion. Im no mechanic, but I have done a lot DIY, including a head rebuild, brakes, exhaust etc... and one of the biggest frustrations for me is jacking up the car (I have often spent an hour getting it jacked up on a 20 minute job!!)


I also noticed the unloaded-lift specification. This may reduce the usefullness greatly. You need atleast 350mm to get most wheels off the ground!

I use a cheap trolly jack from lidl, cost £10. I Also bought there £6 bottle jack (which is much nicer to use except it wont fit under the sills, and has the same limited hieght). The lidl one appears to be the same as the screwfix one that was linked.

You can mess around with blocks of wood but in the days of cheap chinese goods.. why bother? Also for unexperienced, blocks of wood are not the safest way to use a trolly jack.
I should add that with both jacks, I regually use blocks of wood, 400mm isn't enough for basic jobs, and if you start with a smaller jack, that block of wood will only bring you to the same hieght as my cheap lidl jack without one.

Also theseare ONLY adequate for jacking up one front wheel (at a time, and with axle stands ofcourse) - I am refering to it having inadequte lift to get the wheels of the ground when used at the front or rear jack points (which ideally require about 500mm at a guess, since a jack is less effective the further you use it from the wheel).

Chy
I think its to do with the saddle adapter maybe (the piece of plastic in the foreground of the picture). It doesn't look very load bearing. Not sure what use it would have.


No I belive the object you refer to is actually metal and is some kind of alternative for the one already on the jack. Most cars have points specially for trolly jacks for that to sit in. Maybe some cars have a different size or its for an alternative use. The reson for this is trolly jacks move when in use, and the fitting helps to keep it stable. You must always use a block of wood if not using one of these jacking points on the car.





BUT the most useful thing I can add to this, is that get some decent axlestands first. They are more important than the jack! The pin/hole type are horrible, especially with only 3 quite distant hieght settings (far too low, still too low, and too high for the jack...)

I have bought myself a set of rachet ones for £15 in halfords, they far nicer.
#30
kram
The pin/hole type are horrible, especially with only 3 quite distant hieght settings (far too low, still too low, and too high for the jack...)

I have bought myself a set of rachet ones for £15 in halfords, they far nicer.


Aint that the truth:lol:

Jack car up, put pin in hole 2, drop the jack, put in a bit of spacer, jack car up, move to hole 3. All for half an inch.....

By the way, never used the ratchet stands but how would you rate them for stability/safety? Easier/quicker to use, that goes without saying....
#31
heres a google image, as you can see, faaar more choices when it comes to hieght.
http://dropshiponline.co.uk/images/200-11287a-640x480.JPG

I would say both safer/stable (4 legs opposed to 3...) and far easyer to use... no pissing about with a pin and a hole that you struggle to reach or see :)
#32
Yeah. I've seen them before, in Aldi I think, but they didn't 'look' that safe to me. The teeth on the bar looked too rounded. Could easily imagine them slipping. Admittedly under load the pressure should keep them in position, so you would have to knock the release bar pretty damn hard to actually drop them. But i'm always wary of such new fangled ideas. All the more so if I don't know who actually manufactured them as not all factories are that hot on QC.
#33
kram
Thought I would add my opinion. Im no mechanic, but I have done a lot DIY, including a head rebuild, brakes, exhaust etc... and one of the biggest frustrations for me is jacking up the car (I have often spent an hour getting it jacked up on a 20 minute job!!)


I also noticed the unloaded-lift specification. This may reduce the usefullness greatly. You need atleast 350mm to get most wheels off the ground!

I use a cheap trolly jack from lidl, cost £10. I Also bought there £6 bottle jack (which is much nicer to use except it wont fit under the sills, and has the same limited hieght). The lidl one appears to be the same as the screwfix one that was linked.

You can mess around with blocks of wood but in the days of cheap chinese goods.. why bother? Also for unexperienced, blocks of wood are not the safest way to use a trolly jack.
I should add that with both jacks, I regually use blocks of wood, 400mm isn't enough for basic jobs, and if you start with a smaller jack, that block of wood will only bring you to the same hieght as my cheap lidl jack without one.

Also theseare ONLY adequate for jacking up one front wheel (at a time, and with axle stands ofcourse) - I am refering to it having inadequte lift to get the wheels of the ground when used at the front or rear jack points (which ideally require about 500mm at a guess, since a jack is less effective the further you use it from the wheel).



No I belive the object you refer to is actually metal and is some kind of alternative for the one already on the jack. Most cars have points specially for trolly jacks for that to sit in. Maybe some cars have a different size or its for an alternative use. The reson for this is trolly jacks move when in use, and the fitting helps to keep it stable. You must always use a block of wood if not using one of these jacking points on the car.





BUT the most useful thing I can add to this, is that get some decent axlestands first. They are more important than the jack! The pin/hole type are horrible, especially with only 3 quite distant hieght settings (far too low, still too low, and too high for the jack...)

I have bought myself a set of rachet ones for £15 in halfords, they far nicer.



I totally agree buy a tool that can do a job not one what you can make do the job there are cheap jacks to be had what a superior for £30-50. using block is good if you know exactly what you doing, I fear the market for these is aimed at those who don’t use it much and are less skilled, safety must come first, what is ten or twenty pounds compared to injury what may last a lifetime (if you’re lucky).

Good post re: axle stands i may have to go and take a look at those : thumbsup:
#34
MC_BLADE
what is ten or twenty pounds compared to injury what may last a lifetime (if you’re lucky).


Yeah, think about all that disability benefit :w00t:

Yeah, I know thats not what you meant but i'm just plain twisted ;-)
#35
As well as three or four pieces of wood 8x12x2 (VERY useful) I have always carried from house to house my lifesaver.
It is part of a trunk of a tree (Bark removed) about 15" high and about 18" girth and whenever I am working under car (ON STANDS) I ALWAYS chuck this under the chassis. I do a lot of strong pulling/pushing and would NEVER trust my life soley to axle stands unless they are the commercial ones (which I have no need for thanks to ol' chocky)
#36
When I change the oil in any of our cars I tend to use a couple of old large kerbstones - I just put them inline with the front wheels and drive the car onto them. This normally gives plenty of heigh to slide under and remove the sump plug and filters etc :)

Scissor jacks are fine and not that slow really but a cheap hydraulic jack beats that hands down any day of the week.
For safety, I always put the wheel I've removed under the sill just in case anything untoward happens with one of the wheels off.

I would aways prefer something solid under a car (e.g. blocks) if it was propped up on axle stands to be honest....:whistling:
#37
rizla01
As well as three or four pieces of wood 8x12x2 (VERY useful) I have always carried from house to house my lifesaver.
It is part of a trunk of a tree (Bark removed) about 15" high and about 18" girth and whenever I am working under car (ON STANDS) I ALWAYS chuck this under the chassis. I do a lot of strong pulling/pushing and would NEVER trust my life soley to axle stands unless they are the commercial ones (which I have no need for thanks to ol' chocky)


You arn't marksparks999 over at Datman are you?

Uses the same Avatar ;-)

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