Trolley Jacks - £50 to £100

Trolley jacks take the hassle out of raising a vehicle off the ground – and there are some top quality 2 tonne, 2.5 tonne and 3 tonne capacity jacks in this price range.

If you own a small to mid-size car, a 2 tonne device will be fine for your needs. If however, if you own a larger car or a truck, 4x4, van or minibus, for example, a 3 tonne jacks is likely to be best suited to your needs.

Draper, Sealey, Motamec, Clarke, Yankee and Hilka are among the popular and reputable trolley jack brands in this category. They are brought to by leading UK stores including UK Tool Centre, Screw Fix, Machine Mart, Amazon, Autosessive, Argos, Tesco Direct and Rapid Onine.

These devices are seriously impressive hydraulic lifting devices which can be rolled into place below a vehicle with complete accuracy, thanks to the attached multi-directional wheels and castors. 

These devices are seriously impressive hydraulic lifting devices which can be rolled into place below a vehicle with complete accuracy, thanks to the attached multi-directional wheels and castors.


They also have an essential safety overload valve to prevent an operator from trying to get a jack to raise a vehicle which exceeds the device's assigned weight limit.


There are three main considerations when deciding which floor jack to buy - fristly that a device  has an adequate load capacity for raising your vehicle, secondly that the lifting height range of a jack is suitable and finally whether it is standard or low profile jack.


If you own a sports car, for example, the chances are the chassis will be quite near the ground, so you'll probably need to buy a low profile jack which is capable of getting underneath it.

 

Most jacks come with a decent warranty so you'll be protected in the event that a problem arises. Thankfully, however, jacks are generally very reliable indeed and should operate efficiently and safely for many years. 


Just remember to give a jack a good clean from time to time to remove a build up of dust, dirt, oil and grease on the body. You'll also need to purge the hydraulic system of air occasionally and replenish the oil in the device.

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