so last night when rotating my tires, my trusty old 2 1/4 ton hydraulic jack threw in the towel....oil everywhere, it looked like a scene from a cartoon where something just falls into 100 pieces with no warning. i took care of the jack (changed the fluid, tightened the bolts, etc) but it was just it's time to die i gues. anyways, i was able to temporarily fix it long enough to finish the rotation...but now i'm in the market for a new jack as i don't feel safe using a jack with an improvised repair job.
what i'm thinking is a standard hydraulic jack (maybe move up to a 3 ton) for around the house. but then, maybe look into getting a 6 ton or so, bottle jack and see if i can replace the factory one with that...the factory jack makes me nervous.
so i gues i'm asking what jacks do you guys like for the garage/driveway? i know craftsman are good, and i'm already considdering one, so insight on other brands would be awesome.
also, has anyone tried fitting a hydraulic bottle jack in the factory jack location?
lastly, been contemplating a high lift for those "oh shit" situations on the trail. do yall think it would be ok to just have the highlift, or is it better to have the bottle as well just in case?
EDIT: btw, i was not hurt when the jack failed...i make a point to never be under or too close to a vehicle until jack stands are in place