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I was shopping for a jack last year. I've had a Harbor freight 1 1/2 ton jack for maybe 8 years, it's working great. However, though it's light weight, it doesn't have a lot of range. Doesn't go low enough or high enough. Anyway, I was shopping for something inexpensive and it came down to the Daytona from Harbor Freight and the Yellow Jacket from Northern Tool. Both were on sale for 179 if I recall. I chose the Yellow Jacket, and though they looked to be made by different manufacturers, they both appeared pretty robust. There are videos about both of these jacks: just do a quickie google search. I can't speak for the long term reliability, but after a year and a half, mine's working fine.
--super low clearance
--super high lift (When jack is working at say 15-17 inches, the pad is lifting nearly vertical because of the extended reach of this jack. I like this because when I've got one side on the jack stand, and I'm lifting the other side of the car with my jack, I don't like putting too much sideways tension on the jack stand while I'm jacking. This extended lift jack works well).
--the extended reach helps when jacking my SUV, which has a much higher ground clearance than my Challenger.
--both Harbor Freight's DAYTONA and my Northern Tool's YELLOW JACKET are heavy rascals. This 100 pound weight comes with the territory: 3 ton long reach jacks ain't light.
--they're not Snap Or some other great brand, so reliability comes into question. However, it seems to be really well made.
The Yellow Jacket has a full rubber lift pad that doesn't come off and won't get lost. The Daytona has a square rubber pad that sets inside a metal pocket: the metal contacts the car when lifting. Just my preference, but I prefer the all rubber design. I stick a hockey puck on mine for each lift: saves wear and tear on the rubber pad.
Note: the Arcan above is available at Northern Tool as well. It's priced about the same and appears to be very similar to the two that I've described. I did notice however that the Arcan is rated for 3.5 tons vs just 3 tons for the two I've discussed here.
Last edited by garyahouse; 05-15-2019 at 03:54 PM.