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Old 05-19-2013, 01:41 PM   #1
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Floor jack opinions, recommendations ?

I will be buying my Wrangler soon, Sport 2 door. I was about to buy a floor jack combo kit today, killer price but it was only a 2.5 ton. I'm sure Ill need at least a 3 ton jack and stands. I also need to make sure the jack will raise high enough to get the wheels off the ground so I can do all my own oil chg, tire rotation, etc. Can anyone recommend a solid floor jack and stands I can use ? Thanks !

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Old 05-19-2013, 01:53 PM   #2
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X2. Harbor Freight floor jack.
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I got a three ton jack at Lowes for about $45, my JKU weighs in at about 4400lbs which I figure means that if I lift one end up, I've got a bit over a ton sitting on a jack rated for three.
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Safety first... research where its manufactured before making your decision.

If you want a good hydraulic floor jack and stands, look at Hein Werner.

The heritage can be traced back to the original Walker brand used by many automotive service centers and professionals.

I have an original Walker I bought new in the 70's.

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Old 05-19-2013, 02:17 PM   #6
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Harbor Freight high lift floor jack and 6 ton jack stands.
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I live by a harbor freight in Pittsburgh Pa. I liken them to the dollar store, am I wrong ? I thought their stuff was garbage ? Just an opinion based on things people say, I've been in there, haven't bought anything though. Is it quality stuff that's just super cheap ?
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$500.00 plus for a Hein-Werner floor jack, yikes ! I bet it's the best but way over my budget.
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Honestly, Harbor Freight is hit and miss as far as quality. I got an air compressor from there that crapped out on me in about 6 months. Then again, I've bought a lot of hand tools and miscellaneous stuff there and it is just as good as the name brand stuff. Honestly, I liken it to shopping at Save-a-Lot vs. Kroger. You can save money and find comparable, quality products there, however if you know what you really want and all, spend the extra on what appears to be the superior product.
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Old 05-19-2013, 03:16 PM   #10
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$500.00 plus for a Hein-Werner floor jack, yikes ! I bet it's the best but way over my budget.
How much is your group medical plan deductible? ...

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Lol, good point !!! I don't plan on getting under the rig without jack stands and ramps under it but heck yea you make a killer point !!
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Lol, good point !!! I don't plan on getting under the rig without jack stands and ramps under it but heck yea you make a killer point !!
Pun intended? Lol
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How much is your group medical plan deductible? ...

pay me now, pay me later...

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I wouldn't get under my jeep even if it was on a $500 jack, as long as the jack stands you're using are rated for the weight being used it doesn't matter what brand.
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Great info, thanks !!
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Ive been using something like this (from NAPA) for a couple years...
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My goal is to use floor ramps for oil changes so I'll be safe there ( jack stands under the front for extra protection ) and use the floor jack under one wheel at a time to put the jeep up on jack stands and do tire rotations. What do you think about a 2 ton floor jack for this type of use ? Or do I have to use nothing less than less than a 3 ton floor jack ?
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I've had this jack for about 10 years now. It's never let me down. Before this one I had a jack I bought from Pep Boys for $100. After resealing it twice I gave it away.

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My goal is to use floor ramps for oil changes so I'll be safe there ( jack stands under the front for extra protection ) and use the floor jack under one wheel at a time to put the jeep up on jack stands and do tire rotations. What do you think about a 2 ton floor jack for this type of use ? Or do I have to use nothing less than less than a 3 ton floor jack ?
A jack under the pumpkin is only picking up half the vehicle weight.
A 2 ton is fine.
Getting larger is never a bad thing though, especially if you are going to work on other vehicles.
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IMHO, a floor jack is something that your gonna have for a long time, maybe forever. Buy the best, biggest and baddest you can afford. It will pay off in spades when your still using it 15-20 yrs from now. I have an old Craftsman 3.5 ton handed down to me from my Dad. Lord only knows how long he had it. Hell I've had it 10 yrs myself. Still works perfect. I wont even mention your life, and always have a jack stand under the rig when your under it.
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Any opinions on these two sets ?
My goal is to use floor ramps for oil changes so I'll be safe there ( jack stands under the front for extra protection ) and use the floor jack under one wheel at a time to put the jeep up on jack stands and do tire rotations.

Big Red 10 PC Combo Garage Kit | Product Details | Pep Boys $69.99

Big Red 3 Ton Garage Jack Combo | Product Details | Pep Boys $89.99
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Any opinions on these two sets ?
My goal is to use floor ramps for oil changes so I'll be safe there ( jack stands under the front for extra protection ) and use the floor jack under one wheel at a time to put the jeep up on jack stands and do tire rotations.

Big Red 10 PC Combo Garage Kit | Product Details | Pep Boys $69.99

Big Red 3 Ton Garage Jack Combo | Product Details | Pep Boys $89.99
Do they come with a crash helmet?

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^^^^ What he said.
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There are places to skimp on money. But if it something that can get me really messed up I spend money.

Jacks
Jack stands
Brakes
Steering etc.

Those things are not where you need to be saving a couple dollars, it literally saves you at every use.

I know it sounds like overkill, but I used to be one of those guys to fix any problem on otr trucks and under 60k lb trailers for a living. Buy the good stuff so you never have to worry.
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^^^^ What he said too!
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:12 AM   #26
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Well said, point taken, thanks guys !
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I don't see the point in spending $500 on a floor jack. If you're under the vehicle when it is being jacked up that's just natural selection cleaning up the gene pool. That type of person doesn't need to be breeding anyways. Save the money for some nice jack stands
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I don't see the point in spending $500 on a floor jack. If you're under the vehicle when it is being jacked up that's just natural selection cleaning up the gene pool. That type of person doesn't need to be breeding anyways. Save the money for some nice jack stands
I agree!
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Well said, point taken, thanks guys !
OK .. Let's look at this from another perspective. I can see you're new to oil changes.

First off, you don't need all this stuff to change the oil and rotate the tires. Just crawl under your Jeep with a bucket and remove the oil pan plug - I've never jacked up a vehicle once in my life to change the oil.

However I've put many on a hydraulic lift, then walked under the vehicle and changed the oil... Not to mention brakes, gas filters, tires and a bunch of other stuff.

Moving on ... after you're done changing the oil with the vehicle sitting firm on the ground, take it down to Big O tires and have them balance and rotate your tires. If you want to be ambitious, buy a good Hein-Werner hydraulic jack and lift each end at a time, remove and change the tire as you rotate the spare into the mix.

To remove the lugs, loosen them on the ground and then a few pumps with a Hein-Werner jack under the axle takes maybe 3 minutes to lift, remove and install the other tire. Repeat at each corner. Simple as that.

I've never crawled underneath a vehicle to change a tire or to remove and replace brakes - but that's me and how I worked on vehicles in a service station and in my garage.

Remember, you still need to crawl under the vehicle to position jack stands correctly while sitting on a hydraulic jack, especially in the rear. You can maybe stretch your arm underneath and keep your head out from underneath the vehicle - but I would want to make sure you get those stands in the right position.

Hence the need for a crash helmet if you buy a $50.00 hydraulic jack.

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