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 Post subject: Floor Jacks - they all are not made the same
PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 7:10 pm 
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My question is what floor jacks have people had good luck with? I want a good one that will last me "forever". They don't make them like the used too... My fathers old floor jack (40+ years old) is great and much better than the ones that I have blown through so far in the last 10 years.

So far I have had crap for luck:
1) cheapo china brand that broke quickly.
2) Harbor Freight 3-ton floor jack (purchased in 2001) but then didn't hold the load and would slowly lower. Then i got rid of it.
3) Currently i have Big Red Pro Series 3 ton floor jack. It works good but also sometimes does not hold the load when 3/4 fully lifted. In addition, lowering is hard to control and sometimes quickly drops (because it does not have universal joint).

Im done buying shitty cheap jacks as listed above. I wouldn't mind paying a good amount of money to get a good jack. What professional type jacks would you recommend?

Top requirements:
1) Controlled lowering, i believe i need one that has a universal joint for the load control. This will prevent quick drops.
2) Unit does not lower under load.



These are the two I have narrowed down but I would like everyone's opinion or other brands that are good.
1) Hein-Werner Professional Service Jack – 3 Ton, Model# HW93652
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200325615_200325615

2) Arcan Quick Rise Extra-Long Professional Service Jack XL2T — 2 Ton Capacity, Model# XL2T
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200514333_200514333

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 Post subject: Re: Floor Jacks - they all are not made the same
PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 8:15 pm 
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I like jack #1 over the other one

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 Post subject: Re: Floor Jacks - they all are not made the same
PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 2:50 pm 
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My dad and I both have the 3 ton jack from Craftman, and neither of us have had any problems with either one. I did need to bleed (burp) the air out of mine straight out of the box, but after that it was good. It's low enough to get under my roadster, and just high enough to get the X off the ground.

Edit: Damn, this post is old. What did you end up buying?

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I still have my old Big Red Pro Series, it gets the job done but i might splurge on the option #1 Hein-Werner

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duralast from autozone, got it 2 years ago still kicking and lifetime warranty

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but option #1 looks sweet

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Nothing less than 6ton IMO. Harbor Freight. Got about 8 of em.

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BKxterra718 wrote:
Nothing less than 6ton IMO. Harbor Freight. Got about 8 of em.
8 jacks!! What in the world are you using them for?


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DirtySocks wrote:
BKxterra718 wrote:
Nothing less than 6ton IMO. Harbor Freight. Got about 8 of em.
8 jacks!! What in the world are you using them for?


Bought em when i first started stripping the X's down. Been one too many operations already, lend a pair out here and there. Lookin into gettin some 12ton ones now lol

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I have an old Lincoln 3 ton I got from a buddy years ago when he was closing his shop. I had to get it rebuilt ($150) but it's now been going strong for six years. Best buck-fifty I've spent. I had bought a Craftsman when the Lincoln first started failing but it only lasted two years, was out of warranty and the cost of getting it fixed was more than just buying a new one. No offence to anyone that has one that works for them but mine was, IMHO, a hunk of junk, I'd never buy another.

Eric, what did you buy?

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BKxterra718 wrote:
DirtySocks wrote:
BKxterra718 wrote:
Nothing less than 6ton IMO. Harbor Freight. Got about 8 of em.
8 jacks!! What in the world are you using them for?


Bought em when i first started stripping the X's down. Been one too many operations already, lend a pair out here and there. Lookin into gettin some 12ton ones now lol

Justin, are you talking about jack stands or jacks? I only ask because you said you "lend a pair out".

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MtDewMike wrote:
Justin, are you talking about jack stands or jacks? I only ask because you said you "lend a pair out".
Whoopsie! Im on crack. Good catch chief! I got a Harbor freight one 2-1/2 or 3 ton rapid jack low profile bought for like $70 3 years ago. Use it almost everyday havent had to refill or repair works flawlessly.

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I have a 3.5-ton harbor freight that I torture pretty regularly and it has held up well.


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