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Old 02-17-2006, 11:33 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Slickdeal Sears Craftsman 2 1/4 ton Floor jack w/jack stands $27.50

http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...TOOL&ihtoken=1

Hmm, should I buy this? Could make changing the oil / rotating tires in the beater easier (subaru gets done at the dealer). Would these sink into a flat gravel driveway?

Anywho, I hear this is a great deal.
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Old 02-17-2006, 11:34 AM   #2
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I got the 3 ton w/stands and mechanics rolling chair for $99. This seems like a good deal to me.
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Old 02-17-2006, 11:38 AM   #3
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I do not trust any chineese jacks. You get what you pay for and a hydraulic floor jack is a pretty important piece of equipment.
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Old 02-17-2006, 11:49 AM   #4
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Thanks a lot *******. You just made me buy:

Stanley 25 ft. Leverlock® Tape Rule - $4.99

Craftsman 12 in. Bar Clamp - $9.99

Craftsman 3 D LED Tool Light - $14.99

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Old 02-17-2006, 11:51 AM   #5
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I've had those compact steel jacks in various incarnations over the years and currently still have one. It used to be the only compact style of stable automotive floor-jack but they have a few drawbacks. The saddle is so tiny that it's not very stable at the point of contact when jacking. Additionally, because of the small saddle, they seem to mar whatever you're jacking at that point (chassis seams, jacking points, etc). Because of thier smallish size, they are rather under powered/under built for the duty and thier stability as a whole is questionable (but you'd never use it for anything serious other than changing a wheel). The wheels are rather small too and don't roll well over any surface that is rough (asphalt). This poses the possibility of the jack slipping and/or more vehicle marring. I've worn out two over the years because of thier flimsiness (one Sears, one not). I bought yet another Craftsman replacement years ago but never use it anymore. The advent of the compact aluminum jacks that mimic the form factor of a full size is much better (And lighter) for portability/light occasional duty! I never use this thing anymore and now it leaks from so much time of non-use.
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Old 02-17-2006, 11:52 AM   #6
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I've had those compact steel jacks in various incarnations over the years and currently still have one. It used to be the only compact style of stable automotive floor-jack but they have a few drawbacks. The saddle is so tiny that it's not very stable at the point of contact when jacking. Additionally, because of the small saddle, they seem to mar whatever you're jacking at that point (chassis seams, jacking points, etc). Because of thier smallish size, they are rather under powered/under built for the duty and thier stability as a whole is questionable (but you'd never use it for anything serious other than changing a wheel). I've worn out two over the years because of thier flimsiness (one Sears, one not). I bought yet another Craftsman replacement years ago but never use it anymore. The advent of the compact aluminum jacks that mimic the form factor of a full size is much better (And lighter) for portability/light occasional duty! I never use this thing anymore and now it leaks from so much time of non-use.
Mine's a 3-ton model Craftsman. It also weighs about 3 tons.
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Old 02-17-2006, 12:10 PM   #7
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http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...TOOL&ihtoken=1

Hmm, should I buy this? Could make changing the oil / rotating tires in the beater easier (subaru gets done at the dealer). Would these sink into a flat gravel driveway?

Anywho, I hear this is a great deal.

its a pos - too small to do anything safely


as for gravel drive - get a better jake with a larger skirt and wider profile so it doesnt try and kick out to one side or another.

under said jake use a piece of plywood slightly larger than the jack itself - this will keep the jack from sinkin into the gravel
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Old 02-17-2006, 12:13 PM   #8
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Don't bother. I have that setup and it sucks.
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Old 02-17-2006, 12:15 PM   #9
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Hold out for a good deal on the aluminum one. i bought a 3 ton crapsman jack and i hate it with an intensity usually reserved for corrupt politicians and right wing talk show hosts. It takes forever to jack up and when it gets roughly 1/2 way to max reach, it jacks up half as fast.
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Old 02-17-2006, 12:18 PM   #10
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Old 02-17-2006, 12:19 PM   #11
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I wouldn't touch that stuff with a ten foot pole. How much is your life worth?
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Old 02-17-2006, 12:23 PM   #12
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x2. I have both and since I ponied up for the big boy the small one just sits there. And since lowering my car I can not get the small jack under there only the big guy with the low profile.

Save your money for good tools or you will spend twice as much doing it twice, I am SURE a bunch of guys here can tell you that same story.
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Old 02-17-2006, 12:32 PM   #13
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Yeah, that is the one to get.
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Old 02-17-2006, 12:33 PM   #14
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Just make sure you follow the directions on how to bleed the system the first time you use it.
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Old 02-17-2006, 12:35 PM   #15
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That jack sucks. Takes like 30 pumps to lift ma' car!
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Old 02-17-2006, 12:42 PM   #16
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I like the angle and distance of the picture they use, that way you can't see how small it is

Those are good jacks for back up or if you need a second jack, or you need to take it somewhere, 10 times easier to transport than the larger guy. Also if you don't have alot of room, like if you are trying to line up a tranny to a bell housing.
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Old 02-17-2006, 12:53 PM   #17
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Yeah, I was skeptical of that deal too. Thanks OT. saved me $27.49 + tax

luckily, my brother in law is a mechanic (making 6 figures), and he has every top name brand tool under the sun.
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Old 02-17-2006, 12:55 PM   #18
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Get one of those alu jacks which take 3 pumps if you want a portable.
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Old 02-17-2006, 01:11 PM   #19
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actually, they suck for tranny work too, 'cause they don't collapse to a very low minimum height, so you often can't get the whole deal back under the car.
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