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Garage Creeper Recommendations?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by SUSQ, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. SUSQ
    Joined: Nov 5, 2012
    Posts: 101


    My car guy son will be turning 16 next month and has asked for a garage creeper for his birthday. I'd like to get him a good quality creeper with an adjustable headrest if possible. Any suggestions regarding your experience with models or features? Thanks!
  2. Wedgehead426
    Joined: Sep 20, 2013
    Posts: 114


    I have a Jeepers that I like, its comfortable, and rolls nice, But its about 20 years old, and I don't even know if they make them anymore.
  3. Swiss50chevy
    Joined: Apr 30, 2009
    Posts: 557


    Yes jeepers is great, still in production

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  4. redzula
    Joined: Jul 6, 2011
    Posts: 823


    I've always liked the dog one ones because the bigger wheels roll over anything. But that also means they tend to roll around when you want it to stay put. I've also used the jeepers ones and like them too.

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  5. cryobug
    Joined: Jun 6, 2005
    Posts: 362


    Buy him the Bone. It wont wear out, rot or weaken like wooden ones. I had a SnapOn creeper and I got rid of it right after it bruised the tar out of my elbow when it got wedged between the creeper and a wheel.
  6. hotrod40coupe
    Joined: Apr 8, 2007
    Posts: 2,559


  7. I'm a cheap somanabich, so most often I throw down a sheet of 3/4"blue or pink styrofoam. I'm old so it is nice to have the warmth of reflected body heat, and it gives just enough so elbows and shoulder blades don't complain. Now if it just had wheels so I could scoot around better!
  8. Bangkok Dean
    Joined: Jan 31, 2008
    Posts: 210

    Bangkok Dean

    This is may be the best invention since ice cream. What a great tool
    for any man.
    One of the biggest draw backs to the car hobby is getting down and
    back up about a million times while working on your car, this thing
    remedies that problem especially for the ones that do not have room
    for a hoist.

    A new toy for the old boys who play in the garage!
  9. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 5,398


    Hey from Mt. Joy (township, that is!) Another vote for the Bone. They make an "off road'' version with bigger wheels also.
    Glad to see you passing the craft on to your son.
  10. lc1963
    Joined: Aug 12, 2008
    Posts: 160

    from iowa

    The bone for me too.
  11. 327-365hp
    Joined: Feb 5, 2006
    Posts: 5,338

    from Mass

    Hah, that thing is wild! Great piece of engineering. Must be pricey though.
  12. Cardboard, a nice square of cardboard.


    (Someone had to say it!)
  13. 28-31
    Joined: Jun 16, 2011
    Posts: 72


    Another vote for The Bone Creeper.
  14. mow too much
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 907

    mow too much

    I need ti invent one that has brushes around the wheels to sweep away nuts, bolts and assorted junk out of the way, I get so mad when the thing won't roll.........or maybe be a little neater when I'm working.
    I have thought about the dog bone because it looks like you have more movement in your arms and if they have an off road version it may run over nuts and bolts.:D
  15. Lazlobassett
    Joined: Apr 12, 2010
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  16. papajohn
    Joined: Nov 2, 2006
    Posts: 831


    I've had launch of creepers over the years. Broke all of them. They really aren't made for 300 lbs. Also hate how they get stuck in the floor expansion joints and nuts and bolts etc on the floor. Other problem is the added height needed requiring the car to jacked up an additional 3 or 4 inches.

    I used a yoga mat for a while. Currently I have the old quilted vinyl seat upholstery off the rear bench seat of a 1971 Olds Delta convertible.

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  17. ems customer service
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 2,556

    ems customer service

  18. aaggie
    Joined: Nov 21, 2009
    Posts: 2,529


    I have a Bone and a Jeepers that I bought in 1964. The jeepers has been run over several times and didn't break and I replaced the wheels three times and recovered the headrest a few times.

    The saving grace for the Bone is the bigger wheels roll easier and the little tool holder indentions along the side are handy.

    If you decide on the Bone get a real one, not the cheap copy at HF.
  19. dirty old man
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
    Posts: 8,477

    dirty old man

    The Bone is great, but 2 problems: (1) It's a little short for me, although I'm very "long waisted", being 6'3" but wearing 30" inseam jeans. Hence when my butt is against the wheel pocket protrusions at one end, my shoulders are against the others at the other end. And my neck is on the headrest with my head hanging off the end. (2) Don't hang it up on a nail to keep it outta the way, cause if it gets bumped and falls, it will shatter to little pieces around the impact point. Ask me how I know!
    I'm using the Harbor Freight copy now. It's long enough, only costs $20 on sale, works OK.
    I have only an 8'.6" ceiling in my shop, so a lift is out, and at almost 76 yrs. it's tough getting up and down off a creeper. That's the second time I've seen that powered creeper and I'd really like more details on who builds it and the price.
  20. Dreddybear
    Joined: Mar 31, 2007
    Posts: 5,927


    The traxion one with the big wheels rules. Plus it has a little brake so you can lock yourself in place.

    That being said I usually stick a big piece of cardboard on my old shitty creeper to keep the wheels from pinching me.
  21. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 26,511


    I've got a nice padded SnapOn but the rails hit me right in the shoulders all the time.

    I'd go to Sears and look at a Craftsman 51158 Half the money of my SnapOn 20 years ago and it looks a lot more comfortable.
    heavy duty enough for the biggest of us and long enough for Dirty Old Man me thinks.
  22. borderboy1971
    Joined: Oct 20, 2008
    Posts: 663

    from Canada

    I built my own similar in style to a snap on. Just go to your local surplus store and find some caster wheels in the size you want. Some square tubing and plywood, and foam and vinyl and away you go. Actually that sounds like a lot of work now, but you can built it the way you want.
  23. czuch
    Joined: Sep 23, 2008
    Posts: 2,756

    from vail az

    If you get your pony tail caught in the wheels 1 TIME, you're cured of creeper choice, and get regular hair cuts.
  24. fsae0607
    Joined: Apr 3, 2012
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  25. 50 customcoupe
    Joined: May 8, 2011
    Posts: 412

    50 customcoupe

    I use cardboard, I search the cardboard rack at my local Dollar Store General and found some extra thick cardboard about 30 inches wide by about 21 feet---folded it to make it 3 layers thick, this works great and doesn't roll away when you are trying to loosen a bolt. I also use a 2-liter soft drink bottle filled with water placed under my neck for a head rest, works great and is very comfortable. And the best part, this is all free. Ray...
  26. hendo0601
    Joined: Aug 24, 2013
    Posts: 288

    from Tacoma, WA

    I agree with the old cardboard creeper...its free, you can slide on it easily, it absorbs whatever fluid you are no doubt going to spill on it, and it doesnt sacrifice precious inches when it comes to snaking underneath your ride. I always keep a big cardboard box flattened out in my trunk in the event I need a creeper.

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  27. scootrz1
    Joined: Apr 16, 2011
    Posts: 266

    from usa

    I have 2 creepers hanging in my garage almost always use cardboard cause its quicker to grab and with long hair thats been stuck in wheels to many times
  28. Bad Eye Bill
    Joined: Sep 1, 2010
    Posts: 841

    Bad Eye Bill
    from NB Canada

    Ain't that the truth.
  29. Bad Eye Bill
    Joined: Sep 1, 2010
    Posts: 841

    Bad Eye Bill
    from NB Canada

    Another vote for cardboard.
  30. fastcar1953
    Joined: Oct 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,040


    carpet for now but 2 post lift soon. cardboard also works. have a creeper a friend gave me ,hardly use it. i do use a shop stool with parts and tool holder under it.

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