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Car Mechanics (UK) - - Project Mercedes-benz E320 Cdi -

As our test demon­strates, the work­shop equip­ment mar­ket pro­vides a va­ri­ety of choices. These range from easy to carry trol­ley jacks, through to larger lifters with quick-lift fa­cil­i­ties, up to jacks equipped with twin-pis­ton hy­draulics. Yet, while our win­ners are best for all-round use, even they are not suit­able for ev­ery sit­u­a­tion. Both the light­weight Faith­full and Deuba jacks will sat­isfy more niche re­quire­ments, in­clud­ing the need for easy stor­age, con­ve­nient car­ry­ing and the re­quire­ment to raise very low-slung ve­hi­cles. Yet, by virtue of their re­duced di­men­sions, sta­bil­ity is com­pro­mised at full heights. The Clarke is sturdy, well­priced and pos­sesses the low­est sad­dle height of the larger jacks tested, whereas the Hal­fords and Kennedy jacks add me­chan­i­cal quick-lift ped­als for around the same cost. Both the Draper and SIP jacks im­pressed us with their twin-pis­ton hy­draulics and ac­cu­rate quick-lift sys­tems, with the lat­ter tri­umph­ing by virtue of its lower of­fi­cial sell­ing price.

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