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Old 07-10-2012, 09:27 PM
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I love my Arcan XL-35R, and I bought it at costco for $89... low profile, quick pump, well built good control lowering... It is a monster (if I remember right just short of 105#), but usually you want something beefy under whatever you're working on.

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NAPA had a SUPER deal on this 3.5 ton professional series ($199.99 CAD)
PN 791-6420. Check with your local store ... perhaps he still has some remaining stock?

Another suggestion would be to ask the opinion of a tire shop and/or a hydraulic jack repair shop.

You'd want to buy a durable jack that CAN be repaired.
So many of them are throw-aways these days.

The 2-stage "2-3 pumps until it contacts the frame" ("speed jack") feature is desireable as well.
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Picked up this Hein-Werner 1-1/4 ton off of craigslist for $25. Rebuilt the ram, cleaned it up and now I have a quality jack
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"cleaned it up" is an understatement ... that's what I call "sanitized"
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My dad had a near death experience with one of those shortie floorjacks. I talked to a couple guys in the shop and got 3 recommendations for the heavy duty HF jack. Its NOT aluminum (they have trouble with leaks) and it probably weighs 80 pounds or more; but its smooth, low profile (won't fit under my uncles vette though) and easy to move around. The release, as said before, is a bit touchy. And the handle is big, has deep knurling, however theres no cap on the end of it and it doesn't collapse. I used the 20 percent off coupon in one of the magazines. It was less than 100 after tax. (We don't have costco here)
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Hi,
I bought a taiwanese 2 ton floor jack from shucks in about 1987 it still works well but is really too small to easily lift my 3/4 ton pickup, so found an old Gray air over hydraulic end lift at the Portland swap meet 5 years ago and thought that would be the cats meow. After using it I have found I dont use it, as it is too heavy, hard to move , takes up too much space and needs more than 125 psi to work very fast.
About a year ago while perusing Craigslist I found an old Walker 5000 lb floor jack. It is over 4 ft long has a handle that is about as long and just works great. The handle has three positions where it meets the body so the handle can be lowered to push the jack further under a car. The handle has a tee on the end so it is easy even to pull it out onto the grass in front of the garage. It is maybe four inches high to maybe twenty five inches. Even as big and heavy as it is it's easier to maneuver under a car and around the shop than the little one, ( i dont have to bend over to pick it up) the big handle gives a lot of leverage. It only cost $175 and even if it didn't work perfect it would be worth spending money on to rebuild. It's one of those things I should have bought many years ago and saved myself a lot of work. It is designed for the job it does and works so well it is a pleasure to use.
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I used to have to work on a fleet of P30 Chevy "bread trucks".
After blowing out several 2 ton professional floor jacks,I bought a 5 ton long frame jack-that counts as one of the best tools I ever bought,even though my boss cried about spending $500 for a jack.
Just knowing that the jack isn't going to give up during the few seconds when you're crawling under a 10,000 lb truck to set up the jackstands is worth every penny.....
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