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I'm looking at buying a creeper as I'm tired of lying on a board under the motor. Anyone have any experience with them? 

Are the moulded plastic jobs better or worse than the padded types?  Are they worth it? 

Not bothered about a named brand or bells and whistles just something that does what it says on the tin and is good value. 

Regards,  C.

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I've got an el-cheapo padded one.  Needs a good garage floor to work smoothly.  It also converts to a stool, which I use more for doing, e.g. brakes.  Honestly, these days I prefer to use a carpet offcut to lie underneath the car..  Though, I'm usually working on Land Rovers, which have decent ground clearance so I can use the carpet and not have to jack it up*.

 

*Goes without saying, but nevertheless....Use axle stands....always!!

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21 minutes ago, udderlyoffroad said:

I've got an el-cheapo padded one.  Needs a good garage floor to work smoothly.  It also converts to a stool, which I use more for doing, e.g. brakes.  Honestly, these days I prefer to use a carpet offcut to lie underneath the car..  Though, I'm usually working on Land Rovers, which have decent ground clearance so I can use the carpet and not have to jack it up*.

 

*Goes without saying, but nevertheless....Use axle stands....always!!

Carpet or creeper, If I were to get under a motor now, it would take me forever to get back up! 👎

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Every one I have seen was just a bit too flimsy, but the padded type seemed easier to work on.  As has been said - you need a very smooth surface to work on - I can't fit a car in my garage and my drive isn't smooth enough. I use one of the Gym mats from Aldi - works fine.

panoma1 - I know that feeling. I keep a seat / box next to where i am working - just to provide somewhere to rest my hand on, when getting up.

I did think or making a car creeper with rollers or larger wheels. The ones I have seen have always had very small wheels / castors, which tend to easily stick on a rough surface.

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53 minutes ago, TIGHTCHOKE said:

I have always used saved cardboard boxes flattened and thrown away when dirty or wet.

excactly what i use/used..........they are nice and slippy..................gud call dave.....................................im orn my 2nd glass as wd spake........:ernyha:

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Cardboard is great and keeps you warm. Any spills get soaked up. I been using offcut of cushion vinyl, with music on I was tempted to start break dancing. Then thought I'm likely to break something in me if I did.

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13 minutes ago, TIGHTCHOKE said:

But can you spare the brain cells?:drinks:

i lost em wen i want to the tolet this munig........theyaal  cam out in 1 go........

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2 hours ago, TIGHTCHOKE said:

I have always used saved cardboard boxes flattened and thrown away when dirty or wet.

+1,  have also used square carpet samples but they always end up dirty and disgusting.

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Nowadays I just 'creep' along to a Friend's garage and pay him to service/MoT it  !      😉

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Cheers all for your replies. 

Never occurred to me to use cardboard, could be the best thing britpart have put their name to and save me a few quid. 👍

 

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4 hours ago, clumber said:

Cheers all for your replies. 

Never occurred to me to use cardboard, could be the best thing britpart have put their name to and save me a few quid. 👍

 

its nice and slippy..............i often did a bit of break dancing under the old landy..........

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5 hours ago, ditchman said:

its nice and slippy..............i often did a bit of break dancing under the old landy..........

Should that be BRAKE dancing  ?

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10 hours ago, clumber said:

Cheers all for your replies. 

Never occurred to me to use cardboard, could be the best thing britpart have put their name to and save me a few quid. 👍

 

If it’s Britpart cardboard it probably won’t work.

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On ‎22‎/‎09‎/‎2019 at 22:43, SpringDon said:

I use an sgs creeper. They only really work on smooth floor due to the small wheels. 

+1 its all down to the rubbish little plastic wheels on the ones you buy from Halfords and the like. Buy some HD decent wheels and a bit of 18mm ply and make your own

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1 hour ago, gdadphil said:

That's the one I've got, as mentioned the 'seat mode' gets more use than 'creeper mode'.

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I love my plastic moulded one. If you have a nice smooth garage floor the smaller the wheels and the closer to the floor you can get the more workspace you gain. 

Larger wheels and you just end up having to try and get the car higher and higher in the air. 

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