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A floor jack is something no mechanic should live without. It allows a person to lift heavy objects with ease, and car and truck enthusiasts know the value of owning a floor jack that is dependable, easy to use, and durably constructed.\n

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today today s best floor jacks available today

Today

Today’ ’s Best Floor Jacks Available Today

s Best Floor Jacks Available Today

We found you the best floor jack for every job.

A floor jack is something no mechanic should live without. It allows a person to lift heavy objects with

ease, and car and truck enthusiasts know the value of owning a floor jack that is dependable, easy to

use, and durably constructed.

Maybe you’re replacing an old floor jack, or maybe you’re buying your first one. It’s important to find

the right one, whether that’s for occasional roadside emergency use or regular maintenance on a car,

truck, motorcycle, or trailer – finding a floor jack that fit your needs can be tough, and we’re here to

help you make that decision.

How to Stay Safe Around Floor Jacks

You must choose your ground wisely when employing a floor jack. It’s of utmost importance that the

ground be solid, flat, and strong since a large portion of the weight of your vehicle is about to be

concentrated on a very small area of the ground.

You must maintain floor jacks by oiling their joints from time to time. Regular use is key to the longevity

of hydraulic seals. You should actuate your jack periodically if it’s stored for long periods of time and test

it before relying on its operation.

Don’t get under a vehicle which is supported only by a floor jack. You don’t want to put your life in the

hands of a single piece of machinery.

When using a floor jack, first place the vehicle in gear, block the wheels, set the handbrake, do all you

can to ensure your vehicle doesn’t move around while using floor jacks.

Some mechanics use ice hockey pucks to separate the car from the metal of the floor jack.

Most Importantly, Get to Know your Jack

A floor jack can have weird quirks and interesting features that aren’t in the manual – for example, mine

seems to like when I rotate the handle clockwise after every pull on the lever. That’s not in the manual,

it’s not in reviews, and if I don’t do it my floor jack loses pressure over time. It’s just something I had to

notice by paying close attention to what was going on.

How to Safely Use a Floor Jack

Yup, we’re still talking about safety – it’s that important. Here are some more tips on how to stay safe

when using a floor jack:

•Always use jack stands which are rated to hold more than the weight of your vehicle.

•Always use the appropriate jacking points on your vehicle to avoid damaging areas that were

not designed to hold so much weight.

always use safety glasses gloves and other

•Always use safety glasses, gloves, and other protective gear when working on a vehicle.

•It’s good practice to ensure your floor jack can lift your entire car if the worst were to happen.

Most importantly, take your time. There’s no reason to rush a process that could end up injuring you if it

goes wrong.

When to Replace a Floor Jack

I say this point-blank because that’s how it is – if a car falls on you, that’s all she wrote. Like anything in

this world, it’s important to understand the dangers involved in using a floor jack and the safety

precautions that should be taken to avoid injury and damage to property.

If you are in any doubt of the integrity and dependability of your current floor jack, you should replace

it. It’s usually not worth taking it to a specialist or repair facility to diagnose a problem. Especially with

failing hydraulic units, it’s best to just get a new one that you know you can trust.

What’s in A Name?

The name “Jack” originated as a nickname for men called John sometime in the 16th century. It referred

to a man of a certain social status, someone who at the time would have worked with their hands, as

opposed to socialites and nobility who worked primarily in words. At the time this carried a negative

connotation.

As metal came to replace wood the word “jack” came to describe a machine that could lift heavy

weights. And thus, floor jacks and other types of jack today still carry the same name.

Floor jacks can lift upwards of two tons – remember, your car can weigh more than that so long as

you’re not lifting the whole car at the same time, but it’s a good rule of thumb to buy one that could lift

your entire car just to be safe.

Buy a Quality Floor Jack

You’re about to see some of the cheapest floor jacks known to man, as well as some of the most

expensive. That’s because some of you might be looking for that one-time-use emergency lifesaver,

while others are looking for something that will be used in the shop every day.

With that said, each floor jack on this list has stellar reviews on Amazon with reliable sources saying they

have put them through years of use without any glaring issues developing. That’s high praise, especially

for the cheap ones, but do yourself a favor and don’t cheap out if you plan to use your floor jack all the

time. Not only will the internal seals not last as long, their warranties usually won’t cover hydraulic

failures.

