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Floor Jack Recommendations

What floor jacks are you guys using and what weight rating do you recommend? I got a Craftsman 3.5 ton, lifts up to 21 or 22" which is great for my TRD Pro on the CB +3" shackles. However, whenever I wanted to lower it, the handle is very difficult to turn and often results in it giving way and turning too much too fast, dropping the truck. It's not a very controlled drop, so I really do not like it. I'm not sure if the issue is me though.

Any recommendations on the best, quality jacks to use? I was thinking 3.5 or 4 ton floor jack and 6 or 12 ton jack stands.

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I bought the ARCAN steel version at costco - mainly do to their return policy. That was 10 years ago. The wheels have some rust on them, but otherwise it's still going strong. I need to baby the release turn as well as there is a fine line between steady and drop. Handle is easy enough to turn though to slow it down quickly if really needed.

Jacks are 6 ton Big Red's... they've lasted and worked without issue. What I really want is another 2 feet of clearance in my garage with a dedicated bay and a proper lift.

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Wasn't this already discussed recently?

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Wasn't this already discussed recently?

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probably many a time over- including 10 years ago when I bought my floor jack. no harm in helping someone out. Not like it's another "biggest tire that can fit" thread ...

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Advanced search of "floor jack" didn't yield much. Only going to give you hits on people trying to install things with a floor jack mentioned in the post. I'm actually looking for recommendations of floor jacks by people who do their own work on their Tundras and who may have encountered my problem. But while we are at it, do you think 40" tires will fit on stock?

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I couldn't find the thread either, hence my question. I wanted to link it as there was goof info in there

Floor jacks seem to be hit or miss. I've used really expensive jacks that worked like crap, and cheap harbor freight jobbers that work flawlessly for decades.

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You want the best floor jack? Get one of these. $2200. I figure that is about the price of a good set of aftermarket wheels and tires. Might as well get something that I can use my whole life. What am I gonna get out of a set of wheel/tires? 6-7 years if I'm lucky.

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Seriously, though, I've had 4 or 5 different floor jacks. Presently on running a 3.5 ton HF aluminum high lift. Its on its 3rd year, which is about when any of my previous FJ's would start leaking down.

As for the abrupt lowering of an auto, you need to keep that shaft greased. The aluminum jacks with the aluminum handle and handle body seem to be worse than the iron jacks I've had previously.

I do like these aluminum bodied jacks. They are much lighter. I would have blown a grape lifting my old iron jack into the boat.

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You want this 3 Ton Daytona Professional Steel Floor Jack - Super Duty, exact same thing as the Snap On version at a fraction of the cost

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If it's free it's for me ! That's the kind I use.
My compadre used a HF 3 ton floor jack to remove tree stumps ~ the frame was all tweaked from jacking them out of the ground. I took it to work and straightened out the frame as best I could ~ he gave it to me before he left the states for Hawaii. I keep waiting for the jack to spit up its guts but it soldiers on ~ I thought I'd have to replace it by now.
No doubt there are better tools out there but HF stuff works great for a shade tree mechanic like me. Even if you have to buy one the price is certainly right.

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You want this 3 Ton Daytona Professional Steel Floor Jack - Super Duty, exact same thing as the Snap On version at a fraction of the cost
I was waiting for this post. I knew there was a jack that was better than Snapon, but couldn't remember the article. Thanks.

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Can believe I'm saying this on many levels but my 3 ton jack that was purchased 10+ years ago is still kicking. Does everything I need it to and still smooth as butter.

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That's funny. My neighbor is snapon guy in the area. I'm going to show him this.

I have used so many brands of floor jacks over the years and I swear they all have their flaws. One thing they all had in common was they all got the job done. It seems like they all have that specific maneuver you have to do to let them down easy.

One of those lifts would be slick. I have seen those for sale on the Costco website for under $2000 in the past. I think I am going to get one and when I'm not using it I can rent it out. It would probably pay for itself pretty quick.

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