Car Mechanics (UK) - - Project Mercedes-benz E320 Cdi - www.drap­er­tools.com

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.

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