The Best Inexpensive Floor Jacks

Each floor jack below come with free Prime shipping for Amazon Prime members, so there’s no need to

run down to that certain big-box store with the constant sale prices. I’ve personally bought a floor jack

from there and i had to return it because

from there, and I had to return it because it had a leak right out of the box. For wrenches and little stuff,

sure, go there. For something that could cost you your life, go somewhere else.

We’ll avoid big brands that charge you extra money for the name.

Without further ado, let’s dive right into the best floor jacks you can buy today. We’ll also learn about

the most common types of floor jack on the market. Let’s go!

Torin Big Red T10152 Scissor Floor Jack

Capacity: 3000 pounds / 1360.78 kilograms / 1.5 tons

Max Height: 15 3/8 inches / 39.0525 cm

Let’s start small, cheap, and portable. The Torin Big Red floor jack is a scissor style – that means you use

a two-piece handle to rotate a hook (seen at the left) which brings the two sides of the jack together,

like a scissor, and raises whatever you have it under.

It’s built with a heavy duty gauge all steel construction with nice firm platforms for feet, and the small

size allows for easy storage wherever you may need to have it.

Scissor lifts use the concept of “mechanical advantage” to raise a vehicle by manual force alone. You can

also use a power wrench with a special attachment to actuate a scissor lift.

Carry this one with you on the jobsite, in the car, or in the trunk. It’s simple and durable. It’s handy for

roadside emergencies but will take a lot more elbow grease and time to use than a different style of

jack. And it can’t jack nearly as high as the others, which means it’s best for changing tires on low

vehicles. But for $17, you can’t really go wrong.

Pros

•#1 Best Seller in Amazon floor jacks

•Low 5-inch minimum height

•Weighs under 8 pounds

•Heavy duty steel construction

•Manual action is not prone to fail

•1-year warranty

Cons

•Cannot lift very high

•Takes more effort to operate

Pro-Lift F-767 Low Profile Floor Jack

capacity 4000 pounds 1814 37 kilograms 2 tons

Capacity: 4000 pounds / 1814.37 kilograms / 2 tons

Max Height: 14 inches / 35.56 cm

The Pro-Lift F-767 floor jack represents an inexpensive version of a low-profile hydraulic design, the

most common style of floor jack. In this design the user actuates a handle, forcing hydraulic fluid

through a pressurized chamber and/or lines, thus raising the platform and whatever it’s underneath.

Reminder: it is necessary to oil hydraulic floor jacks to maintain their operation over time.

Fixed wheels and casters allow for mobility. A bypass device prevents against over pumping to ensure

safe operation. The extra-low profile ensures it can slip under even the lowest of cars, and a heavy-duty

steel construction ensures longevity. Plus, the “saddle” – the part that holds the car – can rotate,

allowing the jack to move more freely as the car is lifted.

You’ll also notice a handle atop the floor jack – that’s to lock it in place mechanically, so you don’t have

to depend on hydraulic force to keep the car elevated. You should use that – otherwise you’ll cause

premature wear to the hydraulic mechanism.

These are features shared by almost every hydraulic floor jack, so we won’t talk about them again.

Pros

•Lowest profile of 3.5 inches

•Heavy duty steel construction

•Can support up to 2 tons

•90-day warranty

Cons

•Weighs 30 pounds – not very portable

•Thick plastic wheels

Torin Big Red Hydraulic Trolley Floor Jack

Capacity: 4000 pounds / 1814.37 kilograms / 2 tons

Max Height: 13 inches / 33.02 cm

This is the absolute cheapest hydraulic floor jack you’re going to find. It’s also the smallest hydraulic

floor jack around. If you want the low cost and relative portability of the scissor lift you saw earlier, but

you don’t want to break a sweat, you can buy this and still have enough money left over for a coffee.

And at 18 inches long, it can still fit in the trunk of your car for those emergency occasions.

Pros

•Low-ish weight of 20 pounds

•Small-ish size of 18 inches long

•1-year warranty

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Cons

•Tall minimum height of 5.6 inches

•Looks like a McDonald’s toy

•At $15, chance of getting what you pay for

ZENY Motorcycle Floor Jack (Small)

Capacity: 1100 pounds / 498.95 kilograms / 0.55 tons

Max Height: 13.25 inches / 33.65 cm

This is a light-duty motorcycle floor jack. It’s best used by the occasional motorcycle mechanic for

stabilizing a bike during an oil change, chain change, or other maintenance. It’s a scissor-style lift, which

as you recall means you’re doing most of the work to lift the bike.

