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Evilcartman
10-16-2006, 02:53 PM
Ok, my Craftsman 3.5 ton floor jack died. It is only a few years old. So, I need to buy a new one because Sears can't help repair it. What brands do you guys have? I thought I had a decent one, but I guess I was wrong. Low profile would be a plus working with the Cobra.

97CasperCobra
10-16-2006, 02:58 PM
Ok, my Craftsman 3.5 ton floor jack died. It is only a few years old. So, I need to buy a new one because Sears can't help repair it. What brands do you guys have? I thought I had a decent one, but I guess I was wrong. Low profile would be a plus working with the Cobra.

I thought Craftsman had a lifetime warranty on thier products!!! :edmond: I just got a Craftsman floor jack this summer. :(

03 cobra toy
10-16-2006, 03:09 PM
This is what I have......It's the only jack I can get under my car :rolleyes:


http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=91039

Levi
10-16-2006, 03:54 PM
I have a Craftsman 1.5 ton jack (http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/product.do?cat=Tools+%26+Equipment&pid=00950240000&vertical=AUTO&subcat=Lift+Equipment&BV_UseBVCookie=Yes) .

Evilcartman
10-16-2006, 04:05 PM
I will check into the Harbor Freight jack since I need to stop by on the way home tonight anyway. I'm disappointed with Craftsman and I see by the reviews so are other people. You buy a $130 floor jack, you normally want it to last longer.

Larry95
10-16-2006, 04:11 PM
I have one of the Craftsman's also, but I'm going to buy a "real" low profile floor jack as soon as I can find out who has them. The '95 is lowered 1.5" and as it is now, I have to put a 2X6 under the tire in order to get the jack I have now under the car. Of course jacking rails would fix the problem also.

When I had the new wheels and tires put on at the tire shop, they had some long reach low profile floor jacks and they went right under the side all the way to the subframe. I said to myself "self, your need to get you one of those".

SuperG
10-16-2006, 04:29 PM
Some friends of mine have the Harbor Freight one's and they both crapped out after a year. Maybe bad luck, too much use in a short time, I don't know.

David, how long have you had yours and how often do you use it?

FST ORNG
10-16-2006, 04:33 PM
I have a CRApman too ....1 year old and now the seal is leaking ..... I won't be buying that again !

03 cobra toy
10-16-2006, 04:48 PM
David, how long have you had yours and how often do you use it?

Two years and counting :( I use it 4 or 5 times a month + track events.

Evilcartman
10-16-2006, 05:05 PM
Yeah, so what brand is left to buy? My dad has a jack older than me. Why is it with new tech materials they can't make these seals last longer? What am I suppose to do with this 50lb peice of metal?

ORANGE CRUSH
10-16-2006, 06:05 PM
Bend over............:eek:

cobrapace94
10-16-2006, 06:21 PM
I have one of the Harbor Freight one, works good for over a year. The only thing I don't like is it does not go very high. It is light, which is a plus. Just don't go too high.
My other heavy duty jack is from Sams & is 3.5 tons & goes 24" high, but is very heavy.

Bartman01
10-16-2006, 07:06 PM
For what it is worth, the woodworking community calls them 'crapsman'. Some of their stuff is fine, but a lot of it is not. The lifetime warranty (on some products) doesn't do you a lot of good if the tool always breaks or malfunctions when you need it most.

I have 2 jacks:
3 Ton Mack (from Walmart)
1.5 Ton Craftsman (to fit under the subframe connectors)

JBoden
10-16-2006, 07:11 PM
Check out Northern Tool - they have a really good deal on both a 1 1/2 ton and a 3 ton "racing" floor jack. Really low profile at a good price. :bounce:

97CasperCobra
10-16-2006, 07:17 PM
good call Jim!!!! :thumbsup:

THIS (http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_200326598_200326598) one is sweeeet:

jimmysidecarr
10-16-2006, 08:59 PM
good call Jim!!!! :thumbsup:

THIS (http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_200326598_200326598) one is sweeeet:

DAAAAAAAAAMN!!!!

http://www.northerntool.com/images/product/images/144973_lg.gif

That is one helluva unit for that price point!!!

