Looking to buy a new car jack.

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  1. Zstar

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    CorkyE and 72zSteve, we three think alike. Had the HF 3 ton low profile steel for 3 years, no issues. On sale with coupon, $135.
     
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    I have been looking at the HF jacks, but have been undecided between the models. the only difference being the height they go to. 20 vs 24
     
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    The 24 is a longer reach and wider too. Wider means more stable.
     
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    Same one I have in yellow. Heavy duty.
     
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    Check out the sale going on at HF now. Item 56617 for $99.00 others for 119.00. With coupon. https://www.harborfreight.com/ Just about everything is made in China anyway. USA made is nice if you can afford it.
     
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    You have a 1.5 ton (3000 pound) jack. That's plenty to lift a 3600 pound car, because you are never lifting close to 3000 pounds (unless you found the exact weight center and lift the entire car) because two wheels are always on the ground.

    Why? Because if you have 2 wheels still on the ground, you are only lifting up to 75% of the vehicles total weight.

    My 1.5 ton aluminum jack that I paid $99.95 for about 20 years ago is still functioning fine. It's lifted my '64 GTO, Mrs. Champ's '72 Camaro, our '81 Chev C10, and all our current and regular vehicles over the last 20 years - many that are more than 3600 pounds but under 4,000. I've never attempted to use my 1.5 ton jack on the '49 limo to lift more than 1 wheel at a time as it weighs 5500 pounds.

    Your inexpensive jack failed. That happens.

    But I wouldn't use this as an excuse to buy a 3 ton jack unless you are planning to work on much heavier vehicles (a 3 ton can safely lift a 12,000 pound vehicle). It might be worth going to a 2 ton unit if that makes you feel better/safer as that would allow you to lift a 2.5 ton vehicle safely.
     
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    I've been using a Pittsburgh low profile jack from Harbor Freight for the last 5 years with zero issues. Lifts my extended cab Silverado 1500 with ease. No problems getting under anything I own.
     
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    Thanks! I have plenty of options now. I will be checking them all out
     
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