AXLE stands take the weight of the vehicle when it’s raised off the ground.
By creating enough clearance, they enable burgeoning and long-standing car enthusiasts alike to tinker under the engine bay and carry out tyre maintenance more affordable.
What are the safe jacking points on a car?
The manufacturer’s handbook will indicate where these points are, on your specific model, though they are usually found between the two axles.
When jacking your vehicle, place the plate of the trolley jack and push against a sound part of the chassis.
If this isn’t done with care, the car could slip, or the jack will punch through the metal and the car will lurch back to the ground.
Axle stands, as the name suggests, should be placed at indicated points. Again, if these are misplaced, the worst can happen.
We can’t overemphasise the importance of getting this right, so we’ve included a diagram above, where you’ll roughly find these jacking points:
Using a mix of expert reviews, industry tests and user feedback, below is a list of the best axle stands you can buy in 2019.
1. Halfords Advanced 2 Tonne Ratchet Axle Stands
With a sturdy welded steel construction, Halfords Advanced 2-tonne Ratchet Axle Stands have a minimum height is 280mm and they’ll support up to a height of 430mm.
They get to that height with an easy-to-use ratcheting mechanism — as opposed to lift and pin (needing two hands).
There is a locking pin for safety. Each stand will hold one-tonne and they also feature an extra-wide base for maximum stability.
Best suited to regular household workhorses, these well-made axle stands from Halfords offer great value-for-money.
2. Draper 54722 6t Axle Stands
Draper has created this set of extra tall axle stands.
With a minimum height of 535mm and a maximum height of 870mm, this set of axle stands suit SUV and truck drivers with a greater suspension height.
As reputed with Draper products, the carbon steel hardened build quality is second-to-none, the welding is solid and hardened steel locking pin ensures maximum safety.
3. Faithfull 3000kg Axle Stands
These Faithfull Quick Release Ratchet axle stands feature the ratchet-type mechanism to raise them to the level of the car.
This couples with a knock-proof safety catch, so even if you bump the stand accidentally, you won’t cause the catch to release.
This extra safety element will offer peace of mind to anxious amateurs.
Like the Halfords ones, there’s a wide base to prevent the weight of the vehicle pushing the stands into the ground, if you’re not working on hard standing.
Almost an extra tenner, but you get an extra half tonne capacity per stand.
4. STEERMAN 3t Hydraulic Jack 4300006217
If budget allows, you can treat yourself to these hydraulic-lifting Steermans.
Combining a jack and axle stands in one, the mechanism to lift the vehicle works exactly like a trolley jack.
For the pros, this heavy-duty style of axle stand helps you if you’re working in a very confined area.
Each bright blue and yellow stand can lift 3 tonnes and the ‘toe’ element of the jack has a low enough profile for the lowest of suspension and skirt combinations.
There’s a large base for stability and a carry handle to initiate release.
Pricey but arguably more portable.
Find our selection of the best axle stands useful? We've also rounded up the best trolley jacks.
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