Shopping for a good floor jack is never easy, especially if you don’t know the specifics of what type of jack you’re in the market for. You see, there is more to floor jacks than lifting capacity and lifting speed, which seem to be the only things people take into consideration when buying these very useful tools.
For instance, one must always consider a floor jack’s minimum clearance height as many cars nowadays have a low profile design, the maximum lift height, and of course, the material. Over the next few minutes, we’ll take a look at the ten best floor jacks out there, jacks that meet all the necessary requirements and then some.
10Hein-Werner HW93652 Blue Heavy Duty Service Jack
This seemingly expensive heavy duty service jack is among the best on the market at this point in time, which explains the price. It is made with a cast iron lift and an equally strong pump base that ensure sturdiness and reliability in the long run. It also has a sealed hydraulic pump and a U-joint for a more precise load control, along with flagged side plates and a wide frame for greater stability.
9USATNM Steel Heavy Duty Floor Jack
Equipped with a rapid pump heavy duty system, this jack lifts most work loads in just 3-4 pumps. At the same time, it only requires just a 1/2 turn release to achieve level balance, while its all-welded steel construction universal joint release mechanism ensures a very precise control of the load’s descent. Furthermore, its two-piece knurled aluminum handle ensures a sure grip at all times.
8Hein-Werner HW93642 Blue Hydraulic Service Jack
This American-made floor hydraulic service jack features a cast iron arm and pump base that make it impressively strong and sturdy. Thanks to a built-in U-joint, you get a lot more control on the load than you would by using standard floor jacks. We should also point out that it features a sealed hydraulic pump and flagged side plates with a wide frame for greater stability overall, an aspect that many floor jack manufacturers out there don’t take into consideration all that much.
7OTC 1532 2-Ton Capacity Aluminum Racing Jack
Made from aircraft-grade aluminum, this particular jack can lift loads up to 2 tons heavy despite only weighing just 43 lbs. Interestingly enough, you only need to pump it about 4 or 5 times to achieve its maximum 18-inch height. Speaking of size, this jack has a 3-1/2″ low profile design that makes it perfect for sports cars. Furthermore, it comes with a two-piece 45″ long handle that snaps together easily for a quick setup and a removable rubber saddle pad to protect the vehicle from slipping.
6Powerbuilt 640912 All-In-One 3-Ton Bottle Jack
Intended for heavy loads of up to 3 tons, this bottle jack features a jack stand that grants it a lot more stability than regular floor jacks. As a matter of fact, it is one of the few floor jacks out there that combines the versatility of a jack with the stability of a jack stand in a single unit. It also features a safety bar that locks the unit at any desired height, and a wide steel base for greater stability.
5Arcan XL20 Black Low Profile Steel Service Jack
Compact and maneuverable, Arcan’s XL20 low profile service jack is bound to provide the same functionality of a full-size jack and then some. It features a dual pump for rapid lifting, a universal joint release mechanism for precise control of the load at all times, and a safety valve that prevents overloading. Above all, however, it is a lot lighter and easy to move around than pretty much any other service jack out there.
4Torin T83006 3 Ton SUV Service Jack
This efficient SUV service jack from Torin Jack has a lifting capacity of up to 3 tons and an extra long neck to ensure that the lifting gets done in a timely fashion. Speaking of its extra long neck, this jack has a lifting range between 6-21 inches and it includes an extension adapter for good measure. It also has to be said that Torin T83006 is very maneuverable and surprisingly lightweight given its construction.
3Arcan ALJ3T Aluminum Floor Jack
Equipped with a reinforced lift arm and a chassis torsion control system, this particular jack is a lot stronger than most floor jacks out there. Although it weighs only 56 lbs, this jack can lift loads up to 3 tons, mainly due to the dual pump pistons it comes equipped with. These pistons have dust shields designed to prevent hydraulic contamination along with bypass and overload valves to prevent over-extension.
2Hi-Lift HL-484 Steel Jack
Hi-Lift’s HL484 steel jack is considered to be one of the best floor jacks on the market right now and it’s easy to see why. It features a top winch connector clamp standard that accommodates virtually any type of jack, a two-piece handle and socket, and a powder coated finish with zinc-plated hardware for extra strength and durability. We should also point out that it has a minimum height lift of 25 cm, making it perfect for pretty much any type of car out there.
1Powerzone 380044 3 Ton Aluminum and Steel Garage Jack
Powerzone’s 380044 Aluminum and Steel Garage Jack is designed to lift loads up to 3 tons in weight with a lift range of between 4 and 18 inches. It does so without the danger of sudden load drops thanks to its heavy duty lift arm while its lightweight aluminum frame ensures its portability. It also benefits from a quick lifting hydraulic system designed to save you a lot of time, a hydraulic system that is equipped with a safety valve to prevent overloading. Last but not least, it has a rubber padded saddle to protect the vehicle’s frame and a rear wheels swivel for easy positioning.