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Old December 30th, 2008, 14:28   #1
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Default Floor Jacks - any good ones out there??

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!
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Old December 30th, 2008, 14:46   #2
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I have a low profile from NAPA I have had very good luck with it.
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Old December 30th, 2008, 14:54   #3
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here is one thread with some suggestions
http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=198872
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Old December 30th, 2008, 15:06   #4
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I agree with you there are some really bad ones. I was looking for one to keep in the car. Really I was looking for something with a case. I looked at Harbor and the only one they had with a case was the 12v scissor jack. I've seen the same one rebranded in Northern Hydrolics and a couple other places.
The part that makes contact with the car is made entirely of plastic. I found this out when I was lifting the car to mount snow tires and it broke in two.
I'm sure there are good ones but they are undoubtedly expensive. Then again SnapOn isn't cheap.
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Old December 30th, 2008, 15:32   #5
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I'm on what has to be my 9th or 10th floor jack,
The Craftsmen jacks are 100% returnable. Even if Sears states otherwise [note: not a K-Mart], speak to a store manager on the issue. In these economic times no one wants bad press [unhappy customers]. If that doesn't work, find out who the District Mgr is for that area and call or e-mail him your complaint.

I've had a 2 ton floor jack for 10 years and never an issue using it several times a month. At times the jack held up a side of a car for an entire afternoon. It was a cheap unit from Autozone $40.00

When I store the jack, I compress the stand pad bottoming out the pneumatic while tightening the release valve shut. Maybe you're storing the jacks with the release valve open allowing moisture or air to damage the seals or leak oil?


Month or so ago I went to Harbor Freight and bought this unit. I needed some urgent work and needed a second back up jack.
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Old December 30th, 2008, 15:48   #6
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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.
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Old December 31st, 2008, 05:25   #7
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Stop buying junk. Hein-Werner 2 ton-USA made, about 350.00.

If you want a high lift I recommend A/C hydraulics Model DQ13 or DQ20. They range between 700.00 and 1000.00. Made in Denmark with a 2 year warranty.

American forge and Foundry is another good brand.
Be prepared to spend at least 300.00 on a quality jack.

I have owned Craftsman, ATD and a few others. All were crap.
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Old January 1st, 2009, 23:56   #8
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Did you ever open of the reservoir and add more fluid?

I have brought my craftsman back from the dead a few times with just a little more fluid.
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 06:27   #9
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I've had a $40 craftsman (2.25 or 2.5 ton, I forget) since 1993. I bought it when I went to college, and couldn't bring my dad's craftsman (bought in the early 80s) with me.

He still has that one.

Like others have said... they do need to be topped up with oil every once in a while, but otherwise... they're pretty bulletproof.
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 08:49   #10
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Hein-Werner Service Jack – 2-Ton, Model# HW93642



northern tool 319 bucks made in the USA!!!!!
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 17:09   #11
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I had a Sears jack that lasted me 14 years. When it quit I went to Harbor and got the $50 special. It's junk. wish I would have paid a little more and got something better.
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 17:58   #12
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My Dad (who was a mechanic) had a Lincoln for literally over a generation & a half (45 years). It was literally bullet proof. I actually would have kept it, but I needed an ultra low clearance model to go under a Z06 Corvette. I have had a AC Hydraulics DK 20 since early 2001. I understand it is considered one of the current better hydraulic 2 ton jacks around.

http://www.asedeals.com/hydraulicjacks2.html

I looked at a few web sites for Hein-Werner and they look remarkably like my Dad's old Lincoln, his was fire engine red.

Here is another link for Omega Lift Model 29023

http://www.asedeals.com/service-jacks-omega.html

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Old January 2nd, 2009, 18:58   #13
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a nice one if you live in canada

http://www.canadiantire.ca/include/p...=1230951428619

http://www.canadiantire.ca/browse/pr...08474396672442
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Old January 9th, 2009, 16:37   #14
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Just two comments regarding my experience with cheap trolley jacks:

-be sure you close the valve after you lower the jack to keep fluid from leaking past the valve stem.

-the check valve sometimes sticks and the jack won't lift. Need to bang it with a hammer to loosen.
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Old January 9th, 2009, 18:26   #15
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Need to bang it with a hammer to loosen.
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