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Old 03-17-2011, 10:08 PM
 
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A friend of mine was moving and told me I can have his 2 jack stands. I already have 2. Now, they're sitting in my place and I don't know if I would ever need 4 jack stands for DIY work on my car. Except maybe as backup. Should I get rid of my extra pair?
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Old 03-17-2011, 10:14 PM
 
Location: un peu près de Chicago
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If all four are the same size, I'd get rid of two of them. Give them to a friend. If two are large and two are small, I'd probably keep both pairs. You might select one pair over the other, depending upon the type of repair you want to do.
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Old 03-17-2011, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I have four and use them all when doing a brake job, when bleeding them. Just easier to have the wheels off on each end.
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Old 03-18-2011, 12:56 AM
 
Location: Eastern Missouri
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4 are safer than 2.
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Old 03-18-2011, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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I use 4 frequently. It makes it much easier and more pleasnt to work underneath withthe whole car off the ground. You can rotate the tires. Sometimes you need to have more than one car at a time jacked up.
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Old 03-18-2011, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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Unless your storage space is in the red, just keep them, who knows what scenario you would need the extra pair for.

Take it from me, I have a full set of jack stands, two pairs of plastic ramps, and a 4-post lift. There were times when I'd rather put a vehicle on the plastic ramps instead of on the lift.
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Old 03-18-2011, 06:39 AM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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Get rid of tools? Blasphemy!

As others have mentioned, if you ever find yourself in need of getting all ends of the car up at once, the extra set will come in handy.

Mike
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Old 03-18-2011, 03:59 PM
 
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at some point in time you may just have need for an extra pair of jack stands. i say keep them.
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Old 03-18-2011, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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I would keep them but realize depending on the size of the base of the stands, they may or may not be OK to use 4 to put all 4 tires in the air at once. Even then, common sense OK? It *might* be OK for brake work, where you just want to put all 4 in the air at once but not so high. It would not be a good idea to put the car up on 4 jack stands to R&R the transmission, for example.
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Old 03-18-2011, 09:11 PM
 
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Thanks for the responses! The "rotate" tires answer clinched it for me. I'm keeping them. One time a shop messed up a simple rotate job. I'd rather do it myself. Thanks, again.
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