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Old 05-05-2007, 12:47 PM
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My New HF Aluminum Floor Jack...

...is a real piece of CR@P! It's "supposed" to have a 3000 lb rating, but it barely lifted the front of my dakota. The 2-piece aluminum handle flexs enough to scare me and about half the fluid leaked out while jacking. It sure is pretty though... Good thing I saved the receipt!

Anyone know of a good low profile alum jack that actually works? I'm needing something that will go 3 1/2" to at least 17 1/2" and has the quick pump up feature...

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I got a Torin big red jack, lifts pretty nice, 2k# rating, it's like a $30 jack but I got it in a kit with stands, a creaper and wheel chocks
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My HF aluminum jack is about three years old and still works pretty good. It grunts if I try and lift my truck from the center front crossmember, but handles a single tire lift easily.

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That's the thing about Harbor Freight (China) tools.
The quality can vary a lot.
You may get a really bad one and right next to it may be one
that will last a lifetime.
Their spray guns are the same way, From the worst to the best,
all on the same shelf for the same model.
I've had one of their floor jacks for a couple of years and no
problems.

But I'm really starting to try to avoid "China" made tools all together.
Not just because of the quality, but because we really need to stop
supporting China. They are the worst about not playing fair when
it comes to import/export.
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we really need to stop
supporting China. They are the worst about not playing fair when
it comes to import/export.
And other more serious things, like the worlds most technologically advancing military.

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Old 05-08-2007, 06:47 PM
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And other more serious things, like the worlds most technologically advancing military.

Vince
It is amazing how oblivious people are to that fact.
Good or bad, one day the Chinese will be dictating world policy they way that we try now, except they have the bodies to do it.
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Old 05-08-2007, 07:36 PM
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I returned it today for a refund, no problem. The guy said they'd been having lots of complaints over that model. Bought a new Craftsman aluminum jack (also made in China! ) that's 10# heavier and appears to be much beefier. I'll give it a try tomorrow...

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Old 05-11-2007, 05:19 AM
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You may not fare any better with the Craftsman, my brother has one that leaks bad, about a year and a half old. He found somewhere on Sears site that many are having the same problem.
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Old 05-11-2007, 06:29 PM
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I hope that's not the case!



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Old 05-11-2007, 10:07 PM
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You may not fare any better with the Craftsman, my brother has one that leaks bad, about a year and a half old. He found somewhere on Sears site that many are having the same problem.
That's sad - there used to be a time Sears tools were pretty good.

I have an older Sears 3 1/2 ton full size floor jack with the quick pump option and it has been flawless. It's even sat outside a good portion of the time and still works like a champ.
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Chinese hydraulics

First rule is don,t buy em if they are made in red China and if you do own one and it is really difficult to avoid buying them , then suck out some of the hydraulic fluid and replace with automatic transmission seal conditioner. This also works great for leaky seals on motorcycle forks. The jack (or forks) doesn't care what kind of oil is in it and who knows what our chinese friends are putting in anyways.
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Why not find an old Walker or Lincoln? Cylinder kits are (or were) available and will last for many many years. I have two Lincolns. The China junk can't hold a candle to them....
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Well, I'm happy to report this jack works great. I had a good American made (steel) jack, but it couldn't go low enough to get under any of my current vehicles. Not to mention I'm a bit older now and have some back problems, so the aluminum construction makes it a lot easier to handle. My son inherited my "old" jack so it still has a home...

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It seems almost impossible to not buy Chinese made stuff. I bought some Black and Decker stuff recently, and when I got home, I noticed it said "Made in China". Do we make anything here any more?

My HF aluminum jack doesn't lift much either.
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Old 05-17-2007, 07:26 PM
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What is the going price for a good floor jack? I need to buy one but don't want to end up with a piece of junk.

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It seems almost impossible to not buy Chinese made stuff. I bought some Black and Decker stuff recently, and when I got home, I noticed it said "Made in China". Do we make anything here any more?
Yeah I bought a B&D grinder once, the thing lasted 30 mins before it spit chunks of copper winding out the air vents. Bought a DeWalt, turns out it's made in Mexico (at least it was made somewhere on this continent), but it's been great.
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