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Old January 9th, 2009, 20:21   #16
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My Craftsman jack is probably 25 years old. My Dad has a Craftsman that is probably 35 years and has lifted plenty of full size Mopars and Chevys over its life. They do get dropped to fully collapsed when done. They are always stored in garages subject to condensation with no issues. There really is not a lot in a jack to fail if the cylinder does not suffer excessive pitting.
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Old January 10th, 2009, 01:18   #17
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My Craftsman jack is probably 25 years old. My Dad has a Craftsman that is probably 35 years and has lifted plenty of full size Mopars and Chevys over its life. They do get dropped to fully collapsed when done. They are always stored in garages subject to condensation with no issues. There really is not a lot in a jack to fail if the cylinder does not suffer excessive pitting.
yeah... my dad has had the same craftsman jack for as long as i can remember (around 20 years or so back)
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Old January 8th, 2010, 00:25   #18
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What I ended up with here:

http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=266788
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Old January 8th, 2010, 05:54   #19
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I have this one: http://www.norcoindustries.com/products_71202A.shtml So far it's great. Everything I've ever seen Norco put out is overbuilt and heavy duty.
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Old January 13th, 2010, 22:22   #20
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I bought a Sears 2 ton floor jack in 1978. Have used it frequently over the years (as recently as last week) with zero problems. As mentioned above, I store it completely retracted with the valve closed. Perhaps that is the secret.
It must have been a good year, I have one from the same year as well and it's still working fine. Maybe because we store it the same way?
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Old January 17th, 2010, 18:28   #21
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I got this baby at Advanced Auto.
2.5 ton, 5 1/2" to 19 1/2" lift range. Twist lock handle.
The plate is beefy and is 5 1/2" in diameter.
Its hard to believe its only rated for 5000lbs as there is a lot of mass
to this one. It is heavy!
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Around 95.00 w/tax
Had it for a few months and if stored properly it should last.
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Old January 17th, 2010, 19:20   #22
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My dad's craftsman jack had been around longer than I have (23 years). He has to add fluid to it now and again, and sometimes you have to fully collapse it an extra time to get it to jack up but hey, it works
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Old January 17th, 2010, 19:33   #23
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I've been making by with my cheapo Harbor Freight one, the one that comes with jack stands. Nothing fancy, should have gotten two to make tire rotation easier. Friend of mine has an old something-or-another, rated for 1.5 tons, which must weigh 'bout that much. That works too. The point being, if it's something only used every couple months, it'll probably last a couple of decades. Or long enough that one doesn't worry about replacing it every 5-10 years.
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Old February 5th, 2010, 05:17   #24
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If you're getting tired of your leaking Chinese floor jack and looking for a quality low profile floor jack, the AC Hydraulic units appear to be available again.

http://www.ac-hydraulics.com/
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Old February 7th, 2010, 14:53   #25
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I agree with Hevster. The Hein Werner is a great jack. No point going cheap on jacks. Had this jack almost 5 years. It was my wedding present from my wife
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Old April 5th, 2017, 01:01   #26
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I have OTC Aluminum Racing Jack Kit . This is a really nice high end all aluminum floor jack. You tend to get what you pay for here. It is very easy to move around and you can get it up to full height in just 5 or 6 quick pumps. What a really nice design here by OTC products on this two-ton floor jack.The best thing about this jack was how incredibly lightweight it is. It is made of mostly heavy duty aluminum construction
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Old April 14th, 2017, 10:36   #27
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Have had a big, heavy Craftsman for decades. Works fine. Also have a couple aluminum Harbor Freight racing jacks from China. I don't use the Craftsman (AKA Big *****) that much because the lightweight jacks (AKA Little Guys) are just so nice to sling around.
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Old May 25th, 2017, 21:01   #28
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I'm on what has to be my 9th or 10th floor jack, and am about ready to pull out my hair. They all seem to fail (won't lift) after about 2 years of light-duty use.

I've bought floor jacks from:

- Snap-On (had it when I was a full-time tech)
- Crafstman (had 2 of them)
- Nordic (had 2)
- AC Delco (had at least 2)
- Harbor Freight

My current floor jack, a 4-ton "heavy duty" Craftsman just died on me, and I'm so sick of buying new floor jacks. It's absolutely maddening. Anyone know of a good floor jack that'll last for more than a year or 2?

I'm only lifting small cars (Jetta, Cooper, BMW 3 series), and I only use the floor jacks maybe 4-5 times per year. They don't run low on hydraulic oil - they just quit working... ugh!
I am willing to buy Craftsman 3 Ton Floor Jack. What do you think about this floor jack? Although I have found a few other best floor jack lists here. But don't understanding which one should buy. I am seeing this thread lots of people are happy with their Craftsman.
So, should I go with that model or Any other opinion?

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Old May 26th, 2017, 12:24   #29
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I've had a 3 ton Craftsman for 20+ years. Other than blowing a main seal (under $5 to replace from a local hydraulic shop - standard size) it's been great. I was China build, which likely explains all the machining swarf I flushed out when the seal was changed (and which likely caused the failure) but all in all, the machine work was fine, if not the cleanup.
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Old October 11th, 2018, 05:05   #30
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When I bought our S4, I decided to upgrade my floor jack from an aluminum "racing" racing jack I had used on my VWs. It was pretty lightweight, but didn't seem very rugged. I don't recall it's lifting capacity, but I didn't want to chance using it for lifting the S4's weight without using jack stands, even to just change wheel/tires. I ended up buying a DK20Q AC hydraulic floor jack https://wheelstips.com/best-floor-jacks from Pelican Parts. It's well-made, made in Denmark, and has a 4400lb capacity. The wheels have polyurethane O-rings that make it smooth and quiet to roll around. It's got a low profile minimum height of 3.15" and a lift height of 19.7". AC also has a high lift model with a 29" lift. The only regret I have about this jack is that I store it in my basement and when I need to use it, I have to enlist my wife's help to carry it up the stairs (it's 68lbs of frikken heavy!).

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