I bought an made in China mega cheapy way back in the 80s... a couple guys I knew bought them also but blew them out. We were all pretty nutz about forensics back then (I still am) so we had to find out why they died...

We tore them apart and found metal fillings from the original machining had cut the seals...

I lucked out and got a good one.... it will still pick up one whole side of my Navigator when I do my tire rotates. :eek:

Plus it keeps my cigars from getting a dirty and gritty just fine!!! :p

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v134/jimmysidecarr/Mystichrome%20SVT%20Cobra%202004/brake%20stuff/HeavyDutyCigarHolder.jpg

If I buy another cheap jack... I'll check to make sure I can take it apart to clean any metal shavings out of the lift cylinder... before I buy it.

Firme
10-17-2006, 12:20 AM
Another vote for northern tool

good call Jim!!!! :thumbsup:

THIS (http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_200326598_200326598) one is sweeeet:

that is a good jack, but its not aluminum, and heavy I believe. Good quality, but if you're looking for a track side jack that is easy to move around,

get this one (http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_200313500_200313500)
http://www.northerntool.com/images/product/images/144439_lg.gif

not as heavy duty... but is light.

bat-stang
10-17-2006, 02:44 PM
I found one similar to that on Sam's aution site (the one 97Caspercobra posted). It actually says that it's a Roush Racing 1.5t, low profile, one or two pumps to contact point. There were several (and still are) on the site; I won my auction for about 59.00 (not including shipping). Good jack. I all but stopped using my Harbor Freight Tool jack (similar to the one Firme posted).

mrpork
10-17-2006, 03:09 PM
I found one similar to that on Sam's aution site (the one 97Caspercobra posted). It actually says that it's a Roush Racing 1.5t, low profile, one or two pumps to contact point. There were several (and still are) on the site; I won my auction for about 59.00 (not including shipping). Good jack. I all but stopped using my Harbor Freight Tool jack (similar to the one Firme posted).i won the same one on the sam clubs auction for 19.00 dollars plus 58.00for shipping your going to love it:thumbsup:

Evilcartman
10-17-2006, 09:08 PM
Check this out.

Test (http://www.vorshlag.com/tech_jacks1.asp)

More than I want to spend, but very nice. (http://www.amazon.com/Hydraulic-Dk20-Ton-Floor-Jack/dp/B000J12T3G)

johnbasf
10-17-2006, 09:45 PM
Ok, my Craftsman 3.5 ton floor jack died. It is only a few years old. So, I need to buy a new one because Sears can't help repair it. What brands do you guys have? I thought I had a decent one, but I guess I was wrong. Low profile would be a plus working with the Cobra.

What's wrong with the jack? Have you tried bleeding the hydraulics? Mine is still going strong after 3 years.

Evilcartman
10-17-2006, 10:04 PM
What's wrong with the jack? Have you tried bleeding the hydraulics? Mine is still going strong after 3 years.


The jack will slowly sink with a load on it. I believe if it had air in it, it would be bouncy jacking it up. I can't find the manual and they don't have a PDF to download. I looked at it to try and bleed it, but I'm not sure on the procedure.

97CasperCobra
10-17-2006, 11:32 PM
Since we're talking about jacks....I have an older one which won't let the load down easily....it's hard to release the load and when you do it comes down fast. :(

bat-stang
10-18-2006, 06:29 AM
Check this out.

Test (http://www.vorshlag.com/tech_jacks1.asp)

More than I want to spend, but very nice. (http://www.amazon.com/Hydraulic-Dk20-Ton-Floor-Jack/dp/B000J12T3G)Great articles. And if I can get that Danish jack on sale:D I'll be in line!!

