Top positive review
Premium stands, there are cheaper alternatives.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 April 2019
I own a Mercedes that has small round jack pads sticking out of the sill plastic. I wanted to be able to support the car on axle stands via these pads. I ideally wanted stands with a flat head and these were the closest I could find.
The stands are expensive compared to other brands, so I was expecting heavy duty kit. When they turned up, I actually thought there was only 1 in the box as it was so light. They are much lighter than my existing stands.
My first impression was, that the stands were less stable than my existing ones largely due to the triangluar footprint. Also, the feet are quite small. I was aware of these facts before purchasing, but as I say the deciding factor was the flat head. The stands are very tall, largely due to the thick rubber head. This is not an issue for me as I'm lifting with a large jack + crossbeam, but you might struggle a bit if you're using a standard car jack.
I lowered the car onto the stands via the Mercedes sill pads and the rubber on the axle stands was so distorted that I quickly raised the car again. I then tested them on the subframe and they were good, but I had to adjust them a few times as I found one foot kept raising off the floor. I haven't noticed this with my square stands. The rubber compressed to match the angle of the car which was quite good. On both tests however, the small bolts that hold the rubber pads on the heads looked a bit stressed. I'm sure they are designed to last, but part of me wonders if they are the weak point in the design.
So to summarise. The stands are very light. They are tall, but don't feel particularly stable due to the small footprint and tiny feet. They do feel very well made. The paint is good and the height locking pin mechanism is nice. They do look cool. They don't work with the silly pads on my car, but that isn't the fault of the stands.
I think these are designed as premium stands for someone restoring an expensive classic. Something that looks nice and protects the frame well. And on a perfectly flat floor, they would be just as stable as my square stands. I've given them 4/5 because they are good stands. If like me, you're using them to support a basic family hatchback on a driveway, you're probably better off with some cheap stands with rubber frame protectors. I will enjoy using these however. You can never have too many stands under a raised vehicle!