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Author Topic:   Aluminum Jacks - good or bad brands/experiences?
Steph
Member
posted May 17, 2001 11:11 AM
We REALLY need to get an aluminum pit jack - or at least a 3-6 pump jack... doesn't have to be aluminum. I'm looking at lower cost brands, or even used ones.

Does anyone have any good or bad experiences with certain brands or makes?

Thanks for any tips!

jammin
Administrator
posted May 17, 2001 01:43 PM
Steph, we are working on testing a new steel jack that will be approximately a 3-4 pump version. I will update you on the quality and the use of it. The price of the jack will be in the neighborhood of 200.00 and will be sold online on the HRS Applications website.

jammin

Mod 78
Member
posted May 17, 2001 03:18 PM
The book says it is 85 lbs. Our team has been looking for an alternative. Of course your going to sacrifice some weight for the price, but if it works correctly, and does the job, it would be well worth it to our team. I personally have a little more faith in steel and wouldnt want to drag a 500 or 600 dollar jack around in the dirt. But we feel it will be beneficial for weekend racers and give everyone an alternative to those high dollar jacks.


jammin

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Steph
Member
posted May 17, 2001 04:42 PM
It does sound like a good alernative (and I knew you all were working on it).

Any timelines on availability yet? Or, how would you like another team to test it for you?

jammin
Administrator
posted May 17, 2001 04:47 PM
Steph, our team will be testing it in the next few weeks, if it works as it is supposed to it will be available then. We want to pressure test it to make sure that it is what everyone needs.

jammin

Limited5
Member
posted May 17, 2001 05:39 PM
I have a Craftsman jack and I love it. It takes 1 pump to reach contact height and then jacks normally from there. Got 2 free jackstands with it too! It was $99 and guaranteed for life.


bkap
Member
posted May 17, 2001 06:07 PM
Limited 5. Which Craftsman jack is that? 1 1/2 ton? I used a Craftsman jack in the pits for years before we either forgot to load it up after the races, it fell out of the trailer or was stolen when we stopped for dinner on the way home. They don't make that style any longer.

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Steph
Member
posted May 18, 2001 09:19 AM
We have two normal floor jacks, and then what they call a "handy man" jack. That thing is dangerous! But, it's quick! We're looking to replace one of the floor jacks - they just take too long... it's like 25 pumps to get to height.

Regarding aluminum jacks, anyone have one of the cheaper brands, like around $500-$600? I'm thinking you get what you pay for and I'm worried that it will break down within one season, so I'm hesitant and may wait for jammin's results.

Even I am capable of lifting our floor jacks in and out of the trailer, so the weight thing doesn't bother me as much as the number of pumps.... so I'm really interested in the one you are testing jammin'. Hope it turns out to be a good product!

jammin
Administrator
posted May 19, 2001 07:58 AM
Thanks for the interest Steph, we will let everyone know. It is going to have to live up to our standards to be considered.
One other thing is that this is a 3 ton jack. So, if you need to use it for something a little heavier, it will work for ya. Stay tuned.

jammin


Steph
Member
posted July 13, 2001 11:34 AM
I've stayed tuned.... any word yet Jammin'?


team28
Member
posted July 25, 2001 05:23 PM
Oreilly Auto Parts sells an AC Delco brand 3ton floor jack that takes 8 pumps to reach full height, about 200 bucks I think. Jammin let us know how the test goes, if I can get a 4 pump I'll buy it.


jammin
Administrator
posted July 25, 2001 06:19 PM
I will let everyone know....I have been covered up here guys, sorry for the wait.

jammin


Steph
Member
posted March 17, 2002 10:41 PM
Did anything ever come out of this?


jammin
Administrator
posted March 18, 2002 09:00 AM
Steph, we did get a jack and test it out. The jack works fine. It will get one tire off of the ground in five pumps. On our mod, it will get both rear tires off the ground in 10 pumps. The jack has is wide and long, it will lift very high. I have used it on dirt, and have been impressed with it. The major drawback is that it is really heavy. Its about 80 lbs. It is a little larger than a normal floor jack, but it is high quality and seems to work very well. The weight doesnt bother me that much as long as you pull it around on some semi hard ground, it pulls very easily and isnt too hard to move. Let me know what you think.

jammin


Steph
Member
posted March 18, 2002 11:31 AM
What's the price? Does it take a lot of force to work it? Do you actually recommend it, or does it "just work okay" for you?

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jammin
Administrator
posted March 18, 2002 11:34 AM
Gonna run about 215 plus shipping...


Steph
Member
posted March 18, 2002 11:36 AM
Sorry, was editing while you were answering.
Is there a website where I can view the details? Brand name, etc.?


jammin
Administrator
posted March 18, 2002 01:33 PM
Steph, I was looking thru here, I might have made a mistake in the one I ordered and tried, let me get back with ya on it.

jammin


neverenoughbrew
Member
posted March 19, 2002 07:13 AM
We always packed around a 21/2 ton snap-on jack as we have about ten of them in the shop. Decided to buy a lower cost aluminum jack as i was tired of dragging it around. Purchased a Lightning jack. Cost was about $600 I believe. The jack has been pretty durable. It does not lift quite as high as the snap-on. It is about a six pump jack,once you get the car high enough that you can get enough pump on the handle. You basicly getwhat you pay for. I am going to make a revised handle that is crooked so if you jack the car up from the front you can get a longer pump. I rate this jack as fair.


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