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Heavy Duty 3 Ton Floor Jack w/ Rapid Pump - for $69.99 [harborfreight]

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Last Edited by BostonGirl August 25, 2013 at 09:16 AM
Heavy Duty 3 Ton Floor Jack w/ Rapid Pump - for $69.99 [harborfreight]

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This 3 ton steel auto jack features a 5 in. to 18-1/4 in. variable lifting range to elevate your car, motorcycle or supply load in only 3-1/2 pumps! A protective foam bumper on the floor jack keeps your vehicle or materials from being damaged while lifting or lowering. With a knurled aluminum handle for a steady grip and a solid, welded steel construction, this rapid pump floor jack is built for comfort and heavy use.

http://www.harborfreight.com/merc...68048.html

•Super-tough precision welded construction with an industrial grade finish
•Industrial quality for professional mechanics and hardcore automotive enthusiasts
•Rapid Pump® exclusive dual parallel pump system lifts with far fewer pumps
•Universal joint release provides precise load control in any handle position
•Meets international quality standards
•Two piece knurled aluminum handle for a sure grip, equipped with foam bumper to prevent damage to vehicle finish
•Extra-wide steel casters for stability

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#31
if you have one of these inside your truck or suv make sure it is strapped down securely.

a couple a years back i had one in the extended cab part of the truck with a metal tool box. as i was turning left thru an intersection the right side of the truck was T-boned by a male teen driver that had just turned 18 and ran a red light. the center of gravity was on the left side of the truck as i was turning left and when the kid hit it on the right side it rolled the truck! after i got out of the ER and went to the tow yard to see the truck (totaled - bent frame) the metal tool box had a big dent in it where the jack had hit it in the roll over.

now just think if that had been someones head the jack hit! O.O
Last edited by ReverseHandedJO August 25, 2013 at 01:15 PM
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I am just offering advice as someone who has been looking for a new jack for a couple of months, reading lots of reviews on car enthusiast/modding webpages. I'm not thread cr-p--ng just trying to help. The best jack out there for the price and warranty is the Arcam 3.5 ton from Costco for $99. Is lower profile than others, raises higher, and above all you can just take it back to Costco no questions asked. Look on any of the car forums. It is never listed on their webpage but often in store. They are having 3800 delivered to PacNW stores ina couple of weeks and that when I will be buying mine.

A link to a review.
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/...hp?t=80476


Hope this helps people. As someone who works on cars quite a bit, yes they do fall off jacks, has happened once to me with my old XR4Ti as I was walking to get my jack stands. It only needs to happen once.
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Quote from darlington1 View Post :
I am just offering advice as someone who has been looking for a new jack for a couple of months, reading lots of reviews on car enthusiast/modding webpages. I'm not thread cr-p--ng just trying to help. The best jack out there for the price and warranty is the Arcam 3.5 ton from Costco for $99. Is lower profile than others, raises higher, and above all you can just take it back to Costco no questions asked. Look on any of the car forums. It is never listed on their webpage but often in store. They are having 3800 delivered to PacNW stores ina couple of weeks and that when I will be buying mine.

A link to a review.
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/...hp?t=80476


Hope this helps people. As someone who works on cars quite a bit, yes they do fall off jacks, has happened once to me with my old XR4Ti as I was walking to get my jack stands. It only needs to happen once.
My dad uses the aluminum HF jack and prefers it in most cases because of the lower profile. In my family we tend to own sportier cars that sit lower and the heavier duty jacks won't get under them -- they're also heavy as crap. I will agree for $100 the costco jack is probably the way to go, since it is decent cap and lower profile.
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#34
If you will be lifting a lot of cars instead of trucks and SUV's I would recommend the Harbor Freight steel 2.5 ton low profile jack. You can find coupons for those at $69 as well.
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Quote from Neo42 View Post :
My dad uses the aluminum HF jack and prefers it in most cases because of the lower profile. In my family we tend to own sportier cars that sit lower and the heavier duty jacks won't get under them -- they're also heavy as crap. I will agree for $100 the costco jack is probably the way to go, since it is decent cap and lower profile.
You are right on point there.
I am looking to lift everything from a lowered Infiniti M45 to the 4Runner. Finding a low profile that also goes high was a key parameter for me.I was willing to sacrifice weight. The Arcam is very heavy.
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#36
I have this jack and it is "okay". The handle is hard to engage on the drive valve to bleed pressure off or trap pressure. The handle also comes off the drive easily. I had the car jacked up and the handle popped out and since the jacking mechanism springs back upright with the handle removed, I had to get a socket to use on the drive valve to lower the jack and allow me to get the handle back on. Pain in the ass.
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Quote from darlington1 View Post :
I am just offering advice as someone who has been looking for a new jack for a couple of months, reading lots of reviews on car enthusiast/modding webpages. I'm not thread cr-p--ng just trying to help. The best jack out there for the price and warranty is the Arcam 3.5 ton from Costco for $99. Is lower profile than others, raises higher, and above all you can just take it back to Costco no questions asked. Look on any of the car forums. It is never listed on their webpage but often in store. They are having 3800 delivered to PacNW stores ina couple of weeks and that when I will be buying mine.

