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Old 03-16-2011, 06:44 PM   #1
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what kind of jack for garage?

Ok so I'm working on getting my needed tools for the garage. I have the basics down for hand tools. What I need now is a jack. I bought some stands and a floor jack yesterday only to find out that the jack doesn't go that high.

So I checked out northern tool for jacks and I'm stuck on deciding what kind of jack to get. Do I get a floor jack that will lift up to 21" or a hi-lift jack to go 47" to get the jeep on stands when needed?

My first main project it diff fluid change and rear brakes replacement. I know I don't need a jack to do the diff fluid, but want put the jeep up on stands for the rear brakes for adjustment reasons. Plus while I have it up on jacks I can fo the diffs with ease. Next project will be a lift (wifey willing).

So, what kind of jack does anyone suggest?

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Old 03-16-2011, 07:37 PM   #2
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I wouldn't trust a hi lift jack but that's just me. I have a craftsman floor jack but I don't know what inch reach it has. I use a solid block of wood on it for extra height, the block is rectangular so basically I can lay it flat for about 8" extra or stand it up on end for about 14". A block of wood is cheaper than a new floor jack .

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i dont trust hilifts i had it shoot out from my jeep as i was placing my jack stand under it the jeep landed on the rotors and just about took my foot with it and this all was on flat concrete floors. get the craftsman and a 2x6 and hack it in to 10 inch long pieces cant beat it
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I got this set from Sears a couple of weeks ago when it was on sale for $99 shipped:

Sears: Online department store featuring appliances, tools, fitness equipment and more

It seems to go on sale a couple times a year at least. The creeper isn't the sturdiest ever, but I'm like 135 soaking wet so it's not a problem for me. Someone a fair bit heavier might want to buy one of their better creepers
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I've used my KOBALT 3 ton, which is really cool cause it lifts 21" and has instant "rise" without load-

That and my HiLift are unbeatable !!

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You wont need a hilift for anything you will be doing in the garage. A nice floor jack will get you just about everywhere you need to go.
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I use mine all the time in/outta garage-depends on your needs/ability/reasons-


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You wont need a hilift for anything you will be doing in the garage. A nice floor jack will get you just about everywhere you need to go.
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My grandfather used a hi-lift for everything in the garage minus tranny drops and other floor jack only jobs. I'm just thinking of future uses. If a decent 21" floor jack is enough to get me onto 21" stands, then cool.

Pockets are needing to be filled back up again so I need to make sure that what it get will suffice for a while.
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Just out of curiousity, what do you use your hilift on inside of the garage? We have done some pretty extensive work on my jeep and have never came across the need for a hilift.
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Rotate tires using the sliders-one lift with the HiJack, in the middle each side-


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Just out of curiousity, what do you use your hilift on inside of the garage? We have done some pretty extensive work on my jeep and have never came across the need for a hilift.
Lift body for setting suspension bumpstops and checking swaybar flex clearance, while turning front wheels-

Checking rear swaybar flex to ensure shock adj clearance-

Moving off-road trailer back and forth-rearend first--

Heh Heh moving gun safe over 2'-

Got more, but not right off the top of my head !

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Rotate tires using the sliders-one lift with the HiJack, in the middle each side-




Lift body for setting suspension bumpstops and checking swaybar flex clearance, while turning front wheels-

Checking rear swaybar flex to ensure shock adj clearance-

Moving off-road trailer back and forth-rearend first--

Heh Heh moving gun safe over 2'-

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Fair enough...although if need be, this is still possible with a floor jack. I wouldnt trust rotating my tires that way though

I was just assuming that OP was only looking for one jack for the time being, so I figured that a floor jack was his best bet.
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I have this one: 2-1/4 Ton Heavy Duty Floor Jack and it does a great job.
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Fair enough...although if need be, this is still possible with a floor jack. I wouldnt trust rotating my tires that way though

I was just assuming that OP was only looking for one jack for the time being, so I figured that a floor jack was his best bet.
Looking for feedback really. I don't know much about floor jacks, other than the fact that I already got the wrong one. And I know hi-lifts can be dangerous. But I'm also not entirely wild about placing a block of wood on the jack to get more "s out of it. Its not that I am worried that the wood will split, its more of the added instability now.

