Park Tool PCS-4 Deluxe Home Mechanic Repair Stand Tools

4.5/5 (12 Reviews)
MSRP : $300.00


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Product Description

The PCS-4 hasThe same clamp used in ParkTools heavy duty shop stands andThe new leg stabilizing system creates a rock-solid baseThat resistsTipping over. Perfect for heavier duty home use or light duty shop use, adjusts quickly from 55"To 72" withThe lever onThe mainTube. Adjusts quickly from 55"To 72" withThe lever onThe mainTube Folds flat for easy storage. Clamp allows a bikeTo be rotated 360 degrees and locked in any position. Clamps jaws accomodateTubes from 7/8" (22mm)To 1-5/8"


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Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by silverpigeon a Cross Country Rider from Channel Islands

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2009

Strengths:    Solid, heavy steel. Top quaility clamp. Small footprint. Stable

Weaknesses:    Not portable.

Bottom Line:   
I've not used the tripod style stands but have used several of the 'two feet' stands such as the Minoura or the PCS9/10. In my opinion the feet system on the PCS4 is superior, more stable and upright and does not take up as much space as the the more traditional style. I bought this stand after seeing it being used by the workshop in my LBS.

It is certainly not a portable workstand though, too heavy and although the legs close allowing it to be laid flat, it still isn't what you would call storage friendly.

In terms of use I've stripped and rebuilt two bikes so far on the PCS4 including a stubborn BB and pedals, no problems at all. The clamp and sturdiness of the stand allows for a lot of leverage to be applied without fear of pulling everything over.

Best suited for the serious home mechanic who has the space/home workshop to leave it up all the time. For that it is ideal

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Favorite Trail:   Yorkshire Dales

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Chainreaction Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Minoura Alien


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Krazy Mad a Weekend Warrior from SF, CA

Date Reviewed: November 18, 2007

Strengths:    sturdy (weights 28 lbs), GREAT clamp, able to rotate bike 360* with no problems

Weaknesses:    height "adjustment" isn't easy, not portable, takes some effort to assemble and disassemble it

Bottom Line:   
I bought mines used and for the price, its a GREAT stand. I don't know others say it isn't sturdy. I've had a heavy 38lbs downhill bike clamped into the stand, rotating it upside down and sideways, spinning the cranks and rotating the rear wheel, stand is solid, never came even close to tipping over or even moving.

Clamp is great and is rock solid. The clamp itself must weight at least 1/5 of the weight of the rack (28lbs per Park's site) and grips the bike well. Truely shop quality clamp.

The stand isn't for everyone. If you don't have the space, it isn't the most storage friendly stand. Storage/disassembly of the rack is just 4 nuts and bolts, but in this day of quick releases and on the fly adjustments, 4 bolts is a bit much in my opinion. Ofcourse it is only 4 bolts and due to the bolts its super sturdy. To adjust the height, you almost have to disassemble the entire rack. But if you're getting a stand, you should be more than comfortable assembling and disassembling things.

This is a great stand.

4/5 due to difficult height adjustment.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   Used

Similar Products Used:   turning the bike upside down

Bike Setup:   built 1 mtn & 1 road bike from the frame up, currently have 5 bikes in the stable

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by darren a Cross Country Rider from california

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2006

Strengths:    Clamp rotates 360 degrees, easy to adjust angle. Stable. Reliable

Weaknesses:    Not really portbale and not really permanent. Should be more permanent with sturdier base, perhaps sand filled bases or hooks along the main shaft for holding cable or housing. It's also not that convient to adjust the height of the stand. I leave it in the maximum position.

Bottom Line:   
This is a good stand. As with anything, it could be better. But it it still hard to beat at this price.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   Supergo

Similar Products Used:   None.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by 250savage a Weekend Warrior from Lenoir, NC, USA

Date Reviewed: September 25, 2005

Strengths:    Heavier-duty than I expected. Clamp is great!

Weaknesses:    None so far. Takes some tinkering to get level without rocking.

Bottom Line:   
Great stand, get one.

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere a bike will roll

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   supergo.com

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Trek Fuel 70 (stock so far)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jason from modesto

Date Reviewed: June 27, 2005

Bottom Line:   
i love this stand! it has a much better clamp and "solid feel" than the lower model. it blows the folding "pro" stand away (really flimsy). it is heavy, but that's what makes it so stable. it does fold flat for somewhat descent storage. you really can't take it with you UNLESS you have a truck bed or RV. it has plenty of height adjustability and it was reasonably priced online (i think i paid a little over $200 for the stand and tool tray...including tax and shipping). it shows no signs of breaking and i use it every week. save money in the long run and get this stand. i highly recommend it (unless you need something that you can fold up and easily take along with you).

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rick Fletcher a Weekend Warrior from San Francisco, CA

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2005

Strengths:    - The all-steel stand feels like it'll last forever.
- The levelling end caps were neccessary on my uneven floor -- I'm glad they were included.
- The padded clamp holds tight at any angle


Weaknesses:    Before buying (online) I got the idea this stand could be easily collapsed for storage. It can't. Breaking it down at all requires removal of at least a couple of bolts. (I don't see this as a big deal, but I thought some of the other reviews that mentioned collapsing the stand were a little misleading.)

