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11-25-2011 06:01 AM
cranky1 I have a couple of 2x12's to drive up on and that will usually give me the little bit of extra height I need for my jack to go under the lower slug cars that I work on from time to time. I also have some homemade driveway ramps made from wood too. They have a long transition so nothing drags on them before a tire starts up on them. They go up in stages 2" at a time. They stand up against the wall when not in use. There's more than one way to skin a cat if you think about it. Also, on the floor jacks. There are no more made in the USA that I know about and haven't seen an American made unit in a Sears in over 20 years.
10-31-2011 07:56 PM
bentwings I have one of these HF 1.5 T jacks. The only reason I got it is that it is the only jack I could find that will go under the Willys. At that I have to get the handle lock just right to slip between the center section and the lower fender. It just makes it. I can usually get the car up high enough for most work. If not I just 2 stage it with jack stands and blocks of wood.

The little jack will not lift a wheel of the mighty Dodge diesel so it stays home. It will got up high enough for stands so I can do oil changes and minor work. Anything else requires the height and brawn of the 3 ton.

I also keep the handle in the car or truck so others at the shop don't get to abuse it.
10-31-2011 08:50 AM
S10xGN I haven't found an aluminum jack yet worth keeping. My HF jack was returned after one week and the Sears jack blew after a year and a half of limited use. The "rebuild" kit (no parts , just a new cylinder) was $150 so I reluctantly trashed it and bought a NAPA steel jack that seems to be pretty durable. All this and the heaviest thing I own is a Dakota single cab shortbed...

Russ
10-30-2011 10:13 PM
adamsautoadvice
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Originally Posted by 327NUT
I bought both of these at Costco, the brand name is Arcan, don't know who really makes them but I'm sure they are sold elsewhere under a different name. The big one is a 3 1/5 T and has worked perfectly for 5 yrs. The smaller aluminum is a 3T and picks up the rear of my F-250. Got them both on a Costco sale for $99 each.......helluva deal
I agree! I am probably going to get the HF 1.5 Ton, then head over to Costco to get the 3.5 Arcan Jack. You really can't beat $100 bucks for a jack of that quality. People on all sorts of forums talk about how great a jack it is.

Unfortunately I don't think the Aluminum one is available anymore
10-01-2011 12:25 AM
taizer ive been using a sams club jack. i think its called arcan. it works great been using it for about 2 years now. only thing i worry about is replacement parts. i dont want something small failing then having to trash a 100 dollar jack
09-20-2011 11:51 AM
35WINDOW
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Originally Posted by 327NUT

P.S. Craig, got the Ariens Platinum 30 yesterday, a very quality rig, took me about 45 minutes to assemble, made sure it had oil and fired it up....2 pulls. Now all I need is SNOW!!

Congratulations! That's a good Blower, and trust me, the Snow will show! It's good that you bought that-I just received a Letter from John Deere this morning, and John Deere is discontinuing all Walk Behind Equipment by the end of 2012 (walk behind Lawn Mowers, Blowers, etc.)-they are giving all of us a Honda Contract-
09-20-2011 11:44 AM
327NUT I bought both of these at Costco, the brand name is Arcan, don't know who really makes them but I'm sure they are sold elsewhere under a different name. The big one is a 3 1/5 T and has worked perfectly for 5 yrs. The smaller aluminum is a 3T and picks up the rear of my F-250. Got them both on a Costco sale for $99 each.......helluva deal

P.S. Craig, got the Ariens Platinum 30 yesterday, a very quality rig, took me about 45 minutes to assemble, made sure it had oil and fired it up....2 pulls. Now all I need is SNOW!!
09-20-2011 08:59 AM
35WINDOW Dave,

Thanks for asking, and I don't want to hi-jack this Thread, but I just cut the Trans Tunnel out of my completed Floor to fit the 4L80E-(it's tight)-

I did complete the flush-mount Tailights (I will update my Journal with those pictures in a few weeks)-

I am happy to report that the 540 and the 4L80E are bolted in the car right now, though-they will be back out in a few weeks as I am taking all the sheemetal off and bed lining the underside of the Fenders and Running Boards in the next Month or so-then, it's more Interior work-

It's three steps forward and two steps back ya know-
09-20-2011 07:49 AM
Irelands child
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Originally Posted by 35WINDOW
Gosh, Dave, your Roadster sure came out beautiful-
Thanks Craig.

(Do you have any photo updates of yours? Been a while)

Dave w
09-20-2011 07:30 AM
35WINDOW Gosh, Dave, your Roadster sure came out beautiful-
09-20-2011 07:22 AM
Irelands child Ah yes - low. I use a scissors jack to get mine up on 2 pieces of 2x8 then get my 3T HF floor jack out. If I remove the license plate bracket, then I can get the little trolley jack under there and use my always needed 'special' 3" block between the jack and the frame. To me, that little jack is not worth the effort. The rear is no problem as long as I can jack on the diff. housing center.



The front wheels in this photo are already on 5/8" plywood

Dave W
09-20-2011 07:02 AM
35WINDOW Well, I had just put together the front Sheet metal (for the first time) and let the Jack down on my '35 when i realized that with my normal Jack I couldn't go low enough to get the Jack out (!), so, I first went to Sears to buy a good Jack and there wasn't one (I wanted to buy American first)-

I went to Harbor Freight and bought the 2 Ton aluminum job-I hate to say it, but it is now the first Jack I grab (and I have three)-I like that it only takes a few pumps to get it where I want it, and being light isn't bad either -

I've owned it for about 3 or 4 Months now, and I keep expecting it to not lift one of these times, but it keeps working (and surprising me).

Now, if I could just say the same thing about their dang Cherry Picker-I used it to unload a 4L80E Transmission and a 502 Block, and now it won't even pick up the Block, so I went and bought a new 8 ton Cylinder

Just look at me-I'm a real American, aren't I?
09-19-2011 10:11 PM
Deuce MOST Harbor Frieght stuff is kind of low end and trashy IMHO.
But I bought one ... to use with my 32's. They both sit so low that the bumpers hit when you attempt to drive up on the average portable ramp.



I can use the 14" reach HF jack under my front shock mount and lift the 32 high enough to get a small wheel stand under the front ... SO the HF jack is worth the $$$ to me.

Credit where credit is due

I would NEVER had bought the jack but a friend of mine with a 32 ... TOLD ME about how he used his and how well it worked ... so I bought one !
09-19-2011 06:57 PM
Irelands child That 14" becomes virtually useless for anything more then changing a tire on a small car. Even my HF 3 ton with a 19" lift is often not enough to lift my '31 high enough to work on without blocks or a double lift. As far as lifting the front end of my 1 ton pick up - it will, but that runs out of lift with the tire about 2" off the ground
09-19-2011 05:10 PM
elwaupo
Harbor Freight

You get what you pay for. I thought it was a great floor jack for the money. Sure it strains under a heavy load and only lifts 14", but what do you expect from a small floor jack. Makes a great portable jack to keep in the truck or as I have done, in my muscle car.
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