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http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_200349257_200349257

Got this at Christmas from Tammy. It's a beast. Low profile to get under the car in tarmac spec. Lifts the car quickly with the foot pedal and plenty high enough for the 19" jack stands, even on blocks. I don't envy our crew guys who have to lug it around though. It would lift the F150 fully loaded so no worries if we puncture on route to/from a rally.
We still use the smaller alu jack for getting the arse end up to save some time in service.
 

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http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_200349257_200349257

Got this at Christmas from Tammy. It's a beast. Low profile to get under the car in tarmac spec. Lifts the car quickly with the foot pedal and plenty high enough for the 19" jack stands, even on blocks. I don't envy our crew guys who have to lug it around though. It would lift the F150 fully loaded so no worries if we puncture on route to/from a rally.
We still use the smaller alu jack for getting the arse end up to save some time in service.
http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_200349257_200349257


this is the one I've been using - after going through several of the typical aluminum racing jacks this one has held up well but then again I haven't had it that long. Several months in the garage, sno*drift, 100AW and still working perfect. has grease fittings on it too
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we do the same thing - get the little jack out for a quick and dirty, big jack out for service. I can carry load/unload it into the service truck by myself but it's a lot easier with two guys
 

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BUMP!

Some may not like the 4000lb Harbor Freight jacks but they are on special offer if anyone is interested.

$119 (reduced from $199)
http://www.harborfreight.com/rapid-...t-low-profile-aluminum-racing-jack-92782.html

Print and use this coupon for an additional 20%.

http://dealspl.us/harborfreight-coupons/108017p

Thanks NASIOC!
I got the same deal off of Nasioc. Picked it up yesterday afternoon. First impression is it's a little difficult to raise, and not especially fast with a load on it. But at 45 lbs, it's quite a bit lighter than steel jacks.
 

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Bringing this thread back from the dead.

My Craftsman aluminum jack that I bought exactly one year ago died. I didn't believe the reviews, but sure enough - it sucked.

Looking into a new unit - anyone use one of these? http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200313351_200313351

My concern is that units that have a dimension of >6" near the handle have a hard time getting under my skidplate to the point where I need to jack the car. This jack looks like it's about a 4" maximum dimension by the handle. Granted, it's a slower pump (16 pumps to the max height) but figure it'll be a lot less screwing around since you can actually see where the jack pad touches the jack point when you can see all the way from the handle forward.

I'd still love to buy one of the AC hydraulics units, but they're singly sourced in this country and still crazy expensive.
 

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I'm looking at a 2nd jack because the Ranger is only 2 ton, and my 4 ton service truck is very heavy up front and it won't lift both front tires off at the same time....so I'm looking for something that will live in my garage permanently.

I have 24" pin jack stands, so I NEED the Ranger (36" lift is sweeeeeet), but I'd consider either of those if I didn't.
 

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This Harbor Freight unit has some potential:

http://www.harborfreight.com/rapid-pump-2-ton-low-profile-heavy-duty-floor-jack-68050.html

This heavy duty jack gets vehicles almost two feet off the ground. Extra-low profile reaches under most show cars. Dual piston Rapid Pump technology lifts most work loads in just 3-1/2 pumps.

Heavy duty all-welded steel construction
Universal joint release mechanism provides precision control of load descent in any handle position
Two piece knurled aluminum handle for a sure grip, equipped with foam bumper to prevent damage to vehicle finish
Lifting range from 2-5/8" to 23-3/4"
Foot pedal for easy release
Minimum saddle height: 2-5/8"
Maximum saddle height: 23-3/4"
Pumps (under max load) to max height: 5
Overall dimensions: 34-1/2"L x 14-1/8" W


It claims 5 pumps to the top under (regular) load. Whatever that means. For 199, it might be worth the gamble and just buy two of 'em.
 
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