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09-09-2014 07:53 AM
txturbo When my craftsman 3.5 T steel jack stopped working I bought 2 of the 1.5T aluminum racing jacks from HF. I've had them for over a year and use them almost daily on my old Cadillacs with no problems. HF stuff is getting better. You can now buy extended warranty and get free replacement. My engine hoist got borrowed and never returned so I went to northern tool and bought one of those made in USA Torin hoists. Put it all together and tried to lift a motor out of the back of my truck. As soon as I put a load on it one leg would twist and the opposite side base wheel would come off the ground. When that leg twists you can't steer that thing. I called the manager and he swapped out bases. It's a lot better but the base is still not square. Then when you fold the legs up for storage and use the handle to push it the legs fall back and smack your knuckles. If you put the jack handle in the storage location and start rolling it the handle will fall out. Not very well built or designed. So I went to HF and bought the same type hoist for less money and it doesn't have any of the problems the Torin hoist does.
09-16-2013 07:35 PM
hf 2.5T jack

I have the hf 2.5T jack and am quite happy with it. I use it quite often on my project. It's not a race jack though
09-16-2013 12:21 PM
1971BB427 I've got two HF aluminum floor jacks and they are not new. Newest one is 3 years old. One is standard pump, and one is the quick pump style. I've had no issues with either, and would buy another if I needed it.
HF gets a lot of bad press (deservedly on some items!) but the floor jacks sure have given me a lot of good service over the years I've had them. And I don't consider a floor jack a "critical" piece of equipment. I do consider jack stands critical! I'd never get under a car while on floor jacks, as I use them simply to lift, and then jack stands to hold the load.
09-13-2013 12:12 PM
AutoGear I know the manager of the local H-F; its a double-edged sword LOL
She flat out told me NOT to buy an -aluminum- jack from them. She (yes she) picked out the 2-ton, pig-iron, low-profile, Chevy orange one with the white handle. I don't see it on their website, but next time I go to my Dad's; I'll get the PN. Her comment to me "I had one return in 3yrs and that one was because the oil seal leaked - almost none of the sub-200 dollar alum. jacks have sleeved bores, they'll scratch the bore and leak - no repair either. Her advice was the biggest jack you can afford; with the low profile
09-13-2013 10:46 AM
S10xGN Anything I buy from HF I consider a "throw away" and something as critical as a floor jack would NOT be one of them. Been there, done that, got the bent hood to show for it...

09-12-2013 07:57 PM
Anti-Ricer Im heard good things and bad things about them
09-12-2013 06:57 PM
T-bucket23 HF jacks are junk.
09-12-2013 10:35 AM
joe_padavano Update: Apparently Costco no longer carries the Arcan, but Northern Tool has it for $159. Too bad, it was about $119 at Costco.

Or, there's a guy on ebay right now asking $299 for the same jack.
09-12-2013 10:31 AM
Originally Posted by Valkyrie5.7 View Post
I hear good reviews about the Arcan one at costco. Mines old and iron and weighs about as much as my 65, but it's never failed me.
X2 on the Arcan. I've had one for almost ten years now. Works great, lifts either end of my crewcab dually with no problems whatsoever. The other nice thing about it is that it has quite a bit of travel.
09-12-2013 09:47 AM
S10xGN I had a JCPenney steel jack for 30 years and decided I needed an aluminum jack. Bought a HF 2 ton that lasted less than a week, then "stepped up" to a Sears 3 ton that would barely lift the front of my Dakota. It lasted a year and a half before it dumped my truck while doing a release and damaged the hood. After being thoroughly disappointed with the aluminum junk, I'm back to NAPA steel jack. And it can be rebuilt too...

09-11-2013 08:38 PM
Valkyrie5.7 I hear good reviews about the Arcan one at costco. Mines old and iron and weighs about as much as my 65, but it's never failed me.
09-11-2013 07:53 PM
Rant and I need a new floor jack

RANT.....I was outside checking the tires on the 65 and I noticed one is a 255/70 where the other is a 255/60 on the front. so I start removing The 70 to put a 60 on it.I get the jack to lift it and my jack is dead so I get another jack which is smaller and it's also dead.I then use a scissor jack and get it all the way up and guess what the tire is still on the ground.I move the jack in another place and finally get the tire up and then try to remove the tire and guess whst? the tire is stuck it won't move a inch.......I then pour gas on the truck and strike a match I WISH

Anyways I need a jack and Im thinking about the harbor freights lite weight racing floor jack.its only 89 bucks and im heard good reviews on it.for the price you can't beat it if the reviews are old craftsman jack lasted 10 years thru rain and snow but boy was it heavy

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