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    Default What to buy - need a new trolley jack

    Dear Brains Trust

    My trolley jack which turned out to be an inexpensive replica of a jack I owned for 25 years before it died, died after a mere 4 years.

    I am not a mechanic but like many of you spend a bit of time under vehicles of one sort or another (but like them to be on stands not jacks). I want to get away spending no more than $250 including postage, if needs be.

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    Any thoughts?

    Have any of youse used one of these:

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/trolley-jack-aluminum-garage-floor-rally-race-alloy-/120767176278?pt=AU_Car_Parts_Accessories&hash=item 1c1e48de56#shId
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    Peter
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    I used on once, in a pro workshop and was impressed by the two speed function.

    My big one drives me nuts the amount of pumps required to close up the air gap.

    Maybe because of this, and the trip/dent factor, I always grab the little crappy $50 trolly jack that i can carry and enjoy the serenity, the handle comes out for when I need a lever or hammer, I can use with one hand, and on those ripper jobs like aligning a gearbox, you can easily move it around with one hand.

    Jo

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    That jack looks just like the one that is sold in Costco for $160. I am planning to buy one using my sister's membership card when she visits Melbourne next month. I have played with one and it looks the goods, but I have not lifted a car with one. It is probably Chinese, but so are Span-on jacks these days.

    Roger

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    Ex,
    SuperCheep have a sturdy looking 2000 + kg jack for $99.
    It has the fixed handle with twist valve.
    Have you got a SuperC in Gero yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildebeest View Post
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    SuperCheep have a sturdy looking 2000 + kg jack for $99.
    It has the fixed handle with twist valve.
    Have you got a SuperC in Gero yet?
    This one has a 510mm lift which can be very useful for lifting on car stands.

    https://www.machineryhouse.com.au/Pr...stockCode=J041

    It's also a bit heavier duty than the cheapies.

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    Both my father and I purchased one similar to this years ago ...

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/2-25-Ton-...ht_2188wt_1141

    Jo is right, they take quite a number of pumps to lift, but both are still going strong. The biggest issue I have with it is it's bloody heavy...... heavy to move around, heavy to lift, heavy to wheel... It's also the only jack that doesn't feel likes it's going to break lifting a hydraulic citroen (they dump the entire weight of the side of the car onto the jack, lifting both front and rear wheels when you lift them from either jacking point).

    The best bit is there quite low, you can remove the lifting pad and lower the height even further.... Very important where your trying to get under a dead hydraulic 'Cit. I've also removed the air-lift rams from my full length ramps, and use this jack instead to tilt them level (doing away with all the complexity clearance issues of the ramps).

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    Shane L.
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