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Old 08-03-2013, 08:41 AM   #1
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What Low Profile, Lightweight jack are you guys using?

So I plan to lower the Camaro on some Pfadt drop springs, but my jack is already maxed out as far as being able to jack up the Camaro... so what kind of lightweight, low profile jacks are you guys using? I've looked around before and it seemed that most of the Craftsman's have a terrible reputation, and while I considered just going to Harbor Freight, I've always been a big proponent of you get what you pay for...

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Old 08-03-2013, 08:53 AM   #2
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I personally use a scissor Jack
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Old 08-03-2013, 08:58 AM   #3
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Harbor freight has great jacks. I have one of their aluminum 1.5ton jacks. That one is awesome! Wait for it to go on sale. I also have their steel low profile 2.5ton. Very heavy but nice as well. You really won't need a low profile unless you are really slammed.
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Old 08-03-2013, 09:00 AM   #4
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I have a harbor freight jack it outlasted my craftsman but some of their stuff is crap
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Old 08-03-2013, 09:07 AM   #5
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Starting to consider the HF...
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Old 08-03-2013, 09:14 AM   #6
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I just bought the 4 ton HF jack. The thing is massive.
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Old 08-03-2013, 09:24 AM   #7
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I'm away from home right now but I think mine is a pittsburgh tools rapid-lift 3 ton low profile...works great only cost me $99..bought from HF
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Old 08-03-2013, 10:01 AM   #8
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I have an aluminum racing jack from OTC, but also some 3" race ramps that will allow a bulkier jack to be used.
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Old 08-03-2013, 10:02 AM   #9
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No one really makes a "good" jack anymore. I don't have much trust in any of them... All Chinese made junk.

Anyone know if it's even possible to get a quality USA-made jack anymore? I hear even Snap On floor jacks are Chinese now.
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Old 08-03-2013, 10:19 AM   #10
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I also have the Pittsburgh Tools low-profile, quick-lift 3 ton jack from Harbor Freight. $125 I think.

I've used it like 10 times now since October '12. One of the few I could find low enough to get under the car. Seems good.
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Old 08-03-2013, 01:37 PM   #11
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No one really makes a "good" jack anymore. I don't have much trust in any of them... All Chinese made junk.

Anyone know if it's even possible to get a quality USA-made jack anymore? I hear even Snap On floor jacks are Chinese now.
I know you can get a USA built motorcycle jack...
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Old 08-03-2013, 02:35 PM   #12
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I got the 2 ton aluminum racing jack from harbor freight today... seems pretty solid. They had a low profile one, but it was heavy as sh*t and didn't look as stout.
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Old 08-03-2013, 02:49 PM   #13
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I have a Sears one that's been getting it done for me for a few years.
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Old 08-03-2013, 04:37 PM   #14
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I've got an old Craftsman 3 ton that's been working for probably 15 years. Never one single problem with it.
Unfortunately it doesn't fit under the ZL1, so I bought this 2 ton aluminum jack from HF. I think I paid $29 for a 1 year warranty too. So far so good with it, used it twice in the last month.
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Old 08-04-2013, 06:40 PM   #15
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I have the Harbor Freight low profile jack. the best jack that I have ever bought.
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Old 08-10-2013, 06:35 AM   #16
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Do NOT buy the duralast low profile jack... mine started leaking hydraulic fluid after about three years.... It's no longer safe to use.
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Old 08-10-2013, 08:23 AM   #17
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I bought an aluminum low profile jack from Sears. It was on sale and if they would had a second one I'd have bought that too It's a nice piece of kit.
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Old 08-10-2013, 09:16 AM   #18
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Every "race jack" I've owned has been a piece of junk. I picked up this one a few years back and it works great on super low vehicles (it could get under my 4th gen TA which was lowered 1.5"). It also works great on my ZL1 and TB SS. Long reach, lifts up very high and is strong but heavy. Costco also sells it.

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...5429_200345429
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Old 08-13-2013, 11:10 AM   #19
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No one really makes a "good" jack anymore. I don't have much trust in any of them... All Chinese made junk.

Anyone know if it's even possible to get a quality USA-made jack anymore? I hear even Snap On floor jacks are Chinese now.
U.S. Jack and Milwaukee Hydraulics still make USA made jacks and jackstands.

Hein Werner now offers a USA made jack and jack stands as well.

The only good "race" jacks that will last are the true racing jacks used by real race teams, and they are not cheap at all.

Lot of your imported jacks use cheap seals and the majority of their failures are from leakage. Usually they can be brought to a good hydraulic shop and rebuilt using better o-rings and etc to beef them up.
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Old 10-27-2013, 10:41 PM   #20
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My craftsman aluminum jack is a leaker. Time for a harbor freight low profile jack.
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Old 10-30-2013, 05:33 PM   #21
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I use a light low profile jack with my car and it works great
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Old 10-30-2013, 06:16 PM   #22
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I bought a Pittsburg 4ton jack from harbor freight. It is not low profile. It does not make it under my car. I cut a plank into 2- 2' pieces to get more clearance under my car. Works great now. I also have a set of rhino ramps I use as well
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Old 11-03-2013, 04:30 PM   #23
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I just got a 3 ton low profile steel jack from harbor Freight the other day. Used it when I changed my 20's to 18" heritage wheels on Saturday for the winter, Works great.
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Old 11-04-2013, 12:06 PM   #24
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Picked up this 1.5 ton race jack at HF for $69.00 four or five months ago. I've only used it a few times but so far so good. It easily fits anywhere I need under my 1.25 inch lowered beast.
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Old 12-25-2013, 07:19 AM   #25
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I have quite a few hydraulic jacks...some I bought over 40 years ago...Blackhawk, Craftsman, Lincoln, OTC, HF...and have never had a leak or failure...
one of the 1st things I did was take apart the cylinder and clean it real good...add new hydraulic fluid...
I bought one of the HF $59 aluminum jacks that I keep in my truck, and havnt had time to do that one yet...
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