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post #1 of 28 Old 05-20-2020, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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Harbor Freight Safety Recall!

I thought this was super important! Harbor Freight has recalled some of their 3ton and 6ton jack stands. Item #'s 56371, 61196, 61197.
I've heard of too many injuries and worse. Stay safe out there! Here's my video on the recall. I hope this helps someone out.



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post #2 of 28 Old 05-20-2020, 04:16 PM
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Thanks for the heads up.
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Thanks for the heads up.
No problem! I just hate hearing stories of people found by their family after being crushed under cars. Not often, but it happens. If this can help even 1 Man or Woman to return safely to their family, I'll be happy.

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Had a jack stand fail on me about 17 years ago (bought it from Sears back in the mid 80's). It folded up, on itself. Thankfully, I was still young enough and fast enough to get my fanny out as well as able to drag my 12-year old son out from under the truck in the process. To this day we use two sets of jack stands as a safety precaution. We also have the failed jack stand mounted on the garage wall as a reminder.
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post #5 of 28 Old 05-21-2020, 06:37 AM
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Not sure If this is the best place to post this but Harbor Freight has announced a recall in their jack stands. I took a screen shot of the information.

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I posted this in the YJ Non-Tech chat yesterday as well. My HF Jackstands are about 6-8months old and have a different part #.

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post #6 of 28 Old 05-21-2020, 08:50 AM
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I have about a dozen of these but only one has a sticker still on it. partial number does not match. I sent an email to HF asking if there is another way to identify. Would rather not return mine if I can help it because I welded a 12x12 plate to bottom of all of them will update if I get a response

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dang i bet i have a few of these. now i have to go check. Thanks for the heads up.

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The problem is that the ratchet teeth on the moving post of the stand wasn't cast very deep, and thus has limited engagement. I've got at least one pair of that part number that I'll have to exchange.
Too bad that Chinese suppliers are about the only option anymore, no matter what the "brand" name is.

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The problem is that the ratchet teeth on the moving post of the stand wasn't cast very deep, and thus has limited engagement. I've got at least one pair of that part number that I'll have to exchange.
Too bad that Chinese suppliers are about the only option anymore, no matter what the "brand" name is.

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can you post a picture or two of what the bad ones look like?

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can you post a picture or two of what the bad ones look like?

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I'll see what I can do in the morning.

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The problem is that the ratchet teeth on the moving post of the stand wasn't cast very deep, and thus has limited engagement. I've got at least one pair of that part number that I'll have to exchange.
Too bad that Chinese suppliers are about the only option anymore, no matter what the "brand" name is.

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Thanks. Since my 6 ton stands don't have good ID tags/numbers I can reinspect them tomorrow and will know what to look for. Pretty sure they have deep enough teeth because they have always tried to be a PITA retracting the pawl when releasing them. But they'll get a close look.

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OK, gang. Here's pics of jack stands that I have. Both sets are "rated" for 6 ton, and both are Chinese manufacture.

In this first pic, the top one is from the HF stands. You can see a difference in the cast depth of the ratchet teeth.

In the second pic, the HF piece is on the left. Did this so there was two different angles on the parts.

Make your own judgement. As for me, the HF pieces are going back. If the engagement pawl is also poorly cast, there's not much holding your car up.

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Thanks for the great pictures. Be safe everyone!

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I returned mine today and got a $54.29 credit. I plan to buy pair from Northern Tool with a second locking pin:

https://www.northerntool.com/shop/to...6194_200756194

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OK, gang. Here's pics of jack stands that I have. Both sets are "rated" for 6 ton, and both are Chinese manufacture.

In this first pic, the top one is from the HF stands. You can see a difference in the cast depth of the ratchet teeth.

In the second pic, the HF piece is on the left. Did this so there was two different angles on the parts.

Make your own judgement. As for me, the HF pieces are going back. If the engagement pawl is also poorly cast, there's not much holding your car up.

Roger
thanks. looks pretty shallow


holy crap, just went to count. I have 12 six ton and 4 twelve ton. Hopefully they are all the good design because I don't want to reweld all the bottom plates.

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