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Old 12-09-2001, 11:40 PM   #1
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Default Need a floor jack... advice needed

How much should I expect to pay for an automotive floor jack?
Any advice on what to look for, or where I can get a good one.
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Old 12-10-2001, 09:56 AM   #2
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any auto parts store.. 40 -70
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Old 12-10-2001, 10:23 AM   #3
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I'm partial to the Sears Craftsman service jacks.

1. They're cheap, even in a 3 or 5 ton capacity. $50-$90

2. Warrantied.

3. The non-quick lift jacks are better IMHO. They're easier to snug right up to the jack point using your finger as the lever. The quick start jacks need a hard pump to get them up to the jack point and this is not always easy it you have ground effects or if your car is lowered.

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Old 12-10-2001, 07:46 PM   #4
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Sears is the place to go.
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Old 12-11-2001, 03:14 PM   #5
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I got a 3 ton jack at Sears a few months ago for $30. It was on sale.
My buddy got one at Kragens for $30 (regular price) but it was a brand I never heard of. It seems to be OK...
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Old 12-14-2001, 02:39 PM   #6
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I would advise against buying the "AutoZone Special".

Go to sears, get a craftsman.
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Old 12-14-2001, 02:46 PM   #7
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You mean I shouldn't have bought the 2-ton floor jack and two jackstands from Kragen for $19.95?
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Old 12-15-2001, 11:34 PM   #8
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I would say buy a good jack the first time around. I searched online forever to find a good jack and what I came up with was a Norco 71230A 2 1/4 ton hydraulic floor jack. It was the only jack that I could find that has a low lift height. Its like it was made for lowered cars. Probally the best investment I have ever made. It works so good that today when I was helping a friend work on his civic ( that is slammed to the damn ground with some Ground Controls ) we didnt even have to lift up on the fender or use his factory jack first to raise it a little so a real jack will fit under it. this jack saves time plain and simple. Cost on it is about $160 and if you need to get it shipped it will be a pretty penny i am sure. I got lucky and called the manufacturer to see if they had any dealers in my area , they did so i called the place they had it in stock and i picked it up the next morning. http://www.norcoind.com/

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Old 12-20-2001, 03:52 PM   #9
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Thumbs down craftsman is not all that

I got a craftsman 3 ton jack with jackstands.

I am actually quite dissapointed with it. The release is not a progressive release. As soon as you give the handle a 1/4 turn counter clockwise it releases _all the way_ and hence drops the car on the jackstand or ground all at once.
It is very thick and will not fit under a lowered car either. And forget about jacking up the center of the car. You have to use the jack points on the sideskirts.
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Old 12-25-2001, 06:09 PM   #10
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we bought property in mountains, and its on a good hunk of land...so i said screw the jack and stands and got a hydralic auto lift from a shop that was closeing up for $1800!!! can't bet it! my back and knees thank me
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Old 12-26-2001, 04:20 PM   #11
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I've got two Sears floor jacks & six decent stands. They're good, but man are they ever heavy. A floor jack & jack stands is not a place to be cheap. Are you willing to bet your life on those cheapy floor jacks & stands? Not me. If I was looking to replace one of my jacks with new one I'd get one of these>http://www.geocities.com/Eureka/Vaul...ulicjacks.html

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