Evilcartman
10-18-2006, 08:54 AM
Well, I think Iím narrowing the choices down a bunch. I want a heavy jack, to add stability. I never take it out of the garage, so I donít want an aluminum one and the weight seems to add stability. The two pumps to frame is nice since my crapsman had that feature. I also wan a wide jack to keep the car from rocking. I want one that will reach the subframe on a Cobra that is lowered. I want one that will raise the car enough to put my jack stands up pretty high, around 18+ inches. Then price is what will be the strongest factor on the purchase.

Dream jack, but too much money. If I could find it sub $300, I would think about it.
http://www.amazon.com/Hydraulic-Dk20-Ton-Floor-Jack/dp/B000J12T3G

Looks good, but I want to see it in person and make sure it is low profile enough.
http://www.torinjacks.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=49

I donít need the extra jack stands, I already have 4, but this one looks pretty good also.
http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_200222024_200222024

This one looks nice, but that is just the picture.
http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_200326598_200326598

This may be an option. It is the cheapest one of them all. Not to fond of the color.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=91788

I also want to check into repair and parts. Sears doesnít even have the manual online to download so I could try and bleed my jack.

Levi
10-18-2006, 10:46 AM
We need to setup a jack mod and repair day. Or call it jack detailing day. :D

Larry95
10-18-2006, 11:05 AM
Well, I think Iím narrowing the choices down a bunch. I want a heavy jack, to add stability. I never take it out of the garage, so I donít want an aluminum one and the weight seems to add stability. The two pumps to frame is nice since my crapsman had that feature. I also wan a wide jack to keep the car from rocking. I want one that will reach the subframe on a Cobra that is lowered. I want one that will raise the car enough to put my jack stands up pretty high, around 18+ inches. Then price is what will be the strongest factor on the purchase.IMO reaching the subframes on a lowered car is the key. I don't think most of the ones you posted will not do that. Check out some of the ones on this site www.eastwood.com (http://www.eastwood.com/). Some time this weekend I'm going to go by the tire place and see what brand that was that they used on my car. I for one will spend the extra money for good quality that will last. Although I have not had a bit of trouble out of my sears (fingers crossed) and it's 4 years old, it just want go under my lowered car.

johnbasf
10-22-2006, 02:54 PM
The jack will slowly sink with a load on it. I believe if it had air in it, it would be bouncy jacking it up. I can't find the manual and they don't have a PDF to download. I looked at it to try and bleed it, but I'm not sure on the procedure.

Pull the plug and pump the jack. The plug is in the top rear of the jack.

Evilcartman
10-24-2006, 07:33 PM
Here is what I bought.

Northern Tools (http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_200222024_200222024)

You can see it fits under a stock cobra just fine and reaches past the subframe to the muffler before it would hit a lowered car. Cheap and works well, now I will just see how long it lasts. It is heavy and not a track jack, but I do like the sturdy feel of it for garage use and 22 inches high is not bad.

http://www.mustangmods.com/ims/u/2531/7102/111887.jpg
http://www.mustangmods.com/ims/u/2531/7102/111885.jpg http://www.mustangmods.com/ims/u/2531/7102/111886.jpg

jimmysidecarr
10-24-2006, 09:28 PM
Nice!!!

That's a seriously BEEFY UNIT!!!... and yet still a very low pickup pad and back section!!! :thumbsup:

ILIKEMYCOBRA
10-25-2006, 08:37 AM
Kobalt... it's pretty heavy though.

Levi
10-25-2006, 09:04 AM
Now you need a block and tackle to pick it up. :D

cobltng
10-26-2006, 04:06 PM
Ok, my Craftsman 3.5 ton floor jack died. It is only a few years old. So, I need to buy a new one because Sears can't help repair it. What brands do you guys have? I thought I had a decent one, but I guess I was wrong. Low profile would be a plus working with the Cobra. I purchased a 6,000 Lb floor jack from Wallmart. It is low profile and is called the "Black Jack" I needed it to lift the lightining to work safely underneath it. Worked well on our other vehicles, 92 Fox,Cobra and escape. Cost is liveable $68.00. Not bad at all for that capacity.