Need to buy a jack and tools for doing my lift and other, possibly future, car work. For the jack, what do I need? I suppose I see people with the 'Hi-Lift Jack' more than anything, will that work for all my automotive needs or should i stick with a standard floor jack? not looking for something to mount or show off, need it to be practical^^ I recall hearing that having 2 jacks can be advantageous when installing springs or lifts in general. I plan to buy a heat gun and a cutting tool for pounding the weld. Any other tool suggestions? I dont have a shop, so i'll be doing it at work where I have access to mechanic co-worker and alot of tools for general repairs around the store.
The hi-lift is more for off-road use, and IMHO most people who carry one do it more because its a fad than anything. I have yet to get into a position off-road that I could have gotten out of with a hi-lift that I wasn't able to another way. I'm not saying they aren't useful, we use them out on the farm a lot with the tractor, but I just haven't seen an immediate need for one on a Jeep personally yet.
That said, get a little hydraulic floor jack. Its up to you to decide how much you want to spend. I've gotten by with a cheap one for years, even using it on the front of my 3/4 ton without issue (can only get one corner at a time though). When doing suspension work, I usually just jack up one corner, place a jackstand, move to the other corner and jack it up then place a jackstand on that side too. Then I use the jack to move the axle (or arms on the KJ) as necessary.
Taller jackstands are never a bad idea, but you can get buy with the small ones you find in Oreillys or similar stores if you need to.
Hope this helps, good luck with your lift.