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Old 10-17-2002, 04:51 PM   #1
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Default US General 3000lb Aluminum Jack

This jack is 37lbs and has a 3000lb capacity. It's $200 over at Harbor Freight. I got it after seeing someone mention how happy they were with it. The quality, to my eye, is excellent and it comes with a good manual. Not shown in the pic is an aluminum 2-piece long handle.

One thing I've not yet done is jack up the front end of my car (with STi euro-spec struts, springs, that theoretically lower the car .75"). A friend of mine did use it to jack up the front end of his 02WRX wagon though (with stock springs, stock strut housings, and Koni inserts). I mention this only for those with height concerns. I doubt it will handle anything with true lowering springs unless the car is driven onto 2x4s or such first.

The lowest head height is 3.5" and the highest point on the jack base itself is 6.25"
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Old 10-17-2002, 05:00 PM   #2
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Old 10-17-2002, 05:20 PM   #3
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i got me one. hell for 200 its worth a shot. i use it at the shop all the time with no problems. i'm going to buy a extra for the race trailer

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Old 10-18-2002, 07:25 AM   #4
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it's an alright jack. I work in the pit crew for a Mechanix Wear Speed Truck series team. We bought 3 of these jacks for $79 each. The rubber grip on the jack point is flimsy, and has a tendency to pop off. It should have more grip as well. The jack has slipped multiple times due to this problem. Other than that, it works pretty well for a 3 pump jack.. and it's fairly light so it's easy to transport from one side of the truck to the other.
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Old 05-21-2003, 10:35 AM   #5
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I'd like to point out after using this 10-12 times now:

- The pad has never popped off
- The jack has never slipped
- At near-maximum height, the jack now seems to be pretty unhappy ("click........click......click....click" as I wait nervously for the car to come crashing down or something).
- At any other height, the jack still is working perfectly fine without groaning.
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Old 06-10-2003, 08:21 AM   #6
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Just used one of these this past weekend while crewing for a buddy at the SCCA Nationals. It seemed like it worked great and it was (relatively) light. Great if you have to carry it from the paddock to the hot pits...

Good stuff, but where can I find one for 79 bux!!!
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Old 11-12-2003, 05:21 PM   #7
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Used it a few more times now since my 5/21/2003 post above. It's definitely not too happy about lifting my front end anymore. It'll do it, but it's a bit nerve-wracking still. I suspect it needs a rebuild, but I don't know that I have the tools to do that.

Also, I jacked the front up one of those times and left the weight of the car on it for no more than 30 seconds to do something quickly (and NOT under the car)... and after I let the car down, I found a nice 2oz. of hydraulic or jack oil that had come out of it.

Not too promising for $200 and 14-15 uses. But yeah, it sure is light... It's also available for $139 now at Harbor Freight (link in 1st post above).
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I have had 2 of them. I originally bought it when it was 200 and then returned it when I saw it drop to 150 or so The mailorder harbor freight takes back anything it seems. Used or not.

I'm happy with the jack. I wish it took less effort to lift items, as in you could use just half the handle in tight places like you can on other jacks.

My first one took 15 pumps to get it all the way up. I installed the little breather nut they supply with it and it was fixed instantly.

Jblaine- If yours is leaking I would send it back and get a replacement one.
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Hmm, I didn't know its warranty covered that. I may just give that a try.
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I have used it for about 50 times now. It's still holding together but one problem. The jack plate is aluminum. I didn't center it perfect on the jacking plat and snapped the lip off. When you are changing tires and hear a loud pop and the car drop some it leaves a load in you shorts. I saw that sears sells and aluminum jack for a little more I might give that one a try.
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Old 12-16-2004, 02:04 PM   #11
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This jack is $79 at harborfreight.com now

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=91039
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I have it.. bought it for $79.. harborfreight always has sales... I love this thing. Can't beat it for the price.
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I bought a 2 1/4 jack from Walmart for $40 - 50 and have had no problems whatsoever.
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it's an alright jack. I work in the pit crew for a Mechanix Wear Speed Truck series team. We bought 3 of these jacks for $79 each. The rubber grip on the jack point is flimsy, and has a tendency to pop off. It should have more grip as well. The jack has slipped multiple times due to this problem. Other than that, it works pretty well for a 3 pump jack.. and it's fairly light so it's easy to transport from one side of the truck to the other.
I think you got the smaller version. There is two one is $79 other is $189 or as he says maybe $200 now.

I've had the larger one for about a year now and have really liked it alot. However when it gets really cold out, the jack doesn't want to go down on it's own once you release it with the handle... Not sure what the cause is, maybe I need thinner oil in there or something.
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