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Old 11-20-2003, 08:55 PM   #1
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Question floor jack or bottle type jack

i'm thinking about getting a floor jack and 4 stands to change my tires(two jack are probably enough, but since 3 ton jacks at sears are $20, why not). i noticed there are the scissor type floor jacks that i'm used to pluss some bottle type piston raised ones. what's the pro and con to each? the bottle ones are alot cheaper.

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Old 11-20-2003, 09:02 PM   #2
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The bottle jacks are cheaper, but they most likely are too high to fit under your car. I've always used standard floor jacks so I can't tell you what the benefits of the bottle jack would be. Could be personal preference, size concerns, or space concerns.

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Old 11-20-2003, 09:07 PM   #3
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I'd advise against using a bottle or scissors jack for working on your car. IMHO they just aren't stable enough. Get a good floor jack & a good set of jack stands. Be sure to use the jack stands whenever you work under your car. Sears has a nice aluminum race style jack for something like $150.
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Old 11-20-2003, 10:27 PM   #4
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Another vote against the bottle or scissors jack - the scissor jack (like the one which came with the car) is really just for use in emergencies (i.e., changeing a flat) - I would get a real floor jack. Sears has a nice 3.5 ton floor jack (with 2 stands and a creeper) on sale now (was in the Sunday paper) for $120 or so - it has a nice big cradle and everything.
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Old 11-20-2003, 11:44 PM   #5
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Ditto on the bottle jack being no good. I considered it, my dad advised against. Great advice. I bought the biggest honking floor jack/garage jack i could find, and its a joy too use. Easy, quick, and stable especially when used with jack stands for added safety.

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Old 11-21-2003, 07:05 PM   #6
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Yep, the Sears 3 1/2 ton jack/stand combo on sale until tomorrow is a good deal ($120? $110? something like that).
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Old 11-21-2003, 07:15 PM   #7
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I have a 2 ton sears floor jack and it is one of my best investments ever. blazing fast compared to a scissor jack. MUCH more stable. I actually bought a bottle jack at first and had to return it because it would not fit under my car.

get the floor jack w/ the stands. you will be happy w/ it.
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Old 11-23-2003, 09:30 AM   #8
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I have two Craftsman Floor Jacks (3 1/2 & 2 1/4 Ton) with four 3 1/2 Jack stands, but if I had it to do all over again I would have gotten the speedy jack. I was playing with one last night and with only two pumps she's at full height. I think this one was a Larin in Sam's Club for $79. As if it matters, but here's another vote against scissor or bottle jacks.

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Old 11-23-2003, 04:22 PM   #9
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I have two Craftsman Floor Jacks (3 1/2 & 2 1/4 Ton) with four 3 1/2 Jack stands, but if I had it to do all over again I would have gotten the speedy jack. I was playing with one last night and with only two pumps she's at full height. I think this one was a Larin in Sam's Club for $79. As if it matters, but here's another vote against scissor or bottle jacks.

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Larin Jacks = crap. I just threw away my 6 month old Larin jack because the internal releif valve crapped out so it would no longer lift anything. Their jackstands aren't too impressive either, but at least they're the non-ratcheting type. Just my .02

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Old 11-24-2003, 04:55 PM   #10
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The Sears 3.5 ton is a great floor jack. Plus, its handle makes a real good cheater bar for those really tight nuts, like lower strut/knuckle mounts.
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Old 11-26-2003, 03:41 PM   #11
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thanks for the replies!

i think i'm going with a 3 1/2 ton michelin jack from sams club and 4 6 ton stands. i know, 6 ton stands? but its gotta work with my parents' suv.

also, plywood square for the base to prevent them digging into the driveway right?
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Old 11-27-2003, 10:52 AM   #12
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also, plywood square for the base to prevent them digging into the driveway right?
If you have an asphalt driveway, yes, this is a good idea because the wheels will leave indentions. It won't hurt concrete, but would still keep it from scarring off the broom finish or chipping the exposed aggregate.

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