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Old 10-20-2019, 10:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Need a cheapo floor jack

Need a cheapo floor jack. I do not have much space or money.

2 to 2 1/2 ton. Heaviest lift would be the front end of my 4WD GMT-400, Normal lift would be front or rear axles of my YJ. I have wood blocking.

I saw a $60 Walmart today marked down to $45 today, but something about it screamed death.

Harbor Freight? Walmart? Other?
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Old 10-20-2019, 10:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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HF has decent floor Jack's. Use a 20% off cupon and buy the one that fits your needs.
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Need a cheapo floor jack. I do not have much space or money.

2 to 2 1/2 ton. Heaviest lift would be the front end of my 4WD GMT-400, Normal lift would be front or rear axles of my YJ. I have wood blocking.

I saw a $60 Walmart today marked down to $45 today, but something about it screamed death.

Harbor Freight? Walmart? Other?
Bought this from Costco. Works great.

https://www.costco.com/3-Ton-Profess...100222458.html
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I am really impressed with the yellow Daytona from hf. It might be a little more than you want to spend but we beat the hell out of it and it still works great. Definitely lives up to the last’s 10 times longer advertising on the packaging.

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I have an aluminum HF 2.5T.

It is a back saver and lifted my half ton truck without issue, only time I was scared of it was lifting a VW Toureg Diesel.
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I have an aluminum HF 2.5T.

It is a back saver and lifted my half ton truck without issue, only time I was scared of it was lifting a VW Toureg Diesel.
I had one I used on a 2500 suburban many times and my 6,000lb 4Runner 100ís of times while building it. Super light weight and lasted probably 3 years or hard abused life. It finally just stopped lifting. Iíll be buying another one.
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I am really impressed with the yellow Daytona from hf. It might be a little more than you want to spend but we beat the hell out of it and it still works great. Definitely lives up to the last’s 10 times longer advertising on the packaging.
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I have the same jack with other branding on it, beat to fuck and works great.

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I bought this from Harbor Freight at one of their parking lot sales for $60. Works great, but its heavy.

https://www.harborfreight.com/3-ton-...ump-64260.html
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Old 10-20-2019, 12:58 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I have used the heavy steel one from HF for years and years.

Never had a problem with it.

Planning on getting the Aluminum once soon for lifting lighter stuff as the heavier jack is a MOFO to carry around.
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I have the old orange 2.5 ton from harbor freight. Iíve had it over 10 years. Used it to build 3 rigs, it lives outside these days. At the beginning of this summer it needed some jack oil. Still works great. I would buy again.
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Old 10-20-2019, 01:45 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I think the harbor freight super duty or something like that is a snapon. I remember snapon suing them then quietly dropping the lawsuit and removing made in USA from their jack labels. Think they are like 150ish with coupon.

Here is an article about the lawsuit and jacks in question.

https://biztimes.com/snap-on-harbor-...oor-jack-case/


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Another vote for hf Jack I've had this one for a couple of years. https://www.harborfreight.com/3-ton-...nge-64241.html
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I think the harbor freight super duty or something like that is a snapon. I remember snapon suing them then quietly dropping the lawsuit and removing made in USA from their jack labels. Think they are like 150ish with coupon.

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https://biztimes.com/snap-on-harbor-...oor-jack-case/


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Honestly, it still cracks me up every time someone says Snap on are the end all be all of tools in the technician trade. Id put up a comparable HF tool to a snap on tool any day. There is absolutely no reason to purchase Snap On.. Heck, HF even came out with the ICON line of hand tools and tool boxes.. 1/4 the price of Snapon, and likely better quality.
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I think the harbor freight super duty or something like that is a snapon. I remember snapon suing them then quietly dropping the lawsuit and removing made in USA from their jack labels. Think they are like 150ish with coupon.

Here is an article about the lawsuit and jacks in question.

https://biztimes.com/snap-on-harbor-...oor-jack-case/
That's hilarious. Snap On charging 3-4 times the cost for the same jack. I saw the 3 ton Daytona for $139 2 weeks ago.

I just bought a HF 3 ton at the last parking lot sale for $100, so far so good. I'd buy again
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Old 10-20-2019, 02:29 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I like the idea of the front roller on the aluminum jacks as I don'r trust the quality of the tiny steel wheels on the others.
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I have a 3 ton steel floor jack and a 2 1/2 ton aluminum floor jack from HF. Both are good jacks and work flawlessly. The aluminum jack is a lot lighter and easier to use, obviously.

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the new daytona jacks from HF are much better than the older ones
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That's hilarious. Snap On charging 3-4 times the cost for the same jack. I saw the 3 ton Daytona for $139 2 weeks ago.

I just bought a HF 3 ton at the last parking lot sale for $100, so far so good. I'd buy again


I have a buddy that runs a good shop and he has been a snap on man since day 1. He is sick of going into the rapist van and is now willing to try some HF tools. He still uses their hand tool religiously, why not he has damn near most of them after 20+ years. But I see a lot of different stuff in his shop now. Including a few HF floor jacks my last trip up there. They get beat to shit put away wet and used the next day like nothing happens to them the day before.


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all I can think about is safety... I wouldnt get anything cheaper than HF.. cuz your life might depend on it..
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I bought this from Harbor Freight at one of their parking lot sales for $60. Works great, but its heavy.

https://www.harborfreight.com/3-ton-...ump-64260.html
I have one of these. Lifts all of our diesel trucks. First use I put my 2nd gen Cummins up on it and let it sit to see if it would leak down, 2hrs and no drop. Great jack.
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Honestly, it still cracks me up every time someone says Snap on are the end all be all of tools in the technician trade. Id put up a comparable HF tool to a snap on tool any day. There is absolutely no reason to purchase Snap On.. Heck, HF even came out with the ICON line of hand tools and tool boxes.. 1/4 the price of Snapon, and likely better quality.
Not all snap on tools are worth it, just as not all HF tools are a decent value for what you get. My dual 80s absolutely murder anything HF can offer, including the Icon line. Socket wise, I beat the shit out of my Pittsburgh stuff and it holds up fine. Snappy screwdrivers are some of the best, period. Tekton is another Taiwan origin brand that imo beats Icon in price and product and is a great consumer option to snap on.
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My local wheel/tire shop runs about half a dozen HF floor jacks all day every day. Next time I'm there getting tires mounted on wheels, I'm going to ask them how often they have to replace the jacks.

My floor jacks are 15 years old and 7 years old, the older one is steel (heavy!) and the other is Aluminum. They get used only on the weekends, and not even every weekend. They lift and release just fine, but I don't trust them to hold weight constantly, so I always use jack stands if the vehicle is going to be up for more than just a look under the vehicles.
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I have harbor freight floor jacks steel and aluminum, bottle jacks, and one of their hilift style jacks. All of them work fine.

Get one rated for the job and it will be fine. Don't buy a 1.5 ton or 2 ton jack to use on a half ton truck.
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all I can think about is safety... I wouldnt get anything cheaper than HF.. cuz your life might depend on it..
Who in the fuck crawls under a rig with just the jack holding it up?

Never mind, sounds like you do.
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