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Old 04-14-2011, 06:06 PM
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The MUST HAVE floor jack.

I have to tell you guys, I appreciate a good tool. If you have read my posts on tools, I preach to buy the best you possibly can, it makes a difference. I have a nice 1.5 ton floor jack at home for quickie stuff. Then I have a big 2.5 ton monster that is much longer and wider for moving around cars and stuff like that.

A couple of days ago we got a new floor jack at work and I just can't believe how much better this jack is than anything I have ever used. OH-MY-GOD this thing is REALLY nice.

It just about rolls by it's self it is so ballanced and the wheels are so nice. Just give it a shove and it will roll many feet across the shop floor. It is REALLY nice. I haven't used it until just a few minutes ago. I grabbed it and went walking off across the parking lot to move a totaled Ford Focus. Just pulling it across the lot was so darn easy I loved it before I even used it. Then I jack up the car (it has that extra foot pedal to quickly get it up until it hits the car) and it went up so easy the car I just pulled on it and spun the car around pulling it 50 feet or so across the lot over a couple of seams in the black top and pulled it up to the tow truck and dropped it down. There is NO WAY I could have done this with our old floor jack, not without pulling a muscle in my back or something or having a couple of guys pushing. I moved it with out so much as a grunt!

Is it expensive, yep, about $700. But I am telling you, if you have an auto repair business you are throwing away more than that on labor time. And if you work by yourself it is a MUST so you don't hurt yourself.

I am loving this jack!

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Old 04-14-2011, 10:23 PM
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Brian,
Did you make the yellow jack stand in the corner cause he was bad? Is the new jack a USA made item?
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Old 04-14-2011, 10:45 PM
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You know, I don't know if it's American made or not! I will find out tomorrow.

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Just looked that up that same jack on www.automotivetoolsonline.com, OTC 5203...3 ton $277, you paid $700?? OUCH!! nice jack though.
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Old 04-15-2011, 08:11 AM
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That does look like that jack, with shipping it would be $370 but yes a still a long way from $700. I just asked my boss as I walked out last night what it cost, I don't know how accurate it is. We did have a MUCH larger one delivered that we returned for this one, maybe that one was $700 and this one was much less, I don't know.

All I do know is at this point, the $700 is not out of line for how valuable it is! At only $370 most any shop could have a few of them and they are damn stupid for not having one. I can't believe how valuable it is.

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hey martinsr, I have an otc stinger 21/2 ton i think. it is a shorter jack but it works awsome as well. it is made offshore according to the wholesaler, but it still works great as long as you service it like you would anything else. it has the "quick up" feature so it only takes 2 pumps and you are at the top, unless there is a car on it of course. i would recommend it for the guys who don't have the space for a bigger jack, as long as they aren't jacking up those big heavy diesel trucks or other stuff that is really heavy or tall.
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Old 04-15-2011, 02:19 PM
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I just found out that this floor jack did cost us $635. Yep, a lot more than we would have paid on line with shipping. But we put a LOT of weight into the small businessman and how he backs us. The guy we got this from has our back. If this jack were to have a problem he would take care of it RIGHT NOW. He has backed us many times over the years of doing business with him and we have no problem "over paying" for it.

But if you want one and can get it for $277 plus shipping its a SUPER killer deal.

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Old 04-20-2011, 06:34 PM
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Had a few of these "whale" jacks (that's what we called them) at my work. Just make sure whatever you lift is on a solid flat surface because they are easy to move. I lifted the back end of a motorhome with two of the bigger ones once on a slightly slanted surface. It tried to run away once the tires left the ground.
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