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slammedisuzu 2,036 307 February 11, 2012 at 08:54 PM More Home Depot Deals
Looking for a good deal on a transmission jack.

I have looked around a bit, and Sears seems to start at about $292.00 for theirs [sears.com]. No reviews though, and honestly, it's a bit more than I want to spend.

Harbor Freight has two different ones:

450 lb capacity [harborfreight.com] - $80 + tax + shipping

800 lb capacity [harborfreight.com] - $140 + tax + shipping

I am changing the transmission in my truck, which is roughly 100 lbs, so the smaller one will work, but it seems to get some mixed reviews.

Another one I found was from Home Depot, and seems to be a bit better quality:

1000 lb capacity from Home Depot [homedepot.com] - $159 + tax with FREE Shipping

It has 2 positive reviews on Home Depot's web site, and another 2 positive revies from Amazon (which is $171 on the same jack).

Any other ideas? In all likelyhood, this will be the first and only time I use it. Granted, there is always a chance of needing it again someday, but not often at all.

Thanks a lot.

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Either rent a transmission jack which should cost you like $15-$20 a day (you shouldn't need it for more than 1 day), buy an adapter that lets you use a regular jack as a transmission jack, or buy a transmission jack off of Craigslist.

Your transmission sounds like it's pretty light (heck, a Camaro transmission is 120 lbs. dry!), so even that cheaper Harbor Freight one, just used once, will be fine. The poor reviews are from cheapwads that expected too much for their money. For nearly 1/4 the price of the Sears jack, of course it isn't going to be as convenient to use as a hydraulic, industrial-grade 1,000 lb jack! Plus, there's only one really negative review on that Harbor Freight jack. The other 7 are all positive.
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The transmission is a Chevrolet 4L60E out of a 1994 S-10. I dont know exactly what it weighs, but I carried it from my truck to the garage with no problems. I just guessed it around 100 lbs, but I am sure it is heavier.

I thought about renting, but no where in town offers them for rental. Besides, it may take me longer than a few days, since I won't get more than a few hours here and there to work on it.

I seen the adapters you were talking about, and considered those as well, but I have yet to find a positive review on them.

I checked Craiglist, nothing locally at all. I even checked Des Moines, which is the closest big city to me, and nothing there either.
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Last edited by slammedisuzu February 12, 2012 at 03:15 PM
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Jeez, your little S10 uses the 4L60E? That's awesome, that's the transmission that my father's Yukon and the LS1 Camaros/Corvettes use! Upside of parts bin sharing, I guess. I say just buy the cheap jack from Harbor Freight; it will work fine for you.
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Quote from shnitz View Post :
Jeez, your little S10 uses the 4L60E? That's awesome, that's the transmission that my father's Yukon and the LS1 Camaros/Corvettes use! Upside of parts bin sharing, I guess. I say just buy the cheap jack from Harbor Freight; it will work fine for you.

Yeah, it's the same tranny. The S10 has the 4.3L V-6 in it, which I believe is similar to the 350, minus two cylinders. You just have to be careful on the different years, since they do not interchange.

I think I will go with the cheaper one then. I have searched around, and cannot seem to find much of a better deal anywhere. One thing that sucks though, after tax and shipping, it's about $93 for the cheaper Harbor Freight one.
I have a 20% off coupon, but of course, it doesn't apple to floor jacks!!! Mad
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I also think you should try Craigslist or build something (adapter our of wood) that would allow you to use a car jack.
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