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Old 10-22-2012, 10:05 AM   #1
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Default The best floor jack for the money

I am looking to buy my husband a decent floor jack for Christmas. He is a mechanic and works on a lot of cars, so i really need advice on the best floor jack for the money. Please keep in mind I don't have a lot of money. Thank you for your time.
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:18 AM   #2
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What is your budget?
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:36 AM   #3
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Default Re: The best floor jack for the money

Also need to know if you would like an American made or Asian made jack.
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:45 AM   #4
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Default Re: The best floor jack for the money

I really don't want to go over $100. I would really not to go over $ 50 if thats even possible? Which ever is better? But probably American would be the better choice for us. Thank you for your time.
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:10 AM   #5
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Default Re: The best floor jack for the money

You won't get an American jack in that price range.

At those prices, your best bet will be Harbor Freight. Their jacks are all Chinese, but so are most of the other brands, unless you specifically look for USA made examples.

My next jack will probably be a HF jack, when my current Chinese Craftsman jack dies. Likely the HF units are made by one of the same companies that makes many other brands. They appear very similar to some other models sold under other brands.
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:25 AM   #6
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Default Re: The best floor jack for the money

If he works on a lot of cars, and
some of these are trucks, you need a higher capacity jack, like a 3 ton. If this work is at a shop or a home shop, then weight might not be an issue and a steel jack will do the job. An aluminum jack is out of your price range anyway.
One choice is to keep an eye out for a used jack on CL. Might find a US made one there. But you would have to know what to look for and how to check it. You are probably better off buying a new Asian jack. Harbor Freight has a nice 3 ton steel rapid pump jack that weighs 74 pounds and coupons are available for it in all the motor sports magazines for $69.99.

Correction...I'm told the 2.5 ton is a better jack:

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Old 10-22-2012, 02:03 PM   #7
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Default Re: The best floor jack for the money

Another location to check is Northern tools I like them better that harbor freight with similar prices. The other question is low profile or standard jack. low profiles are great for smaller cars however some do not go high enough of some suvs or trucks. When looking at the jacks online look at the minimum height and the max. Good luck, your husband will always thank you for the gift...
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:06 PM   #8
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One more comment. If this is for home use, make sure he has some good jack stands. Never count on the jack holding the car in the air unless you plan on collecting on his life insurance.
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:34 PM   #9
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you got that right especially with the cheaper jacks...
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Old 10-23-2012, 12:15 AM   #10
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The arcan jack from costco is a little more than you want to spend, but is a great jack for the money.
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:17 AM   #11
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For the jack stands, HF has a $30 coupon out for the 6Ton ones right now/
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:16 PM   #12
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Default Re: The best floor jack for the money

I recently purchased this jack
http://www.amazon.com/Powerzone-3800...1034072&sr=1-1

I have to say it is EXCELLENT quality, have not had a problem with it, and it works great. For $150 (a little out of your price range) you can't beat it. And if you have Amazon Prime like me, I had it the next day for $4 shipping.
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:16 PM   #13
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The arcan jack from costco is a little more than you want to spend, but is a great jack for the money.
I second this. It used to be $99 now it's a little over $100.
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:25 PM   #14
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Not to put a damper on you spirit (great when wives will spend money on tools and cars for their guy !!) but don't be too set on purchasing budget jacks unless you have purchased a really good insurance policy on hubby.

Jacks are for lifting heavy items (read cars squash human beings when they fail) so if you love your other half and need him to continue to be in your life - then I'd suggest upping your budget a bit so that you can invest in a larger stronger jack that can support 2500 - 3000 lbs. I've borrowed an "inexpensive" jack before in a pinch from friends at the track and have seen it instantaneously fail on me before dropping my racecar back down to earth with my 5 year old son not more than 10 feet away as this happened. Scared the living crap out of me (racecars can be replaced) lives cannot.
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:35 PM   #15
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To further drive home the point made above...
I had the same jack for 20 years that worked flawlessly. I jacked up the car, set the jackstands finished the job and the jack would not lift the car off the stands. You never know when it will fail.
I bought a $50 jack to get the car off the stands and that jack failed on the third use. The Arcane I got from Costco is a much better built jack.
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:12 PM   #16
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Default Re: The best floor jack for the money

After reading all of the positive posts about the Arcan jack I bought one from Costco today for $99. The lift capacity, and low to high lifting range were major factors in my decision. I already have 4 floor jacks, but I needed something better to lift the back of the Kwik Lift ramps.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:10 PM   #17
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After reading all of the positive posts about the Arcan jack I bought one from Costco today for $99. The lift capacity, and low to high lifting range were major factors in my decision. I already have 4 floor jacks, but I needed something better to lift the back of the Kwik Lift ramps.
I also bought a Arcan jack this week. I came home with a XL35, 3.5 ton low clearance high lifting jack. Should fit any vehicle I own.

When I lifted the 109 lb jack into/out of my trunk I thought I may have bought more jack than I needed. After using the jack that night to swap on my winter wheels/tires. I am very impressed. Had the length to reach the lifting points on my mustang.

It is on sale at Northern Tool
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:11 PM   #18
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I also bought a Arcan jack this week. I came home with a XL35, 3.5 ton low clearance high lifting jack. Should fit any vehicle I own.

When I lifted the 109 lb jack into/out of my trunk I thought I may have bought more jack than I needed. After using the jack that night to swap on my winter wheels/tires. I am very impressed. Had the length to reach the lifting points on my mustang.

It is on sale at Northern Tool
I have the same one. Love it, do not love carrying it.
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:15 AM   #19
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The arcan jack from costco is a little more than you want to spend, but is a great jack for the money.
+1 Arcan is a very sturdy jack(3.5 ton?), low profile, and is well made. They are at Costco regularly for $99.
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:13 AM   #20
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I really dont see much difference between the new style HF chinese jacks and the Arcan chinese jacks quality seems to be the same and HF price and coupons are a better deal. Any seal can fail at anytime its better to use a jack thats over rated for the job. And its funny when people like Northern tools better cause there HF tools are painted red not HF orange same stuff.
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