View Full Version : Aluminum/steel race jacks?

12-28-2003, 11:28 AM
Has anyone any experience with an aluminum/steel race jack? They are rated at 2.5 tons,dual piston,quick lift and they weigh about 20#(57#) more than the all aluminum race jack.Northern Tool lists them at $299, Pepboys are selling them at $119.

12-29-2003, 09:17 AM
Try and find a lower price on the Harbor Freight General Aluminum. I got one for $89.99 last year. They actually work fine.

02-02-2004, 09:46 AM
Harbor Freight is $89.99 right now:


(I held out until $99.99, is there anyone left?)

Festus E. Simkins
02-02-2004, 10:44 AM
Wish we had a PEP Boys a alum/steel jack rated at 5000 lbs for $119 sounds pretty good. I think I would spend the extra $30 for a jack that can lift 2000 lbs more.

02-02-2004, 11:14 AM
Craftsmen now has an Aluminum jack that'll lift 2 tons to 19-3/4" (3-3/4" lowered height) for $199. I just got a return from them for $130 (the idiot who originally bought it overfilled it with oil and couldn't figure out why it wouldn't go all the way down!).

Planet 6 Racing
bill (at) planet6racing (dot) com

Greg Amy
02-02-2004, 12:24 PM
I had two of the Harbor Freight jacks and both of them broke. I'll combine the parts to make one good one that should last for a little while.

"You get what you pay for." I would not recommend these jacks for anything other than limited use, certainly not as a dependable replacement for the garage. I'm buying one of the Craftsman 2-ton aluminum jacks this week; they're on sale for $179.99 through February 11th. Those should be covered under the lifetime warranty, yes?

02-02-2004, 12:28 PM

No. 1 year repair. I asked about that when I bought mine.

Although I haven't used it yet, it doesn't look like it will be a 7 pump jack like the HF. It lifts to the chassis in one pump, but then need more from there. I'm going to try it out tonight on my daily driver provided the snow isn't too bad...

Planet 6 Racing
bill (at) planet6racing (dot) com

02-02-2004, 02:42 PM
Bought one of the Harbor Freight Jack last Year and it has worked well. I was in "Sams Club" yesterday and the have Alumnimun Racing Jack for $132.95 37 lbs looks MUCH sturdier than harbor freight jack.

02-02-2004, 02:43 PM
Bought one of the Harbor Freight Jack last Year and it has worked well. I was in "Sams Club" yesterday and the have Alumnimun Racing Jack for $132.95 37 lbs looks MUCH sturdier than harbor freight jack.

02-03-2004, 05:40 PM
I love my Craftsman Aluminum jack. I've even used it on my tow vehicle with no problems. it's well worth $179, and you can take 10% of of that if you are a Craftsman Club member.

02-04-2004, 12:44 AM
Originally posted by tderonne:
Harbor Freight is $89.99 right now:

Just an FYI guys, the $89.99 HF jack is not the same one they've been selling for $129.99. It has almost 2.5" less lift, a 23"(? - I'll bet that should read 43") handle versus 47" on the more expensive model, and is shorter and narrower too. My guess is it's probably an earlier version, since they're both made by USG, but the differences appear to be significant enough to warrant paying the extra $40 IMHO.

I did also notice while thumbing through the catalog today that they sell a 3 ton, rapid lift steel jack that is advertised to lift from 3.5" to 18.5" in just two strokes. And it also sells for $129.99! No name, which probably means Chinese made, but it might be worthwhile as a shop jack (at 110 lbs. I wouldn't want to be hauling it back and forth to the track). Maybe if someone out there has any experience with it they could enlighten us.


[This message has been edited by erlrich (edited February 04, 2004).]

02-04-2004, 09:49 AM
Something tells me that one is a lot like my Craftsmen jack. It will go to full height in 2 strokes, as long as there is no load on it! It's still too cold to go outside and play with it to see how the jack really performs, but they are calling for temperatures in the 20's this weekend so I should be able to give it a shot!

Planet 6 Racing
bill (at) planet6racing (dot) com

Rex B
02-22-2004, 11:25 AM
Hey, check this out:
http://www.homier.com/default.asp?page=cat...ries.asp?dept=2 (http://www.homier.com/default.asp?page=categories.asp?dept=2)

Homier has traveling tent sales.
Get on their mailing list and you get an email when they are having a tent sale within about 50 miles of you. You pay tax, but no shipping, prices are the same as listed on the 'net.

02-23-2004, 10:52 AM
Homier just had one of those sales here.

They had 2 (two) of the aluminum jacks in their truckloads of stuff.

They were gone almost immediately.


