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Need a good floor jack and jack stands.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by rb11701, Sep 26, 2009.

  1. Sep 26, 2009 at 10:45 AM
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    rb11701

    rb11701 [OP] Oh yeah!

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    I need to pick up a floor jack and some stands. Doesn't have to be the best, just something reliable and safe. Sears usually has some cheap ones as does Walmart. Are those garbage and that's the reason the cheap? Anybody have some recomendations? Thanks
     
  2. Sep 26, 2009 at 10:52 AM
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    dexterdog

    dexterdog My pee parts itch

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    I have a nice aluminum floor jack that I bought at Costco that is solid. I haven't had any problems. I also have been using a set of jack stands that I got at Sears years ago and they are stout.
     
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  3. Sep 26, 2009 at 10:53 AM
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    rb11701 [OP] Oh yeah!

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    How much did the jack run you?
     
  4. Sep 26, 2009 at 10:56 AM
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    dexterdog

    dexterdog My pee parts itch

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    IIRC it was a little over $100.
     
  5. Sep 26, 2009 at 11:02 AM
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    travelingman

    travelingman What would Scooby do?

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    I've had a Craftsman 3 ton floor jack with Craftsman jack stands for about ten yrs. and it still works great. I use mine to lift a F250 loaded with tools often.
     
  6. Sep 26, 2009 at 11:29 AM
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  7. Sep 26, 2009 at 12:34 PM
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    jay_shy

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    I got the same one that JTech has but mine came with 3 ton jack stands and a creeper. The creeper is a little flimsy but it rolls on the floor with me on it pretty good. Works pretty good for me.

    Jason
     
  8. Sep 26, 2009 at 12:45 PM
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    WilsonTheDog

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    Craftsman for me. Best value IMO.
     
  9. Sep 26, 2009 at 1:14 PM
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    sixdoubleseven

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    I also have craftsman jack stands.
     
  10. Sep 26, 2009 at 1:16 PM
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    Kyouto42

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    I bought a jack and 2 stands as a kit from Autozone back in '02. It's worked well, no issues, no leaks... still using it to this day. I'm always cautious around working with jacks and stands and operate on the principle it will fail. It's when you get complacent you can get hurt....
     
  11. Sep 26, 2009 at 1:44 PM
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    choptop

    choptop Molōn labe!

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    I bought a 3 ton floor jack and set of 4 matching stands at Harbor Freight for about $100 (check their sale adverts). Been using them for more than 7 years now with no issues. I also bought a pair of steel ramps/ stands from Sears that can be driven up or placed under the wheels.

    Cheap equipment or not the main thing is to work safely and never get under a vehicle supported only by a jack. Use jack stands and a secondary, fail-safe backup that will keep the vehicle from falling if the other fails.
     
  12. Sep 26, 2009 at 1:44 PM
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    im afraid to use floor jacks now.... my friend died using one while changing his oil on his car.
     
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  13. Sep 26, 2009 at 1:49 PM
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    Sorry to hear that man. That is a key point though, NEVER go under a vehicle supported by a floor jack. Use it under a stand or ramp. If you're using a ramp, chock the wheels in the back (whatever wheel is lower) to prevent rollback and use your e-brake/transmission in gear or park. Also, make sure your e-brake is in good working order first too.
     
  14. Sep 26, 2009 at 1:57 PM
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    yeah i use ramps or the jack at my work to check under my truck. I never trust floor jacks. Ill use them if i gotta change my tire that's it, ill never get under a vehicle that is supported by floor jacks for the rest of my life.
     
  15. Sep 26, 2009 at 1:59 PM
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    Even then... use a stand. If that jack slips... Most are on wheels too, so they can roll pretty easy, especially if you accidentally kick it out. With no tire that truck will come straight to you. If you're lucky and it misses you, you may have one totaled taco with a possible bent frame from the high clearance drop.

    That said on the side of the road you may not have the option, all the more reason to be more cautious though.
     
  16. Sep 26, 2009 at 2:10 PM
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    Yeah i totally agree with you on that. I just don't feel safe around them, i only use them if my tire blows out on the side of the road or something else while iam driving. I just use a vehicle lift at my work that i use to change peoples tires and oil etc, to do stuff with my truck.
     
  17. Sep 26, 2009 at 2:17 PM
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    Modern Craftsman jacks are absolute crap, they don't last, and it seems most people notice them leaking fluid within the first year of use.
     
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    My 3ton Craftsman is going on 5 years old, and is in great shape....:confused:
     
  19. Sep 26, 2009 at 2:29 PM
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    I couldn't disagree more. Mine is 7 years old and not one problem with it. MOST people never have a problem with them at all.
     
  20. Sep 26, 2009 at 2:30 PM
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