Bottom Line:   
It's a little pricey, but you get what you pay for.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $189.00

Purchased At:   bicyclebuys.com

Bike Setup:   Stock '05 Fisher HKEK

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Dan a Weekend Warrior from Virginia

Date Reviewed: January 14, 2004

Strengths:    Solid construction, except for the Y mounts for the legs (could have used 2 more bolts).

Weaknesses:    Very unstable, I mounted it on a 4x8 sheet of plywood to keep it from tipping over (this is mostly when mounting and dismounting the bike). No height adjustment!!!

Bottom Line:   
Its rock solid except for the above mentioned weaknesses which can be overcome with some additional home handyman features. A product with this price tag should not have such issues.

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Favorite Trail:   Walnut Creek

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $180.00

Similar Products Used:   n/a

Bike Setup:   Yes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Rod Angler a Weekend Warrior from Houston

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2003

Strengths:    (+) Well designed
(+) Strong enough, considering it's portable, for bottom bracket replacement and other sometimes-wrestling-matches
(+) Light enough and portable
(+) Good quality paint/powder coating on frame tubing


Weaknesses:    Minor weakness:
(-) Foot tubing "caps" come off too easily
(-) A bit pricey, but it is quality, and quality ain't cheap usually
(-) Clamping head friction "lock" is a bit loose, and bike can rotate so that rear tire touches ground


Bottom Line:   
Surprised this fine stand hasn't been reviewed yet!

(+) Another well designed tool from Park.
(+) Not cheap, and not as stable as a shop stand of course, but it is light and portable, and collapsible so it takes little space in the garage.
(+) Easy to fold and take on the road if necessary.
(+) Sturdy and stable enough for the occasional bottom bracket job with a bit of savvy in stabilizing the bike while wrestling with a ratchet (which sometimes seems like a 3 handed job).
(+) Good quality coating on the frame tubes. Paint, or powder coating, whatever...it's pretty thick and durable, and oil/solvent resistant! Good design choice by Park again.

Two minor complaints, the lesser of the two first:
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(-) 1. Since the stand feet are made of hollow tubing with good strength-to-weight attributes, they need tubing foot covers both to keep dirt/trash out of the tubing but mostly for grip/traction. Park's plastic covers come off too easily. One of mine got dislodged and misplaced during a recent household move... but appeared in another box later. At least it's home. I'll probably glue or contact-cement them on.

(-) 2. Also, the friction "lock" that prevents the clamping head from rotating is a bit loose. Sometimes the bike rotates when you don't want it to and one tire eventually hits the ground (i.e. one of the tires, usually the rear since the obvious clamping point on my bike yields a rear-heavy stand setup). This is a minor thing, minor annoyance when, e.g. , tuning up rear brake or derailleur.

(+) The flip side is that you can rotate the bike fore to aft while working.

Overall, I think it should be 30% less expensive, but overall a very good quality PORTABLE stand by Park. Ya gotta pay for quality, still.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   None, went with a Park, right out of the box

Bike Setup:   Yep, it's setup

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tristan Jung a Cross Country Rider from Glendale CA

Date Reviewed: January 25, 2003

Strengths:    The clamp is easy to use and strong enough to hold my heavy bike. Every parts is made of steel, which means very stable. Paid only $152 include tax and free shipping (back ordered item).

Weaknesses:    Wait,,,NONE!!!

Bottom Line:   
Purchased Park over Untimate, and I have no regret at all.
Love its clamp and the body is so durable and stable.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $152.00

Purchased At:   Performancebike


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jesse a Weekend Warrior from Corvallis

Date Reviewed: August 22, 2002

Strengths:    -Does everything it says it does
-Holds bike at ANY angle
-Park Tool Quality
-3 height settings
-Best clamp in the business
-Solid base


Weaknesses:    -price (Park is #1, but expensive)

Bottom Line:   
This stand is strong enough to be used in a shop, but priced for home mechanics. I would recommend it to anyone.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $175.00

Purchased At:   PHK Bicycles


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brian Rumberger from Portland, OR USA

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2001

Strengths:    Amazing product. Not much more to say. Holds bikes at all angles, easily balanced with full rotation. Collapses easily into a virtually flat position (excluding the portrusion of the clamp and legs). If you don't need to take it on the road often, this is the one for you! A great piece of equipment and well worth the price. Check out ultimate riding sports for great service and most of all a GREAT PRICE! Thanks Rudy.

Weaknesses:    Powder coat paint peels off easily during adjustments. Could gloss/clear-coat . . .

Bottom Line:   
Park Quality and the Best Price and service available on-line.
Check it
-b

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   ultimateridingsports.com


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve a Weekend Warrior from Alpharetta, GA

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2001

Strengths:    Solid construction and built to last. No plastic, everything is machined and fits like a glove as you assemble. Clamp is the best in the business, as it's also padded to prevent scratching your bike. Folds for storage.

Weaknesses:    Directions could be more "user friendly," yet it only took me 30 minutes to assemble.

Bottom Line:   
There are other stands in the market, yet the set up always reminds me of what I see in bike shops; so...I spent a few extra $, and purchased a repair stand that will last a lifetime. If you have invested in your bike(s), then invest in their performance!

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Favorite Trail:   Oak Mtn/AL

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $170.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bike

Similar Products Used:   None. Recommended by two (2) bike mechanics.

Bike Setup:   Merlin "Fat Beat", xtr, mavic 517, with Serac tires. Soft tail who loves to climb!

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