I've been looking for the Arcan jack at Costco the past few weeks and have checked at least 3 stores around the area... all gone. I asked the employee to do a search of other stores and he said they're discontinued. Only found 2 remaining in the Northeast, King of Prussia and somewhere else.
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#38
Quote from TowHead View Post :
Color me stupid if you want, but what's the point of laying the tires underneath the car? So you don't step over the tires? So the car will fall on the tires and save the brakes? What?
All those horror stories that should have turned out a lot worse but didn't because of some fail safe will stay forever with you.

You would be surprised what 9-15" of depth from a tire+rim that is normally supporting a quarter or three-eights of your cars' total weight can do if you get wedged when your raised system fails on you.

What might have been a human pancake may have just turned into broken limbs and bruises. Think about it.
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Quote from ShawnJones View Post :
I have one of these but its a lower profile so it can get under my car. Can anyone tell me how to check the hydraulic oil levels? I cant get a socket on the thing that looks like a bleeder screw to take it off and check to see its level. I think its the way its sunk down in a concave spot that is making it so my sockets wont grip and not sure what could fit in that area and grip it to unscrew it.


So the tires save your skull if the car drops. EEK!
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rofl!! Yeah..I do this all the time...you never know..earthquakes happens..

WinkWinkWink
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#40
The HF low profile 2.5 ton jack actually raises higher then the 3.0 ton unit. I purchased one but did not know about bleeding the jack. Thanks for the info.
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[QUOTE=Hope this helps people. As someone who works on cars quite a bit, yes they do fall off jacks, has happened once to me with my old XR4Ti as I was walking to get my jack stands. It only needs to happen once.[/QUOTE]

This also happened to one of my friends who was walking toward his car on two jack stands. Needles to say, he was shocked.

The lesson I learned from him was never trust the jack stands. I lift the car with a jack and place two solid cement blocks under each wheel (usually both front or both rear) and lowered the car back down. Then I use two additional cement blocks on one of the two non-lifted wheels as stops to keep the car from rolling. Then I keep the jack at the same place where it jacked up the car (no load) for additional safety.

I have not come across an instance when I would need to get under the car without a tire.
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Quote from WIckedNews View Post :
rofl!! Yeah..I do this all the time...you never know..earthquakes happens..
I agree, fat people stumbling around does happen. Stray women and drunk "mechanics" sometimes happen too (sounds like drinking is every other step in the process for many). When you start seeing/hearing the jack points bend the you may rethink just how stupid we are for trusting them. Also shifting stands is another thing that makes one paranoid. I don't like the sound of jacks settling or the looks when they start to tilt. Then we get into breaking off 20 year rusted bolts and watching the car rock like a boat. If I had an extra rim that was crap I would use it.
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Quote from emtae View Post :
I've been looking for the Arcan jack at Costco the past few weeks and have checked at least 3 stores around the area... all gone. I asked the employee to do a search of other stores and he said they're discontinued. Only found 2 remaining in the Northeast, King of Prussia and somewhere else.
They are out of stock here but on Friday I stopped in my local Costco and asked them to search. She said the regional distribution center for the PacNW in Sumner was expecting a delivery of 3840 on the 3rd of Sept and they should be in store in under a week here in Wa, Or and Id.
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Quote from audiokingman View Post :
.......Why?
but this one also isn't low profile so if you have a low car, useless. good for trucks and suvs
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Quote from ctsoh View Post :
The HF low profile 2.5 ton jack actually raises higher then the 3.0 ton unit. I purchased one but did not know about bleeding the jack. Thanks for the info.
Ended up with that one myself. Lower and goes higher.
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