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rlestra5
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Apr 8, 2010, 9:08 PM

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I am looking to buy a floor jack and jack stands. I own a 2008 2.5 S Nissan Altima which weighs approximately 3,100 pounds. I plan to use the jack and jack stands for routine car maintenance such as oil changes, tire rotations, etc. I am looking for a quality product that is affordable and I would prefer to buy the floor jack and jack stands together in a combo set if possible. I have already done some research online and in my local auto parts stores. Problem is I am starting to come across bad reviews of brands like Craftsmen, Duralast, and others so I am not sure what is good and what is bad anymore. I would appreciate any suggestions anyone might have to offer. Thanks again for your help. (P.S. I am assuming I can go with a 2-ton jack and 2-ton jack stands as my car weighs just over 3,000 pounds and in most instances I would only be lifting one part of the car [either the side, the back, or the front])


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(This post was edited by Tom Greenleaf on Apr 10, 2010, 5:42 AM)


nickwarner
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Apr 9, 2010, 1:06 PM

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a 3 ton set should do the trick for you. The brands you named are fine, and will support the car safely. Personally, I look for stands that have a hole that you put a pin in to lock it in place versus the notched ones that are more common. It would take much more to get one of the pin ones to fail. I build mine with square tubing and a welder and prefer that type as I know how much it can handle. Thanks for looking to safety first.


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Apr 9, 2010, 11:18 PM

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Get the best stands and jack you can afford. Harbor Freight was some heavy duty (and some cheap ones)I would stay away from the "stamped steel" stands with sheet metal cradle at top. Get the beefer forged ones with the large u shaped cradle.Watch out for jacks with thin side walls and narrow stance.It can twist and drop load on you before you can say aw sh**.Allow me to tell a true story regarding subject. A man in miami was changing rear shocks on his car in his home one car garage.He had door down.The jack broke at the hinge , axle came down on the el cheapo stands bending the cradle down . The stand then shot into gas tank . He was pinned under car . Gas ran into drop light and popped it. The firemen said it was not a pretty sight.Keep this vision in your head when buying and using equipment.


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Tom Greenleaf
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Apr 10, 2010, 5:51 AM

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Agree with going for quality and forged products. Double up when possible too. Brands are funky as who knows who builds what for what name anymore?

As important as jack and stands are also consider the surface you are working on. Dirt is mostly a total no-no. In cold country most paved outdoor surfaces are asphalt which will give when warm and not support metal wheels of jack or the base of stands. Level concrete is best IMO,

T



rlestra5
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Apr 10, 2010, 7:10 AM

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Thanks to everyone for the responses.
I was looking into possibly purchasing this combo set:

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200326598_200326598

Seems like it gets good reviews from what I can tell.

Anyone here have any experience with this product?


Tom Greenleaf
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Apr 10, 2010, 7:30 AM

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Looks ok except I like stands without the pin type lock myself. The base looks good and wheels on floor jack looked good.

Price? $119? IDK - seems high for a catalog but it's been a while since I purchased stuff.

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Probably more $$ and I don't own one yet but they now make quick rise jack with a separate pedal so you are ready to hoist quickly which I've used but don't own. Looks like this - said Costco under the pic I found?


Some stuff I've seen at wholesale clubs looked real good and at NAPA as well. Can't speak for them all.

I like this style stand of the many I own as with one lift up lever the stand drops out instantly with no load on it. Looks like this....


I used to like most everything Sears used to sell under Craftsman name but have seen some disappointing stuff.

Scary thought - Sears, once the world's largest retailer is now owned by Sprint! A communications company!

T



re-tired
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Apr 10, 2010, 8:17 AM

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I agree with Tom on the jack stands . The ones he shows are zackly what I have also. The jack appears to fill the bill , wide stance ,thick side walls,steel wheels. Take the max capacity rating with a grain of salt, they tend to be like most mens happy tool. Adequate to get the job done but no way near what is advertized.


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