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post #1 of 7 Old May 1st, 2003, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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Question Scissor vs floor jack

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This is not directly related to Nissan trucks, but your advice would keep me working on mine The past day I took my case jack (small floor jack) out to jack up the truck – and hydraulic fluid was all over the place (It was acting up a couple weeks before – it wouldn’t depress all the way by itself). What is the deal with these things? I previously owned a craftsman 3 ½ ton floor jack – after 4 years it leaked like crazy. Next, I bought this 2 ½ ton case jack (don’t recall the name) bc it would fit in my bed box. Its been another 4 years and now this one is spitting up. I’ve never repaired one – so I don’t know if its worth it. But does anyone now a decent brand of floor jack that doesn’t leak or is easy to maintain? I was forced to use a scissor jack from my car, which I don’t mind using – but it takes forever to get it high enough to put a stand under the truck.

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post #2 of 7 Old May 4th, 2003, 07:36 PM
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I think that as long as the jack gets used regularly, they seem to stay leak-free. The best jack we ever had was a 3-4 ton jack labeled as a "NASCAR" jack. It was heavy as a brick, so it obviously wasn't a "real" NASCAR jack, but it was sold as such -- for about 100 bucks at Price Club/Costco. I'm sure they're not still around, but that jack never leaked on us.

I'm sure they're easily rebuildable -- with a replacement seal somewhere. I've never tore one open, though.

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post #3 of 7 Old May 5th, 2003, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the reply Jadcock! I guess I could use less of my ramps, and use a jack more to keep it from leaking. My previous jacks did sit around quite a bit
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post #4 of 7 Old May 5th, 2003, 08:04 AM
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I have two Craftsman floor jacks for a total of 20 years and they are still working to this day...
post #5 of 7 Old May 5th, 2003, 08:07 AM
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The scissors jacks I've seen are all inferior to the floor jacks. The scissors jacks are really "emergency" type jacks to be used maybe a few times in the life of the car. I have seen several scissors jacks fall over the years from beinging excessively worn. Thank god nobody was hurt. The floor jack on the other hand was made for routine use...
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I would have to say that a good quality hydrolic jack is still the best. I have two of them. Much easier to use than scissor for me. I bought four jackstands when I bought the 66 Mustang. What a life saver. It's so easy to jack er up then slip the jackstand under it. No worries about leaning hydrolics this way. But for a quick job I just use the hydrolic.

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post #7 of 7 Old May 26th, 2003, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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SO, would an autographed game ball and a day with the cheerleaders be too much to request??

Yeah - I don't think I'll ever stop using hydraulic jacks. I just recently picked up my new one. I hope this one lasts. Its another Sears brand and it seems to work real well.

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