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This is a discussion on Floor jack recommendations within the Tools forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; northern tools Arcan Floor Jack 3 1/2 ton $109 on sale now I saw that and that one gets good ...

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    Arcan Floor Jack 3 1/2 ton $109 on sale now
    I saw that and that one gets good reviews but I dont wan tto spend the $66 for shipping.

    was just at sears...... 3 ton for $79 and a 4 ton for $149
    Not bad but I want a low profile one and not made of aluminum.

    I got mine at Walmart it has been a pretty good jack so far
    This is the one I'll most likely get.http://www.walmart.com/ip/Torin-Jack...-Jack/14560043
    Last edited by [CJ]; 02-23-2011 at 11:04 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutlass View Post
    Believe it or not, harbor freight has a decent aluminum low profile 4000 pound jack. Its worked on cars that others didn't. The handle is farther back then some others so you can actually pump it up. The only problem is the lift pad is fixed, it doesn't spin. Its also only a 2 ton.
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    But a good heavy duty 3 to 4 ton floor jack will cost $300 to $600 dollars
    As a personal rule of thumb, I cut the stated max weight capacities in half when it comes to cheap jacks/supports..

    Imho there's a reason good tools cost more..

    Just my .02
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    Got the craftsman 3 ton for xmas. No problems used it a few times and then lowered the car and I can't use it now . So its a paper weight until I put it up for sale. O well live and learn. Anyone in the Kansas area wanting one??

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    http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...5429_200345429

    this is the jack i use, never had one problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbird-WS6 View Post
    http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...5429_200345429

    this is the jack i use, never had one problem
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    Quote Originally Posted by tatertot91 View Post
    post #15

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutlass View Post
    Believe it or not, harbor freight has a decent aluminum low profile 4000 pound jack. Its worked on cars that others didn't. The handle is farther back then some others so you can actually pump it up. The only problem is the lift pad is fixed, it doesn't spin. Its also only a 2 ton.
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    But a good heavy duty 3 to 4 ton floor jack will cost $300 to $600 dollars
    this is the same one i have. had it for a little over 2yrs and works like a champ.

    I also purchase a smaller version 3000lb one for like $60. works good as well but its harder to lift my car from the front (lowered on stranos).

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    Its appears we could start a "Craftsman Jacks Suck" support group... I have an all aluminum with the 2 stage... In theory its a bad ass jack... I could pump it 2 or 3 times to get it under the car and when it hit low gear i could pump from under the car with one of my legs... In practice it worked for prolly 75 lifts....

    My buddy has the harbor freight and the only thing i hate about it is that it is a single stage... and its a pretty high geared single stage... I can literally put all my weight right on the tip and cant pick a car up... I weight just under 150 and its pretty much a useless tool to me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbird-WS6 View Post
    http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...5429_200345429

    this is the jack i use, never had one problem
    How heavy is it. Is it easy to pick up and move around?

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    Dang this reminds me I need to get a decent jack at home. I've been doing a lot of side work lately. Borrowing (stealing) an 80 pound jack back and forth to work is a pain in the butt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackcar View Post
    How heavy is it. Is it easy to pick up and move around?
    push it around the shop no problem BUT its a beast to pick up, its about 90lbs or something like that...thats just my .02

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbird-WS6 View Post
    http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...5429_200345429

    this is the jack i use, never had one problem
    bummer. Link says its no longer available...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutlass View Post
    bummer. Link says its no longer available...
    just at that store but im sure you can do a search and fine it else where OR maybe there out of stock

    go to closest northern tools around you and see if they have any

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    Quote Originally Posted by [CJ] View Post
    This is the one I'll most likely get.http://www.walmart.com/ip/Torin-Jack...-Jack/14560043
    I have this jack and do not recommend it at all. I was good for maybe a year but thats it. Nothing but problems with it after that... I just bought that one from harbor freight, well see how that one does...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbird-WS6 View Post
    push it around the shop no problem BUT its a beast to pick up, its about 90lbs or something like that...thats just my .02
    That's what I was afraid of. I don't have a shop. I do my work in the garage. So when I get finished I have to pick everything up and put it up.

    I may end up getting two jacks. A low profile 2-ton for the cars, and a bottle jack for the truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackcar View Post
    That's what I was afraid of. I don't have a shop. I do my work in the garage. So when I get finished I have to pick everything up and put it up.

    I may end up getting two jacks. A low profile 2-ton for the cars, and a bottle jack for the truck.
    yea, it your going to have be picking it up all day long forget it lol im sure it could be done the first time in the morning but after working all day ummm yea lol it aint going to happen lol

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    BLK2KSS , I did infact buy that jack only to find that out of the box it didnt work and was rusty. Needless to say I returned it. I ended up buying a napa 3.5 ton on sale which I'm very happy with. Anyone still looking for the Arcan jack, I've heard that Cotsco sometimes carries them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    I recently bought a cheap Harbor Freight aluminum jack -- needed something light and portable to take to the track. I am actually quite impressed with it so far. I also have a leaking Craftsman floor jack in my garage. I can still use it, but it slowly settles if any weight is left on it. I believe you can purchase a rebuild kit for their jacks, but have never looked into it.
    So what model did you get from Harbor Freight? I'm looking to go there this week and get a jack. They have a website if you can post the model or a picture it will help http://www.harborfreight.com.

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