They are probably one of the most used tools in your shop, the floor jack. Nearly any repairs you do to your vehicle requires one for access to those hard to reach places, or they can make accessing them easier even if one is not necessarily required. However, with so many models to choose from, how do you know which one to pick? To help you make that decision, we are going to list the five best floor jacks for 2016.
Arcan XL2T Black Low Profile Steel Service Jack
This low-profile floor jack has a 2-ton lifting capacity and is perfect for any automotive shop. With a starting height of 2.75-inches and a max height of 24-inches, even the toughest spots will be easy to access. For precise control, this model is equipped with a universal joint release mechanism. However, one of the only complaints about this model is that it can be tricky letting a vehicle down slowly as the release mechanism tends to relieve the hydraulic fluid pressure fairly quickly.
TruePower Aluminum Racing Jack
If you’re looking for a lightweight floor jack that offers plenty of lifting muscle, then the TruePower 1.5-ton Aluminum Racing Jack is what you need. Constructed of lightweight aircraft grade billet aluminum, this jack is ideal for the mechanic on the go. This floor jack has a low-profile front roller, a 2-piece knurled aluminum handle to prevent slips, and a 360 degree rotating rubber pad. With a lifting height of 14.75-inches and a weight limit of 3,000 lbs. The only complaint customers have had is that the aluminum construction is not as stable as similar models that use steel construction.
Powerzone 380044 3 Ton Aluminum and Steel Garage Jack
Here is another great floor jack for the shop. The Powerzone 380044 has a massive weight limit of three tons, and can reach a raised height of 18.25-inches. The rear swiveling wheels, combined with the lightweight aluminum chassis make positioning this jack easy. The quick lifting hydraulic system will save you valuable time, while the rubber padding on the jack will protect the undercarriage of the vehicle. However, there have been a couple of issues reported from consumers with this model. One, the fluid level was low when they received the jack and had to fill it. The other complaint was that once the jack became under a load, the handle movement was very stiff.
Blackhawk B6350 Black/Red Fast Lift Service Jack
If you need even more lifting power than what the Powerzone 380044 provides, the Blackhawk B6350 Fast Lift Service Jack is for you. Able to lift up to 3.5-tons, the B6350 can handle just about any job you throw at it. Combine this much muscle with the swiveling rear casters and saddle, you have a floor jack that is up to any challenge. The only minor complaint with the Blackhawk is that the handle does not go straight up when you want to store the jack, making it necessary to take-up more floor space when not in use.
JEGS Performance Products 80006 Professional Low-Profile Aluminum Floor Jack
Another floor jack that is ideal for mechanics that make service calls is the JEGS Performance Products 80006 Professional Low-Profile Aluminum Floor Jack. With a lifting capacity of 4,000 lbs., and a weight of only 49 lbs., it can go just about anywhere and handle any job. Additionally, there were no notable consumer complaints about this jack.
There you have it. While there are many different floor jacks on the market, we have listed the top five. Floor jacks can be the difference between getting a job done quickly and taking additional time to complete a simple repair. We hope you find it useful on your journey of finding the best floor jack for you and your shop.