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Old 02-22-2013, 08:56 AM
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Extra-tall Jack Stands?

Just curious now, are these even available? I looked around on the 'net and didn't see anything but pipe jacks. Too late for me, as I've already started fabbing up a set that will adjust up to ~ 30" tall. I'm building a set that will work with standard HF jackstand bottoms using inverted scaffold jack bases, but will end up having over $120 in the four...

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All I use is the 6 ton jack stands from HF.. The have a wide base and go pretty high..
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To maintain stability, with increased height you should also increase the size of the base. Using a standard base but making it taller, it will be less stable. One easy way might be to weld on a larger flat plate under the legs.
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Here is a taller set - more expensive (maybe cheaper somewhere), but the dimensions here will help you figure out how big the base should be - these are 14 1/2" X 13" - the HF 3 ton ones are 7 1/2" X 7 1/2".
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old barrels

We used have some heavy wall 30 and 50 gallon barrels. Pick up a body with the Farm Fork lift we used to stack hay, and it would pick up one end of a car.
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Here's mine, extra tall made from an old rear end housing. They measure 22 inches tall. slip them under the rear axle.used them for many years.cost was free!
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To be honest, those 22 inch tall stands just look like a way to get a car about two feet in the air, and the ability to move about two feet sideways, as it is falling in your general direction.
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Exactly! The Harbor Frieght ones with a stack of 4x12" lumber so you dont extend the stand so far it becomes unstable. I've had my car nearly 3' in the air and could'nt shake it.
Squeeling under a car calling for your wife to figure out how to get it off you sounds like fun.
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They are actually very stable on flat ground; then again I haven’t been under them in an earthquake. Don’t think I would like to be under any car on stands during an earthquake….
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Just curious now, are these even available? I looked around on the 'net and didn't see anything but pipe jacks. Too late for me, as I've already started fabbing up a set that will adjust up to ~ 30" tall. I'm building a set that will work with standard HF jackstand bottoms using inverted scaffold jack bases, but will end up having over $120 in the four...

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What's wrong with pipe jacks?
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I have an old tree stump with a smilley face painted on it, He's my buddy, He always goes under-neath with me when I am working with jackstands or ramps. We had 2 cars up with all 4 wheels on ramps When the Big 89 earthquake hit in California, I was tired when I came home from work, was lying down, resting in the house and IT shook the car I had been working on and It rolled it off the ramps. I would have been seriously injured If I had been under it.
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any big rig parts store (fleet pride/etc) will have tall stands..
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I've thought about the (in)stability, I may tack weld some 1" square tube between the tops if it doesn't interfere with my work. Or I may just leave the rotisserie's end pieces in place.

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What's wrong with pipe jacks?
Over $100 each is what's wrong, then there's the storage issue. I finished mine yesterday, the inverted scaffold jack base has an acme threaded wing nut that will allow me to fine-tune the adjustment.

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I used to work in a boat shop. The rule was we did not go under a boat, not fully on a trailer, unless it was supported by TWO independent ways, each one capable of supporting the boat by itself. Most of the boats we worked on had lifting rings, and we has a pair of chain hoists that used the lifting rings, and we would build a crib or box of longer 4 x 6 timbers to also go underneath the boat.

If you have the rotisserie, it would seem a no-brainer to leave it in place, and also use the taller jack stands in place. I too think is is a very good idea to tie then both together, ideally with a strut going diagonally from the bottom of one to the top of the other.
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Here's mine, extra tall made from an old rear end housing. They measure 22 inches tall. slip them under the rear axle.used them for many years.cost was free!

I have a pair of those, classic. But I have never gotten under a car with them. A bar frame or something, ok but no way am I going to get under a car using them.

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