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Old 02-12-2013, 11:37 AM   #1
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Craftsman Aluminum Floor Jack=Garbage

I was just lifting my camaro up to put the catback on when my $200 4 year old craftsman 4000lbs Aluminum Floor jack blew a seal and slowly lowered the car. I went online to find a rebuild kit and found over 140 reviews about the same thing happening to others.
I use the thing a couple times a year, kinda thought it would last for that kind of money. No help from Sears or Craftsman. So much for a quality product from a reputable company.
Buyer Beware on that thing.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:44 AM   #2
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So solly Chinese jack did not last. Be glad you were not under it.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:51 AM   #3
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Where do you buy a quality non-chinese jack these days that isn't a down payment on a camaro?
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:53 AM   #4
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I have one I got from my grandfather over 15 years ago. It just weighs a hundred pounds. Kinda thought craftsman was decent compared to Harbour Freight. Guess not
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:54 AM   #5
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Where do you buy a quality non-chinese jack these days that isn't a down payment on a camaro?
My floor jack crapped out a few months ago (after about 20 years) and I have been casually looking around. Costco has a 4 ton jack...I'm not sure who makes it but my thought is Costco is very good about returning any merchandise bought from them. I think the price was about $120.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:57 AM   #6
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I've had my 7 1/2 ton Craftsman steel floor jack for probably 10 or so years now. It weighs a metric ton but it's a beast. Never had any issues with it. Sad to see that stuff just isn't made like it used to be. No quality anymore. :(
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:00 PM   #7
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My floor jack crapped out a few months ago (after about 20 years) and I have been casually looking around. Costco has a 4 ton jack...I'm not sure who makes it but my thought is Costco is very good about returning any merchandise bought from them. I think the price was about $120.
Funny you say that. I called sears and the store manager told me I should be happy that I got 4 years out of it. I flipped out and he hung up on me. But I am in line at Costco right now with a $90 3.5 ton lift because I want to mod my camaro!!!
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:08 PM   #8
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is a 2 1/2 ton low pro jack enough for a 2SS/RS ?
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:12 PM   #9
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Where do you buy a quality non-chinese jack these days that isn't a down payment on a camaro?
That would be nice , since a bought mine with ZERO DOWN !
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:16 PM   #10
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is a 2 1/2 ton low pro jack enough for a 2SS/RS ?
One would think yes , since you are going to lift one corner at the time , total weight ~4000 lb so .
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:20 PM   #11
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is a 2 1/2 ton low pro jack enough for a 2SS/RS ?
You would think that a 2.5 ton (5000 pound) jack should be fine to lift the rear half of a 2 ton (4000) pound car. But after today, I have my doubts. Jack stands and ramps will be under the car.
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:34 PM   #12
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So solly Chinese jack did not last. Be glad you were not under it.
I really hope no one here is dumb enough to get under a car with only a jack.
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:37 PM   #13
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I really hope no one here is dumb enough to get under a car with only a jack.
Several people die every year doing just that.
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:39 PM   #14
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I really hope no one here is dumb enough to get under a car with only a jack.
Believe me there are people that do......
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:42 PM   #15
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most if not all Craftsman stuff is made in China :(
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:52 PM   #16
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You would think that a 2.5 ton (5000 pound) jack should be fine to lift the rear half of a 2 ton (4000) pound car. But after today, I have my doubts. Jack stands and ramps will be under the car.
yes sir, you cant ever be too safe when your underneath a vehicle. whenever i have my car on ramps i have a floor jack,jack stands, a secondary jack,and i chock the rear tires
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:01 PM   #17
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yes sir, you cant ever be too safe when your underneath a vehicle. whenever i have my car on ramps i have a floor jack,jack stands, a secondary jack,and i chock the rear tires
That's right exactly...+1
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:09 PM   #18
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And don't jack a car up on black or gravel. Because the wheels of the jack will sink in the blacktop,even if it's cold out. Jack stands will do the same thing.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:13 PM   #19
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Hey, for what it's worth....

at least you didn't have to use one of these.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:16 PM   #20
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I found these great jack stands at Tractor Supply. You just jack the car up put the jack stand where you want it and you can continuing jacking it up just like a regular jack. It's 2 in one when you get it up the height you want they have a safety pin you slide in so it can't come down.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:21 PM   #21
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most if not all Craftsman stuff is made in China :(
Try and find any floor jack these days that's not made in china...not so easy. Griot's sells one that's made in spain, and snap-on isnt chinese i would assume....but any others?
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:33 PM   #22
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Try and find any floor jack these days that's not made in china...not so easy. Griot's sells one that's made in spain, and snap-on isnt chinese i would assume....but any others?
yeah... about that...

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Old 02-12-2013, 01:36 PM   #23
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Any good floor jacks that fit under the front end?

I went to use mine on the camaro and realized the front end is too low. I had to pull the tire jack out of the back and do one side at a time.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:56 PM   #24
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I bought a lightweight aluminium craftsman race jack from sears. It came with 4 jackstands and a nice work mat. Cost $400. It worked for less than half a race season. I took it back to the sears for them to warranty it and they said they only warranty hand tools. They couldn't even tell me where to get replacement seals for it. I went to Harbor Freight and bought their "Titanium" brand light weight race jack for $50. The "Crappy Chinese" jack hasn't failed yet in 5 years. I will never buy craftsmen again because of the sears here in town.
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:20 PM   #25
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I bought the same jack and had the same thing happen.I took it apart and put a new oring in it[got it at the local hardware store],been working fine ever since.4 years ago.BTW before i took it apart i called sears and expressed my concernes[BE NICE] because they didn't have a repair kit for it.Told them it was out of warranty.They sent me a $100 gift card.
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