Floor jack recommendations

Da_Raabi

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Jan 19, 2011
1,374
Daytona Beach, FL
My parents got me the HF low profile long reach 2 ton jack for my birthday last year. Its a damn nice jack, and makes it super easy to get under the front cross member with the car lowered 2" on CustomWorks springs.

My only complaint is how fast the jack drops. It uses a little wheel in the top of the handle to open the valve, and when it opens... watch out. It drops crazy fast. You have to be really really careful. I'm not sure why it does this, but other than that issue I love how easy it is to use this jack!
 

xten

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Sep 24, 2014
4,985
Pittsburgh, Pa.
I bought this jack because it fit under my Camaro.
https://store.snapon.com/Short-Chassis-Service-Jacks-2-Ton-Floor-Jack-P823612.aspx
Also put it on Snap-On credit, no interest, and can be serviced by tool rep on the truck. He has parts for it. I would not recommend it. It was expensive, heavy, and hard to pump. I have had another Snap On jack for over 30 years, and it never gave me a problem, but it won't fit under the car. I also have a Blue Point aluminum racing jack that's junk.
 

cadillac_al

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Apr 22, 2015
1,118
Maine
All of these low profile jacks look exactly the same and must be made by the same company. My Arcan was $150 and looks exactly like the $500 Snap On and the $75 Harbor Freight jack. They are all 31/2" high to fit under Camaros. They are awesome on cement floors but suck outside in the dirt. The dirt gets in those piston springs and makes them stick. I am looking for a good old style jack for use outside.
 

70lt1z28

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Oct 3, 1999
5,027
Beavercreek, Ohio, USA
Just bought the son-in-law a HF Daytona for Christmas. Seems pretty good so far. Basically a Snap-on FJ200 knock-off. It does what its supposed to so far, but I'll hold back the recommended for awhile to see how it holds up.
Myself I've got a Sears Craftsman that I got for a present from my folks in 1980. It hasn't missed a lick and I use it for everything, including going so far as to use it to jack tree stumps out of the yard. It isn't low profile or fast pump or anything. Never did the first thing to maintain it. I'd buy another if Sears was still selling them.
 

budro6968

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Apr 2, 2016
4,183
Jax Florida
All of these low profile jacks look exactly the same and must be made by the same company. My Arcan was $150 and looks exactly like the $500 Snap On and the $75 Harbor Freight jack. They are all 31/2" high to fit under Camaros. They are awesome on cement floors but suck outside in the dirt. The dirt gets in those piston springs and makes them stick. I am looking for a good old style jack for use outside.
Most are made in China. The snap on jack is too. It is assembled and tested in the USA. I bought this Craftsman in the early 90's. It made a pop noise one time years ago but never leaked. I put trans fluid in occasionally and now it will slowly drop with weight on it. It might be able to be rebuilt but I can't complain for as much as I have used and abused it. Like leave it outside for months.
 

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cadillac_al

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Apr 22, 2015
1,118
Maine
Most are made in China. The snap on jack is too. It is assembled and tested in the USA. I bought this Craftsman in the early 90's. It made a pop noise one time years ago but never leaked. I put trans fluid in occasionally and now it will slowly drop with weight on it. It might be able to be rebuilt but I can't complain for as much as I have used and abused it. Like leave it outside for months.

That is a good jack. That is like my old one that I could use outside. Mine got bent sideways from jacking on side hills. It still works but not so good. I may have to straighten it better if I can't find another one.
 

xten

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Sep 24, 2014
4,985
Pittsburgh, Pa.
I bought this jack because it fit under my Camaro.
https://store.snapon.com/Short-Chassis-Service-Jacks-2-Ton-Floor-Jack-P823612.aspx
Also put it on Snap-On credit, no interest, and can be serviced by tool rep on the truck. He has parts for it. I would not recommend it. It was expensive, heavy, and hard to pump. I have had another Snap On jack for over 30 years, and it never gave me a problem, but it won't fit under the car. I also have a Blue Point aluminum racing jack that's junk.
Forgot to mention I still have to pick up on a fender to get it under my Camaro. I forgot that part until 2 days ago when I was putting the 12 bolt in.
 

flht99b

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Nov 28, 2014
842
Knoxville, TN
My parents got me the HF low profile long reach 2 ton jack for my birthday last year. Its a damn nice jack, and makes it super easy to get under the front cross member with the car lowered 2" on CustomWorks springs.

My only complaint is how fast the jack drops. It uses a little wheel in the top of the handle to open the valve, and when it opens... watch out. It drops crazy fast. You have to be really really careful. I'm not sure why it does this, but other than that issue I love how easy it is to use this jack!
Bought the same jack about 2 years ago. All my late model cars needed a lower, extended reach jack. So far so good but yes you have to be careful with the wheel when releasing. Heavy as hell but rolls great and does the job. Also have a 3 ton Chinese jack I bought in the 80's that is still going strong. It too weighs a ton.
 




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