How do you call this thing?

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Altai

New Member
Would anybody please tell me how the thing in the following picture could be called?

This mechanism is intended for placing a railcar on it (if, for example, repair is needed).
Thank you.
 

Altai

New Member
Thank you Bruce.
However, I believe jacks are meant for lifting cars, while these things are more like stationary supports onto which a car is placed (using a crane, for example).
 
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mrmoose

New Member
I used to take care of the tires on a private, for hire, luxury bus company here in Seattle. They pretty much had the same type of jacks to lift the busses up in the air so you could walk under them. A little un-nerving at first.:rolleyes:
 

Altai

New Member
OK, but how would you call this particular kind of thing shown in the pictures? As I have mentioned, these are not for lifting - there's simply no lifting mechanism, the car being lifted using a crane or something...
Is it possible to call them supports? Or racks, probably? Or what would be a better term for them, anyway? I'm no native English speaker, so it's hard for me to be sure...
 
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kenw

5th Generation Texian
Without a way to actually lift, these are used to hold it up after the jack has lifted it. We would call them jack stands normally. Most safety standards do not allow a jack or crane to hold something up while people are under it.
 

5thGenRR

New Member
When our Drop Pit could drop whole trucks we would call them Stands or Lifting Blocks. Now we have a different setup and no longer have them.
 




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