If you work on your own car, you will have a way to get it up in the air. Most backyard mechanics or DIYers will use the traditional jack and jack stand method. It takes a bit of time, but it’s proven and reliable. If you’ve got more space and more money to play with, you might have a pit in your garage, or even a hydraulic lift.

Today I came across something called the Mini Lift 2500, which seems to slot somewhere in between the jack stand and hydraulic lift methods. It’s a collapsable lift that slides underneath your car, and then with the aid of a crank, lifts the whole of your car up to a maximum height of 585mm.

In addition, it tilts forwards and backwards, should you need more access to one part of the vehicle.

Here is a video that shows it in operation.

So, what do we think? Personally, I think it looks like a death trap, and can’t imagine how this could possibly be safe. I wouldn’t dare get underneath a car supported by this thing alone. What’s more, the design of this lift would make it very difficult to do any work under the middle of the car, such as removing a propshaft. While the idea certainly has its merits, I’ll stick to my jack stands for now, thank you very much.

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