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Floorjack & Jack Stand recommendations?

Title says it all. I see a $70 combo craftsman set on sale.. 2 1/4 ton Floor Jack Set with 2x 2 1/4 ton Jack Stands. Craftsman isn't what it once was, so is this stuff crap? I need a good reliable floor jack and jack stands to do some simple suspension work at home. I'm frugal, not cheap, so I'll look at all suggestions!

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I recently bought a costco floor jack 3 1/2 ton low profile jack $99. so far has worked great and I already had jack stands from my old jack.


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This set?



The jack stands look decent. That is the type I use most frequenly. A set of four is much more useful than only two. I've got a dozen and that works for me...

The lifting pad on the jack appears to have a small diameter. There are times when a large pad is handy.

The jack looks okay.

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I recently bought a costco floor jack 3 1/2 ton low profile jack $99. so far has worked great and I already had jack stands from my old jack.
The Arcan XL35R? Yes apparently that's a sweet, cheap jack... Which is no longer available! Bah.

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The jack stands look decent. That is the type I use most frequenly. A set of four is much more useful than only two. I've got a dozen and that works for me...

The lifting pad on the jack appears to have a small diameter. There are times when a large pad is handy.

The jack looks okay.
That's the one. I'm thinking I need to get one a bit larger, and low profile. As I'm about to drop the mustang 1.5"! The search continues. Thanks for your feedback!

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I have this Jack, it also comes in a case that I keep in my Stang to change tires on the quick.

It works fine... But it does require some effort pushing on it for heavier items... I also have used it on my boat trailer with the boat on it...

I ended up getting two of them for less than $30 each, When they had a Craftsman Club sale along with some Promo Points... It's a good jack, But I think there would be better if you plan on using it often for heavy work on your Mustang...

But for a quick tire change on the highway it will work great..


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I'm thinking I need to get one a bit larger, and low profile. As I'm about to drop the mustang 1.5"!
When I need to lift a very low vehicle w/ my heavy duty jack, I use a second jack on a secondary lift point to raise it enough for the primary jack at the desired primary lift point.

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IBut I think there would be better if you plan on using it often for heavy work on your Mustang...
The one I use most often is a truck jack w/ a 5' long frame.

Big and heavy duty is great when lifting a vehicle.

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When I need to lift a very low vehicle w/ my heavy duty jack, I use a second jack on a secondary lift point to raise it enough for the primary jack at the desired primary lift point.
I do the same thing but it becomes a giant pain in the a$$ after awhile. I would rather get a low profile jack and be done with it.

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harbor frieght baby!!!! i got a 2 ton, super low profile only needs like 2 5/8", rapid pump and extends up to close to 3'...its super long to...so it will reach way under the car and has a big pad...

keep in mind our entire car weighs less then 2 tons...so anything over that is over kill...as you'll probably never be lifting over half that amount...

and it was only 160.00

ive done the two jack thing, its a pain and sketchy...when we are talking about your life and the protection of your car, get the right tool for the job.

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harbor frieght baby!!!! i got a 2 ton, super low profile only needs like 2 5/8", rapid pump and extends up to close to 3'...its super long to...so it will reach way under the car and has a big pad...

keep in mind our entire car weighs less then 2 tons...so anything over that is over kill...as you'll probably never be lifting over half that amount...

and it was only 160.00

ive done the two jack thing, its a pain and sketchy...when we are talking about your life and the protection of your car, get the right tool for the job.

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This is exactly what I need. Do you have the exact model number for it?

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I'm using a "Harbor Freight 1.5 ton aluminum racing jack" and the Harbor Freight jack stands. I have used them several times with the Mustang and they work great. Not sure they are any cheaper then the Craftsman tools you found. If you have a local Harbor Freight, it might be worth a look.

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I do have a harbor freight near by. Unless it's closed up shop by now. It's in a "foreclosed" part of shopping town. lol. I'll stop in this week. Thanks all!!

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I have this one from Harbor Freight and have no issues with it.
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I second (or third) the Harbor frieght unit. I have both the 2.5 ton low profile (Floor Jack With Rapid Pump®, 2.5 Ton Heavy Duty Steel)

And I have the lightweight aluminum racing jack (Aluminum Floor Jack - 1.5 Ton Aluminum Racing Jack) to take with when I got to the track, or need to take some where.

You can usually find them on sale for 59-69 bucks, you just have to wait until those models go on sale.

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I was looking recently and found some positive reviews of "Big Red" jacks. Might want to look into those as it seems that a lot of the reviews on Craftsman says they're leaky piles of junk...


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