Trolley Jack & Axle Stands Comparison

Just thought I would share this in case it helped anyone looking.

Got in a new SGS trolley Jack, a little portable Bottle Jack with case for boot & pair of ratchet axle stands.

Last year I bought a 2 tonne low profile Halfords trolley Jack & pair of 3 tonne axle stands as didn't have any so I could do the 4200 hybrid project. They are OK but not great but the main issue is the jack doesn't really lift high enough.

Wow what a difference. The SGS jack is 10 times better in quality/size & so much easier to use with a higher & decent lift height in comparison. Also has dual pistons for quicker lifting with less pumping. You can go for a high lift but it makes the clearance at rest too high for many lower cars. This sits in between a low profile & high lift so ideal for most really. Very impressed & for the money fantastic VFM.

The axle stands add a bit more to the Halfords ones as go lower & just as high but the ratchet makes them easier to use sometimes with more positions. I didn't like the idea of ratchet only but these have a solid additional bar so double locked in 2 points.

Overall very impressed. Just got the Alfa GT wheels refurbed & changed from silver to gunmetal & they look much better IMHO. Just added a new set of Michelin Pilot Sport 4's as well as the old ones were shot.

I have decided trade rates from John @ The Wheel Specialist in St Albans as agreed to use them for all/any of my wheel requirements. They did a great job & did my XC90 wheels as well. Just got the QP in with them as well to have the alloys refurbed & new tyres. Very impressed at far.

He are some pics of the trolley jacks/axle stands to see the difference.



I always buy SGS and completely agree. The gear I bought from them was used for professional lift and shift and lasted extremely well. Their toolboxes are also very well made.


Centenary Club
Can't bit decent kit especially for lifting or standing cars on, personally I would never use retail stuff for these tasks.


Centenary Club
Do you have model numbers and prices?
I have a couple of trolley jacks but both now nearly 30 years old with one completely shot the second a bit too small. Ta!
There is a lot on the site indeed and it took me a long time to compare them all. Luckily at both my home office desk and main office desk I have 3 x 24" screens so make comparisons much quicker/easier! Therfe are lots of nuances and slight differences in the sizes of lift, resting heights etc. I also liked the heavy duty one. I was going to go further to the pro and bigger stuff but didn't see the point in spending 3 or 4 times or more. I'm glad I ordered the one I did and very happy with it. I would 100% recommend it.

I ordered pads for the axle stands just to give some nice protection against the underside. I will still keep and use the Halfords stuff as well but the SGS stuff will become my main kit now.


Junior Member
Another vote for the SGS kit...
Great value and I was surprised at the quality when it turned up.
3 tonne, dual piston Jack, 3 tonne stands with rubber pads too.
I know it's tricky to release a ratchet axle stand when it loaded, but I do like the extra assurance of the solid locking pin...