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Old 10-13-2005, 07:03 PM
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floor jack

i saw a floor jack at Mendards for 50 dollars, 2 1/4 heavy duty floor jack.
is this a good jack? would you recommend it?
the link to it is here http://images.menards.com/weeklyad/M...0051023-12.jpg
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Floor jack

I wouldn't recommend it, but if you do buy it make sure you have some good jack stands to complement it!
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Old 10-13-2005, 08:29 PM
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Jacks and jackstands are one thing you don't want to scrimp on.Buy the best properly rated equiptment you can afford.
Look for a solid,well made frame,quality hydraulics and decent wheels on a floorjack.Don't cheap out and buy a chinese POS.Even when you're going to use jackstands,you will have parts of your body under a 3000 lb car for a few minutes while you're setting up the stands,so the jack has to be safe.IMO,you can't get a decent jack for less than about $200.If you can't afford that much,check a hydraulic repair shop to see if they have any used or rebuilt jacks.
The same things apply to jackstands.Don't get some 3 legged,stamped sheet metal garbage.Buy the best you can find.Getting crushed under a car ain't a good way to die.
Use jacks and stands on a solid,level surface that the stands won't sink into.
Chock the wheels that are staying on the ground,and before you go under the car,TRY to shake the car off the stands to make sure it won't fall while you are working on it.
BE SAFE!!!!!!!!!!

George
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I would also make sure the jack has a wide stance on it. Meaning that the width between the wheels side to side is adequate so it doesn't tip. If you happen to not line up a jack correctly it can tip if as the car changes it's weight distribution when it is raised. I've seen jacks too skinny teeter on 3 wheels....not a good idea!! Go check out the jack in person and go look at some others at a store such as northern tool or something similar. Compare the quality, etc. Unless it's just a super deal, don't expect to get a $150 jack for $50. Also, it's hard to tell by the picture, but those back wheels seem fairly puny in my opinion. I'd also recommend getting a 3+ ton jack.
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Sears has a 3 ton jack for $69, their part number 50143. If you go to sears.com and type in "suv jack" this is the one that comes up. It goes on sale for $59 in the store once in a while. My only complaint is that 21" full height is somewhat limiting. I wouldn't use it to lift an SUV, but it's been okay lifting the entire front of the car to set stands up. George, do you think this one is inadequate for home use?
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Jacks and jackstands are one thing you don't want to scrimp on.Buy the best properly rated equiptment you can afford.
Look for a solid,well made frame,quality hydraulics and decent wheels on a floorjack.Don't cheap out and buy a chinese POS.Even when you're going to use jackstands,you will have parts of your body under a 3000 lb car for a few minutes while you're setting up the stands,so the jack has to be safe.IMO,you can't get a decent jack for less than about $200.If you can't afford that much,check a hydraulic repair shop to see if they have any used or rebuilt jacks.
The same things apply to jackstands.Don't get some 3 legged,stamped sheet metal garbage.Buy the best you can find.Getting crushed under a car ain't a good way to die.
Use jacks and stands on a solid,level surface that the stands won't sink into.
Chock the wheels that are staying on the ground,and before you go under the car,TRY to shake the car off the stands to make sure it won't fall while you are working on it.
BE SAFE!!!!!!!!!!

George

i might by the jack to keep on car. I agree JACK Stands!.
for reguar use at home i might buy a Craftsman 4 ton jack/ or 3ton
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for jackstands are Craftsman good?
THANKS FOR THE INFO!!
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I don't know how good Sears/Craftsman jacks and stands are.I've never looked at them and I don't think any of my friends have them.
I've always bought my jacking equiptment from a local hydraulic/auto supply shop.I have two Lincoln jacks-a 3 ton standard size for cars/pick ups and a 5 ton long frame for medium trucks.I have 4 sets of jackstands,all of which are welded units with wide bases and cast(forged?) height latches and uprights.I think 2 sets are 3 ton,1 set is 5 ton and the tallest set is 10 ton.I find myself working on anything from minivans and cars up to 30,000 lb trucks,so different sizes are a necessity.To jack up the larger trucks,I have a pair of bottle jacks rated for 20 tons each.
It's been a long time since I bought my jacks,but I think the 3 ton was about $250 10 years ago.I use it every day,and I've had it rebuilt once after a seal started leaking.

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my shop just got some new jacks, i belive there 3 ton and it took us forever to find some we liked because we wanted made in america, and didnt wana pay 500+ for a tool truck brand jack. I belive we found ours in a Tool Web cataloge for like i think 150.. maybe there were 250, i dont have a catalouge right now but i can look it up at work.
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I have both a 1-yr old Craftsman 2 1/2-ton and a 5-yr old Sam's Club 3-ton jack. The Craftsman won't even lift my Chevy truck while the Sam's lifts my E-350 bucket van with ease. If remember right, the Sam's Club jack was $69.95. The 2 1/2 ton sits under my bench hardly ever being used. I use Craftsman 4-leg 3-ton jackstands and are close to 10 years old. They have easily held up anything from a V3500 bucket truck to a S-15. God knows they don't make things like they used to.
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