|07-19-2012 09:20 PM|
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.....
|07-12-2012 07:01 PM|
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.
|07-11-2012 06:53 AM|
|AutoGear||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)|
|07-10-2012 09:04 PM|
|07-10-2012 08:59 PM|
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.
|07-10-2012 08:27 PM|
|Silverback||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.|
|04-16-2012 11:15 AM|
I have had this for 6 months now and its a damn nice jack for the price, I bought it to replace a Crapsman aluminum jack that leaked since the first day I owned it and tended to have every bolt on it loosen up after not using it for a month. It lifts my 3/4 ton 4wd chevy with ease.
|04-14-2012 07:29 PM|
I'm going to add my vote for the Arcan from Costco. You can also by the same jack from Northern Tool but it's $50 more. I previously had a Craftsman SUV jack that failed after 2 years. The Arcan is very well built but it is heavy so it it is not easy to pickup. I view that as a positive.
In addition to easily lifting my Tundra pickup, it controls lowering very well. I wish I would have bought a good jack years ago. I have had this jack for 2 years now and it works as good as new.
|04-14-2012 01:27 PM|
|leverhead||Another vote for Costco jack...the Arcan 3.25/3.50 ton. I have 2 and a friend of mine has 1 also. Paid $99 and they work great. Low profile too so I can use them for my Kwik Lift.If they ever bite the dust I dont have a lot of $$ in them but after 1 year they still work great. They lower smoothly unlike my old craftman jack that is too jerky and sometimes downright scary if there is something heavy on it. Regards.|
|04-10-2012 07:27 PM|
|Cape Cod Bob||
Don't buy the big box store jack. Will leak after a few uses. That craftsmen you had was probably on its way out as mine did after 30 years. The seals go and can't get new ones.
I researched as u are ding and found out the American made are great and usually for shops as they are very pricey'
The harbor frieght is the 1 I ended up with for low cars. I think it goes down to less then 3 " and up to 15"
The plunger is made in Japan and is the best chrome moly whatever. and was much less money. It don't leak
I hated to buy foriegn but could not see spending more for a jack that sits around most of the time..
The only thing about it is it comes down to fast so you have to be easy on the release. Oh, and the handle don'tm collapse.
|04-10-2012 05:21 PM|
Over on GarageJournal.com HiBall is the undisputed hydraulic floor jack guru! He keeps a full stock of all Hein-Werner rebuild parts on hand and can answer any jack tech related question you may have!
|04-10-2012 03:22 PM|
Hein Werner jack parts?
I sure would appreciate knowing a good source for Hein Werner floor jack parts. I can't seem to keep one of mine from constantly leaking?
|04-09-2012 11:40 PM|
I bought a cheap Costco jack almost 30 years ago for $35. It's my main jack and is used all the time. Still works flawlessly!
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 in case my Costco piece bites the dust! Craigslist is loaded with cheap jacks all the way from chinese made garbage to quality american pieces!
|04-09-2012 10:10 PM|
I saw an ad in CraigsList for a local distributor. He had a small repair shop also. Drove over to hsi shop and bought it.
|03-27-2012 07:41 PM|
|327NUT||I buy Arcan hyd. jacks at Costco, have a steel and alum. model, they are usually $99-$115 depending on sales. I've had the steel one probably 7 yrs and lifts the front of my F-250 diesel with no problem.........and yes, it's most likey made in China, what isn't?|
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