Park Tool PCS-4 Deluxe Home Mechanic Repair Stand Tools

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Park Tool PCS-4 Deluxe Home Mechanic Repair Stand Tools 

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"

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 22, 2009]
silverpigeon
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

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

Weakness:

Not portable.

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

Similar Products Used:

Minoura Alien

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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[Sep 25, 2005]
250savage
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Heavier-duty than I expected. Clamp is great!

Weakness:

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

Great stand, get one.

Similar Products Used:

none

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jan 14, 2004]
Dan
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

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

Weakness:

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!!!

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.

Similar Products Used:

n/a

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 09, 2001]
Brian Rumberger

Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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

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

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jan 25, 2003]
Tristan Jung
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

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).

Weakness:

Wait,,,NONE!!!

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

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 27, 2005]
jason

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).

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Feb 21, 2005]
Rick Fletcher
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

- 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

Weakness:

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.)

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

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 04, 2003]
Rod Angler
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

(+) 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

Weakness:

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

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.

Similar Products Used:

None, went with a Park, right out of the box

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 22, 2002]
Jesse
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

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

Weakness:

-price (Park is #1, but expensive)

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

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 18, 2007]
Krazy Mad
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

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

Weakness:

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

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.

Similar Products Used:

turning the bike upside down

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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