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Jack Stands - What rating?

What rating of jack stands do you guys use/recommend?

I've got the standard 2 ton jack stands (Craftsman)...but with my Vette up on stands, I'd feel safer if I had better stands. Those old cars weigh a lot.

I'm thinking of going Craftsman 4 ton jack stands (though the fine print says they're rated as a pair, not individually).

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Will 4 ton be enough, or should I pony up and go 6 ton to be safe?

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2 tons = 4000 lbs

a 70s vette is around 3400 lbs so you would be plenty fine with 2 ton stands. I personally have 3 ton stands. You definately don't need 6 ton stands.

You do know you should always use 4 jack stands, right? And not just two

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I cant see why you would need more than two pairs of two ton stands for a vette .
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I have used 2 ton stands all my life and yet to have failure. I have made mistakes on where I placed them but not the stands fault.

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Re: Jack Stands - What rating?

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get (4) 3 ton jack stands from sears. You dont need anything bigger. get a good jack from sears or Nappa. Nappa will be a lot more money thou.
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Should be good with 2 ton stands. I had a '94 Mustang on a set of 4 for abt 6 months and no failure.

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What rating of jack stands do you guys use/recommend?

I've got the standard 2 ton jack stands (Craftsman)...but with my Vette up on stands, I'd feel safer if I had better stands. Those old cars weigh a lot.
I just use 2 ton jackstands for cars. Those old cars aren't as heavy as you think, since they're missing all the electronics and safety crap that makes new cars so heavy.
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just use the standard 2 ton stands, they are way under rated for their failure weight because of the liabililty a company making them would incur

I use 2 ton stands with my dakota when ever i need to do work under it

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you know i always dont lay under cars pulling a trans out with my bare hands, but when i do...i drink dos XX, stay thirty my friends.
I want to look, dress, and most likely smell like that guy when I get older.


Thanks for the replies folks. I actually have 8, 2 1/4 ton Craftsman jack stands (I own 4, and just recently a friend gave me his 4). Since we're having this garage sale now, I'm going to sell 4 of them and pickup some 3 ton stands from Sears. I prefer to be a little on the safe side.

Totally understand the liability thing. I read somewhere that they engineer up to 5 times the weight limit they advertise into them for that reason, though who knows if that's true.

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I was debating how big of stands to get for my Chevy 1500 (the 6 ton had a lot more height) and my boss (at an auto parts store) said..."dude your truck's only what, a half ton? Even the smallest ones are good to 2 tons".......all I could do was walk away.

Baseballdz (5:14:48 PM): i went to take a piss at about midnight and all i hear is bed springs going nuts and teresa squeeling like a fucking pig
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I should add that this was the same guy who came into work one day bundled head to toe. Gloves, scarf, hat, etc. We asked why he was dressed like that. He said "I can't use my heat, I gotta try to save gas dog!"

Baseballdz (5:14:48 PM): i went to take a piss at about midnight and all i hear is bed springs going nuts and teresa squeeling like a fucking pig
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