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Old 02-24-2004, 06:14 PM   #1
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Default whatta think 'bout this jack?

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=47246

it's light weight, low profile, and has the quick pump action. the only thing is, i've never heard of u.s. general brand or if this thing is going to work 5 yrs. down the road

anyone wanna show off their jacks? hehe
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Old 02-24-2004, 06:40 PM   #2
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It's a jack... you put it under your car and it goes up...
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Old 02-24-2004, 06:42 PM   #3
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I have heard mixed reviews of Harbor Freight stuff - some people seem to be ok with it, others think it's junk.

Lightweight might not be an issue for you if you keep the thing in the garage all the time, and just drag it around anyway...

I have the Sears Craftsman prof. 3.5 ton one (the black one with the large yellow cradle) - it has the one pump up feature, but is anything but lightweight.
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Old 02-24-2004, 07:29 PM   #4
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I have it. . haven't had any problems. I needed a jack that was low profile and could fit under my lowered car. I believe there are some reviews of this jack in the Car Parts section as well.

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Old 02-24-2004, 08:12 PM   #5
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We have it on our rally team (Evo4) and it's our rear jack... it's pretty good overall but if you need to really jack it up, it doesn't go as high as others... 17" vs 19-21".

At snow drift, they're getting popular with other teams... cheap and effective.

I'll probably buy one for myself for my track events/autox... I love the lightweight of it vs 80-100lbs jack....

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Old 02-24-2004, 09:48 PM   #6
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Quote:
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I have heard mixed reviews of Harbor Freight stuff - some people seem to be ok with it, others think it's junk.
yeah, me too, that's why i wanted to ask here first. but it's good to see people have good things to say bout it.....i'm probably going to pick it up this weekend.
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Old 02-26-2004, 10:21 PM   #7
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The biggest difference I've seen between nice hydraulic jacks and cheap ones is how easy it is to control lowering.

With a good jack you can gently lower the car to the ground. With a cheap one often the smallest turn makes the car slam down onto the ground.

The description in the Harbor Freight catalog says it requires only half a turn to release hydraulic pressure. I don't know if that's an attempt to put a positive spin on this issue or not. Robin2, maybe you could advise us.
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Old 02-26-2004, 10:25 PM   #8
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I have no problems letting the car down easily. It can be done with this jack without issue.

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Old 02-27-2004, 12:45 PM   #9
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I have better lowering control with my HF Al jack than with my 3-ton Sears (made in China) jack. The Sears jack is an on/off switch.

The only real issues with the HF jack are that bolts/nuts back out over time due to vibration. If you get your new jack and then loctite all the fasteners, it'll be just fine.

Oh, and add some grease to the area where the handle goes into the jack body. Makes turning it easier.

I bought one for the same reason as most, it's light, and the saddle is low. It fits under my 510, so I don't have to jack the car up high enough to fit the Sears jack.
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Old 02-27-2004, 03:04 PM   #10
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No probs with it... considering sometimes we drop the rally car real fast if we're short on time during service..... but otherwise it's manageable...

I find it better than my regular 100lbs jack as the grip is excellent on the US General one....

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Old 02-27-2004, 10:30 PM   #11
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Best jack for the money spent. My only complaint is that its got stuck a couple times when lifting to its maximum height when outside the vehicle. Bleeding it fixes this.
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Old 02-29-2004, 11:21 AM   #12
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Dude, go to sam's. they sell a 3.5 ton service jack for around 75 bux. I have used mine for around 3 years and 0 probs. it is heavy as hell, but the sucker lifts anything.
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Old 03-01-2004, 12:49 PM   #13
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this jack is fine.

the knockdown handle makes it easy to chuck in the back of the car too.

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Old 03-01-2004, 10:08 PM   #14
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"go to sam's. they sell a 3.5 ton service jack"

Yeah, and it ways 3.5 tons. The point is this jack can be carried with one hand
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Old 03-02-2004, 12:15 AM   #15
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get a AC Hydraulic jack, awesome jack for lowered cars. Cost me a arm and a leg, but it was the only jack I could use on the lowered e36 m3 I had. Check it out here:

http://www.ultimategarage.com/acjacks.html
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Old 03-04-2004, 02:43 PM   #16
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If you get the jack from Harbor Freight... be sure you open the box and check the unit itself before leaving the store.

IF you see hydraulic fluid all over the cylinder, or any other parts. Get another box. Don't take that one. Once the main seal starts to leak. It's impossible to fix... outside of the manufacturer....

Chris.

- Yeah, lets make two trips to Harbor Freight.....

But the jack works fine for me. I leave it at my parents house so I can work on my car, with a lip, at their place. And its light enough my mom likes it too.
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