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Old 12-12-2006, 05:59 PM   #1
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Default Jack stands: pin type vs latch type

Jack stands: pin type vs latch type

Is one better than the other?

By latch type, I mean like this:

Pin type:

A few years ago, I bought one of those Kragen noob garage sets with 2 ton jack stands (latch type), a crappy creeper, and a itty bitty 2 ton 14" height floor jack. I'm still using the stands and the crappy creeper. (14" jacking height is just way inadequate for anything besides changing wheels)

When lifting the car, I use the stands, plus the jack as a backup, plus the wheels under the side sills... because I don't trust anything.

Any stories of the latch jack slipping down? (not tilting and falling) I guess there is some safety that the stand collapses but still maintains the lowest height setting.
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Old 12-12-2006, 11:38 PM   #2
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As long as the latch is in position correctly, and not betwen notches or half engaged, they are pretty safe. If it makes you feel better keep the jack under the car too. If you use 2 ton jacks (or higher) your all set.
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Old 12-13-2006, 09:51 AM   #3
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I have cheapo Craftsman latch stands and they are fine. The weight of the car prevents you from accidentally knocking the latch. They are also easier to set in place since you can do it with one hand.
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Old 12-13-2006, 01:40 PM   #4
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something i always personally do... after you place the jack stands, give them a decent kick and push on the car some too. (not hard enough where you are TRYING to kick it out) basically just make sure the worst case scenario is present BEFORE you are under the car. I HAVE had a couple times where it the vehicle moved or the jack stand was not quit engaged and slipped to the next notch down. it wouldn't have been enough to hurt me most likely, but certainly may have required a change of underwear.
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