Clarke Strong arm Ctj3000g

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Clarke’s CTJ3000G may be the com­pany’s best-sell­ing trol­ley jack, but it of­fers less in value, com­pared with of­fer­ings from ri­val com­pa­nies. Be­ing de­signed specif­i­cally for pro­fes­sional garage use, we were un­sur­prised that the test sam­ple proved it­self to be sturdy, well-built and com­fort­able to op­er­ate. The chas­sis is im­mensely sta­ble, when sup­port­ing weight at full height, and the build qual­ity is good. While we liked the two halves of the han­dle be­ing held to­gether by a springloaded fix­ing, it’s a shame that it’s held to the socket by a bolt, rather than a more Diy-friendly knurled head. There is no rubber iso­la­tor pad for the sad­dle, ei­ther.

Should you have to lift low-slung ve­hi­cles, fac­tor-in the fact that the Clarke has the low­est sad­dle height out of all the jacks tested here and, the smaller and less sta­ble Faith­full jack ex­cluded, the lift­ing arm also has the great­est range of move­ment. Vi­tal stats: Length 660mm Width 345mm Min/max sad­dle heights 115mm/485mm

The Clarke CTJ3000G’S lift­ing arm is held into its socket by a bolt head, as do the Draper and SIP jacks.

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