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#3323027 - 03/25/14 11:41 AM Re: Best Jack Stands for home mechanic work?? [Re: MI_Roger]
doitmyself Offline


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LOL. Excellent rebuttal. A lot of this boils down to principles, not quality. US vs. Import. Perfect welds vs. good enough, especially when tied to price paid.


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#3323175 - 03/25/14 01:29 PM Re: Best Jack Stands for home mechanic work?? [Re: jcwit]
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Originally Posted By: jcwit
Originally Posted By: NormanBuntz
Anything that not made in China.


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#3323197 - 03/25/14 01:49 PM Re: Best Jack Stands for home mechanic work?? [Re: doitmyself]
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Registered: 12/08/06
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Originally Posted By: doitmyself
LOL. Excellent rebuttal. A lot of this boils down to principles, not quality. US vs. Import. Perfect welds vs. good enough, especially when tied to price paid.




I'm not trying to rebut anyone's opinion. smile

I would encourage anyone in this thread to buy whatever jack stands they like. If anyone wants to spend the money on US Jack stands, I say go for it. If I were going to buy some pricey stands, those would be the ones I would buy.

But, I think the high price makes some people unnecessarily take out the magnifying glasses to study the welds, without considering that this is purely a functional item that isn't made to be pretty and doesn't need to be.

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#3323310 - 03/25/14 03:31 PM Re: Best Jack Stands for home mechanic work?? [Re: MI_Roger]
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Registered: 07/24/07
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What I dislike about threads such as this are the blanket statements that "such & such" brand or store are absolutely garbage.

Harbor Freight tools for instance are made at a price point that many folks out there in consumer land find acceptable and work for them usually in a DIY basis. Granted they are not made for the ASA Certified mechanic using his tool for 8/10 hours a day, but for many others they work just fine.

Case in point, I have a set of jack stands that I purchased from a seller at our local flea market, MIT brand, got them years ago, have no idea how much I paid for them. In the last 2 years I've used them 2/3 times, and then for compact/mid size autos. They do the job and I'm careful with how I use them.

Another case in point, I have a 1/2 torque wrench that I purchased for $12.00 IIRC, got it at H/F, used it once when I rotated my tires last year. Is it dead on as far as the torque/clicker goes, who knows, but its more than enough accurate for torqueing up wheels when rotating tires. The alternative is no torque wrench at all.

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#3325521 - 03/27/14 03:58 PM Re: Best Jack Stands for home mechanic work?? [Re: MI_Roger]
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Registered: 12/27/05
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Loc: Chicago
Well over the years, I've collected sections of pre-cut sections 4x4s & 6x6s in one foot lenghts. I'm nervous about getting under any car that is sitting on jack stands. I use the wood blocks as additional support (just in case). Yes it takes me an addition four minutes or so, but it helps keeps some evil dreams out of my head. Like the stands giving away or one of the teeth breaking under load.


Edited by Da Game (03/27/14 03:59 PM)

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#3327052 - 03/29/14 08:01 AM Re: Best Jack Stands for home mechanic work?? [Re: MI_Roger]
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Registered: 12/28/11
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I like HF for buying tools that I might not use very often (or potentially only once). Instead of struggling with the wrong tool, or I suppose renting one, you can buy one for a reasonable price. For ratchets and tools that I will probably use regularly, I still prefer to pay for quality. I prefer American made for anything I buy, and tools are where one of the few product segments where I can find American made. For some things, a consumer market product just does not exist anymore unless you look used.

Like Norman points out, we are talking about equipment to keep a car from potentially squeezing the life out of you, so for me the extra $$ for quality isn't a waste.

Not all American made is the highest quality, but it sounds like US Jack is. I'm also interested in the JackPoint product too, but need to dig around for feedback on them.

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#3329329 - 03/31/14 04:08 PM Re: Best Jack Stands for home mechanic work?? [Re: MI_Roger]
Black_Thunder Offline


Registered: 09/23/06
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Loc: Wisconsin
i have a pair of Larin jack stands that are pin style they work well, i also have larger heavy duty jack stands but i can't remember the brand, i wanna say either larin or craftsman, i'll have to check on that.
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#3329383 - 03/31/14 04:52 PM Re: Best Jack Stands for home mechanic work?? [Re: MI_Roger]
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Registered: 07/24/07
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Loc: no. indiana
I mentioned above that I'm careful when using jack stands.

With that said I never, ever get under a vehicle supported by jack stands, maybe working on brakes, but under, nope, not gonna happen. That's what I have ramps for.

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#3329899 - 04/01/14 03:07 AM Re: Best Jack Stands for home mechanic work?? [Re: MI_Roger]
Black_Thunder Offline


Registered: 09/23/06
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Loc: Wisconsin
i use ramps as well but in some applications i use jackstands.


when i removed the transmission out of my 92 f150 i backed it up onto ramps on the rear axle and i jacked up the front, put the front on stands and then put wood blocks under the wheels as well.
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#3330714 - 04/01/14 07:55 PM Re: Best Jack Stands for home mechanic work?? [Re: Black_Thunder]
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Registered: 07/24/07
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Loc: no. indiana
Originally Posted By: Black_Thunder
i use ramps as well but in some applications i use jackstands.


when i removed the transmission out of my 92 f150 i backed it up onto ramps on the rear axle and i jacked up the front, put the front on stands and then put wood blocks under the wheels as well.


LOL, At 70+ years old the above is never going to happen with me doing the work, its what I pay a good mechanic for.

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