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Old 03-11-2012, 05:06 PM   #1
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Went to harbor freight last night and didn't find the jack I was looking for.

Anyone know where I could purchase a good low profile jack?
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Old 03-11-2012, 06:01 PM   #2
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Check Costco and pm kpluiten, he knows which one
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:19 PM   #3
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The one I bought at autozone fits under my 08 STi just fine, I'm lowered on Epic Engineering Springs . I can also get it to drive up on the ramps that I bought from there as well.
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:42 PM   #4
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Old 03-11-2012, 09:19 PM   #5
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Check Costco and pm kpluiten, he knows which one
I don't have a Costco membership . If it's the type of jack I'm looking for, I can give cash to someone and they can buy it for me...that would be cool. I bribe with beer .

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The one I bought at autozone fits under my 08 STi just fine, I'm lowered on Epic Engineering Springs . I can also get it to drive up on the ramps that I bought from there as well.
I want one that I can roll up underneath the front bumper and jack the whole front end up in the air then lower the car onto jack stands. I saw one on harbor freight's website that is low profile, shallow, and jacks up to 21" or something like that. But of course with my luck, it's sold out from the store and back ordered on their website.
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:04 AM   #6
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Pep Boys has that nice aluminum jack. Its silver and blue. Low profile front, rubber pad, and pad around the jack handle. Works great on my car.
$75

Hope that helps in your search.
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:37 AM   #7
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The Arcan 3.75 low profile jack at Costco is by far the nicest jack you can get for your money. It's a great deal. It's professional quality. Super heavy duty, smooth action, grease fittings, dual piston for ease of use (rare on a jack) , padded handle, 21.5" lift height, the whole nine yards. I've been using mine for years now with not a single problem. Great tool. Every aluminum one I've used creaks or groans after a year or two. Meh.

Find someone with a membership and buy the right tool for the job. Trust me on this.. There's a reason you see this jack being used at most tire shops around town where having the quality, reliable tool is key

And **** harbor freight jacks. I had nothing but problems with mine. It started losing pressure with the weight of the car on it after less than a year of use. I'd have to pump rapidly to keep the car up in the air. Dumb. A rebuild might have fixed it, but I have better things to do. My crappy little jack from Checker worked better, but it still sucked because all the pivot points were rough and goaned.


EDIT: I found another post I wrote about this model:

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Costco has the best low profile jacks around. They make the Harbor Freight units look like toys and junk. It's like $92-97 dollars and it is AWESOME. Super heavy duty, dual pistons for easy lifting, and super tall lift height of like 21-23" . I have 2 of them and I wouldn't trade them for anything. Oh, and it has grease fittings for serviceability.

It's a 3.5 ton unit made by Arcan. Item number 300930 at Costco (I think). I bought both mine at the Costco on Grant in Tucson.

Here is what it looks like:




Seriously, it's a professional, shop-grade tool for harbor freight pricing. Not bad at all.
But like I said, they are 3.75 ton now, slight design and price change. I had a second one that I loaned to the brother in law. He never returned it and I think it was stolen. I need to buy another one.

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Old 03-12-2012, 11:00 AM   #8
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Old 03-12-2012, 01:35 PM   #9
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Old 03-12-2012, 01:43 PM   #10
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I've got one of these Amazon.com: Advanced Tool Design Model ATD-7325 2 Ton Extra Low Profile Tuner Jack: Automotive
Super low profile and a real long reach.
That one is sweet too, but only if you get free shipping like you and Jay got, right? Otherwise its like $108 shipping!

That thing has some serious reach.
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Old 03-12-2012, 01:48 PM   #11
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The Arcan 3.75 low profile jack at Costco is by far the nicest jack you can get for your money. It's a great deal. It's professional quality. Super heavy duty, smooth action, grease fittings, dual piston for ease of use (rare on a jack) , padded handle, 21.5" lift height, the whole nine yards. I've been using mine for years now with not a single problem. Great tool. Every aluminum one I've used creaks or groans after a year or two. Meh.

Find someone with a membership and buy the right tool for the job. Trust me on this.. There's a reason you see this jack being used at most tire shops around town where having the quality, reliable tool is key

And **** harbor freight jacks. I had nothing but problems with mine. It started losing pressure with the weight of the car on it after less than a year of use. I'd have to pump rapidly to keep the car up in the air. Dumb. A rebuild might have fixed it, but I have better things to do. My crappy little jack from Checker worked better, but it still sucked because all the pivot points were rough and goaned.


EDIT: I found another post I wrote about this model:



But like I said, they are 3.75 ton now, slight design and price change. I had a second one that I loaned to the brother in law. He never returned it and I think it was stolen. I need to buy another one.
If I understand your post correctly, they are redesigned and are 3.75 ton now. Is there an item number or something so I can look it up? Costco's site blows for looking up stuff like this.
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:49 PM   #12
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I've got a costco membership hit me up!
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Old 03-12-2012, 03:13 PM   #13
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That one is sweet too, but only if you get free shipping like you and Jay got, right? Otherwise its like $108 shipping!

That thing has some serious reach.
I have amazon prime. Which that item is eligible for, which means free two day shipping
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Old 03-12-2012, 03:22 PM   #14
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That's pretty sweet, they must lose their ass on that. I have Amazon prime too. I'm still not paying $300 for it though. I would buy 2 Costco jacks and a set of really nice ramps. Same end result, but a bit more versatility for what I do (swapping transmissions and the like can be easier with two floor jacks in my experience). The biggest thing I didn't like about that one (the extra long one) was the single piston. It's not bad by any means, but it takes more effort to lift with. The handle felt a bit more flexible too. However, my experience with it is limited to using Jay's. It worked great otherwise.

The only "downside" to the costco on I have is that it's heavy as hell. Like 100+lbs heavy. Then again, that what makes it so damn stable and trouble free. Over built.
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Old 03-12-2012, 04:25 PM   #15
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The HF jack isn't that bad, it's fine for quick jobs. My buddy has that costco one and its pretty awesome. The craftsman one blows. It is expensive and it leaks. Stupid craftsman jack.
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:42 PM   #16
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I use the Harbor Freight one and my friend (a certified Subaru tech) uses it as well and we both agree that it is the jack-of-death for 1 reason.

1. There is almost NO play between being pressurized/not, so when you go to let it down you have to be very careful.
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:04 PM   #17
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I use the Harbor Freight one and my friend (a certified Subaru tech) uses it as well and we both agree that it is the jack-of-death for 1 reason.

1. There is almost NO play between being pressurized/not, so when you go to let it down you have to be very careful.
One thing I don't want in a jack is that play in between pressurized and letting it down.

Anyone know of a good jack that won't have this problem?
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:34 PM   #18
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I posted one above.

Very easy to finesse the car down.
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:55 PM   #19
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Thanks mr. KPluiten!
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Old 03-13-2012, 02:35 AM   #20
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I'm going to Costco by San Tan Mall tomorrow around lunch time, if you're interested we can meet there. I'll check this thread tomorrow morning to see if there is any news from you.
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Old 03-13-2012, 02:48 AM   #21
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That one is sweet too, but only if you get free shipping like you and Jay got, right? Otherwise its like $108 shipping!

That thing has some serious reach.
It was also on sale for quite a bit less than that
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I'm going to Costco by San Tan Mall tomorrow around lunch time, if you're interested we can meet there. I'll check this thread tomorrow morning to see if there is any news from you.
Thanks for the offer, but I'm in Goodyear.
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Thanks kpluiten. $104.99 before tax at Costco.

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