Harbor Freight recalls more jack stands

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Email from HF. To the Harbor Freight Community: I'm writing to apologize. I often reach out to tell you about Harbor Freight's commitment to quality and all the investments we've made to deliver quality tools at the lowest prices. Your trust matters deeply to me and I'm proud of how far we've come. So when we have a product recall, it hurts. A few months ago, we recalled our Pittsburgh 3 ton and 6 ton steel jack stands (SKUs 56371, 61196 and 61197) due to a manufacturer's defect. We asked customers to return them and receive a gift card that could be used to purchase replacement jack stands. I felt terrible about that recall because you should never have a concern about the safety of any of our products. Today, I feel even worse. I'm disappointed and embarrassed because we've identified a welding defect in a small number of the Pittsburgh 3 ton steel jack stands (SKU 56373) that replaced the recalled jack stands. We're now adding these jack stands to our recall. Unfortunately, this defect wasn't discovered during the initial recall investigation. If you own these jack stands or any of the jack stands in our original recall, whether or not you have had an issue with them, please stop using them immediately and bring them back to your local Harbor Freight Store for a full cash refund or store credit (see details here). We have investigated all of our other Pittsburgh 3 ton steel jack stands (SKUs 56371, 56372 and 57308) as well as the Pittsburgh 6 ton steel jack stands (SKUs 56368, 56369 and 56370) and Pittsburgh 12 ton steel jack stands (SKUs 56374 and 56375) and did not find the defect. Although none of these other jack stands are being recalled, if you own any of them and have any concern whatsoever, please bring them back and we'll give you a full cash refund or store credit for those as well. I want to apologize to all of our customers. While we've dramatically grown our team of engineers and inspectors, and intensified our tests and inspections, I assure you that the lessons learned from this will drive further improvement. As the owner and founder of Harbor Freight, I want you to know that we stand behind every product we sell and that safety will always be our top priority.
 

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That welding stuff is new technology... hard to get it right wink Maybe after the process has been around a few years....
 
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Originally Posted by D60
That welding stuff is new technology... hard to get it right wink Maybe after the process has been around a few years....
Their design is stupid-the side welds are getting ripped apart by the legs spreading under load. They didn't build them like that in the old days, all 4 legs were tied together to prevent them from spreading & ripping the welds apart. The set they originally gave me under the first recall had pinholes in one of the welds, no way I was going to risk using them.
 

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Think these are a step up … you can load share between the mechanical lock and hydraulic side … https://www.summitracing.com/parts/pwb-620471?seid=srese2&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Brands+%7C+P&utm_term=4581252638971746&utm_content=GSAPI+5c7d42ce28d0a
 
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I just received the new recall and noticed that my stands are now included. The lever/lock is very strong but the welds may become a problem someday. I have never had any problems even with a heavy vehicle, but will likely return them. Does anyone know of a comparable priced set that is built better and less likely to fail?
 
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Originally Posted by D60
That welding stuff is new technology... hard to get it right wink Maybe after the process has been around a few years....
Chinese labor is paid by production quota, not hourly. If you want good pay, you weld fast & turn out big qty....
 
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HF's masking tape is usable. Everything else there is junk. I certainly wouldn't trust my life to anything they sell.
 
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