Park Tool Stand Comparison– portable vs Single-arm

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twinflight

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 13, 2017
292
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Is anyone using the Park Tool PRS 3.2-2 or PCS 4-2 repair stand? Is the single-arm worth the extra coin? My last project, in excess of 60 pounds, took a toll on the plastic parts on my cheap X-tools stand. I'm hesitant to use another portable one because the last was constantly tipping and shook like crazy when I cranked on, well, pretty much everything.

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100bikes

Finally riding a big boys bike
Mar 8, 2013
328
Minneapolis, United States
While convenient, the portable stand would be maxed out on anything over 40lbs, in my opinion.
This would become the most apparent when pedaling the bicycle , in the stand.
A sandbag across the legs may help.
 
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pedal4416

I live for the CABE
Nov 28, 2008
1,893
38
Bryan, TX, USA
The single arm is well worth the money——if you are going to use it!!! It’s bulky and in the way unless you have a dedicated spot. It is extremely stable and will hold a lot of weight (I blow out my belly button all the time putting my Whizzer’s in it!) The folding are not as stable with a heavy bike but have not failed me yet. I have a few of both styles and I love them. The portable is nice because I can bring it inside my house and work, or even out in the deck on nice days.
 
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twinflight

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 13, 2017
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Minnesota, United States
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The single arm is well worth the money——if you are going to use it!!! It’s bulky and in the way unless you have a dedicated spot. It is extremely stable and will hold a lot of weight (I blow out my belly button all the time putting my Whizzer’s in it!) The folding are not as stable with a heavy bike but have not failed me yet. I have a few of both styles and I love them. The portable is nice because I can bring it inside my house and work, or even out in the deck on nice days.
I’d definitely use it. Just the cost is hard to explain to my better half. I’m going to call Park Tool and see if they have any demo portable models that I could test out since they’re a 30 min drive away. I just don’t want to spend over $500 for something that a $350 stand could do the job with some modifications.

Side note, it was pretty damn cool when I called Park Tool to ask specific details and Calvin Jones answered. I gotta admit I kinda geeked out.


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49autocycledeluxe

I live for the CABE
May 29, 2017
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I bought one years ago, the prices sure have gone up! mine has the aluminum clamp, just the clamp alone is more than I paid for my stand! mine is portable, but the way it is made I could also bolt it to the floor if I had a good spot.
 

twinflight

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 13, 2017
292
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I’m going to wait it out until Black Friday to see if any deals pop up. If not, I’ll spring for a portable unit. As much as I want a HD one it’s going to be installed in the garage with lots of foot traffic.


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Andrew Gorman

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 15, 2008
3,051
Pasadena (Hastings Ranch), United States
Keep looking- they do show up used. I am very happy with a Park PRS-6 I bought off of eBay. It is non-folding with a hoop of square tubing as the base so pretty stable for most work. I replaced the bolts with wing nuts so it can be put away when not in use. Most of the portable stands are really meant for field maintenance on modern lightweights. I did like the repair stand from Aldi supermarkets when I was working out of state. It has five folding legs and was stable, although the clamp couldn't hold a candle to the Park.
 
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vincev

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 2, 2008
13,831
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My portable Parks holds anything.I worked on my rear steer Colson Tandem with no problems and a few Phantoms. I like the portable because I do move it wherever I have room to work when doing a bike
 
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twinflight

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 13, 2017
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Minnesota, United States
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My portable Parks holds anything.I worked on my rear steer Colson Tandem with no problems and a few Phantoms. I like the portable because I do move it wherever I have room to work when doing a bike
On a tripod or parallel leg style stand?


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vincev

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 2, 2008
13,831
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On a tripod or parallel leg style stand?


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Parallel leg one as pictured.I also have another Park portable I found this one on C.L. for $50.I have 2 Park portables.I really like them.I keep one in the basement for winter projects.
 
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twinflight

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 13, 2017
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Parallel leg one as pictured.I also have another Park portable I found this one on C.L. for $50.I have 2 Park portables.I really like them.I keep one in the basement for winter projects.
Great info. My cheapo tripod stand would tip even when I was working on Schwinn lightweights.



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twinflight

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 13, 2017
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Minnesota, United States
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Any doubts about the Park portable holding heavy bikes.This one is holding one of the heaviest I know.A rear steer Colson Tandem....
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It wouldn’t get tipsy if you took a wheel off? I’ve got my eyes set on one just like yours.


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Boris

Fat tired old rider
Feb 16, 2008
12,857
Portland, OR 97206
Any doubts about the Park portable holding heavy bikes.This one is holding one of the heaviest I know.A rear steer Colson Tandem....
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The only reason that you know it's heavy is because your wife told you so. Would have been nice if you gave your wife some help getting it up there.
 
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the tinker

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
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If you ever see an old Park stand with the iron plate for the base. . . buy it. Nothing in your way. You can put a couple of the heaviest bikes on it, or only one bike. The base is heavy, maybe 50 lbs or more. I have a piece of carpet underneath it. It slides around on the floor if I have to move it. The main support post is adjustable and rotates. You can pick these up used for $200 or less........is that my book, The Preppers underneath it? I was wondering where I left it.
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twinflight

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 13, 2017
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Fwiw, I picked up a portable 4-2. I found a lbs that was willing to negotiate a package deal for a stand, tray and collar. In the end I needed it light enough to be able to move around on the fly but sturdy enough to handle a tank bike with ease.


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twinflight

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 13, 2017
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My workshop is getting a complete makeover. I’ve effectively doubled the size. I made a custom 2 x 8 work bench with shelves installed underneath and on the side. Lighting was redone.

So far I’m happy with a portable stand. I’m constantly moving it around since the area is in disarray.

I like a custom setup rather than the pics you see on Instagram where they threw $5000 worth of crap bought on Amazon.

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