Tools Halfords 5-Piece Kit, Any Good?

Discussion in 'Tools & Equipment' started by Nels, Saturday 5th Apr, 2014.

  1. Nels Moderator Staff Team

    Is this worth buying?
    Was £75 now £50

    http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/...uctId_899721_langId_-1_categoryId_255207#tab1

    I wanted to get a trolley jack and axle stands. Then saw this kit.
    What are your thoughts?

    Halfords 5 Piece Lifting Kit Extra Info
    • 2 Tonne Trolley Jack with Short Wheel Base has a lifting range of 14cm to 34cm. Made with a durable welded construction
    • 2 x 2 Tonne Axle Stands have a combined weight capacity of 2 Tonne
    • Padded Car Creeper allows for comfort whilst carrying out under car maintenance
    • Wheel Wrench with 17/19mm socket allows for a wheel change
    • 2 x Wheel Chocks allow the vehicle to secured in place

    5 piece kit.
     
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  2. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Personally speaking I don't like small trolley jacks, they aren't very stable and don't give a great deal of lift.

    The axle stands, again talking of personal preference here but I prefer the ratchet type :-

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    Simply because they are easy to put under the car.

    Having said all that, if you are only going to work on your car occasionally then that's a good price.
     
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  3. Nels Moderator Staff Team

    You get what you pay for in this world.
    Just wasn't sure about the quality.
    Yes the jack is the smallest one in their range.
    Whilst I'm not planning major/big jobs, I want to get back to doing more on the cars (2) myself.

    I've always used axle stands with a nice solid pin before.
    Wasn't sure about ratchet, but if you're happy with them, that's all the recommendation / I need. :Thumbup:

    Thanks Speedy :Drinks:
     
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  4. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    I've got this jack, chosen because it's strong, stable and light.

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    I've got the Halfords one as well from back in my student days, that only comes out as a supporting act when I'm doing like gearbox and engine changes etc.
     
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  5. Nels Moderator Staff Team

    I've found the stands at Machine Mart, £22.19
    What brand is the jack, or do you remember where you bought it from?
     
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  6. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    It's an Arcan 2.0 litre aluminium jack, you can get it from CostCo for £108 I think, may also be available on ebay.

    There's a fair few of us on here that have this jack.
     
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  7. steve4536 Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    I find Halfords tools (in the professional range) are really good for home use. But I bet you won't find many mechanics buying them for their day jobs though.
    I still have quite a few snapon tools from way back which are fantastic and durable for any heavy duty work.
     
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  8. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    @Nels Let me go take a picture of both next to each other so you can see the comparison for yourself.
     
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  9. Nels Moderator Staff Team

    Cheers Speedy.
    Much appreciated.
     
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  10. Nels Moderator Staff Team

    Yes, I've been building up a little collection of their Pro range too. :Smile:
    Just wanted to get a decent trolley jack and stands, and saw the 5 piece kit on offer.
     
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  11. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Side by side :-
    You can see that the Arcan totally dwarfs the Halfords one.

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    A view from the side showing max height differences
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  12. AndyB1976 Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    I've never needed to bother with a creeper but usually lie on cardboard or a camping mat. I've got that Arcan Jack too and use ratchet style stands - you can get them with a pin too

    Laser 5073 2t Axle Stands: Amazon.co.uk: Car & Motorbike
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    ....and a comparison against the Halfords 2 Tonner. The width really helps with stability, the two tonner starts to twist due to the road camber, and I doubt it has the height to use at the front and rear lift points on the Accord to get 2 ton axle stands under the lift points. I also had it lifting the rear of my uncles Santa Fe and the length of the handle makes it so easy to slip deep under the car, not to mention the handle doubles as a decent cheater bar. The pad/cup is much bigger too and the wheel width spreads the crushing load on the road surface (in my case bitumen or plywood if on gravel)
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  13. AndyB1976 Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    hey speedy ..you read my mind lol
     
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  14. Nels Moderator Staff Team

    Speedy and Andy,
    Thanks for going to the trouble of getting them both out and photographing.
    A picture really does say a 1000 words.
    Arcan wins, hands down.
    Looks like the bank account is going to get a little smaller.

    Shame you two aren't on commission :lol:
     
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  15. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Haha. We put them next to each other in the same order as well LOL
     
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  16. AndyB1976 Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    You'll not regret that Arcan...its quite light too for its size.

    Don't scrimp on lifting and safety gear, not only that is better/easy to use aswell.
     
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  17. AndyB1976 Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    lol...My arcan was brand new that day, wanted to see how it measured up lol.
     
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  18. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    I think my picture reminds me that I need to give mine a good clean LOL

    It's been put to a lot of use recently :Smile:
     
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  19. AndyB1976 Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    I'm terrible with tools n stuff. Where possible I keep them boxed, even he Arcan and compressor (and my chopsaw) go back in their box when I'm finished - makes them easier to store too. I don't use them on a weekly basis as such - but I still need them *cough*
     
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  20. Nels Moderator Staff Team

    I was originally just looking at the stands and jack. The kit, on offer was about the same price.
    So really, the other bits were 'free'.
    I've never bothered with a creeper either, usually use a thick piece of cardboard or some old stairs carpet I saved.

    I'd rather get a decent, safe bit of kit, so thanks again.
    I knew I'd get the wright advice here. :Hey:

    One last question...

    Do you guys have Arcan meet-ups too? :Tongue: