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Old 07-12-2007, 11:37 AM   #1
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Best Floor Jack options at $150 or less

It seems like one indispensable piece of equipment to make working on one Jeep at home reasonable is the hydraulic floor jack. I have been searching and researching for a while but thought the best advice might be from folks that have spent the money and used them.

Like many, I am not looking to work on my Jeep every weekend, so I can not justify the spending on a commerical quality tool. Also like many, I thought "go to Sears", but after doing some research I have found bad reviews on almost every one of their jacks such as leaking oil and poor performance..even the $100 -> $200 models! So I am still looking. I want a floor jack that will not leak, will work and won't cost an arm and a leg. Some Brands that seem candidates at the top of my price range are Norco and Ranger and the Brand carried by Grainger. What have you guys purchased that work well (lift range, easy pump up & let down, over pump protection, etc.), don't leak and didn't cost over $150?

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Old 07-12-2007, 11:44 AM   #2
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For me, any 3 ton is fine. It can leak all it wants, as long as I can get some jack stands under it first . If I need anything better than that, I pull some strings and get it on a real lift. Just my .02 but as long as you got a good set of jack stands, any relativly reputable 3 ton jack will be plenty.

Hell, my 3ton got stolen, so I spent 30 bucks and got a POS 2ton from advanced. A peice of wood and I was good to go..

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Old 07-12-2007, 12:46 PM   #3
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Sears has $100 for a jack, 2 stands, creeper, and maybe some other small junk a lot of times. Thats what I have and its done a good amount of lifting when I was rebuiling a K5 blazer. Havent seen any leaking yet.
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[QUOTE=JCS05Rubi;102793]For me, any 3 ton is fine. It can leak all it wants, as long as I can get some jack stands under it first . QUOTE]

Wish I was as "free wheeling" as you. I have a long concrete driveway and will not tolerate oil leaks with my vehicles or equipment. I also believe in getting the best tools you can afford. Your approach is probably the better one...but we all have our pet peeves and crappy tools and oil leaks are two of mine.
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Old 07-12-2007, 01:05 PM   #5
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Here ya go, Dave. See what you think of this one.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/MICHE...QQcmdZViewItem

Plenty of possibilities, out there.
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Here ya go, Dave. See what you think of this one.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/MICHE...QQcmdZViewItem

Plenty of possibilities, out there.
22 is not very much if you want to put in some springs in a lifted tj or something like that. if you only want to change the tires it will be enough...
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Old 07-12-2007, 01:25 PM   #7
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22 is not very much if you want to put in some springs in a lifted tj or something like that. if you only want to change the tires it will be enough...
Actually, 22" is better than most I was looking at. I only have a stock Sahara that isn't lifted. Looking to do brakes, shackles, perhaps some new (mild lift) springs...nothing "radical".

I have seen others on this forum mention Michelin jacks. Do you own one? Does it leak? What is your opinion of them? Not certain where it is made but I have read that most of the China and Taiwan stuff is junk, but there are some that use Japanese seals (some Brands I mentioned in my original post have double seals) and don't leak, hold up well, and even have parts available.
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i have two 25" floor jacks. but for putting in the BB they were too small. but i have such a thing, that helped me very much.

http://jeeptj.de/viewer.php?albid=13...e=3&imgid=2189
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I dont have one, so this is merly an option, by why not 4 good stands and buy a hi-lift for the jeep? No oil leaks, you dont have to worry about it being too small later on, and youll have a good peice of equipment for the jeep.
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with a floor jack you also have to use stand. i wouldn´t lie under a car that´s not saved with stands. it´s too dangerous.
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but as long as you got a good set of jack stands, any relativly reputable 3 ton jack will be plenty.
just make sure you get a jack that will lift to the hieght you require, then invest in some good jack stands. Once you get your jeep jacked up, put the stands under it and set them, then let the weight of the vehicle down on to the jack stands, rather than resting on the jack, this will save some wear and tear on your jack, and is alot safer for you and anyone working on the jeep.
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I dont have one, so this is merly an option, by why not 4 good stands and buy a hi-lift for the jeep? No oil leaks, you dont have to worry about it being too small later on, and youll have a good peice of equipment for the jeep.
I appreciate your suggestion...but there is no shortage of options...so I am looking for recommendations based upon actual use. Appears to be a nice jack for the money though..I put it on my watch list.
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that are my 2 floor jacks when i wanted to simulate how the TJ looks after the lift. i needed big pieces of wood over it and the tires are still on the ground.

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that are my 2 floor jacks when i wanted to simulate how the TJ looks after the lift. i needed big pieces of wood over it and the tires are still on the ground.

Been my experience that I lift under the axles, thereby limiting the amount of jacking I need to do. Once you have the axle up, you can sit a jack stand under the frame.

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but if you want to install some other springs you need to lift it much more than a 22" floor jack can do it because the axle will come down that much with disconnected sway bar and track bar.
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Thanks for the replies. Looks like floor jacks around 20" of lift and under are at a far different price points that jacks over 20". Most seem to jump to around 30", are more commercial quality and are hundreds $$ more. So I guess I'll go for the best I can find around 20" and just forget about doing anything that would require more lift.

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