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Old 12-01-2010, 08:45 AM
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Good floor jack for car

I've bought too many jacks.
I like approx 5" to 20-30".
Good control when lowering is a must; already have jack which crash lands my car.
Fast easy lift would be nice; I haven't tried a double pumper.
Must be long enough to jack third member differential pumpkin.
I'm open to china cheepos and will consider more pricey as well.
I don't like short SUV jack w/ speed pedal which gets in the way.
Any one found a current jack that works well?
I am leaning toward double pumper and hope it will let car down easy.

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Old 12-01-2010, 09:11 AM
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I have had a HF aluminum racing jack for going on six years now. It has served me well, is fairly light weight and has excellent control when lowering.

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I have a HF 3 Ton regular jack p/n 94629. I think I paid about $80 for it a few months ago. So far it has done all I have asked from it including lifting a front corner of my 8000+ pound F350. It does NOT pump fast but you can regulate the speed coming down fairly well. IT IS HEAVY!!! Plus, for HF stuff, seems solidly built.

Do a site search and you will find a few more threads here, but Made in USA quality for a handy man's/DIY'er jack no longer exists at a reasonable price (and possibly not at all any longer )

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I got an OTC jack from summit racing one year ago. I love it! OTC Tools 1536, they call it an SUV jack but I really don't know why, it looks nothing like the usual suv jacks, it looks like a normal huge and heavy floor jack.
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Old 12-05-2010, 11:20 AM
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Lovin this Arcan XL35 floor jack

This is my 5th floor jack and by far the best.
3 1/2" to 21 3/8" in just 7.5 pumps.
3.5 ton very stable jack.
Double pumper gives extra leverage.
Good lowering control.
Glad it was on sale today.
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who has it on sale?
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Northern $119.99 till 12-18-10.
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it was $149 when I checked it earlier (sunday)

now they're showing a 1 day sale for $99...
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If it is $99 in the store I would be tempted to buy another.
The $119.99 price is on the flyer in the store.
Can also view "store ad" online.
Where to find $99 price?

Oh...$99 plus ?? shipping

http://www.northerntool.com/stores/a...htm?market=KXV
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Costco has the same jack but it's red for $99 in the store, they seem to every year about this time.
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Costco has the same jack but it's red for $99 in the store, they seem to every year about this time.
X2. I bought one of those from Costco years ago (when they were only $79) and it's been great. Lifts my 7500 lb crewcab dually as well as any of the cars. Easy to control and it has the rapid-up feature that quickly lifts the unloaded jack to contact the bottom of the frame with few pumps.
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I have a basic 3 ton from HF.
It works well, but lowering control is jerky.

In last two years went through two of the 3 ton jacks sold by Sears, first one failed (wasn't great to start with) after 6 months. After run around from them, got a replacement which also failed within about 6 months. That's when I gave up and got the jack from HF (needed one quick, no time to shop around).

Bottom line:
Sears jack sux,
HF jack is OK.
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Old 12-15-2010, 07:09 PM
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Stay away from craftsman. I bought one and it SUCKS. I used it half a dozen times it puked the fluid and there the POS sets.I would have taken it back however, in the middle of moving across the state and remodeling a house My wife and I bought and working full time, yeah I had time to return it.LOL
The lightweight HF ones are cheap and work pretty good. They seem to blow a seal if you extend them to the max. Buy the extra gaurantee.
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This is my 5th floor jack and by far the best.
3 1/2" to 21 3/8" in just 7.5 pumps.
3.5 ton very stable jack.
Double pumper gives extra leverage.
Good lowering control.
Glad it was on sale today.
i was wondering if that was the same one they have at costco.
my boss was looking for a jack and i told him to get the one at costco, not really knowing anything about it
he later told me its a great jack.
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...the rapid-up feature that quickly lifts the unloaded jack to contact the bottom of the frame with few pumps.
Good point. Takes Arcan XL35 7.5 strokes when unloaded. Did not count strokes when loaded. Definitely easier to stoke than my other jacks.
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