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This is a discussion on Floor Jack within the Tools forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; I bought a craftsman 2 1/2 ton floor jack about 8-9 years ago. It's been a good jack but lately ...

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    I bought a craftsman 2 1/2 ton floor jack about 8-9 years ago. It's been a good jack but lately it has started puking jack oil. It still works fine but I've starting to look for a replacement. I went to sears looking for one but all but the $300 unit have crappy ratings. Any suggestions on a replacement?

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    Harbor Freight has some decent prices on some aluminum race jacks.

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    IMO, stay away from Harbor Frieght's jacks. Mine was a piece of shit. I just bought a low profile jack from NAPA. Best jack I have ever used. Perfect for our cars, especially if they are lowered, like mine. Here's the link. I paid $200 for mine. http://www.napaonline.com/MasterPage...ion=Floor+Jack

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    Quote Originally Posted by squee View Post
    Harbor Freight has some decent prices on some aluminum race jacks.


    X2 alot of guys I know have the ones from here and for the price it has worked great

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    One of my jack stands from Harbor Freight broke while the
    truck was up.I wouldent use Harbor Freight.
    My NAPA floor jack has a slow leak down after 20
    years of abuse.

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    Looks like this server is bad as my jack stands

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    everything i have ever bought from harbor freight turned out to be crap

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    I bought one from sams several years ago works great but its heavier than my car

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    I had a harbor freight floor jack...think it was the 2 ton jack. POS. I gave it away. I now have a craftsman low profile aluminum race style jack.....not a big fan of it either. It's still to tall to get under the car without getting the car up a couple inches first and it maxes out to easily for my truck. My buddy has the regular ole big ass craftsman floor jack and that's going to be my next jack.

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    I bought the 120ish dollar one from sears.. 4 ton... had it for 2 years.. and still working great...
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    I have always liked the jacks from sears. I have a 4 ton as well, been going strong for years. Use it alot on my ram and bird.

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    I really liked my craftsman but looking at the review online made me shy away. I ended up buying one from Northern Tool. The 1 1/2 ton racing jack for $129. I still have the craftsman and will keep using it till it finally croaks. I was glad to have 2 jacks when I was doing my header install.

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    I have the AC Delco aluminum 1 ton jack and the AC Delco 2.25 ton jack. Love both of them.
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    I have a craftsman that I bought 8 years ago. It also started leaking oil. I spent half a day adding hyd. oil. There is a hard plastic seal around the piston. This is probably what is leaking. You can replace it and it will work fine. Be very careful if you try to add oil to a jack. It is under a LOT of pressure even with the handle down and turned out. I had mine blow up all over me. I was able to take off the big spring underneath and with the fill bolt out and the vent out work the jack up and down with my hands while adding small amounts of oil at a time. This will take a good while to get all the air out of the jack. Be Patient. Go SLOW do not drop the lifting arm of the jack. You will have another EXPLOSION of oil. I could not spend another $100 on a jack. You can repair yours, just be CAREFUL. Hope this helps.

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