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Old 12-23-2003, 01:16 AM   #11
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Join Date: Dec 2002
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Spokane WA
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Harbor freight has had the Silver aluminum racing jack on sale for $129.00 in store price. Not sure how long that price is good for.

I just picked up an aluminum racing jack at Costco. I had shopped around for a long time and looked at different ones. I saw a $99 one at a swap meet type deal and it seemed to be the poorest quality all the moving parts felt rough. So it was between Harbor freight & Costco. The PowerLift at Costco had a feature I had never seen before. It is called one pump to chassis. So even if your car is up on jack stands you move the handle down once and its touching under your car ready to lift.

So it comes time to use it. Did a few lifts on the back of the car & everything was fine. First thing I notice is the handle takes a little more force to get things going but I figure that is the trade off for speed. Time comes to work on the front of the car. Little heavier so a little harder to lift. I get done working on the car time to take the car off jack stands. Grab the new jack and it seems even harder to lift car it feels as if I'm going to bend or break something on the jack. After I get the car down I take a close look at the jack used about 4 times the first day and I notice a part starting to bend (see picture upper arrow) So I give the paper work to my dad because it states clearly to call if you have problems instead of returning the Jack. My dad is told you can't hurt it so he puts it under the Escalade and after a couple pumps it stops lifting and some more stuff bends up (see picture lower arrow)
I was wondering how people like their harbor freight aluminum jacks? Looks like this one is going back.

PowerLift Aluminum Racing Jack
Technical Specifications
Max. Capacity 3000lbs
Min. Saddle Height 3.5"
Max. Saddle Height 17.25"
Overall Length 24"
Overall Width 11.5"
Overall height 6.25"
Weight 36lbs

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