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post #1 of 17 Old 02-15-2021, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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Aluminum Jack ?

Is the 2.5 Ton Aluminum Jack good enough? Or even a 1.5 Ton for road trips? I’m tired and getting too old for my heavy steal one. Thoughts and good brand?

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post #2 of 17 Old 02-15-2021, 06:49 PM
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I would do 2.5 or 3 ton. The 1.5 ton only lifts 14", the 2.5 or 3 are 18"/19" lift. That extra 4" of lift can be a big difference sometimes.

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Our place of work, couple of more years will retire as I'm old, have a few of the HF aluminum jacks and they are a POS.
I too had an old steel heavy son-of-a-b I bought from Builders Square back in the early 80's and donated that to my son and bought a new HF Daytona yellow one that is easy to roll and a pleasure to use.
If you want something more portable, check out a Tractor Supply for the Powerbuilt brand, 3-ton all in one, bottle jack/jack stand combo. I love that thing.

Harbor Freight: https://www.harborfreight.com/automo...low-63183.html

Tractor Supply: https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pr...ll-in-one-jack

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Hydraulic bottle jack and a couple of blocks of wood have served me well over the years. The only time I ever use a floor jack is in my shop and garage at home.
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I have had two HF jacks over the years, both 3 ton (gotta get the F350 in the air). The steel one has slowly bled down since day 1. The aluminum jack has worked perfectly for years. I take it to the coast for our dunes trips because it is lighter and easier to handle. I think I paid 99 bucks for it on sale and it was money well spent.

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I have a steel HF for the garage (about 10 years now, no bleed down issues), carry a bottle jack in the Jeep. However, if you want to carry a floor jack for occasional emergency situations, the aluminum HF will probably be good enough and much easier to carry.

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If you want something more portable, check out a Tractor Supply for the Powerbuilt brand, 3-ton all in one, bottle jack/jack stand combo. I love that thing.



Tractor Supply: https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pr...ll-in-one-jack
That Tractor supply jack/stand is kind of nice. One of the Jeeps ripped a tire on some rocks and one of the guys had one of those. Worked well, (Though since this was uneven ground we also used my bottle jack for extra stability)

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I've had cheap jacks at home for years. Always had the big steel Snap-On, and a lift at the shop. My wife bought me an aluminum Snap-On in the fall because she thought I was going to die under one of my cars with the POS i was using. I'm glad she bought it! Def worth the money!


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post #9 of 17 Old 02-16-2021, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Guys! You gave me a starting point. Found a 2.5 Ton aluminum one for $80 plus 4 of the 3 Ton jacks. It’s the Pittsburg one though. Still looking but the old heavy one I have is just a bear to carry these days. Need to Jack the Jeep up to get stuff down underneath. I’ll keep looking!
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I bought one of the Harbor Freight 1.5ton aluminum floor jacks as a "extra/backup" jack for my home shop a few years ago. It is small and light and very handy working on my CJs. I just recently bought a second one, as I think they will be very handy because I have a lot of suspension/axle work planned for this year.

And then right after that my Harbor Freight 2 ton aluminum jack started leaking fluid. This was my primary floor jack. I had it for quite a few years, it's not the same as the models they currently offer.

I'm waiting for the next sell on HF's 3 ton super duty Daytona jack to replace it.

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2T Pittsburgh aluminum jack from Harbor Freight. I guess it was last year it started to leak down but it got used a lot for many years with no problems. Leaking down wasn’t too big of an issue since the vehicle gets put on stands until it got to the point where wouldn’t really lift the vehicle.
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My garage jack is starting slowly ease down---I'm gonna try some "stop leak" in it and see if the "O" rings swell, or what ever they do, to buy me some more time.

This Jeep came without a scissor jack, I compensate with my own favs.

I like a hydraulic jack, I keep 2 on board, collapsed one is about 5 inches tall and the other might be 10 inches,

I have been buried in which the hydraulic (Bottle Jacks) were too tall, and a scissor jack would squeeze under the axle.

I always look at jacks in the salvage yards---some are really neat in operation.

I have a simple type in the Jeep, I like them where the handle stays on the jack and you Turn the lift screw a half a turn/ swing the handle out 180 degrees/ turn it a gain/ swing the handle 180 again/ over and over and over------being all one piece, nothing gets lost, nothing slips out and hurts you!

I'm not traveling light with all of the other crap I have, 3 small jacks in my Jeep ain't so bad (when one might be enough). I have used them in ways other than for flats. Horizontally to push a car door open, with a chain to bend a bumper back out. Not enough room for even a little on wheels, much less a big one.

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I sufferred a prolapsed disc last year and had surgery to cut a bit out. the doctor instructed no heavy lifting.

I felt as weak as a Prius owner so i bought one of these. Man, an impact wrench and electric jack!!! All I have to do is get a passerby to lift the wheel.
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I sufferred a prolapsed disc last year and had surgery to cut a bit out. the doctor instructed no heavy lifting.

I felt as weak as a Prius owner so i bought one of these. Man, an impact wrench and electric jack!!! All I have to do is get a passerby to lift the wheel.
Interesting idea, never seen something like that. But you're right, lifting the wheel is the hardest part. My wife's old Mercedes has lug bolts instead of studs. Trying to line up the bolt hole while holding the tire is no fun (unlike the old VWs with open center wheels.

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