DRAPER HEAVY DUTY 3-TONNES
Despite its higher price tag, a promotion at the time of writing reduced the list price to £111, but we noticed some retailers’ pricing being closer to £100. The extra outlay can be justified by the hydraulics featuring twin pistons, which we found reduced the force required to be exerted on the handle; this is useful if you have to lift especially weighty vehicles regularly. We also appreciated the built-in quick-lift facility – unlike the Halfords/kennedy jacks, this doesn’t increase the jack’s width or chassis height – which allows the saddle to be positioned quickly and easily because it does not drop. A rubber pad is included on the wide saddle, too.
We liked the comprehensive instructions, which includes detailed maintenance guides and exploded diagrams, but didn’t appreciate the two-piece handle being attached and secured by bolts. We also noticed that the lifting range was more limited than some of the cheaper jacks. Even so, buyers would not be disappointed by this high-quality impressive tool. Vital stats: Length 682mm Width 344mm Min/max saddle heights 133mm/465mm
A pleasant extra feature with the Draper jack is the tough protective padding on the lower half of the lifting handle.