Greg Amy
09-16-2004, 02:04 PM
Harbor Freight has these down to $79.95 now...

http://www.harborfreighttools.com/cpi/ctaf...temnumber=91039 (http://www.harborfreighttools.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=91039)

10-11-2004, 01:13 PM
I have the HF jack, it is definitely light duty but then I use it on a 2140 lb CRX SI, so it works great for me.

Richy Gonzalez
10-12-2004, 09:39 AM
I've used the HF on CRX without any problems. I just used it on my BMW 540i and it almost didn't make it. So, when it states "3000lbs", stay within that.

Richy Gonzalez
GB Racing - #24 ITA CRX For Sale $8300 (http://groups.msn.com/TheGonzalezFamilyRichySheilaandNyah/projectitacrx.msnw)
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11-28-2004, 02:58 PM
Craftsman jack is $153 delivered to your door for Craftsman Club members until 12/11/04.
http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/product.do?...pid=00950239000 (http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/product.do?BV_UseBVCookie=Yes&vertical=TOOL&pid=00950239000)

Marty Doane
ITS RX-7 #13
CenDiv WMR

12-02-2004, 12:20 PM
As a Sears part time employee, make sure you get the Aluminum and annot the Aluminum and steel jack. The aluminum is more expensive but much lighter and the al/steel jack is heavy for its size and doesn't lift as high.

Sam Rolfe
TBR Motorsports
#85 ITC VW Rabbit being converted to LPHP
#85 GP Scirocco

gran racing
12-25-2005, 12:25 PM
Bringing this one back from the dead...

Other than the HF units, anyone have updated experiences or suggestions? Right now I'm leaning towards a craftsman unit but would like to hear other recommendations if there are some.

12-25-2005, 12:55 PM
Originally posted by gran [email protected] 25 2005, 11:25 AM
Bringing this one back from the dead...

Other than the HF units, anyone have updated experiences or suggestions? Right now I'm leaning towards a craftsman unit but would like to hear other recommendations if there are some.


I got one from a "Sam's Club" tarde name says Goodyear> better construction Price was 129.95 works great. TW

12-25-2005, 02:31 PM
I like the Craftsman a lot. Used it for 1 year with no issues.

01-29-2006, 06:21 PM
It's funny how the real exspensive race jacks still hold their value (and have not really come down in price), despite all the Chinese HF specials.

02-05-2007, 01:02 PM
I think it's time to update this thread.
I bought a second Harbor Freight jack after the first one (1.5 ton silver colored) started leaking after about 1 1/2 years.
It is the 'smaller' blue 1.5 ton jack. I generally use it at the track only.
Around the same time i bought the blue jack, I also bought the 2 ton Craftsman jack for shop use.
Now it is leaking and Sears doesn't sell a seal kit.
The do sell the a replacement 'power unit', but I call the service parts department and they want $263.99 for just that part. (The whole jack is on sale this week for $149.99).

Oh, I check the Sears website. ALL the customer reviews are terrible on that jack.

02-06-2007, 09:07 PM
Hey Guys,

....... Jegs has one for sale that I was given for Christmas:

http://www.jegs.com/webapp/wcs/stores/serv...10002_752655_-1 (http://www.jegs.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product2_10001_10002_752655_-1)

...... $150.00 and it looks great.

Greg Amy
02-06-2007, 09:11 PM
This is most definitely a case of "you get what you pay for". I've got two HF jacks in my garage attic that will eventually be submitted as aluminum scrap, but I've got a Craftsman that's lasted a couple of years (fingers crossed/knock on wood). Had I bought a "good" one 4 years ago, I'd be ahead of the game...

02-06-2007, 10:30 PM
FWIW, my local Costco just got a shipment of Torin Aluminum jacks. Looks the same as the Jegs but is rated at 2 tons and the price was $99.00 I will see how it works since I went ahead and got one. My old Larin 2 ton service jack has lasted for more than 20 years, no hydraulic repair. and it will lift the rear of the Subrban w/o any problems.


02-07-2007, 08:40 AM
Not arguing with you, Greg, but I think it depends on how you plan to use it. I got my HF jack four years ago (when the price bottomed at $109) and it still works just fine, but it's a 'track only' piece. I use it maybe 10-12 times a weekend, five weekends per year. Maybe I just got a good one?

The jack Costco was selling here sounds like the Torrin. A lot stouter looking unit, with a wider front than the HF model? Heavier too? It's cheap enough, that's for sure.

02-07-2007, 09:00 AM
I have a torin I bought at Pep Boys for $99 2-3 years ago and I'm happy with it too.