All motorcycle / ATV lifts are going to have a smaller weight rating and smaller overall size. This one is

unique because of its flat platform, which as we’ll see in a minute, is uncommon. It can also be stored

away in a very small form factor when it’s not in use, or for transport.

Also, it can only lift a bike a little over a foot off the ground. That might not sound useful, but if you’re a

motorcycle mechanic, you know it can come in handy for small jobs, or taking to the track, or putting in

the trailer of the Goldwing on those long rides.

You don’t want to go restoring a bike on one of these little guys, but for regular maintenance a few

times a year this isn’t a bad option. Especially for $57.

Pros

•Cheap, small, and light – easy to store and carry

•Raises the bike upright

•Might raise a wheel off the ground

Cons

•Scissor style

•Only raises 13 inches

Powerbuilt 620422E Motorcycle Floor Jack (Heavy Duty)

Capacity: 4000 pounds / 1814.37 kilograms / 2 tons

Max Height: 17.5inches / 44.45 cm

This is a heavier duty motorcycle floor jack by Powerbuilt. You want this if you’re planning to do more

than just your once-a-year oil change. It works with sport bikes, cruisers, ATVs, and other types of bike

and can lift the bike well off the ground, enabling a wider range of uses.

here s a secret a motorcycle floor jack

Here’s a secret – a motorcycle floor jack can be used on cars. Yes, that’s right. If you’re having trouble

finding a sweet spot using a standard floor jack, you can use one of these. In working on vintage cars I’ve

found many of them that are easier to lift using a motorcycle floor jack.

The makers of this specific model embraced that idea and included a conventional single pillar in the

center of the motorcycle tray – you can choose to not use the motorcycle tray if you don’t want to.

A word of warning for motorcycle floor jacks – the bike isn’t going to be very stable, and you should find

a way to stabilize it using tow lines, jack stands, wood, or something else if possible.

Pros

•Triple Lift system includes car and motorcycle lifting platforms

•Tall lift height

•Two ton capacity

•1-year warranty

Cons

•Not a top-shelf brand

Liftmaster 4-ton Bottle Jack

Capacity: 8000 pounds / 3628.74 kilograms / 4 tons

Max Height: 12.6 inches / 32.004 cm

This is what’s commonly referred to as a Bottle Jack. It’s a hydraulic floor jack with a huge four-ton lift

capacity considering its diminutive size. You actuate a bottle jack the same way as a regular floor jack,

but when the hydraulic fluid is pressurized it pushes the platform straight out the top of the cylinder.

This is useful if you’re trying to save space – and this entry-level model is designed for carrying in a car,

and is the ultimate balance between space saving, ease of use, and lifting power. Beware of cheap jacks

that offer high capacities – they’ll wear themselves out faster than others.

It maxes out at a foot, but for changing a tire on a car, that’s okay.

A good item to send with your child on those first road trips.

Pros

•Four-ton lift capacity

•Small size

•Ease of use

Cons

•Warranty not advertised

•Low max height

•For $14, probably not not durable or long-lasting

powerbuilt 620471 unijack bottle jack

Powerbuilt 620471 Unijack Bottle Jack

Capacity: 6000 pounds / 2721.55 kilograms / 3 tons

Max Height: 21 inches / 53.34 cm

This unique floor jack comes with an integrated jack stand. It’s a longer-lasting bottle jack than the one

we just saw, and though it holds less weight that also means it’s operating well within its capabilities.

The actuation of the bottle jack raises the stand automatically. The stand can then be locked into place.

A novel idea that combines two things into one.

Pros

•Combines floor jack and jack stand

•Lifts 3 tons

•Can extend to 21 inches

•1-year warranty

Cons

•Not a top-shelf brand

Hi-Lift XT485 X-TREME Floor Jack

Capacity: 7000 pounds / 3175.14 kilograms / 3.5 tons

Max Height: 48 inches / 121.92 cm / 4 feet

It has X-TREME in the name, so you know it’s crazy. It can raise a vehicle four feet off the ground, so you

know it’s for off-roaders. Whether you’re in the mountains or the desert, this is the floor jack you want

to carry in your adventure vehicle.

