View Full Version : Aluminium Jacks, Cordless Impact Ratchets and Spanners

6th September 2006, 19:09
There's a massive 'bulk buy' deal going on over on one of the Caterham boards at the moment, which I've been toying with joining.

Basically three deals running;

An 1800kg capacity Aluminium Trolley Jack, which their aiming to get in for 60


An 18V cordless Impact Gun (with 2 batteries) for about 25 quid


A set of Metric and/or Imperial ratchet spanners with flexible heads for about 30 quid


See this thread for links Blatchat (http://213-04.com/t.asp?Id=113593)

You'll need to mail Nermon Verona to get your name added to the list on: norman@FrenchBlat.com and you'll need to be quick, he's clossing the book this week!

6th September 2006, 19:58
Good find Tim :cool:

6th September 2006, 20:45
Anyone ordering from here, might be easier if one person does it?

6th September 2006, 20:51
I'll deffo have a jack, and possibly the wrench.

6th September 2006, 20:52
Ive heard talk about some of the alloy jacks, being pretty shit.. So would be cautious about buying cheap products.

Same with the impact guns. Ive used a Snap on gun, and its great. Ive used a Sealey version, same voltage, which is just ok.
I dread to think what some of the cheap variety's might be like.

Not sure how many people make those spanners. Gearwrench where the first I'd heard of and used, but I see Draper, Halfords etc all sell them now, and they look identical.
If they are the same spanners, then they are quite good.

6th September 2006, 21:05
I just cant bring myself to buying a snap on cordless impact gun after getting an air one!

6th September 2006, 21:13
How much are the snap on ones ?

6th September 2006, 21:16

John Stevenson
6th September 2006, 21:22
I have one of those jacks (3 ton version) and can confirm.... it's shit !!!

6th September 2006, 21:29
:D :D

That would be a no to the jack then

John Stevenson
6th September 2006, 21:33
It does what it says on the tin, it lifts things up. Very little of it is in fact Aluminium and just about every bolt on it has losened and fallen out at some point.

Saying that, very low saddle height and high lift. If I bought one now I'd dissassemble it and thread lock the whole thing

6th September 2006, 21:39
Hmmm, hold steady on the jack then! Cordless impact wrench is for when you're not in the workshop. Although I miss my 3/8" snap-on one which was great for assembling "stuff" in the workshop, no airline, nice and light etc.

6th September 2006, 22:00
I use an Alloy jack that looks like those when i need to work out of the pits and carry it there. It just about manages to lift the rear of a 800kg race car.

Most of the time i will use a Blue Point (snap on budget range) jack, which is infinately better and safer.

John's right on the bolts, they are always coming loose.

6th September 2006, 22:23
Right, a no no on the jack then...I was highly suspicious of it when I saw the carton weight: 18kg! I bit on the lardy side for a lightweight aluminium jack...

And now I've checked on eBay (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/18v-CORDLESS-1-2-IMPACT-WRENCH-2-BATTERIES-1HR-CHARGE_W0QQitemZ260028861088QQihZ016QQcategoryZ309 00QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem), the 18V cordless Impact wrenches seem to be available for 47 quid delivered...hmmm is the saving aftger duty and VAT big enough...

7th September 2006, 08:19
Halfords got a deal on the ratchet spanners at the moment for roughly the same price, before anyone shudders at the thought of halfords its there pro range so lifetime warranty just take it back and they will swap it out if it breaks........

7th September 2006, 08:25
The only thing that has gone wrong with my Halfords ratchet spanners was due to a spillage of 648 loctite, causing the ratchet mechanism of the 13mm spanner to seize.

Havent had time to get it replaced yet, but will do shortly :D

7th September 2006, 08:38
The Halfrauds spanners are made by GearWrench.

7th September 2006, 19:14
Just to back up whats already been said. We bought one of those jacks for use on a group A pug 106, it lifted the rear end a dozen or so times and then gave up. It did see a fair bit of abuse as it was used for roadside tyre changes, but still. And i wouldn't exactly call a 106 heavy.

