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09-29-2014 08:40 PM
matt167 My HF 3 ton has served me well since 2008. They don't sell that P/N anymore so I can't vouch for the new ones
09-29-2014 07:29 PM
Cape Cod Bob
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Originally Posted by AutoGear View Post
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
I also got that one to replace my 35 yo sears jack because the seals went. The new one has served well. It is not made USA as those are priced very high and mostly for service garage with daily use.
These jacks with the orange/white are made in china, however they use Japanese pistons and made of the best molychrome metal and don't leak like the cheap ones from the big box stores do after using once.

they come down fast so beware !
09-28-2014 07:51 PM
st3gamefarm I bought my floor jack from Advance auto parts, it was on sale for about $75 or so. It's a good tough summich, that has stood 10 years of use and abuse, in a work for a living environment. It's steel, and heavy, and works.
09-24-2014 03:10 PM
50 ply coupe Have a HF low pro iron jack. Works great and in three pumps the car is moving up. Love it. Go to their website and read reviews before you buy see what others have experienced with the products. Remember, most all this stuff comes from the same country, brand name means little anymore!

OH and of course NEVER work under a car without jack stands!
09-09-2014 08:53 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 08:35 PM
beertracker
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 01:21 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 01:12 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 11:46 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...

Russ
09-12-2013 08:57 PM
Anti-Ricer Im heard good things and bad things about them
09-12-2013 07:57 PM
T-bucket23 HF jacks are junk.
09-12-2013 11:35 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 11:31 AM
joe_padavano
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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 10:47 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...

Russ
09-11-2013 09:38 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.
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