what is a cheap good floor jack?

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I know, those things don't really go together, but I want a second small floor jack just to supplement my good one that I have had for 50 years. Really , and I bought it used. So wondering, where is the best place to buy a $39 one? Harbor freight? I probably only would use it maybe 3 or 4 times a year. I want one with short handle so can be used where not much room.
 
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My friend has a small auto repair facility and he uses one of those small Harbor Freight jacks daily. He has had it for about 5-6 years and we are always joking about how its lasted longer than anyone thought it would.
 
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Torin floor jacks the "red paint" ones, they have extension tubes to lift higher, they were around 40-50 bucks at Tractor Supply Co.
 
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This is good for 5 tons:


I don't see any way to get a floor jack for 39.00, EXCEPT for a used one. Good luck, and if you find one please post a link and/or pics.
 

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So if those harbor freight ones are actually a decent jack I think I will get one of those. I actually have a Pro-Lift made by Shinny's Fu co. model F361. Have had it for many years, not a lot of use, but now it won't lift but 1/2 way to its full lift. Checked all the stuff that the owners manual says to check for that problem, and no go. Doesn't leak and jacks perfectly good till 1/2 way, and holds there without dropping. Checked on a kit to repair it, which seems to be just to repair leaks, and costs 1/2 as much as a new jack, so guess I will ask for a new one for Christmas LOL.
 

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This is good for 5 tons:


I don't see any way to get a floor jack for 39.00, EXCEPT for a used one. Good luck, and if you find one please post a link and/or pics.
Harbor Freight ones are $39.99. And Wal Mart has essentially the same one for $33.88
 

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This is good for 5 tons:


I don't see any way to get a floor jack for 39.00, EXCEPT for a used one. Good luck, and if you find one please post a link and/or pics.
I always thought these were a lot higher priced than that one is, so I may spring for one of those, and use my good old one for my second. Thanks for the link.
 
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I have the 3 ton steel and 1.5 ton aluminum jacks from harbor freight and both have been great for weekend wrenching and track events!
 
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I was going to suggest the 3ish ton that I believe was at HF for around $90, but it looks like they killed it off.

I’m not a fan of those narrow trolly jacks. More than capable of lifting, but I just prefer a wider stance. They have larger 2 and 3 tons for 120-140.
 
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