Cordless impact gun is utter shite, snap-on ones are expensive for a good reason, they are un-beatable (and nearly un-breakable).

If those spanners are the halfrauds/gearwrench then get 'em bought, they are a good bit of kit.

7th September 2006, 19:29
I've had an e-mail from Norman, the final prices have gone up on the Blatchat thread. They include VAT and Duty.

Basically they are:

Jacks 57.00
Wrenches 25.00
Spanners (Metric & AF) 30.00 - ie both sets in Crome Vanadium

Metric = 8 & 10 & 12 & 13 & 14 & 17 &
AF = 3/8" & 7/16" & 1/2" & 9/16" &
5/8" & 11/16" & 3/4

I'm going to get one of the Impact drivers (for wheel changing) and a set of the spanners

7th September 2006, 22:00
for 25quid i'll see what the impact wrench is like. if it does go wrong, it goes wrong. should be usefull for wheels as you say Tim.

is that charger 240v ? wrong plug, worth checking!

have you put your order in already?
what postage once they're here?


7th September 2006, 22:08

No, I've not yet pur my order in, you'll need to read the Blatchat thread for that info...there's no delivery as such, just 'local collection' based on people volunteering to collect for their local area and then arrange collection with the others...IYSWIM

7th September 2006, 22:25
just read that thread...

looks like they have a nice courier system setup there ;)

and a local pickup point right in my county ! :D

does all sound a bit complicated with needing a lorry with a crane !

undecided now :confused:

8th September 2006, 09:19
on the subject of jacks I noticed Michelin were offering an ally jack for 75+VAT on special offer.. not sure on details further than that though.. but will try and find them.


8th September 2006, 14:13
Anyone fancy in on one of these?


8th September 2006, 14:15

8th September 2006, 14:53
Impatient barsteward at times :D , gone with Tooled up.com, worth a try.

8th September 2006, 16:00
If you want a battery impact wrench the de-walt 36v series will be out in october. The 12v was just as good as snap on imo so should be the best, if a bit heavyer.

8th September 2006, 18:05
I'd love one of those Steven, Paul's was a Sealey...I think (probably be told now it's a Snap-on ;) ) and it was everso usefull.

I wanted something to take along to track days that I won't be too worried about, purely to speed up wheel changing, so I thought for 25 quid it would be worth a shot at one of these cheapo jobs...anyho, have the Bluepoint air impact gun like your's for the proper jobs :D

Will soon be need a good compressor though, Machine-Mart timed their catalogue delivery to perfection ;)

8th September 2006, 20:06
Dave, the Dewalt and snap on were just too much money for what i will use it for :(

9th September 2006, 13:28
HMM! - might get a spare set of spanners at that money!

Not so sure on the impact wrench ( only will be used @ K/H for wheel changes though!)


9th September 2006, 18:36
I've decided to get one of the impact wrenches plus a set of the metric and imperial ratchet spanners

14th September 2006, 22:42
If your going to order anything from the bulk buy please send an e-mail to Norman, and then go to the thread here (http://213-04.com/t.asp?Id=113593), or straight to the online order form here (http://dev.syxis.co.uk/bulkbuy)

Race Altered
11th November 2006, 09:08
These jacks might be better and not that much more accordingly compared to what the likes of BETA want for theirs.

clarke alloy trolly jack (http://www.machinemart.co.uk/product.asp?p=020111800&TC=Email_091106_Winter_RacingJack)

4th December 2006, 09:08
Just bought exactly the same jack from Costco at 70 ish, can't remember the exact price but seemed too good a deal to walk past. From the comments on here I think it will be seeing a bottle of loctite and an extensive winter test in the garage before we take it anywhere near a rally but doesn't struggle at all with my Group N version 8.

Can't fault the snap-on cordless imapact, worth every penny. Had one battery go o/c but apart from that it's still going strong after 4 years and it gets some proper abuse.