View Full Version : who makes a good jack??


Alex2210
10-17-2011, 04:06 PM
im looking for a good cheap low profile jack that get good height, any suggestions ?

noice
10-17-2011, 07:10 PM
Harbor Freight makes a couple of low profile steel jacks for under 100 bucks. I'm not a huge fan of aluminum jacks as I end up lifting a lot of random stuff from tractors to trucks. I use the jack to lift a lowered Camaro and on a 72 Chevy pickup. Also get jack stands.

Build-it-Break-it
10-17-2011, 07:57 PM
Costco has a really good low pro jack for less then $100. I've had mine for 3 years now with no problems. I forgot the name but its red,low pro and heavy duty.

Anthony Williams
10-17-2011, 09:57 PM
Harbor Freight makes a couple of low profile steel jacks for under 100 bucks. I'm not a huge fan of aluminum jacks as I end up lifting a lot of random stuff from tractors to trucks. I use the jack to lift a lowered Camaro and on a 72 Chevy pickup. Also get jack stands.

Yep HF jacks are about the best you can get at low cost.

Nowhereman
10-17-2011, 10:30 PM
The best Jack I know...

Alex2210
10-21-2011, 01:21 AM
lol ^^

merim123
10-21-2011, 10:24 AM
if you're wanting to just raise the car, get any of the cheapo one's. if you want to raise the car high enough to get under it and work, invest in something better.

sokr915
10-21-2011, 11:25 AM
I have this one and it works great,

http://www.harborfreight.com/rapid-pump-3-ton-heavy-duty-floor-jack-68048.html

WeakSauce6
10-21-2011, 01:19 PM
I bought a one from Sam's Club about 4 years ago for $69. I want to say it's a Goodyear one? It's blue, and has the name of some big tire company on it. It's worked great for me. I do a LOT of work in my garage. Probably lifts a car 10-15 times a month and hasn't failed me yet.

Mississippi
10-21-2011, 01:42 PM
I've always liked the high end (if you can say that) duralast jacks. Been using a low pro aluminum one for awhile. No problem yet. It can get the car up there pretty high too.

wysemunky
10-21-2011, 04:25 PM
I've got the 3 ton HF jack and I like it and I like that I got it for 59.99 with a coupon out of HOT ROD. I do wish it was a little lower profile since if I want to jack the front up I have to drive on a couple 2x8's

srbliss
10-25-2011, 05:05 PM
I'm tired of crap jacks as I have now tossed 2 (blown seals and mechanical failure - never even close to the load rating) of them in 5-6 years of light usage. I've never had a nice jack and think I'm due for one. American made and spare part available.

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

Scroll down to this.
Model 200T - 2 Ton Speed Jack
"Low Rider" Low Profile Floor Jack

merim123
10-25-2011, 05:42 PM
most people wouldn't spend this kind of money on a jack, but imo there isn't a better one on the market.

http://www.pelicanparts.com/catalog/shopcart/TOOL/POR_TOOL_ACHyd1_pg1.htm

BLUES MAN
10-25-2011, 05:48 PM
bought my 3 1/2 ton jack from sams club, its a michelin. been using it for 4 years now, work's flawless everytime.

if i remember right i payed $70

http://www.e90post.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=183949&stc=1&d=1220843922

srbliss
10-25-2011, 07:34 PM
Do you really need to lift your car almost 3 feet? A rear engine Porsche owner does if they want to do an engine swap. I had a hell of time getting my 914 up high enough with my crap jack to get the tall air cooled POS engine out of the car - the new Subaru that is replacing it is much shorter so I don't an extreme jack like this one.
Steve
most people wouldn't spend this kind of money on a jack, but imo there isn't a better one on the market.

http://www.pelicanparts.com/catalog/shopcart/TOOL/POR_TOOL_ACHyd1_pg1.htm

merim123
10-25-2011, 08:12 PM
yes I need it to go that high actually. I can't get a lift in my garage and a max jax setup would take up too much space. So this thing I can raise the car off the ground high enough so I don't have to be a contortionist under it and work on different things. I'm 6'3" so all the height I can get helps me greatly.

Polynikes
10-25-2011, 08:39 PM
Arcan XL35 is an awesome jack. Very low profile too, which comes in handy on Fbodies.

edit: sorry, didn't see the "cheap" part by the OP. These are ~$140

CRASH 02
10-25-2011, 09:33 PM
Do you really need to lift your car almost 3 feet? A rear engine Porsche owner does if they want to do an engine swap. I had a hell of time getting my 914 up high enough with my crap jack to get the tall air cooled POS engine out of the car - the new Subaru that is replacing it is much shorter so I don't an extreme jack like this one.
Steve

I have the DK13HLQ AC jack too. I didn't buy it because of how high it gets but becasue of how low it is, less than 3.5". I can fit it under just about any vehicle out there. I also love the way it works when letting a vehicle down. It won't let it just drop like it fell off a cliff like some "cheap" jacks do. It also has wheel O-rings that keep it from scratching up a nice floor. I bought mine in 2006 and it was about $200 cheaper than it is now.

mthegodfather
10-25-2011, 09:39 PM
My Harbor Freight jack has been awesome...

topbrent
10-25-2011, 10:09 PM
After all the craftsman, sams club, and harbor freight style crap try the NAPA 3 1/2 ton jack.
- It is leaps and bounds better than those other cheap crappy offerings.

Yes, it is quite expensive, but is smooth and safe. A very high quality piece that will last.

http://www.napaonline.com/Catalog/CatalogItemDetail.aspx?R=NLE7916425_0006396327

http://partimages.genpt.com/largeimages/292507.jpg

3Camaros
10-25-2011, 10:19 PM
Northern Tool Arcan $149
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200345429_200345429
I bought one and liked it so much I bought my Dad one also.
It will roll under the K frame of an f body but will also lift high.

DopeFedZ
10-25-2011, 11:15 PM
Omega low profile is what I have. My car and my buddys vette are both slammed and I can go right under the front without having to drive our cars up on blocks or anything.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v225/9secZ28/IMAG0199-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v225/9secZ28/IMAG0200-1.jpg

xxrillixx
10-25-2011, 11:42 PM
Depends on what your looking for... Ive got 2 that I use all the time.

1. Arcan 3.5 ton jack, from costco. My main man, trust this one with my life. Its the same as the Northern Tool one above, except its red, and ~$50 cheaper. Plus you gotta love costcos return policy. This one is the best jack ive used. Super smooth when lowering slow, very low, super strong, extremely sturdy, wide stance... only down side is its over 100lbs. So it stays in the garage. With a small piece of wood it lifts high enough to pull the engine on the k member out the bottom.

2. ProXone 1.5 Ton Aluminum Jack. This one is my travel / secondary jack. Its SUPER light and folds down very small. I take in long cruises incase anyone breaks down. Its fairly low, not as low as the Arcan tho. Also very smooth acting, again... very light, lifts easily.




Ive tried many other ones. The General brand ones from Harbor freight (blue and silver), some of the cheap ones from autozone / checkers... didnt care of any of them. They are all tough to lower slowly (get stuck so you over turn and drop the car hard), not very stable, but are usually pretty light.

HotRod68Camaro
11-13-2011, 05:33 PM
I agree with DopefedZ. I picked up the same Omega a couple months ago and it's awesome.