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Best floor jack for the money?

Need a new floor jack, what do you guys have good experience with?

Not a big fan of Craftsman jacks, the seals on their 3 ton steel jacks tend to leak after a couple years, on my own jack and a few friends. I've also seen several of their aluminum jacks get stuck in the up position, which I'm sure isn't fun. They also don't sell rebuild kits, which obviously doesn't help.

Budget is around $100. Looking for a ~2-3 ton jack, steel or alum. doesn't matter, although aluminum would be easier to move around.

I've heard good things about Harbor Freights floor jacks but can't bring myself to buy one confidently, unless they're really get the job done reliably. If you do have a HF jack, which one? I'm assuming a steel HF one would be more durable than an alum. one.

BTW, this will be used mostly on passenger cars (~3k lbs), with the occasional mini-van. No SUV's/trucks.

What do you guys use and recommend?

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i have a 2 ton craftsman that i got from sears on a sale. it was $30/40 or so bucks...i dont remember. but, had it for several years and have no complaints. but i use it every now and then. its NOT in the daily grind. so not sure if wear and tear applies here.

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Those ones that come in the plastic carrying case? My mom bought one for $20 about 4 yrs ago on Black Friday. Somehow disappeared though when I went looking for it last week. That thing was pretty strong, but now they're about $45-50. For a few bucks more, I wouldn't mind something more low profile and lift higher than 15".

Was looking at this, 3" to 20" lifting range, 2.5 ton steel jack:
http://www.harborfreight.com/rapid-p...ack-68049.html

Something with longer than a 90 day warranty, especially through HF would be nice though.

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Those ones that come in the plastic carrying case? My mom bought one for $20 about 4 yrs ago on Black Friday. Somehow disappeared though when I went looking for it last week. That thing was pretty strong, but now they're about $45-50. For a few bucks more, I wouldn't mind something more low profile and lift higher than 15".

Was looking at this, 3" to 20" lifting range, 2.5 ton steel jack:
http://www.harborfreight.com/rapid-p...ack-68049.html

Something with longer than a 90 day warranty, especially through HF would be nice though.
yup...thats it. that one looks u postd looks good but i have no exp with that brand. the link i added is almost identical to the one i have. and its very portable. id recommend it.
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I have a 3 ton sears, I've been using for 5 years. 5 years of hard use, and the seal finally has gone.


I wouldn't buy a "chinese" design jack.


Either go with a Sears jack,or go to Napa and get a $250 and up professional floor jack.
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My parents had that exact same one, and I used it more than them. Its a real good jack for the money, and probably what I'll end up getting if I find nothing else better.

See, now I wonder if something like a Kobalt would be the same thing, just re-branded. $20 cheaper too.
http://www.lowes.com/pd_87805-33680-...=#BVRRWidgetID

I like the idea of a portable jack, but will probably buy one a bit more heavy duty to replace my 3 ton Craftsman in the future.
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I have a 3 ton sears, I've been using for 5 years. 5 years of hard use, and the seal finally has gone.


I wouldn't buy a "chinese" design jack.


Either go with a Sears jack,or go to Napa and get a $250 and up professional floor jack.
My 3 ton Sears' seals blew after 3 years of good use, which is what I'm trying to find a replacement for. A portable 2 ton jack will do for the time being until I could afford something better than the 3 ton Sears jack, not quite something like a $250 professional jack, but close to the $200 range in a few months.

Need something affordable for the time being, <$75 would be ideal.

I am hesitant to buy something like a floor jack from HF.
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i dont think you can lose with either one (craftsman or kobalt.) the craftsman may have a better warranty...idk tho.
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My 3 ton Sears' seals blew after 3 years of good use, which is what I'm trying to find a replacement for. A portable 2 ton jack will do for the time being until I could afford something better than the 3 ton Sears jack, not quite something like a $250 professional jack, but close to the $200 range in a few months.

Need something affordable for the time being, <$75 would be ideal.

I am hesitant to buy something like a floor jack from HF.

I plan on buying new seals for my jack and rebuilding it.


look on ebay for a sears jack. I always see one come up for really cheap. I missed out on 2 3 ton jacks in wisconsin for 20 bucks each. and it had the jack stands.
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Sears Craftsman have had several manufacturers over the years. Some are better than others. My 2.5 ton is over 35 years old an works perfect to this day.

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I wish tools were made to the same quality as before. It sucks but I have a feeling 90% of these floor jacks are now manufactured somewhere in China and then just distributed and branded for the different stores.

I'm just going to go with a small 2 ton jack and use that with my ramps until I get my hands on a GOOD quality jack.
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If you're looking for really good quality see if you can find a used Lincoln jack. I think they are $400 or so new though. The ones at my work have seen heavy use for probably 20 years with zero problems. They even survived a bad fire and are still going strong .
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Since I am a baller , I use a Snap-on.
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Where did you say your shop was again?
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I have been through 3 or 4 sears craftsmans in the past 3 or 4 years. Never again. I have heard good things about the ones from murrays/oreillys auto.
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It gets locked away in a safe every night.
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http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...3500_200313500

If you need more capacity.
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...Product%20Page

They are all mfgd in the same place.

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+1 on Lincolns. We had a 5 ton one at the place I used to work at. Had no problems side-jacking a suburban to put running boards or replace the wheels on.

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I had a U.S. made Craftsman for 15 years (bought early 1980's)'til my Chgo. garage got broken into. Thieves tool everything (tools, compressor, mower and more). I replaced the jack with another Craftsman in 1995 and still using the same jack today with no problem. I'm not sure how reliable the new Craftsman nowadays. I also have those small cheap Track Auto hydraulic floor jack since 1990 for light use and still works fine.
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That first one looks like one they sold at Sam's club. I'm not sure if they still sell it though.

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I can't remember when I got my first sears jack. It might have been even in the late 1990s. And it was still made in China. But built with sears specs, assuming they got good quality control.
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