HF jackstands are good. I have a Sears jack that must me 25 years old and I added some jack oil recently and its doing fine. The larger jacks have a larger and more stable footprint. SamClub and HF both have a nice 3 ton jack. I assume we are talking floor jacks right?
If you don't mind spending a little money -- I have fallen in love with my OTC Jack I bought from Amazon. It's huge, and needs a garage of its own, but because it's lightweight and has a rubber pad I couldn't ask for a better jack for the money. I used a 2.25 ton craftsman jack for years, and while it worked, it required blocks of wood to prevent harming the underside of the car and usually didn't fit well underneath most cars.
Link to OTC Jack: http://www.amazon.com/OTC-1533-Aluminum-...0833&sr=1-1
It's a little expensive now, I got mine for $250 shipped.
Not all jacks are made in China.
Hein Werner is probably the largest distributor of USA made floor jacks.
You may notice that Hein-Werner is now owned by Shinn Fu, a Taiwanese company. However, Hein-Werner jacks are still USA made.