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Old 11-23-2008, 09:28 AM   #1
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My Roush Racing (also branded as Michelin) floor jack that I bought at Sam's Club 4 years ago (for $70) is leaking from the piston. I need a replacement floor jack. The thing I liked about Roush Racing jack was that I could very quickly lift the car with a small number of pumps. I bought a jack from AutoZone that seemed to make the same claim, but actually it is fast unloaded but painfully slow loaded, as slow as any standard cheapo jack. I'm looking for recommendations for a floor jack (under $300) that will raise to maximum height loaded quickly.
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Old 11-23-2008, 01:25 PM   #2
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Tire Rack has a 2-ton aluminum race jack that I've been eyeing for a while a now, worth checking out.
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Old 11-23-2008, 01:47 PM   #3
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Between myself and my cousin, we've gone through about 6 jacks over the years. I started off with and still have my original all steel 3 ton jack that works well but, it extremely heavy. Not something you want to lug around. But, it's reliable as a rock. Next, on the list, not one but, two harbor freight aluminum jacks. The first one was purchased, the second was the warranty replacement. Both started leaking and the lift pads broke. Two in the trash. They my cousin went all high tech and bought a Lightning Jack. Awesome jack, very light weight but, I don't think they are made any more. That one is more of a pit jack that a shop jack. So for the shop, a craftsman jack was purchased. Seemed like a quality piece at the time. Until you go to use it and it breaks. The u-joint disintegrated and the piston started leaking. He went back to Sears and they reluctantly gave him a replacement. Now, that one is a couple of years old and it's not working correctly and the piston is leaking. So, he went all out and bought a Brunnhoelzl Jack. $650 in total. All I can say is, that if you take all of the cash spend on all of the other jacks, you could have bought this one from the beginning and saved a ton of cash. This thing is amazing! Ultra precise and very smooth to operate. And very light weight too! Plus, it's rebuildable by the end user.

http://www.brunnhoelzl.com/WARRIORJACKS.htm

My next jack will be this one. American made and very high quality. I know it's twice as much as you want to spend but, it will be the last jack you need. I had an Econ Professor back in college who used to say, quality is the least expensive way to go because you only buy it once. Now, I see what he meant!

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Old 11-23-2008, 03:37 PM   #4
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Yeah, I see what you mean, but I don't think I'm ready to fork out $650 right now.

Been researching and these two jacks look good:

AFF 200SS 2 Ton Aluminum Racing Jack:
http://www.mile-x.com/aff-200ss-racing-jack.aspx

AFF 200T 2 Ton Floor Jack:
http://www.mile-x.com/aff-200t-floor-jack.aspx

Both are low profile and have max height of close to 20" (the higher the better) and claim to be quick-lifting. The non-aluminum model is extremely heavy (100 pounds), though.
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Old 11-25-2008, 07:59 PM   #5
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Get a jack you can obtain parts for. You can get parts for some of the better Chinese jacks, but not very easy or at all for the average pep boys, wal-mart, autozone "bargain".

The AFF 200T looks like an excellent choice if you can handle the weight of it.
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:21 PM   #6
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Why not just replace the O-ring that went bad? You can buy assorted O-ring packs in metric and standard for pretty cheap, I think pep boys sells them. I have a craftsman aluminum jack that started leaking, I took it apart, replaced the O-ring, put it back together, good as new!
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Old 11-26-2008, 12:17 AM   #7
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Now that's smart!
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