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2000 Excursion XLT V10 4x4 170K, front V's + 2'', rear mod'd C's,, 315's, winch bumpers F/R, Viair system, Piaa lighting, Hellwig sent to GermanMike, dual Optimas, scratchy paint. Join the So Cal chapter here Be Like Steve
Awhile back Craftsman got into the 'lets hit a price point with something from china' game to compete with the discount shops instead of building something solid. The cylinders are pressed parts from china, and the seals are not serviceable.
The only bright side is that they don't change the design very often, and the sales clerk isn't likely to look at the older version of the label if you were to return it in the box that your brand new 3 ton jack came in.... (Had one fail after 3 months... didn't want to have to make the return / exchange at the original store on the opposite coast.)
The budget jacks from most places are decent for home use. Occasionally used 'service' grade jacks pop up on CL or other places, but they're either beat up... or still cost a bit if someone knows what they have. Bright side is that there's a good chance they just need o-rings and a coat of paint.
F250 2WD Crew w/ ISSpro guages, 6637 intake, MBRP 4" exhaust, Riffraff High Pressure Crossover, Garrett Power Max BB turbo, Stage 2 Single Shot Injectors and DP tuner. Thanks to Clay at Riffraff. Update: 6.0 oil cooler, John Woods transmission, etc...
As an update, the Arcan 3.25 ton floor jack from Costco did fine recently when lifting the front of my truck.
I needed to insert a jack stand under the passenger side axle and the best jack point seems to be pretty close to the center of the front axle, seemingly meaning that I am lifting the entire front of my truck with the jack.
For reference, my truck and its utility bed weigh about 9,500 lbs (based on a reading at a local Cat scale).
Getting into this late, but here is my thinking on it:
If I needed another floor jack, I would seek out the largest tool repair place around, especially one specializing in the repair of hydraulic stuff, and buy an old, quality, American-made unit that's been fully rebuilt by them.
It will likely be pricey, but you can bet it will be reliable.
My old Matco is probably fifty years old, but it's still got all the quality that American stuff used to have.
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