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Old 04-09-2014, 05:23 PM   #1
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Which floor jack and jack stand locations

I have about $100 to use on a floor jack. Which one should I buy? Which jack stands should I get (about $50 to spend)? Where should I put the jack stands one I jack up the car?
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Old 04-09-2014, 05:34 PM   #2
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In my opinion: harbor freight is fine for lifting. Look for some solid steel Sears stands. This guide may help you:

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Old 04-09-2014, 05:39 PM   #3
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Old 04-09-2014, 05:42 PM   #4
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I love my 2.5 Ton Harbor Freight jack. Works well and at $80, hard to beat when it comes to value. Make sure you get the low profile one.

Agreed on the Sears jack stands. I bought two sets of 4 Ton Craftsman stands (black base w/ yellow stands) for $95.

You can buy cheaper ones since the 4 Ton's are overkill, but that was my intent if I'm rolling around underneath a lifted vehicle.
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Old 04-09-2014, 07:54 PM   #5
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These are the jack stands you want. I got 4 of them for $240. Before you say "waaaaay too expensive", if you put your car up these stands, there is no chance of them coming off.

I'd buy some cheapies and save your money for these. They will last you a lifetime.

http://www.amazon.com/ESCO-Jack-Stan.../dp/B0019JVIPM
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Old 04-09-2014, 08:01 PM   #6
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This is the best deal on the internet right now.

http://www.harborfreight.com/automot...ump-61282.html

I'm probably about to buy these stands:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0007XTGCI/...I3KC81OC29GL96

**** your jackstand budget. Don't compromise on things holding two tons over your body.
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Old 04-09-2014, 08:15 PM   #7
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This are the best deal on the internet right now.

I'm probably about to buy these stands:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0007XTGCI/...I3KC81OC29GL96

**** your jackstand budget. Don't compromise on things holding two tons over your body.
I have a pair of them as well. They're like a work of art. My brother in law keeps trying to talk me into giving them to him since I have the Esco's, but I kinda like them.

The only issue is the base is a *little* small.

When I get cars up on a jack stand I push on the car as hard as I can. If it doesn't move, then I know it's good. I'm not sure I'd trust the Torin's as much as the Esco's because of the base.
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This are the best deal on the internet right now.

http://www.harborfreight.com/automot...ump-61282.html
Thats a great looking (re: useful) low profile jack. Does that jack space hold the BMW hockey puck jack pads nicely?
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Probably. I don't have that jack though. I have the 2 ton racing or maybe 3 ton racing aluminum I forget.


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Thats a great looking (re: useful) low profile jack. Does that jack space hold the BMW hockey puck jack pads nicely?
I personally love their low profile jacks. They don't bleed down like that twice-more-expensive Craftsman beside it, and a few pumps and the car is in the air.

The HF jacks don't usually picture it, but does come with a rubber pad, and engages the lifting pad on the E46 perfectly (fully captures it).

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I personally love their low profile jacks. They don't bleed down like that twice-more-expensive Craftsman beside it, and a few pumps and the car is in the air.

The HF jacks don't usually picture it, but does come with a rubber pad, and engages the lifting pad on the E46 perfectly (fully captures it).
neat. so do you think this is overkill?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/231117143821
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Keep in mind that if you put your jack on the rubber jack pad under the doors, how will you put in the jack stands? Jacking from the center makes the most sense and eliminates the need for those adapters.
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neat. so do you think this is overkill?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/231117143821
I don't think you need it, frankly. The pads on the HF jack engages the jack pad squarely and has nowhere to go.
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I will take a look at the HF jack. I really like their aluminum one, but it costs another $70 and its only 2 tons (but it does come with a rubber pad. The problem with all their jacks is they only have a 90 day warranty. Will they take them back if they start leaking 6 months after the purchase?[

3 ton low profile jack
URL="http://www.harborfreight.com/automotive-motorcycle/floor-jacks/3-ton-low-profile-steel-heavy-duty-floor-jack-with-rapid-pump-61282.html?hftref=cj"]http://www.harborfreight.com/automotive-motorcycle/floor-jacks/3-ton-low-profile-steel-heavy-duty-floor-jack-with-rapid-pump-61282.html?hftref=cj[/URL]

2 ton aluminum jack
http://www.harborfreight.com/2-ton-a...ump-61406.html
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The HF jacks are great. You'll find the identical jacks at other places for double and triple the price. If you are going to be transporting the jack, I'd go with the 2 ton aluminum one. If not, get the steel low profile jack and keep it in your garage. Tools are generally an investment, so don't be afraid to spend a little more on a jack that will be more convenient for you to use.

And no, they won't take them back if they start leaking, but I wouldn't worry about that. Mine's been good for over a year with many uses. The number of pumps advertised on their site is a lie, but they still work great.
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I have this one from HF and it's the best jack I've bought so far. The low profile and extra long nose make it an ease to jack it from the front so I can put jack stands on the sides. Any shorter jack won't be able to reach the front center jack point.

http://www.harborfreight.com/2-ton-l...ump-68050.html
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I would've bought that if it didn't weight 93 lbs.
I almost broke my back trying to carry that jack in and out of my car when I bought it. It ain't going no where now.
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I've had my jack pictured above since 2009 I think. No leaks and works great.

Remember, aside from the low price, HF always has a 20% coupon on their site. Just Google it.
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These are the jack stands you want. I got 4 of them for $240. Before you say "waaaaay too expensive", if you put your car up these stands, there is no chance of them coming off.

I'd buy some cheapies and save your money for these. They will last you a lifetime.

http://www.amazon.com/ESCO-Jack-Stan.../dp/B0019JVIPM
I agree these stands are the way to go.

I bought some craftsman stands about a year ago, I forget which ones, but they were not the lowest rated ones (so I guess I got 4 ton maybe). I do not feel all the confident with them, craftsman quality has definitely gone down hill. The welds on them look very sloppy and on one of them the legs aren't completely level.

My dad got two of the esco ones recently and I definitely plan on getting some soon. They just look so much more solid, well made, and stable than the craftsman ones.
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