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    Safe Jack

    It took just over 2 weeks to arrive and it was possible to track it at every way point. The only confusing bit was an alert telling me that delivery had been attempted and failed. This got me wondering how I managed to miss it and if it may have been taken to a wrong address. There was no card pushed through the letter box. The best explanation appears to be that “attempted delivery” was one of a limited number of options available to the update inputter. What they were trying to tell me was that there was a customs charge which would prevent delivery until paid. Two days later the ransom demand appeared, was paid, and the package was released and delivered the next day.

    It cost me $309 including a canvass bag which equated to approximately £221. Rather a lot for a jack stand I’ll admit. But I couldn’t find anything like it in the UK and every time I use it, the potential disaster it could avert is beyond monetary measure. I got hit with a VAT charge of £37.41 and a clearance fee of £11.25.

    It weighs in at 5.5Kg and I can vouch for its weight and sturdy construction because I am now sitting with a black and swollen ankle, in a cold pack after dropping the bloody thing. At least I managed to get my feet out of the way.

    This is the entire kit. Camera phone. Poor quality alert.

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    There are two types of shoes, a flat one with slightly raised corners (top left) and below them in the photo, a couple of seam grippers. For some reason they supplied two of each type. They also sent me two packs of pins and two canvass bags.

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    This fella is the horizontal top support. It is shown above without a shoe attached (the shoe attaches via the hole). This is the minimum extra clearance you will require above your jack pad to fit this between the jack pad and the jacking point on the car. The height is 4.4cm.

    If a flat shoe with curved corners is placed on top of the bar, the clearance increases to 5.2cm.

    I use one of these between the car and the jack

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    With the shoe on the top of the horizontal member, plus m puck, the total clearance is 7.7cm, although that will reduce to about 6.8cm when the puck top is pushed up into the jacking point on the car.

    This is the assembled jack at minimum height.

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    The minimum height is 27.5cm.

    With the flat shoe and rubber puck on top, the minimum height is 31cm.

    When the legs are extended to their maximum height, the overall height is 40.5cm or 44cm with the shoe and puck on top. So about 43cm is the maximum height this stand will hold your car at when used with a shoe and a puck..

    I think it is rather expensive. However, once I’ve used it a few times and it’s been up and down the street with a few neighbours, it won’t seem to have been so expensive. And although my neighbours are considerate and careful, it’s nice to have some spare bits for it. Everything fits neatly into the canvas bag, which has a remarkably small footprint.

    “In action” report to follow in due course. Based on time spent with it so far, I am prepared to recommend it as a rather clever and sturdy axle stand and an effective Friday night special!, if you're looking to do someone's legs!
     
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    Never seen these before but they seem quite good, always such a pain trying to find somewhere to put the axle stand safely once the car is jacked up so being able to use the jacking point for the stand as well looks like it works very well.
    Wouldn't work easily for me as I haven't got enough clearance even with the low profile jack so i'd need to gain a lot of sill height first somehow.
     
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    it looks to be a good bit of kit but the price is a bit off putting

    @Harry did you buy yours direct from safejacks.com or did you get it from a third party seller ?
     
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    That's the kind of thing that a fellow with a welder and a good supply of steel could add to his 'project' list :whistle: ;)
     
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    @Harry I'd be looking at adding a locating pin to the underside of your hockey puck so that there's NO chance for movement once jacked up, just to be sure, to be sure. :)
     
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    @slim_boy_fat put my name down for one of the pre production specials
     
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    The project list is loooong - currently getting started on converting a gas bottle to a BBQ for my son, it's going to be in the shape of a pig. :whistle:
     
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    that sounds like a great suggestion and by doing that the hockey puck could locate straight on to the jack stand reducing the height required to get the jack stand under the sill
     
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    i would be interested to see that project dont forget to start a thread for us all
     
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    Excellent suggestion. Thank you.

    I bought it direct from Safe Jacks.

    It's a bit steep price wise. But if I get 10-20 years out of it, then it won't work out so bad.

    I was intending to swap the wheels next week but the weather forecast suggests that it won't happen. Due to other commitments, I won't be able to try it in anger until the end of the month.
     
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    the shipping is the killer coming in nearly as much as the jack stand itself, shame i am not due to go out to the states any time soon or my case would be full of safejacks on the way home
     
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    Aye me too, you now have a pre production order list.;)
     
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    Put me down too John (y)
     
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    What an excellent idea, very useful
     
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    A great idea! I've got a set of axle stands but, as the video says - you can't jack up at the same point as where the stand goes. I would buy one if they were available in the UK.
     
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    You can if you have a central jacking block like on the E60 ;)
     
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    ... and a low entry jack
     
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    where is the central jacking block on the E60?
     
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    About £90 at Costco for an excellent one. ;)
     

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