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Old 12-08-10, 02:17 PM
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Northern Tool Bike Stand

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...9669_200419669

seems pretty solid. Fantastic price too.
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Old 12-08-10, 03:13 PM
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OK, its definitely better than most of their stuff.

But, at the $50 price point, you can find some good ones out there used. I would much prefer a used high quality stand over a so-so new stand. Pick up a good used one via Craigs List or wherever (Parks tool, or similar). While I scrimp on some tools, a quality work stand is not one of them.

I have several work stands in my home shop right now. The only one that cost me more than $50 was a Parks Professional stand (PRS-2). ( I picked it up used as well).

The other nice benefit of a name brand stand, is if you ever decide to resell it, you will get all of your money back out of it. When I bought the PRS-2, I retired another Parks stand to another owner.

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I agree a stand is no place to scrimp. I would love to have a Park Shop stand but my Bontrager does a good job. I got a good deal on it last year at an end of season sale
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Personally I don't find anything particularly high-quality about the park stands I've used, in particular the pcs-9... flimsy. I am not sure why the command the prices and respect they do. They don't seem terrible though.

I'm plan on welding something much more suited to my needs out of thicker pipe. I've also got a neat clamp I want to make, but I need to get my welding gear set-up before I can do this.

If you're just doing minor repairs and not reefing on seized BBs and doing other rough jobs, I'm sure any old stand is fine for the casual home mechanic.
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never scrimp on tools....buy the best you can afford and pass on the crap.......

spend twice that on a good used Park and you'll never regret it....and you'll get your money back if you sell
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this I agree leaves alot to be desired. I think my Bontrager is nicer

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I've got the PCS-10 and it's been great. Folds neatly, is very sturdy and clamps easily. For $135, I feel it was well worth it when compared against the other lower-end stands.
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Interestingly enough, I ordered one of these the other night and am expecting it within the next few days. I'll let you know what I think of it (with the proviso that this is my first workstand, so I will not have a frame of reference).
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I have this one (bought before Feedback acquired Ultimate so mine is an Ultimate). More than 50 bucks to be sure but I clamp is great and Feedbacksports was very responsive when I had a problem with the clamp.

http://www.feedbacksports.com/produc...air_stand.aspx
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I have this one (bought before Feedback acquired Ultimate so mine is an Ultimate). More than 50 bucks to be sure but I clamp is great and Feedbacksports was very responsive when I had a problem with the clamp.

http://www.feedbacksports.com/produc...air_stand.aspx
So how much was it?? I hate sites that don't at least give a MSRP.
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I think they go in the 240-250 range. Ther is also a version at around 200 that is same basic design but doesn't have the quick release clamp.

Here is one on ebay where bid is at 99.99

http://cgi.ebay.com/Ultimate-Pro-Eli...item4cf3aad899

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I have that Ultimate stand. Received it as a gift from an awesome wife. It just plain works. The tripod legs are important if you ever use it anywhere other than a perfectly level shop floor. I take mine to campsites, races etc so this was a feature I appreciated. I even use it to hold up the rear of a 9 foot long recumbent tandem.
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I have one of the Northern Tool bike stands.

The only misleading thing in their description is that it does not fold up. It can be easily assembled and disassembled into 4 pieces for transport. No tools are required; the pieces are held together by thumb screws. Its 15 lb weight stretches the portability concept. No bag is provided for holding the disassembled stand. That sort of violates the concept that anything can be made portable by placing a pair of handles on it.

Height adjustment is 1 inch increments, using a removable holding pin. This makes height adjustment with the bike in place problematic. The minimum height is 51.5 inches.

One advantage of the disassembly vs. folding design is that the base is very wide and stable. The base is a trapazoidal H pattern that is not centered to provide for greater stability.

Clamp rotation mechanism is two serrated plates that are pressed together. Number of indentations is adequate and mechanism does not slip. Bike can be rotated while on stand.

Both the rotation and holding clamps have quick release mechanisms. You have to set the closing setting with the clamp open, like hub quick release skewers.

The stand rests on rubber pads. These pads can be rotated to compensate for uneven terrain. The downside is that these pads can fall off. You won't find a replacement for these non-standard pads. It's important to check that these pads remain on when you transport the stand.

All in all, it's a lot better than many flimsy stands and twice or triple its price. At $50 it's also cheaper than the materials for a build it yourself stand.
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Is this a good deal?

http://sarasota.craigslist.org/bik/2103683653.html
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I looks like its the same stand I have except the clamp doesn't have the quick release. MSRP is in fact 200 -- usually without tray so 90 bucks is pretty good if its in good condition. .
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