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Looking to purchase a floor jack for home use. There are so many options out there that it's difficult to decide. The biggest vehicle it will be used on is a Ram 1500.
 

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I've used an ARCAN XL35 3.5 ton jack since 2011 and it works out great for larger vehicles like ours. I originally used it on my 2011 Silverado and now I use it on my Challenger. No problems with it at all over the years - very stout and durable.

ARCAN XL35
 

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I picked this one up and serves all my needs. Didn't figure I needed some multi-ton jack to lift 30% of my vehicles weight at any one time. Looks good and Low profile for my lowered Challenger too.
 

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my Challenger is lowered, and to jack up the car I would need drive up onto some homemade ramps (a 2ft long 2x10 with a 1ft long 2x10 screwed on top) I made for my lowered Mustang, so I got this low profile jack, no issues getting it under my lowered Challenger

https://www.harborfreight.com/3-ton-low-profile-steel-heavy-duty-floor-jack-with-rapid-pump-64266.html



damn! thats nicer than the one I got above! wish I knew it was available at the time
 

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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.

PRO'S
--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.

CON's
--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.

Difference:
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.
 

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I have the Harbor Freight long reach myself and have already used in on my new stock height Challenger with a block of wood added so I didn't scratch the bottom of the car. I am also looking at buying the yellow version in the near future since jacking up only one side at a time is not fun. I also have a much older Harbor freight jack and you can certainly tell the difference in the upgraded the quality over the years so I have no issue buying some of my tools from them. Get on their sales list and you can get some additional discounts but the 20% off doesn't apply to jacks. They have an app where they send you coupons. They seem to have a store wide clearance sale every other week. I also found that the sale ads in Hot Rod are actually much better for the same items. I got my $189 cherry picker for only $99 with the Hot Rod coupon.
 

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2 Ton JEGS jack has worked fine for me...
 

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I'll be going to Harbor Freight tomorrow to see what they have in stock. Can't tell from looking online. I wish I had a coupon for the jack and the jack stands I'll be getting.
Thanks,
Jim
 

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I have 2 Pittsburgh 2 ton aluminum jacks. I like to be able to jack up both sides at the same time. I use them a lot and will never go back to a heavy steel jack

https://www.harborfreight.com/automotive/jacks-jack-stands/2-ton-aluminum-racing-floor-jack-with-rapidpump-64542.html

I am definitely going to go this route in the future. Now that I have installed my petty front/rear sway bars (and mopar springs), the car is a fickle ***** to jack up. Anywhere you jack on one side lifts the entire side almost immediately. I always get a little nervous jacking up one side and then the other due to the jack stands sometimes shifting.

I use a low profile 1.5 ton jack stand from harbor freight but will be upgrading to two 3 tons. The one that I use is great for lowered cars but doesnt go that high and maxes out easily.
 
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