I've seen guys abuse their HF aluminum jacks quite a bit and they worked after. One time pulling a wreck up a trailer ramp, the jack got sideways and the whole thing came down. We just lifted the car and put the jack back under and kept on going. The side plates flexed but didn't bend when it collapsed. I mostly hear complains about the hydraulics in them.

02-07-2007, 09:05 AM
I have 2 HF aluminum jacks. One for trailer and one for shop. Both still working.
You do need to be careful that they are not stored on end or flipped upside down as they dont seem to have the best oil seal and vent system in the world. But otherwise they are worth it.

Tom Donnelly
02-08-2007, 10:09 AM
O'Reilly Auto Parts sells a jack just like the Jeggs for $79.99. I bought one and its great so far.
Summit Racing has the same thing for $99.00. The 2 ton is $150.00
But I still mostly use my 30 year old craftsman 2 1/2 ton jack. Bought it in 1977 and still no leaks and no problems. They just built better stuff back then I guess. (I sound like my dad)


Greg Amy
04-18-2007, 02:24 PM
Update on my Craftsman jack...

I snake-bit myself talking about it here. At VIR a couple of weekends ago I had the nose of the car on it and before you can say "oh, s***" it had fallen over with the car on top of it. I can't say for sure why that happened, as both Mark and I were looking away (going to grab the jackstands) but it wasn't sitting on tilted ground (much). For whatever reason, it simply decided to lean over and give up.

The plus side is the hydraulics are fine (as is the car). The negative side is the frame is bent so it won't retract down all the way. Plus, when I try to use it, it starts to lean away from the bent side...so it's not dependable.

I may decide to disassemble it and straighten the frame, see how that works out, but for the interim I went to Costco and bought one of their $99 jacks...

04-19-2007, 11:41 AM
I had the exact same thing happen to my HF jack. Plus, a caster broke (and an OEM replacement is like $25 and long lead time).

04-20-2007, 09:06 AM
Hijacking briefly, but just a little OT: Has anyone used the lightweight aluminum, cylindrical, jackstands from Snap On (Blue Point)?

I was admiring a set this weekend while I was working the N/N at Pueblo, trying to memorize the design to copy it, when the owner just gave them to me. He said he'd switched over to the A-frame aluminum stands from H-F because he liked them better.

Anyway, the base seems just a bit small, maybe 6" to 7" in dia. Are they really stable enough to use while working under the car, or are they more like insurance if you are changing a tire?

04-20-2007, 11:10 AM
I've got a set of those, I got them because the have a flat bottom and they look cool. I think they are OK for jacking the car up, changing wheels and brakes but I'm not real happy about doing serious work where I'm lying under that car.

04-26-2007, 11:11 PM
If the tool says "blue point" that means it is not a snap-on design. Most likely snap on is buying it from someone else and sells it. We just need to find out who sells the original one and not pay more for the middle company.

04-30-2007, 08:39 AM
Yeah, they are marked Blue Point. I've seen similar stands at Costco, bundled with a 2-ton aluminum jack. I don't remember if they were exactly the same. I assume they came from CHina, but I'll look over my set tonight for any clues about their origin.

04-30-2007, 09:28 AM
...and a week or so ago, the little U-joint at the bottom of the twist handle of my leaky Craftsman jack went kerblooie. On the to-do list before I move - taking it back and bitching.

Cameron just bought two new, different, HF units. I'm at the point where it makes sense to ONLY use the light one at the track and drag a honkin' Milwaukie industrial unit around the shop.


04-30-2007, 09:47 AM
The round base blue stands were available from HF about 9 months ago but I do not see them on the website. Northern has a combo with a floor jack or you can get each individually.

Northern Tool Combo (http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?in_merch=1&storeId=6970&productId=200313355&R=200313355)

I don't know if I'd do any serious work under a car using them. Some old 6 ton steel ones for getting the car high so I can relly get under it (like for welding) or small aluminum ones from HF (also not on their website) for tires and small stuff is what I use.

04-30-2007, 01:35 PM
I found that northern has a Torin jack 3000# for $70. looks similar to the General Jacks that HF was selling.

05-01-2007, 08:35 AM
The jack stands in the picture that Tom linked to at Northern Tool are pretty close to the Blue Point stands I got, except the pin on the Blue Point is a U shaped thing, so the pin goes through two holes instead of one.

They're still kind of small for me to be comfortable using them while under the car.

Tom Donnelly
11-21-2007, 05:35 PM
Here's an update on my jacks. The O'Reilly auto parts jack was problematic. The handle started bending.
I bought a Torin from Northern Tool and its alot better. My 31 year old Craftsman still works best.