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Old 11-04-2013, 10:42 AM
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If the curb weight of the vehicle is 3982lbs, what capacity floor jack would I need?
I will be lifting either the entire front or the rear and not at each corners as per below pic.
For reference, the car is a 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD
Can I get away with a 1.5 ton floor jack?

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Old 11-04-2013, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Prosper
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Yes, you can get away with a 1.5 ton (which is 3000 lbs) but considering how there's basically no price difference between a 1.5 ton or a 2 ton, there's no reason to get a jack that weak.
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Old 11-04-2013, 11:22 AM
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^ Thanks
I was looking at the 2.5 tons just now and looks like the Torin and the Craftman are the least expensive ones.
Is there a brand that CD members would recommend?
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Old 11-04-2013, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Prosper
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I had a Craftsman that worked for many years with no problems, also a Husky. Both were 3 ton. Used them primarily on SUV's.

For low sports cars (and your car might be low enough to eliminate some jack choices out there) I recommend getting an aluminum racing jack with a low profile design. They're more expensive, but I absolutely love how light mine is, makes moving it around in the garage a breeze, plus it looks nice compared to most clunky jacks.

I got mine at Harbor Freight.
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Old 11-04-2013, 12:28 PM
 
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For low sports cars (and your car might be low enough to eliminate some jack choices out there) I recommend getting an aluminum racing jack with a low profile design. They're more expensive, but I absolutely love how light mine is, makes moving it around in the garage a breeze, plus it looks nice compared to most clunky jacks.

I got mine at Harbor Freight.
I got my floor jack at the same place, and, for my purposes (using it a couple of times per year), it is fine.
If the OP waits for one of the frequent 25% off coupons from Harbor Freight, he can get a decent-quality floor jack for a very good price.

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Old 11-04-2013, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Cold Springs, NV
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My dad bought me one of these in 1982 so het could get his back:
NORCO Professional Lifting Equipment
You can choose made in America, or made in foreign country, but at least to Norco's specs. I had to rebuild the cylinder a couple years back and it cost me $45.
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Old 11-04-2013, 01:46 PM
 
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I agree with buying more jack than you need for this specific application.

I bought a $30 jack from one of the parts stores. Used it maybe three times, then it sat for a couple years. When I went to use it again, all the fluid had leaked out into the case. Parts for it cost almost as much as the jack. Junk.
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Old 11-04-2013, 01:52 PM
 
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I have 2 - 2ton Craftsman floor jacks and they are just fine. It's really handy for rotating tires as you can lift the whole side of the vehicle and it makes it easier to rotate them.
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Old 11-04-2013, 01:53 PM
 
Location: WA
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I have been using an AC floor jack for over ten years and it is far better than any other I have used.

http://www.celebritycarsblog.com/ac-...lq-floor-jack/
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Old 11-04-2013, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Ft. Myers
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I'm pissed at Sears right now for not standing behind one of their jacks. We have probably 4 jacks in our shop but for one birthday my Son bought me the Craftsman $300 low profile racing jack. We needed one that was low enough to go under our hot rod dropped axles.

From day one it would not stay up, so after a few months I took it back and they asked for a receipt, but I told them it was a gift and I got no receipt (and my Son tosses them out). They said the jacks do not have their usual lifetime warranty because they are not a tool ! I even called Sears Corporate office and they basically told me to pound sand, so I will never buy another Sears tool the rest of my life, and I have a shop full of them that I have bought over the years.

Anyway, just recently I went to Harbor Freight (yeah, I know, but some of their stuff is ok) and I bought their 4 ton jack on sale for about $ 120, I think. That thing is a monster and is not only stable but picks up my 5100 pound Caddy like it wasn't there. I may buy a second one.

Don
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