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Old 02-05-2007, 07:46 PM   #1
 
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Jacks at Wal-Mart.. good?

I was wandering around Wal-Mart today and I saw a 2-ton Goodyear jack for $14.99. The jacking point had to be like 2" in diameter, but the rest of it looked good. Looked nice and small, something I can keep in my trunk without worrying about size. Now, before I buy it, has anyone bought one? The jack itself was about 2.5' long, it said it could jack a car 13" high, and it was black with the handle and jacking point bright red. I don't want to buy a jack and worry about it snapping on me, especially since other jacks I see are triple the price of this one.


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Old 02-05-2007, 08:05 PM   #2
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I bought a jack at Advance Auto Parts that was crap. I don't think it's WHERE you buy the jack, it's the brand if the jack that's important. I say get it. Why not?
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So let me rephrase my question:

2 ton Goodyear mini jack -- good for 15$?

I just feel like it will snap or something for 15$.
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i think those are ok jacks, i didnt get that one but one like it, the only problem w/ it is it doesnt go down LOW enough for my lowered focus
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If you value your life, get a real jack. The focus may be light, but that jack is not a real 2 ton jack. It just uses a 2 ton rated ram, the jack itself is made of cheap and thin metal. I consider any jack under 80 bucks to be worthless personally. I paid 120 for my 3 ton, but I also lift 5000+ pound jeeps with it.
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I don't have a place to store a jack other than my car, and I need as much space as I can get in my car, since I carry around big tupperware containers for work every week.
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I have that jack myself, it works well for tire rotations. Not sure I'd stake my personal safety on it, it gets the job done for a low price though. It IS not very low, stock SVT ride height is very nearly too low.
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If you value your life, get a real jack. The focus may be light, but that jack is not a real 2 ton jack. It just uses a 2 ton rated ram, the jack itself is made of cheap and thin metal. I consider any jack under 80 bucks to be worthless personally. I paid 120 for my 3 ton, but I also lift 5000+ pound jeeps with it.

I agree with Stuka.
That jack will not hold 2 tons for any length of time. If you are really considering buying that then save your money any get a decently made jack.
If you are struck by that design then Performance Tools makes a few that some of the other 'low budget crusier class' racers use. pic included, care of summit racing. summitracing.com
I paid 450 for a billet Al jack for my imca car, it works well for my families vehicles as well. I cannot afford to continue to replace bad equipment.
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If you value your life, get a real jack. The focus may be light, but that jack is not a real 2 ton jack. It just uses a 2 ton rated ram, the jack itself is made of cheap and thin metal. I consider any jack under 80 bucks to be worthless personally. I paid 120 for my 3 ton, but I also lift 5000+ pound jeeps with it.

A $15 jack for Wally World would be fine for 3,000 mile oil changes. You're only using the jack to lift the car up far enough to put JACK STANDS under it.
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Those billet jacks are nice. But most of them that I have seen don't lift high enough up for me. As I like to be able to hold the frame up the truck up level, and the frame on one of my jeeps is just about 2ft off the ground.

A bottle jack works great, just a matter of it being too tall to fit under the car's jacking points.
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