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Old 08-29-2012, 03:52 AM
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Looking to Purchase a Floor Jack

Does anyone locally have a floor jack (rated 2.5 tons or higher) they want to sell?

If not, I am open to recommendations on a local/online place to purchase a well built jack.

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Old 08-29-2012, 10:17 AM
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Harbor Freight.

I have this one and it works fine. They have a wide selection.
Heavy Duty 3 Ton Floor Jack with Rapid Pump
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It's been awhile, maybe 10 years, but I got mine at Sears. Came with 6 ton jack stands. IIRC about a c-note for it all.
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Harbor Freight.

I have this one and it works fine. They have a wide selection.
Heavy Duty 3 Ton Floor Jack with Rapid Pump

Don't forget to bring the ubiquitus 20%off coupon!
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Settled on the Arcan 3.25 ton from Costco for $105.

I paid a bit more than I might have paid at other places but I am hoping Costco's policy of standing by their products will be there in case I need it.

I saw so many examples of the Craftsman jacks leaking after 1-2 years that I stayed away even though the 4 ton is on sale for $94.

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Can't go wrong with any Costco purchase.
Now that you mention it, my Craftsman jack has leaked the last couple times I used it.
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Scratch that. 1.5 tons aint enough!
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Scratch that. 1.5 tons aint enough!
Not for a SD it's not. But if you keep a watch out, they will have the 3 ton for about the same price. That is about the price I paid less than a year ago for the 3T.

Be aware though, the ubiquitous 20% coupon excludes floor jacks and compressors.
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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.
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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).
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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.

Old stuff rules......

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