By Katherine Fuller
The Deluxe Home Mechanic Repair Stand is a nice step up on Park Tool’s entry-level offering, and I’m happy to have it in the workshop. Functional stands are much more civilized, and this one happens to come with a limited lifetime warranty. Rubber end caps on the feet are adjustable (they have varying thickness depending on how you rotate them), which are great for uneven concrete floors, such as the one in my circa 1950s basement.
The base of this stand forms a 26.5 by 28 inch rectangle, which is a relatively small footprint. The sturdy, balanced design means it’s not wont to tip over easily (a problem that the entry-level Park Tool stands have). It’s also stable enough to lean a bike against if you need to do some work on the ground.
Park Tool’s Micro-Adjust Clamp is straightforward and infinitely adjustable: Flip the handle to clamp and turn it to tighten. The clamp’s narrow jaws make it usable even on short seatposts, and the shape can accommodate a wide range of tube shapes and widths. The head rotates a full 360 degrees for ease of use. A quick-release clamp easily raises and lowers the clamp head height from 51 to 68 inches.
This stand was a little cumbersome to assemble. The parts are heavy, and you have to work the screws into locking nuts while holding the legs and stems together at awkward angles while also holding a tool in each hand. The overall heft of the stand—it weighs 25 pounds—is part of my concern with Park Tool labeling this a “portable” design.
True, 25 pounds is what my dog’s food bag weighs, but I can sort-of at least fold the bag and drape it over my arms. The stand, on the other hand, doesn’t fold at all. The legs come together when the whole thing is lifted off the ground, but that’s it—the stand isn’t compact enough for travel. If you really need to travel with this, lift off the top piece completely and strap those free-swinging stand legs together.
If you want a stand that’s lightweight, easy to move from garage to basement and easy to fold up and transport in your vehicle, this isn’t it. If you want a stand that is sturdy, won’t be easily knocked around and doesn’t have a large footprint, this stand is a good choice.