Autobarn Know How


    Essential Tools For The Home Workshop

    Doing repairs and maintenance on your own vehicles can be an enjoyable pastime for many and can also save you a lot of money.
    Whilst you may not need to have every piece of equipment that a professional workshop has, there are some must have items to make the experience as safe and efficient as possible.

    1) Vehicle Lifting Equipment

    Jack & Ramps
    You will need a jack to get the car off the ground. Ensure the jack you are using has both the capacity to lift the weight of your vehicle and also the lifting range to get the vehicle sufficiently off the ground. Vehicle lifting equipment must meet Australian standards. Jacks must comply with AS/NZS 2615:2004.
    If your vehicle is lowered, you should consider a low-profile trolley jack over a standard design. Alternatively, ramps can be really useful and are available to suit cars (750kg capacity per ramp) or heavy duty versions for 4WD vehicles (1000kg per ramp).
  • 1a. 2000kg Jack.
  • 1b. Orcon 2500kg Jack.
  • 1c. Orcon 2000kg Low Profile Jack.
  • 1d. Stanfred 750kg Steel Ramps.
  • 1e. Stanfred 1000 4WD Ramps.

    Jack Stands
    Of course you should NEVER get under a jacked up vehicle without using jack stands to support the vehicle.
    These can be a basic pin type, screw type or the more versatile ratchet style designs. Again they must be fit for purpose which is dependant on the weight of the vehicle they are being used on. Jack stands must meet Australian Standard AS/NZS 2693:2004
  • 1f. Orcon 1200kg Pin Jack Stand.
  • 1g. Orcon 2000kg Pin Jack Stand.
  • 1h. Orcon 2000kg Ratchet Jack Stand.
  • 1i. Orcon 3000kg Ratchet Jack Stand.
  • 1j. Orcon 4000kg Ratchet Jack Stand.

    2) Engine Lifting Equipment

    If you are working on engines, or lifting heavy components around the garage, an engine crane is an invaluable investment. Modern fold up cranes make storage easy too.
    Another tip is to use an engine leveller when installing an engine in to the vehicle. It makes the job so much easier by allowing you to get the approach angle just right.
    For engine work out of the car, an engine stand is a very wise investment. They hold the engine at a good working height and also make flipping it upside down a simple task.
  • 2a. 2T Folding Crane.
  • 2b. Engine Leveller.
  • 2c. 450kg Engine Stand.
  • 2d. 560kg Engine Stand.

    3) Air Compressors & Tools

    Adding a compressor and some air tools to your garage setup opens the door to a heap of jobs. Air tools such as impact guns take the strain out of many jobs and an air ratchet is the mechanic’s best friend, particularly in tight locations where there isn’t much room to swing a spanner or normal ratchet.
  • 3a. Scorpion 2HP 24LT Compressor.
  • 3b. Scorpion 2.5HP 50LT Compressor.
  • 3c. Scorpion 2.5HP 50LT Belt Drive Compressor.
  • 3d. Scorpion 1/2" Drive Air Ratchet.
  • 3e. Scorpion 1/2" Drive Impact Gun Kit.
  • 3f. Scorpion 15M Retractable Air Hose.

    4) Safety Equipment

    Whatever you are doing, it is important to take the necessary precautions to keep yourself safe.
    Eye protection, hearing protection and gloves give you the best defence.
    The SP TOOLS mechanics gloves feature a really clever ‘touch finger’ that enables smart phone or tablet use so you can answer the phone and access internet or Youtube information without having to remove the gloves first.
  • 4a. Medium Velocity Safety Face Shield.
  • 4b. 26DB Ear Muffs.
  • 4c. SP Tools Mechanics Touch Gloves - Large and XLarge.

    NOTE: This information is provided as a guide only and professionals should be consulted when doing any work to a vehicle. Autobarn is not liable for any loss or damage which is suffered or incurred (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) for any personal injury or damage to property suffered or sustained as a result of using the information provided.