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    Does anyone have any opinions on the use of a bottle jack for lifiting the car? Are they as bad/dangerous as the standard car jack, or better? I've got a 3 tonne Clarke trolley jack that I use for when I want to put an axle stand under the car ( http://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/pr...smission-jacks ), but it's pretty heavy and bulky, and lives in the shed, so sometimes it seems a lot of hassle to drag it out just to do a 3 minute job on the car, and a 2 tonne bottle jack ( http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/bq/nav.js...ondid=11377524 ) seems like a very cheap alternative. Thoughts?

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    I'm personally not keen on using bottle jacks. The footprint of them is quite small in comparison with a trolly jack therefore i'd question stability.

    Then there is the size of the jack plate which looks as though it could cause alot of damage if placed in the wrong place whereas the trolly jack normally has a larger jacking plate

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    i allways use a trolley jack feels far more safer

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    Trolley jack if you're going to be under the car. For changing a wheel or something I suppose the bottle jack would be OK but I feel much safer with the trolley jack and axle stands for anything else.

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    Nothing wrong with a decent bottle jack provided you have two decent bits of wood, one to support the jacking point due to the small surface area of "lift", and another beneath it if clearance allows, you can get a wheel off the ground in a couple of strokes, ooer missus!

    As for working under the car, axle stands, every time

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    the tool kits for all our daf and bedfords at work come with a 10 tonne bottle jack

    and yes they do have a small contact point but id say they were just as safe as a trolley jack to lift a vehicle but as phil says.... axle stands are your friend

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jezzy View Post
    Does anyone have any opinions on the use of a bottle jack for lifiting the car? Are they as bad/dangerous as the standard car jack, or better? I've got a 3 tonne Clarke trolley jack that I use for when I want to put an axle stand under the car ( http://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/pr...smission-jacks ), but it's pretty heavy and bulky, and lives in the shed, so sometimes it seems a lot of hassle to drag it out just to do a 3 minute job on the car, and a 2 tonne bottle jack ( http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/bq/nav.js...ondid=11377524 ) seems like a very cheap alternative. Thoughts?
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    Bottle jacks are the only sensible option for vehicles with a high ground clearance (eg 4x4s, trucks, tractors). You just can't get the height with a trolley jack without it being big and heavy. I have no problem with them at all, if used properly (ie on the correct jacking locations which often have a circular indent to help centre it). And if the milk bottle sized jack that comes with my Pajero can lift the entire back end (jacking under the diff) with ease, then you can't argue with it.

    Either way the only thing I'd ever put under a car on any form of jack (trolley, scissor, bottle, air) is an arm pushing an axle stand into position. I've had one car fall off a jack (a scissor jack that slipped sideways as the surface wasn't level) and really don't fancy being underneath should the jack collapse. I've also had a valve fail in a trolley jack and it suddenly drop. Luckily the wheel was only 1cm off the ground...

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    I have both and the biggest issue for me with the bottle jack is wherever I position it, there is never enough room to pump the handle fully - it just bangs against the bottom of the car.

    Plus, they are actually quite tall, compared to a trolley which is a problem if your car is low.

    Trolley for me every time

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    Again - not an issue on high ground clearance vehicles, which is what they're really more appropriate for. The biggest issue I have with the Pajero is not hitting the sills or bumpers - it's the fact that the handles has to be almost 6 foot long to get from the rear diff jacking point to the back bumper!

    Trolleys are probably most appropriate for cars like the Vectra. Scissor jacks are fine for emergency changing of a wheel as they're lightweight and small enough to carry in the car all the time.

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