If you drive a lifted truck, Jeep, or overland vehicle you’d be wise to carry a high-reaching jack with you

in case you should ever need to use that full-size spare you carry around.

Pros

•Heavy duty cast construction

•Collapses and handle detaches = portable

•Four feet of range

•1-year warranty

Cons

•Extremely specialized applications

arcan xl2t low profile floor jack

Arcan XL2T Low Profile Floor Jack

Capacity: 4000 pounds / 1814.37 kilograms / 2 tons

Max Height: 24 inches / 60.96 cm / 2 feet

If you’re looking for a floor jack that can clear your lowered Civic, you’ve found it. At just 2.75 inches tall

this low-profile lift can easily slip under all but the most stanced of bodies.

But manufacturers know a low car needs a low floor jack, and they charge you for it.

It has a long chassis, a tall lift range, and at 97 pounds, a beefy construction.

Pros

•Low 2.75-inch min height

•High 24-inch max height

•Beefy construction

•1-year warranty

Cons

•Heavy

•You pay for the low

Goplus 22-Ton Air Hydraulic Floor Jack

Capacity: 44,000 pounds / 19,958.07 kilograms / 22 tons

Max Height: 17 11/16 inches / 43.354 cm

If those others haven’t been able to lift what you need to lift, this one can.

This commercial-grade heavy hitter is designed for trucks. Of course, at 17 inches of maximum lift, it’s

not designed for lifted trucks. We’re talking moving trucks, shipping trucks, fork lifts, things besides

vehicles… you get the idea.

Power comes from an actuation arm that rotates a full 90 degrees – you never knew it could be this easy

to lift an ambulance off the ground. An air control system allows minute adjustments in vehicle height,

and several redundancies protect against failure and shock.

This floor jack includes a plethora of extension adapters that can add a total of 4 inches to the maximum

height, so depending on how lifted your truck or SUV is, you may be able to get away with using this to

take a wheel off.

Be sure you have some tall and/or heavy-duty jack stands to go with this beast.

Pros

22 ton capacity air controls stout rubber tires

•22-ton capacity

•Air controls

•Stout rubber tires

•Includes 4 extensions

•90-degree arm actuation

Cons

•Warranty not advertised

•Bulky when stored

•Not tall enough for lifted trucks

I Need to Lift a Tank

Wait, what’s that you say? Those plebian floor jacks don’t make the cut? None of them can lift your

Freightliner semi? Well say no more.

OTC 5093B Floor Jack

Capacity: 143,000 pounds / 64,863.73 kilograms / 71.5 tons

Max Height: 16.5 inches / 41.91 cm

The manufacturer advertises that this floor jack is designed for “trailers, buses, and other class 7 and 8

vehicles” – things like semis, dump trucks, and construction equipment. Though it weighs 182 pounds,

they also say it is “collapsible for easy transport.” Easy, you say.

It has a three-stage lifting cylinder. Stage 1 does 22 tons. Stage 2 does 38.5. Stage 3 does the full monte

– 71.5 tons.

The piston and cylinders are constructed of chrome moly vanadium steel coated in a liquid nitride finish.

This floor jack could lift an M1 Abrams tank. The whole tank. Isn’t physics awesome?

Pros

•Arm rotates 90 degrees

•7-inch min height

•Includes 4-inch extension

•Air controls

•4-inch wheels

•5-year Warranty

Cons

•16.5-inch max height

costs more than the car you re lifting weighs

•Costs more than the car you’re lifting

•Weighs half as much as the bike you’re lifting

Which Floor Jack Should I Buy?

Congratulations! You’ve learned all there is to know about the different types of floor jack, how to use

them safely, and how to know when you’re getting ripped off. Pat yourself on the back, and then break

out your floor jack and do some work.

If you have only an occasional need for a floor jack, buy the Liftmaster.

If you have a car, buy the Powerbuilt Unijack.

If you have a motorcycle, buy the Powerbuilt 620422E.

If you have a lowered car, buy the Arcan.

If you have a raised truck, buy the Hi-Lift.

If you have heavy machinery, buy the Goplus.

If you have a tank, buy the OTC.