Tools that I'm glad I have (5)
First off, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope you had a blessed Christmas and that you will have a fantastic 2023!
For the 5th installment in the "tools that I'm glad I have" series, I'm highlighting the tools that help me get my cars off the ground. If you're DIY-ing it and don't have a lift, then you've got to have a good hydraulic floor jack, solid jack stands, and good wheel chocks.
The chocks in this photo are new. I just bought them this past Fall at Canadian Tire. They are plastic, but they're heavy duty enough for the cars that I work on (2008 Saturn Astra and 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe). They're handy because my driveway has a bit of a slope, so they keep my cars from moving when I have one end or the other up on jack stands.
As you can probably tell from the photo, the jack and stands are the same brand and came together as a set. Honestly, I don't really know anything about "Companion" brand or even where they are sold. I got the set as a gift from my Dad, if I remember right. What I do know for sure is that I have had them for quite some time now, about 15 years, if not longer. They're rated to 3 tons, and I have had no problem whatsoever using them to lift my vehicles. I only wish that I had a couple more jack stands so that, as needed, I could put a stand under each corner of whatever car I happen to be working on, but other than that, they continue to work well every time I need them!