I'm checking out the links provided, but I also have a tight budget right now.
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get yourself a nice floor jack craftsman makes some nice pro-models, mine has a sadle hight of 37 inches when raised
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get yourself a nice floor jack craftsman makes some nice pro-models, mine has a sadle hight of 37 inches when raised
Got a model number I can look up?
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Looking for feedback really. I don't know much about floor jacks, other than the fact that I already got the wrong one. And I know hi-lifts can be dangerous. But I'm also not entirely wild about placing a block of wood on the jack to get more "s out of it. Its not that I am worried that the wood will split, its more of the added instability now.

I'm checking out the links provided, but I also have a tight budget right now.
I never trust a jack on its own, ever, except for rotating the tires. Any time I am jacking something up, I am jacking it high enough to place jack stands in. I will jack it up as high as I need and find a place to put jack stands in to hold it at that height.
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I have a 2.25 ton floor jack and 4 oversize jack stands. To do a 4 tire rotation on my old truck, I used all of them. A 5 tire rotation on the Jeep only needs the floor jack. Much better.
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Figures... way out of my price range.
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I never trust a jack on its own, ever, except for rotating the tires. Any time I am jacking something up, I am jacking it high enough to place jack stands in. I will jack it up as high as I need and find a place to put jack stands in to hold it at that height.
Neither do I. I already have stands but need a Jack to get it up on those stands.
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Anyone have any opinions on Torin floor jacks? I'm looking at this one, but do not know much about the brand - Advance Auto Parts: 3.5-Ton Garage Jack by Torin - Part T83012_____

Also, my Wrangler is raised 4" and I need floor jacks. I'm not certain what kind to get so any recommendations would be appreciated.

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My .02 here:
Personally, I think of a High Lift jack only as an off road emergency jack. An off road pulling device. A superb pry bar. They are great for jacking up a jeep & moving it over a foot at a time. You simply jack it way up there & push the jeep in the direction you want your jeep to go. Hi lifts are very very dangerous & should be used with great caution. I love having mine mounted to my jeep at all times, wouldn't go out W/O it.

I would never use it in the garage. Get a good quality floor jack. The bigger, the better. Deffinately get one that raises to full extension (or contact with vehicle) with one stroke of the handle.

I bought a pretty expensive craftsman floor jack, not the pro line, brought it home & tried to jack up my F250 with it. I thought the handle on this thing was going to break. I took it back, they told me it must have been defective & they swapped it out. I took the new one out to the parking lot, checked the fluid & proceeded to attempt to jack up my truck. No go.
I went in & got the salesman. He came out & tried to jack it up. He couldn't believe it was so hard to jack up. I got my money back & went to Sams & got one. I love it. It's a 3 ton jack & lifts my truck with ease.

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I have a 12 ton 'bottle jack' hydraulic jack stored in the back of my jeep...and it has been used more than my hilift jack on the trails. As long as you can get it under the axle, you can lift any vehicle high enough to take off a tire and get jackstands or blocks under it. Takes a bit of cranking sometimes but it's very efficient. Used it in the driveway to get my jeep completely off the ground, all 4 tires in the air for something we had to do...can't remember-and we had 6x6 blocks 18" long stacked under it. One side of the axle at a time although it is strong enough to lift the entire end centered on the differential housing. It fits in the 'trunk' area of my rubicon right inside the tailgate-I have a small bungee that holds it right in place. Used on the trails many times when someone was hung up on rocks and a hilift wouldn't get them up.
Watched some yahoos change a tire on the trail with a hilift, lifting off the siderail...and they went the full height of the hilift before they were able to get the tire on...because of the 'flex' of the front axle as they went up-it went down. My bottle jack under the front axle would have been easy and faster...
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Thanks for all the feedback everyone. I ended up getting this jack on Saturday before I did all my work on the jeep that day.

Torin Big Red SUV Floor Jack, 3 1/2-Ton, Model# T83014 | Floor Jacks | Northern Tool + Equipment

It works well, and I like it.

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