Can anyone make a recommendation besides Craftsman? I found a 3.5 ton Craftsman (including stands) on sale for $99.99 at Sears about a month ago. It was out of stock and still isn't in yet. I'm getting just a little impatient...I want it for my Addcos, and Tera BB :D
So, where else can I look?
05-14-2002, 09:25 PM
Got mine there, two 3 ton stands for 19.99. The next week on sale for 12.99 :\ If you want the 6 tons, they are 29.99, and taller.
Between the two stands, my jack, and a whole lot of fear of being crushed, I got through the BB without incident.
I just did one wheel at a time. My jack could have been a little bit taller for the fronts. I didn't use strut compressors, so I had to really drop the axle to get the spring back in.
05-15-2002, 06:30 AM
Just FYI, best spring compression tool- a clamp or even some chain and a 4-6" curb to drive up :thumbsup:
05-15-2002, 07:09 AM
I bought a generic type floor jack from a hardware store 10 years ago and it has been OK. I caution anyone with floor jacks do not crawl under a vehicle with out jack stands. This is espcially true with generic ones like Harbor Freight or other Asian import types. The metal and seals are not of the same quality as the Name Brands like Craftsman etc. I am not trying to sound like someones shop teacher or a Dad but I have seen one break and saw one leak slowly and scare the you know what out of someone. I have also tried a chain and clamp type of spring compressor when I was a teen and almost lost my head when the spring flew past my ear and went thru a garage door. Get or rent a spring compressor. I will get off my soap box now and forget to put on my seat belt as I go to work. Keith S :crazy :eek:
Anyone ever heard of Allied? I went to Sams and that was what they had. 3.5 Ton, 21" lift...looked like good quality. Around $60-70 but no jack stands.
05-15-2002, 03:27 PM
Allied is the Brand I bought almost 10 years ago. Like I say it has been ok. I have seen the other jacks made in the far east not be of the same caliber. I believe all tools that make a difference should be good ol USA iron and those that don't try your luck. It seems these days that just about all I have is US made tools or name brand imports. I have a large home wood shop and am restoring a 49 Ford in addition to building up a WJ and over the years tools have been a issue. I would buy the Allied jack again if I needed to. I realize I am kind of geek with tools but I guess we all have our vices.
05-21-2002, 12:24 PM
Can anyone make a recommendation besides Craftsman? I found a 3.5 ton Craftsman (including stands) on sale for $99.99 at Sears about a month ago. So, where else can I look?
I know...you said no craftsman...but you can order it online, and pick it up at your location in a day or so...no shipping charge!
I just got the 3 ton with two 3.5 ton jackstands (very heavy duty!!) for $99!!! Picked them up this past weekend and LOVE it! (Already had to use it to change a flat)
05-21-2002, 01:22 PM
I have the craftsman 3.5 ton jack and stands and like them a lot. The seem to be made very well. I would caution that no matter what you buy you dont skimp and buy some cheapo setup. I dont know about you but crawling under something big and heavy isnt all that appealing knowing what is holding it up wasnt made with the best parts. Safety first.
05-21-2002, 01:59 PM
The Harbor Freight 6 ton stands will be going on sale for $17.
05-22-2002, 04:33 AM
Just picked up a complete set of craftsman 3 1/2 ton floor jack and 2 jack stands for $120 at Sears Hardware. It was the last one and there selling the floor jack for $100. Nice deal.
I ended up going with the Allied jack from Sams. I went to Sears and they said they could order me the Craftsman but it would take over 2 weeks to come in (maybe). Originally I was told 1 week, and that was way over a month ago.
Actually I really like the jack. It's got a stroke saver to lift it up to the jacking point by pressing a lever with your foot/hand. It did really well and seemed very sturdy. It was around $60, and I bought 6 ton Craftsman jackstands for $35.